Hopefully, you have already checked out my post about the fiasco that occurred during G’s first Birthday party? Well, I may have learned a few lessons from the fist one. My husband and I were not in agreement for the theme of our G’s second birthday party. Which, is probably why, the struggle of this party started early on for me. I wanted, Two Legit and he wanted, Princess Sofia. As his wife I am willing to compromise. Neither of us got our way. Haha.
Lets start with some basics. Invites were just a free evite template. This site is super easy to use, keep track of RSVPs. Bonus, those to attend the party can share their photos with the group. Facebook invite has a similar feature. Good old text or email works just as well these days.
The party was at MyGym, again. Honestly, I wanted to have G’s Birthday some place different but where we live their is not much to choose from. This time around I opted for an additional 30 min for the party to have some more play time and some more time for everyone to eat and enjoy dessert. Second time having a party there and I have to say that the staff definitely make the party. This party just seemed to drag on, yet it was over quickly if that can possibly make any sense. Our first party was super interactive and the room was consistently changing. This party was just kind of an open gym until I told one of the staff we were ready to start having everyone eat and the party was over.
Decorations were a combination of Amazon and Etsy. Table cloth, napkins with little Donuts were from Amazon. Two, cake topper was used to decorate the donut platter I found from a super cute shop on Etsy. We also had a cute sign that was totally hidden so no one could see it. The banner said Donut grow up two fast. Unfortunately, absolutely no photos were taken of the banner. It is absolutely adorable and really well made. I kept it as a keep sake from her party.
Matching t-shirts again because they were so stinking adorable the first time around. G’s t-shirt said Two Sweet. The rest of the families shirts said, Donut Grow-up. But this time, I couldn’t convince my family to take part in the matching shirt part of the party. So, G and I, sported our cute shirts together. One of our family friends took my husbands and my step-daughters is hanging in her closet never worn. Bummer.
What food to serve was a struggle for me this time around. Seriously, I stress over food to much for any party. I wanted something different but not too expensive. The party planner at MyGym kept suggesting pizza. Pizza is quick, convenient and most everyone will enjoy it. Here is what the menu consisted of; a veggie platter, baked individual bags of chips, fruit tray, pizza. Water and Honest fruit drinks for the beverages. The best part was all the kids got McDonald’s Happy Meals !!!!!
Here is the details on that in case you didn’t know. I called McDonald’s the day before the party to place an order. Just gave them what we were going to order, what time it needed to be ready and my contact information. An hour before the party, I called them again, to make sure everything was a go. The manager just asked that I call when i was on my way so the fries would be fresh. Those Kids faces full of smiles and belly’s full of food from those silly happy meals. To give myself some credit I did put what food was being served on the invite so parents could bring their own food if needed.
Dessert was you guessed it, DONUTS!!! Lesson learned from this is do not display the donuts and then expect the children to just look at them. Heck it was difficult for me to not just dive in and eat one. G, had one before the party, during the party and for her birthday dessert. Well, G did not really eat the donut just had the sprinkles off of three of them. Yes, some days we go overboard on sweets.
As I mentioned in my last Birthday post, a photographer or designated photo taker, is really nice to have. It is so nice to have memories with my friends with their children and not have to worry about taking my phone out to take a picture. And it is kinda nice to have some photos with you in them. ‘Cause we all know Mom is usually the one taking them not in them.
Links to the items I found for G’s Two Sweet, Donut Grow-Up Birthday party are below. Happy Party Planning!
- Baby Girl Tutu with Balls found on Amazon https://amzn.to/2E1xbx4
- Table cloth found on Amazon https://amzn.to/2Ej2hSh
- Banner found on Etsy CraftyLilStudio https://www.etsy.com/listing/604299986/donut-grow-up-banner-boy-donut-banner?ref=shop_home_active_1&crt=1
- Cake Topper found on Etsy GlitterPartyDecor https://www.etsy.com/listing/596180920/donut-two-cake-topper-2nd-birthday-cake?ref=shop_home_feat_3&bes=1