We celebrated Miss M’s birthday last week! It was so fun because she was at the age where she understood that it was her special day. Her favorite part was everyone singing ‘Happy Birthday” to her and blowing out the candles.
A month ago, I was on borderline about throwing her a friend birthday party because let’s be real… two-year-olds are not going to know if you threw her a party or not. So I asked myself- do I want to go through all of the work for the party that she’s going to not care about?
I decided to give it a shot.
And I’m so glad I did. 🙂 So glad.
I am glad I did this party because she got to celebrate her birthday with her friends rather than just me and her during the day while Daddy was gone for work. She is a social child so she’s happy playing with her friends. Plus, I got to practice my lacking cake baking skill (I found THE best cake recipe by the way. I shared it in this post!).
I was going to do Goldie and Bear party because Miss M is obsessed that with the show. But I decided against it because I realize she probably would ask to watch the show during the party. Ha. So I did a polka dot theme instead. Greatest idea ever. It was so easy and CHEAP to decorate, COLORFUL, and timeless.
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Polka Dot Decoration
These decorations are FAR from the Pinterest-worthy party, but I made an effort making it look like a birthday party. And it was a success, at least I think so.
For the banner, I cut a bunch of circles with colored papers and taped it on the baker’s twine. You can find baker’s twine at Target or for cheaper on Amazon. American Crafts Value Pack Baker’s Twine, 5-Yard, 12-Bright Colors, 24-Pack I also strung them from the chandeliers for extra decoration.
I LOVE balloons- colorful and cheap- so I did tons of them. Most of them are on the floor in the family room for the kids to play with them. And some are on the wall for decorations. I think they turned out cute!!
I had an elaborate buffet in mind, but in reality, I knew I couldn’t make that much food with a toddler hanging around by my leg. And expensive.
For snacks, I did popcorn, fruits, Twix cereal. I was going to do veggies, but I ran out of time.
And cake, of course. I used doctored-up cake mix recipe I found on Pinterest and it was SO good. Moist goodness. Yum. I will use this recipe again, hands down.
I popped a batch of homemade popcorn and added melted white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. That’s it! It was a yummy, colorful treat.
A great healthy, colorful treat. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes. (I was so busy so grapes and honeydew didn’t make it in the bowl, but it was supposed to be there.) 🙂
I used the small party serving cups and poured the cereal in the cups. And viola! It goes along with the polka dot theme nicely.
Here’s the doctored-up cake mix recipe! I am making this cake again for my family tonight. It’s that good!! I used strawberry cake mix with cheesecake instant pudding powder. Yum.
And the cream cheese frosting recipe
I added rainbow sixlets on the sides and candy pearls on the top. Miss M loved the cake because of the colorful candies.
Rule of thumb for a number of guests is to invite the same number as the age of your birthday child. So technically, I was supposed to invite only two friends, but I felt like it’s too little. It depends on how you feel.
I had the moms come and stay with their kids too. It would be chaotic to manage more than two or three toddlers by myself.
These activities are the best for two-year-olds because I didn’t really have to do much and they had a blast.
I purchased this >> Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine.
Best purchase I’ve made. This is a great activity for ALL ages. It was hilarious seeing how excited the kids got when I announced that we are going to do bubbles. They shouted, “BUBBLES!! Yay!”
Ring Around the Rosie
Miss M loves this game so we had to play her favorite game. She was delighted that her friends were doing it with her.
We didn’t do anything special with the water balloons. I just let them do whatever with them. With supervision, of course. I used this time to cut the cake to serve.
And of course, we did presents and cake.
My daughter was in HEAVEN. She loved all the attention. So I’d say the party was a success. Thanks everyone for coming! 🙂
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