We had such a blast celebrating Harper’s second birthday with family and friends over the weekend. We had 10 kiddos plus parents and it was a full house with lots of play, celebration and cupcakes.
I didn’t hire a photographer this year and I didn’t want to spend the party taking photos, so most of the shots I took were before the party got started when everything was set up and untouched (which is ideal since the aftermath certainly isn’t as lovely— but a messy house meant the party was a success!)
I truly love planning Harper’s party each year— getting creative and bringing a vision to life is so fun. But truth be told, I was not on the ball this year and didn’t start planning until a few weeks out. Time crunch and all, I was thrilled with how it all turned out and I’m sharing all of the details/sources at the end of this post.
When I started to plan, I found some jumbo flamingo helium balloons and decided that they would serve as the main “backdrop” pieces. Our dining table is in front of a large window and last year I created a backdrop using pink tulle and tissue poms (see it here). I had an idea this year to create an entire backdrop using balloons and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
Harper even made her famous “O” face when we came downstairs in the morning and she saw (most) of the setup for her party. I think it’s safe to say the “mingos” were a big hit!
The party was at 11, so we served Chick-Fil-A nuggets again this year (kid and adult friendly!) and we had a ton of fruit, veggies and goldfish crackers plus a dessert table with cookies, cupcakes and cotton candy.
I’m so sad we didn’t get pics of everyone at the party— we barely got any family pictures because this little one was always plotting her next escape. You can check out my last post for a few more family pics!
We sang happy birthday to Harper about an hour into the party and she devoured her cupcake. We asked her weeks ago what she wanted for her birthday and she said without skipping a beat “strawberry cake!” Needless to say, she loved it.
I was so proud of my chalkboard design this year! I used my iPhone to find a photo of a flamingo I liked and then I free-handed a rough outline of the flamingo onto the chalkboard before adding in all of the details. I don’t think I will erase this one for awhile!
Before I wrap things up, I have to give a major shout-out to Kevin, my mom and in-laws who helped me set up for the party. I couldn’t have done it without them!
I hope you loved the party as much as we did! Below is a list of every source I can think of. If I’m missing any, please let me know in the comments!
plates/forks/cups/napkins- arne’s warehouse