I think that's the best way to do it. But here is what we did.
Here's the cake. It was so difficult. I had to go to Hy-Vee three days before the party and tell them "Sesame Street themed, pastel colors (I don't like blue teeth), have it say Happy Birthday Ellie, and she's turning two." Then the day of the party Jon had to go pick it up. The nerve.
Then we had to decorate our table and Ellie's seating. My mom has some Target washable table cloths with fun bright colors that match Sesame Street characters. Boom.
We added our card table to the end of dinning room table to add more seating. I love it how our house is so open and spacious in that way, but doesn't look too big when it's just our little family.
We set up another card table in the living room with another fun table cloth. I put some older kid activity books on it as well with some crayons. (Notice no markers. I didn't want any kids to get any ideas without adults aware.) My mom added a fun touch to the corners with her Pinterest-worthy bows.
In the living room I had a basket collection of all our Sesame Street books and toys. A couple of the books are from the library. Score. Other books I got at Overflow for cheap (10 random books for $1). Toys given to us for free from a friend. Tickle me Elmo I got when I was young. The little Elmo at Target for $5 months ago.
And then comes the eye-sore. This piece of wood is hollow. It use to have box of plants in it but we thought wasted space. We took plants out and now waiting for our new countertop to come in. Until then my mom helped us make this look better. Today it still looks like that until the end of this month when counter comes in. It's nice not to have a hole there. We used this at the party for plates, silverware, and placing plates with cake on it. :) Oh, and more of those corner bows. The party was hoppin'! Take that Pinterest! :)
We served appetizers and this is the only picture I have to show for it. Oops. I taped a Happy Birthday sign to a toothpick and stuck it in an apple. :) It was red so boo-yah Elmo! :) We served apples with homemade caramel dip, summer sausage, three kind of cheeses, and crackers tray, veggie tray, and put Goldfish crackers in a fish bowl. :) Our drinks included leftover from Jon's birthday party a couple weeks ago of juice boxes and water bottles.
The party started at 3pm and I woke Ellie up after sleeping two hours. The kids were playing in the kitchen and laughing. We went in to find Ellie had gotten into her cake. ;) So different from last year!!
|funny girl <3|
|Half cake was chocolate, half vanilla|
Think what you want, but I think she's gorgeous. And blew out her candle perfectly. We even got it on video camera! Thanks Daddy for having it ready in time and Uncle John for capturing it! :)
Next pictures of our guests......
|our friend Megan and her daughter |
(so bummed we didnt get one of Mike!) :(
|Ellie's friend from our Connection Group|
|and the daughter's parents!|
|My grandma, Ellie's cousin, and Jon's Mom|
|Happy Birthday girl!|
|Ellie got new movies!|
My facial expression when I realize I threw off a Pinterest-worthy party! Take that Pinterest!
|Me & Jon's sister|
|Brother in law & Ellie's cousin Aviah|
I was expecting all the cousins to "help" Ellie open gifts and completely surround her with overwhelming help. However we didn't see any of that. Perhaps two-year old gifts for girls are not as cool? :)
|Ellie's cousins help put together her new gift|
|Ellie's oldest cousins from both sides hanging out|
|My dad & brother in law together.....|
|My mom capturing the first time I held Lily.|
I love babies!
|My dad's Mom|
|My sister and her hubby, John|
We like Johns in this family.
|"Ellie your party was exhausting!"|
While waiting for dinner Jon took the older kids outside for a game of Ultimate Frisbee while the adults kept the younger kids inside. They played in the street.(Don't worry Liz, we kept Greyson inside!) :)
We ordered Pizza Pit for dinner. I picked up 2L soda the night before. I figured the adults could use some goodness at the end of the day. :)
|Loving that table|
Next blog post will have to be all about her as a two year old!!
The end of our Pinterest-worthy, Sesame Street, two-year old birthday party!!