First, people were invited to the party.
For some reason, it took me forever to pick colors and figure out how to make the invitation look the way I wanted to, but in the end I was really happy with how it turned out. I saw this fun idea for putting balloons behind the food table and this it turned out very fun.
I also stole this idea for giving the house a circus tent feel and really like the way it turned out. I also made a few tissue pom poms to hang in the corners of the rooms and they were surprisingly easy to make. Actually the whole ceiling thing was much easier than I thought--I was able to tear the fabric instead of cutting it and Sol used 5 staples total to hang it up. Success.
I made little elephant PB&Js for the kids:
And had four types of Popcorn Indiana that Vic picked up for me. I tried to send little bags of it home with people but I missed a few. I got these white take out boxes on super clearance at Michaels and cut them to be perfect popcorn containers.
The cupcakes were one of my favorite parts.
I had seen a bunch of people use marshmallows that were cut in half and dyed yellow to make cupcakes look like popcorn, but I did not think that would be very delicious. Instead I made red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting that I somehow piped to look somewhat like popcorn. This was also MUCH easier than I thought it would be.
And I loved this fun cupcake stand, even though I was pretty sure the cupcakes were going to fall out. They didn't.
I made wrappers for water bottles...
And a banner...
And little treat bags with animal crackers. The other treat bags had silly glasses, a clown nose and some homemade crayons that were REALLY HARD TO MAKE (blog post almost written on those) but I forgot to take their picture.
Also some thank you cards.
I obviously love planning parties and decorating for them... and I've loved the fact that I've already sold a few of these items in the Etsy shop! I'm a little torn about what will happen in years to come--having two kids whose birthdays will be weeks apart means that my opportunity to throw an extra party every year is not looking good. I don't think anyone can come to two parties so close--nor can I manage planning that many. So if your little one has a birthday that is NOT in April... let me know because I'll probably be itching to design something in say... November.
Thanks for turning TWO Finley!