Today we celebrated my daughter Naomi's 2nd's birthday. If you know me, I'm a BIG party planner. I usually plan up to 5-6 months prior in advance to pick a theme, get supplies, order the cake, finalize on details, location of the party and get her the perfect birthday outfit. Last year Naomi's birthday theme was Breakfast at Tiffany's, was known as Breakfast at Naomi's, and it turned out fabulous! This year, I decided to have her theme to be all about gymnastics! She is starting to understand her surroundings and I knew this would work great!
We decided to have it at the same location as we did last year, since there's plenty of room for kids to run around. (We had about 20+ kids who RSVP'd for her birthday!)
I ordered most of the party supplies online to save me time and money. If you have an Amazon Prime account, take advantage of it for their free shipping. I found great ideas on Pinterest as well! The water bottles I found at Michaels Craft Store was buy one get 50% off, so that was a steal. I thought candy and small trinkets would fit best in the water bottles.
I woke up early Saturday morning around 6 am and started on the baked pasta right away. While that was baking, I loaded all the last boxes of décor into my SUV and got myself ready. Let me say that my morning didn't go as planned. I was late to arrive at the room (9:11 am) when I was suppose to arrive at least half an hour sooner. The manager was friendly as ever and we had a nice short conversation about Naomi's birthday party that was held there last year.
As I was unloading the boxes, I noticed all the cupcakes fell over while I was driving. I wasn't driving like a looney, the location is less than 10 miles from my house. Or was I because I was in such a panic? Luckily, they were salvageable and still very much edible (See pictures for proof, ha!). Once I arrived , I was hoping my sister would be there to help me unload everything, but unfortunately I had to do it myself. The time stressed me out and I felt like a hair-pulling mess! I haven't ate breakfast or had my coffee and I was in a total bitch mood. Soon after, my sister arrived about a quarter till 11 am with coffee (Hallelujah!) and I put her to work - blowing up balloons. (Thanks Kat!)
Guests started rolling in around Noon and I was ready for a nap, but this mama ain't done yet, the party has just begun!
With a kids party, there has to be food! We went with the classic pizza party with my homemade pasta dishes.
I created stations for the kids to keep active throughout the party. It was a bit chaotic handling this many kids but oh, the joy on their faces!
Face Painting - It was such a fun experience! I had found the professional face painter, Karen, while searching on Google and I am so pleased with her work, friendliness, and patience! (Literally!) I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a face painter at their next event. Her link will be posted below.
Temporary Tattoos - I know, many parents may think this is too much for a 2 year old but needless to say, there were older toddlers as well. And of course, with the parent's permission, they are allowed to have a temporary tattoo.
Gymnastic Courses - Ring Toss, Hula Hoops, Parachute, and giant bouncing ball. The parachute was a done deal for the kids, that seem to be their absolute favorite. (excluding the fabulous cake)
Photo Booth - This was a hit! The kids had fun with the props and so did the adults!
We ended the party thanking each and everyone who took their time to join us at Naomi's birthday bash and handed these cute water bottle party favors stuffed with fun goodies along with a rainbow wand.
Birthday Party Resources:
- Face Painter - Face Painting by Karen
- Birthday Cupcakes - Cub Foods
- Rose Gold Photo Booth Backdrop and props - Amazon
- Parachute, giant bouncing ball, Hula hoops and water bottles - Amazon and Michaels
Thank you for experiencing my daughter's 2nd birthday with all of us! And most importantly, thank you to all of my friends, family and Naomi's daycare mates for joining us on her special day. We all are more than grateful! If you have any questions, please send me a message here.