Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Birthday Party Success

Hopefully you caught up on my late 90's/early 00's post from my middle and high school days. Because, well, it'll be a while before I post any of that again. Let me just say, I was glad to hear how many of you were also part of the choker craze. 

This weekend was my niece's 2nd birthday party. It was pretty special for me personally because I was out in Utah when she was born and also when she celebrated her 1st birthday. It meant a lot to be back, surrounded by family, creating new memories with my little niecey. 

I was initially going to go a little overboard with the Minnie Mouse stuff. I had planned on making Minnie shaped tea sandwiches and since I couldn't get a cookie cutter in time, I was going to cut the shapes out by hand. Needless to say, that didn't happen :) Here's what did:

I just had to make this Minnie Mouse as the centerpiece. This is all you need:

Minnie Centerpiece

  • 4 pieces of round Styrofoam circles [I used 2 small and 2 large]
  • Black acrylic paint and a sponge/brush
  • Toothpicks to secure the Styrofoam
  • Wire ribbon [After making the bow, I secured it with a wire clip. Toothpicks should work as well]
I added a pink and black boa around the base to cover it and add a little "oomph!" :)

I saw this pink punch on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect for the Minnie party. Not only did it look perfect but it tasted perfect! The guests just loved it :)

Click above for the original recipe. I ended up using frozen pink lemonade mix, Sprite, raspberry sherbet, and that's it! Super easy!

I think we can all agree that we would do the exact same thing Aubrey did: Walk into a room full of presents and run straight to the CAR!! Her face is adorable :)

The cake was yummy and Aubrey sure thought so too. I like how the fork is in one hand and the cake is in the other :)

Overall, it was a wonderful day. Full of family, friends, and a happy two-year-old's smiles and giggles.
We were only missing one person this year - my Mom. We knew she was there in spirit. She was the one who helped everything end up running so smoothly.
I had great talks with family and friends, great snuggles with the little sweetie, and great food!

Get-togethers like this one are a perfect reminder of the things in life that really matter. And when it comes down to it, love is what really matters. Spread love all around, friends. In hugs, in smiles, in gestures, in favors. Let those you love KNOW you love them and don't ever let them go :)

Life is precious.


Kelsey said...

that centerpiece is perfect and I love her face in the car! glad that everything turned out so good!

Sarah said...

Looks like fun! She is adorable :)

Carolyn said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this theme! That adorable centerpiece has to be my favorite! SO CUTE! :)

Amanda Haney said...

I love the centerpiece! She is adorable. That dress is so cue and colorful

Raquel said...

Soooo cute!!

Shayna said...

Aww it all turned out perfect! I love the centerpiece you made! So simple & very cute!!!

Hilary said...

Aw, looks like a great time. Your mom was definitely there in spirit, I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

You did an amazing job with that centerpiece! Your niece is far too adorable, the car photo was the best! Glad you were able to enjoy that day with your family!

Britt said...

What a precious little girl! She has a pretty amazing aunt to throw a party like that for her.

Holly said...

This party is precious! And your niece: adorable! That punch looks amazing and that centerpiece was perfect for the party table! Your mom sure knows how to help your family party :)

Amanda C. said...

She is precious. Those centerpieces are great. Isn't being an aunt the greatest.

Kristen said...

what a cute party!! i love the center piece minnie, adorable!!

Danielle said...

That centerpiece is GREAT!! I LOVE the look on Aubrey's face when she sees the car! So precious! Happy birthday!<3

Carlene Boley said...

What a creative birthday theme! I love the big Minnie centerpiece. You just made it look so easy and simple. And that pink punch looks absolutely delicious! I’m sure your niece and the whole family enjoyed the party! Maybe you can post pictures of the party itself, and how it turned out.

[Carlene Boley]