Evelyn’s Magical 2nd Birthday
In the blink of an eye, time has gone by quickly; my niece is already turning 2! She is growing up too fast! Every year has been such an amazing experience to watch her develop into her own little character. She is such a silly-smart girl, so full of life, and has a lot of love to give. Her smile is beyond contagious. She melts my heart every time with her big personality.
Once again, my sister and I put together her 2nd birthday party. This years theme was all about unicorns with pastel colors. My sister has been getting so crafty! I have to give her credit for her creative mind. I never thought I’d be planning more parties after our first one Baby Shower Planning but this has been our third party we’ve planned. It gets easier and a little less stressful after each one and actually quite fun to see the whole process come together.
A few days before her actual birthday, we began making our preparations. I started by cutting and taping the pastel streamers onto the table in a spontaneous manner. We both set up the photo booth area. My sister had already made the poster board prior. I also had already drew up all of the shapes for the backdrop and had my sister cut them out on origami paper. I arranged the shapes and taped them to some thread and onto the wall. I love how it turned out. The shapes look as if they’re floating in the sky.
She also made the big gold unicorn cut out for the center of the table. I arranged the flowers she had left over from her wedding then intertwined the ends of each one onto floral wire and taped the whole thing to the wall around the unicorn in a circular shape. I must say this took forever but it really made a big difference. We added in the little purple flowers around the center piece because there were holes in the wall that we were trying to conceal. (Hehe, that’s between us, okay?)
I made the unicorn goody bags for the all of the girls and reused the left over bags from the baby shower for the boys. I drew up my own templates to make the ears, horns, and eyelashes for the bags then transferred all of the shapes onto card-stock paper. I used a hot glue gun to attach the pieces and whatever flowers we had leftover from the previous parties. I also added some rhinestones for the finishing touches because a girl can never have too much sparkle and shine.
The day before the big event. We began making our preparations for the the star of the show; the birthday cake of course! We decided to make our own this time because we were quoted around $60-$80 for a rainbow layered cake. We thought the price was too steep so we figured we’d put in the extra effort to save us some additional cash.
Even though the cake was one of the more labor intensive task, we enjoyed making it. My sister mixed the battered for each layer and added in food coloring dye to make pastel colors of pink, red, blue, and purple. We baked each layer for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Then removed each layer from the pan while it was still warm to prevent it from sticking. Once all of the layers were completely cooled, I leveled down each one so they could lay on top each other. Lastly, we mixed together all of the ingredients for the whipped icing then added it in between each layer. I sort of piped the top of the cake in a decorative pattern. The cake didn’t turn out visually perfect but I think it tasted pretty good overall.
We also put together most of the food we served. We made turkey and roast beef sandwiches on french bread and had the guest add on their condiments of choice. My sister made the pastel dyed deviled eggs. We also had to add a bit of a healthy option. We bought a variety fruits and arranged them into a rainbow. I’m pleased to say that the kids ate the majority of the fruits, myself included because I can live without cake but fruits are a must. There were also a few other options that the guest brought.
Evie had such a blast! She was able to interact with the other kids unlike the previous years which left her feeling overwhelmed by the crowd and the amount of attention she was receiving. She literally ate barbecue chips throughout the day. Her stomach was like a bottomless pit, she ate so much! I’m so glad to see the birthday girl enjoy her big day with her little buddies.