Griffin turned two last Friday and, honestly, I was kind of "stumped" as to what to do for her birthday.
She was too little for a real "party" with games and activities and all of that - and I didn't want to do a party where we invited lots of littles and their parents - so I settled on doing a "Favorite Things" themed party where we celebrated G and a few of her favorite things at age TWO!
I emailed this invitation out to 5 of her favorite girls...
Her dress is by Sweet Honey (sold out), her bow is by Jameson Monroe, necklace is Sprinklings and shoes can be found HERE (use codes FRNFAM for 30% off and FREESHIP for free shipping!)
I scooped up the number 2 balloon last week on Amazon Prime and we had it inflated before the party. We were walking to the bakery and I'm sooooo glad we thought to stop and take a few pictures :)
The McKinney Square is a SPECIAL place to me and I'm so glad that we're creating special memories for our kids there as well.
In high school and college I had SEVERAL retail jobs on the square, I rode in the Homecoming Parade through the square, helped decorate the "old tree" every year for Christmas and had a pre-prom dinner or two downtown. I caught a shop lifter red handed one summer I was working at Ambrosia on the square, listened to my brother and his friends play at "open mic night" at a coffee shop that's long gone and had my hair done at a salon on the square before my wedding (which was about a block of the square). Dave grew up in McKinney and his family has been here for about 200 years, so his memories of the square go back farther than mine to watching his uncle ride his horse (which was painted with stars and stripes) through the parade every year, going to the OLD pharmacy on the square when it was the only one in town and having special t-ball parties and such at the soda fountain. As we walked to GG's party I had a "moment" where I realized that the square is going to be a part of some of my kids fondest memories as well. Okay, sappiness is over. :) Resuming the party post. hahaha
Back to gratuitous pictures of the birthday girl!
We got to the bakery about 5 minutes before the girls arrived and I set out pieces of pink scrabook paper as "placemats" along with little name cards. I had the note cards in my desk at home and I just wrote the girls names on cardstock and then taped them to the card. Instant placecard!
Since we were celebrating G with her "favorite things" OF COURSE we had to give all the girls necklaces and headbands!!!
Chelsea at Jameson Monroe made the headbands with Griffin's "signature" XL chiffon flower and added a feather for some sass :) and Jill from Sprinklings made the most DELICIOUS sparkly, pink necklaces. Both Jill and Chelsea gave me a great "party favor" price on these - so if you're looking for favors, be sure to send them a message to inquire on "party pricing".
Luke was at his skating lesson, but Mason tagged along to the party and helped the sweet girls at the bakery set out the fondant flowers they made to top the cupcakes...
the balloon is turned around, but you get the idea :)
While we waited for friends to arrive, Griffin sat outside and talked with this AWESOME dog :) IT was appropriate since puppies are definitely one of her favorite things!
Friends arrived and we were ready to decorate!!!
She had individual piping bags for the girls and it was so fun because they all had different decorating tips on them and the girls had fun seeing how each of them worked.
A girl after my own heart - sucking icing STRAIGHT out of the piping bag :)
After cupcake decorating, Griffin opened up her presents, everyone got cleaned up and then we headed outside to snap a few pictures (duh!) :)
I mean MY WORD!!! Those are some SWEET GIRLS! :) We missed Ebby Lee!!!
Every time we're part of a "girl event" I get all misty-eyed thinking about how the "girl mom" club was one I thought I'd never get a chance to be a part of. I feel SO BLESSED to get to raise boys AND a little girl!
All that icing was kicking in!!! :)
Me and my birthday girl!!!
Yes, people... she's most definitely two! hahaha
We had so much fun celebrating Griffin in a really EASY and simple way! I'd highly recommend this kind of party for both boys AND girls! It was SUPER low maintenance, cost effective and memorable for all the kids.
I still can't believe my BABY is TWO!!! Someone cue the violins :) Also... I MAY have had a brainstorm about next year's party on the way home (welcome to my brain!). It's going to be EPIC and I can't wait!!! (and yes... it's a secret!!!... but we'll see if I can keep that up for an entire year. hahaha). I figure I have one more year of picking her theme so I plan on making the most of it. ;)
See y'all back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!!!