a few more birthday shots…and tidbits

Nothing fancy here, photographically speaking, but I thought I’d share a few more images from Sarah’s party. We had a FANTASTIC weekend and were reminded once again why we’re glad to be living back close to family. I have to say that being away for the first 6 years of our marriage was really, really good for us but now that we have kiddos in the picture it’s so awesome to be back! Sarah was in hog-heaven with all of her grandparents there (except Grandad who was on a trip). She also had all of her cousins there – Charlotte, Lily, and Brody!

I just love this one…



All the details of the day really came together and I loved how it turned out – so simple but so fun. For those of you planning parties like this in the near future here are a couple of things to note…
– At the Dollar Tree I found some awesome repositionable letter stickers made to be used on the walls. The colors were bright and perfect and I used them on the floor around the table (sorry, didn’t get a picture). Sarah loved stomping on all her favorite letters! Be careful though when you’re peeling them up because we did take the finish off of the floor in one spot (oops!)
– The Dollar Tree also had great plates and cups and things. They happened to have Sesame Street plates with letters all around the perimeter…perfect! Sarah was thrilled to see Elmo on her plate (what two-year old wouldn’t be?!)
– The cake was super-simple. I iced a chocolate cake with white icing (make your own icing…the canned kind won’t work as well for this), let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then pressed a Brawny paper towel gently on the top and sides. You can’t really tell in the photos but it gave it a neat textured look with circles and dots. Then I just pressed m and m’s in each of the circles. It was seriously the easiest cake I’ve ever decorated! It helped that Mandy let me borrow the super-cute cake plate!
– I cut the S’s out of fun colored cardstock and hung them from the light with ribbon and then used the scrap paper to punch out colored circles to sprinkle on the table. I also sprinkled a bunch of foam letters out that Sarah likes to play with.
– I used Joey’s awesome idea of making a coloring book with the letters in Sarah’s name for the treat bags. There are tons of pictures for each letter here. I also found a super-easy tutorial for making your photographs into coloring pages using photoshop. Find that here. I used a photo of Sarah for the cover of the book but I’m thinking I’ll make some more just to have some fun coloring projects for Sarah to work on. How cool is that?
– I made homemade crayons out of our old junky ones to toss in the treat bags with the coloring books. Check that out here.
It ended up being an awesome day for all of us and, most importantly, Sarah had a blast. I still have more photos to go through so I may post more later. And Brent promises a video!
DaphneOctober 29, 2007 - 12:28 pm

Very cool. I’m glad Sarah had a good time! Love the coloring book idea and homemade crayons. Aren’t you Martha Stewart.

TinaOctober 29, 2007 - 12:28 pm

You did a great job of putting the party together! I would have never guessed that you didn’t put a month of work into it. Looks like you all had fun! 🙂

A.K.October 29, 2007 - 12:50 pm

great job! i wanna see a picture of one of the coloring books if you get a chance!

glad to see you are using your teacher creativeness for this one! it turned out beautifully!

AmyOctober 29, 2007 - 2:29 pm

Thanks for all your secrets! And- oh my gosh-Charlotte is looking SO big! It’s so great that all of her cousins could be there. I’m filing these ideas in my party planning folder 🙂 (oh, and I really really really wish we could have been there!)

amberOctober 29, 2007 - 4:12 pm

Happy Birthday, Sarah! It looks like you planned an adorable and easy party. I am loving your cake decoration idea!

KatieOctober 29, 2007 - 9:22 pm

TWO already?! What a FUN day! I may have to steal a few of those ideas for Kelsea’s big day in a couple months! I can’t wait to see more pictures of Sarah & Baby Cobb’s room! Makes me want to have more kids just so I can decorate their rooms-LOL!

JodiOctober 30, 2007 - 6:08 am

Pretty much ditto to everything that Amy said! Scary when you see your exact thoughts (in order!) already typed out and posted for you!

TanyaOctober 30, 2007 - 6:52 am

I am totally stealing your ideas for next Spring when my daughter turns two. You are so creative! Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks. Your blog is one of my favorites to visit!

erinOctober 30, 2007 - 7:26 am

Seriously you guys, there’s no such thing as “stealing”! I swear, I rarely have an original idea…I pilfer from ANYONE and EVERYONE! =) So no worries! Glad this helped some of you.

lizOctober 30, 2007 - 10:07 am

If there IS such a thing as “stealing,” Marth Stewart TOTALLY stole the crayon thing from my mom! I remember sorting the broken church crayons into muffin cups for about 2 hours one Sunday when we were little. The kitchen smelled so waxy!

ShelleyOctober 30, 2007 - 11:17 am

I am absolutely going to make that cake next month for the bean’s 2nd birthday! Thanks for sharing! I will be sure to pass it on too!

JaniceOctober 30, 2007 - 1:29 pm

What great party! I love all the little details! Thank you for sharing your bargain secrets!!

Happy 2nd birthday, Sarah!

fogarty2October 30, 2007 - 6:12 pm

I’m so glad you had a great time. I love the coloring book idea.

Amy in GANovember 1, 2007 - 7:48 am

Ok – since you said it’s not stealing – thank you for SHARING these AWESOME ideas with us!! What a fabulous party, and I’m so glad you all had a wonderful time with friends and family. I, too, would love to see the coloring book.

GinaNovember 1, 2007 - 12:07 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful day! Good job with the party mommy!

MarciNovember 1, 2007 - 5:28 pm

What a great party. I love all the little details.

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