MY SON IS TWO! If you’ve seen Bride Wars, picture me screaming this a la Kate Hudson upon her discovery that the stylist had dyed her hair blue. And if you haven’t, watch this 10 second clip to get the drift.
MY SON’S TWO!! HE’S TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m not sure how it happened, but two years passed in the blink of an eye. Now I’m expecting a second baby, and my son is singing the ABCs.
Ah, the days are long, but the years are short. You’ve heard it before.
Ok, I’m done yelling. Here’s the scoop on the party (and a picture of me with a big ol’ Buddha belly taking a close-up shot of some cupcakes):
We didn’t actually have one. Due to crazy fall travel schedules, we couldn’t find a weekend where everyone in both my husband’s and my immediate family would be able to join together to celebrate. Instead my son had several “mini” parties, including one on his actual birthday for which I decorated just a tad.
I didn’t want to go overboard, but I also didn’t want the occasion to pass without some celebration or, of course, party décor.
The supplies for this party came from four places: Target, Michael’s craft store, my craft supply closet and my recycle bin!
That’s right. I made this cute 2 using a leftover pizza box that was in the recycle bin in my garage. I drew a freehand 2 onto the top, non-greasy portion of the box, cut it out and then glued on circles of craft paper that I’d cut using one-inch and two-inch paper punches.
The cute Happy Birthday banner, the itsy-bitsy piñata and the honeycomb orbs all came from the party aisle at Target. This was my first trip to that aisle, and I was pleasantly surprised by the selection and, in particular, the colorful hues of the Spritz line of party décor.
I also picked up some crepe paper streamers with the intention of stringing them around the chandelier. Then, of course, a quick trip to Pinterest led me into a rabbit hole that ended with homemade crepe paper tassel garland.
Target also had these tassel garlands for sale. At about $6 a piece, I decided to pass, even though I thought they were really cute. After a bit of browsing Pinterest for ideas I realized I could MAKE my own tassel garland out of the rolls of crepe paper streamers I bought for just $2 a pop.
Using this excellent tutorial from the Handcrafted Parties blog and for a fraction of the cost of the stuff at Target, I made my own tassel garland with three colors of crepe paper and scissors.
First I cut each color of the crepe paper into three strips, approximately 15 inches long, and stacked them on top of each other.
I folded the three strips in half. Next, I made four cuts from the open end of the folded stacks of paper, leaving about two-inches of crepe paper un-cut at the folded end. I unfolded the stacks so they were back to their full length, then folded the strips, accordion style, length-wise. Then, starting from the center, I twisted the un-cut center portions of each stack in opposite directions until I made it down to where I’d made the cuts.
After each stack was twisted, I folded it at the center.
Then I twisted it around a straw to make the loop from which the tassel hangs.
These were really simple, and I was pleased to see that my finished product looked just as great as the store-bought version.
I hung the banner across a poster I created. We have a piece of framed art hanging in our kitchen so I made a birthday sign on a standard size piece of poster board and taped it to the glass. The idea here was candles on top of a cupcake. I made the candles by cutting an 8×11 piece of cardstock in half then folding the top corners of each half down to create a triangle at the top. Sparkly orange washi tape makes the stripes on my candles and more paper-punched circles are the “sprinkles.” I also glued some white yarn onto the poster board in a swirly pattern to create “frosting.” The “flames” on the candles are small cuttings of wire ribbon I had left over from a flower arrangement.
Of course, I updated my gilt chalkboard in the living room gallery wall for the occasion.
And I decorated a tiny smash cake. Last year I slaved away over my son’s organic cake, only to discover that he would not eat it. This time I saved myself the trouble and bought a mini cake from Wegman’s bakery. It was the perfect size for the occasion and completely gorgeous. I dressed it up a bit with some fresh fruit and more crepe paper tassels. The sparkly “P” is from Michael’s, and came in a set of 36 letters. I also used the letters for my birthday sign, which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for our family photos.
And just in case you’re wondering, no, he did not eat the cake this year either. That’s ok, he’s sweet enough without all that extra sugar.
Happy Birthday, my sweet boy!