We just spent the weekend celebrating our two year old. That’s right, Ellie is now TWO! We sang “happy birthday” a million times and had a fun little party. I have a few fun birthday ideas and DIY’s planned for this week, plus pictures from E’s party, too! First up, a little party inspiration and invitations.
I wasn’t originally planning on throwing a big party for Ellie, until I found the straws pictured above. We were walking through Ikea one evening and those bright, colorful straws were just begging to party! I had previously spent weeks trying to come up with a theme for Ellie’s birthday. She loves Anna from Frozen, Mickey Mouse, Elmo and animals. How was I supposed to choose one of those for her? Or combine them all? Can you imagine a dog/Anna/Mickey/Elmo/animal themed party. It would be nuts! So I tried to drop the whole party thing all together. Until the straws came along.
I decided to ditch the theme and just go happy and bright! It totally describes Miss Ellie, plus I knew I could make the party budget friendly and simple. We have a park right across the street from our house with a pavilion that is perfect for parties. I wasn’t too keen on planning games and activities since were inviting a wide range of kids and ages. I knew Ellie would be happier digging in the woodchips and playing on the slide. So we kept it simple with a party at the park. After attending this fun party with a breakfast dessert bar, I decided to do the same for Ellie. She loves, and I mean LOVES, waffles. Breakfast food in the middle of the day? Why not! (P.S. Our tried and true waffle maker died a week before Ellie’s party. Perfect timing, right?!)
I tried to keep the invitations simple and cohesive with the overall feel of the party. Before I printed the invites, I had already make some tassel banners, so I included a mini version on the invites. I wanted this to be more of an open house, so I was sure to include “swing by or stay while.” While we made quite a few invitations, I decided to save on stamps so anyone not within walking distance got a lame facebook invite ;) Mini tassel tutorial below!
Mini Tassel Banner DIY
1: Cut a small piece of tissue paper into a small rectangle.
2: Fold tissue paper in half.
3: Cut small strips from the bottom, leaving a bit of room on top.
4: Twist the top of the tassel together
5: Repeat steps until you have multiple tassels ready for your invitations
6: Align tassels on invites and run through sewing machine. (You will have to hold them down and adjust them periodically so they stay where you want them to!)