We just threw one of the most fun birthday parties to date. My youngest, Ben, turned 2- what a whirlwind of a year! His most favorite books to read are the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney, so what better way to celebrate than with a breakfast and PJ themed party?
For little kid parties, I like to use bright colors and dots. It's whimsical, but also still sweet and young. I wanted to add some flare to the invite, so I scalloped the edges and added a cute red and white plaid liner to the envelope. Once the invites were in the mail, the real planning began.
After chatting with my mom about the menu (I always enlist her baking skills and thank goodness! She makes the best mini muffins, like, ever.) I decided I was going to attempt to make a headboard for the food table. Hear me out. This headboard was NOT hard to design. Finding someone to print a coroplast sign large enough was my issue. But alas, I was able to source a local print shop and off my headboard design went!
Originally I had planned to have my mom make a "picnic" looking table cloth, but that didn't scream "brunch" and wasn't quite the theme I was going for. Instead, I borrowed a vintage quilt from my mom and made the food table look just like a BED. Headboard + Vintage Quilt = Food Table Heaven. It was so stinkin' cute. I sprinkled some oversized confetti around the serving pieces which added the perfect amount of detail. (Have I mentioned that my mom also made Ben's pj's? I mean, gosh- they are exactly like Llama's in the book!)
Normally when we attend parties, there is an activity or game planned. I wasn't sure how six kids ranging in age from 14 months to 3 years would behave, so instead of a game, we made cereal necklaces with yummy Fruit Loops! I purchased shoe laces with the wax/plastic ends and each kid (and mama) strung the cereal onto the lace. These turned out so sweet and the kids really got into it!
After the necklace making, it was cake time! I ordered a buttercream frosted cake, added some sprinkles, a fondant Llama topper and a "2" candle and let the birthday boy make a wish. Truly one of the sweetest moments of the party.
And what's a party without a place to have your picture taken? I set up a fashion backdrop using a fun banner and tissue paper garland to create great photos of guests in their pjs.
Curious about the menu? I served mini muffins, pancake popper made in my Baby Cakes machine, pigs in a blanket, donuts, individual boxes of cereal, mini jugs of milk, watermelon punched out with cookie cutters to spell BEN and served skewer style with other yummy fruits, mini cinnamon rolls with sprinkles, personalized M&M's and GoGurt. My cute bar cart held ingredients for Mimosas for the adults and juice boxes for the kids.
Throughout the house, I had helium filled balloons sporting the colorful confetti. On the front door, I had a 2 foot tall pinata that looked like a donut in the shape of a 2. I love to keep a momento from each party I throw, so I made an 8 x 10" page with Ben's 2 year picture on it for each guest to sign.
At the end of the party, each child got to take home a custom made, hand appliqued toddler pillow case and Llama board book. These favors were the perfect ending to a perfect party.
Invites, Hooray bunting, melamine plate, headboard, straws, - Between the Sheets Co.
Tissue paper garland- Studio Mucci on Etsy
Pinata- Pinatarte on Etsy
Llama Cake Topper- My Artisan Bakery on Etsy
Confetti and Donut Bunting- Pipsqueak & Bean on Etsy
Confetti filled balloons- PomsEtc on Etsy
Board Books- Home Goods
Ben's PJ's, Pillow cases- Handmade by Patty Sage
Cake- Tom Thumb