Monday, June 28, 2010

Taylor's 2nd Birthday - Part 1: Finding Nemo

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June has gone by so quickly and this is only my second post of the month.  It's been a busy month and I've neglected my blog for a few weeks.  Let's try finishing June up by recapping Taylor's 2nd birthday!

When I was trying to decide where to have Taylor's birthday, two things came into consideration:

1)  Budget - I was working on a very tight budget and didn't want to blow it on the venue.  Besides, you don't have to spend a fortune to have a memorable and fun birthday!

2)  Location - My house was not an option since my dad and hubby were doing a small remodeling job.  My unfinished laundry room was being revamped into a new office/craft room.  Dust was everywhere and the playroom was now a storage room.  I needed a place where the kids could run free and wild!  A bunch of kids in small spaces STRESS me out.  That's why I hate Chuck 'E Cheese so much!

Since the theme was "Finding Nemo" (see the invitation here), I originally had planned the party at the local pool.  After doing the math, it just didn't seem budget friendly.  So we decided to have it at the park where Taylor and the hubby go to a lot.  It has 2 fantastic playgrounds with the ground made of foam!  There was a pavillion with tables.  And the best part, it was free!

Here's a pic of the larger playground.

It was hot and windy that day!  The Happy Birthday banner I made kept getting blown away, so we opted  to hang it low on the benches.  I made these out of scrapbook paper and blue/orange ribbons.  So easy!

Even though it was a Finding Nemo theme, I didn't want to over due it by buying everything Nemo at the party store.  So I tried to make the focus on the colors with splashes of Nemo in between.  My talented sister designed the stickers for the goodie bags. 

I found adorable miniture toys of Nemo characters on Ebay and used them to decorate the table. I loved how the bags turned out! 

I also kept the contents of the goodie bag simple. Goodies included: sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and candy! My best buy: a tub of 60 sidewalk chalk for $4.99 at Jo-Ann Fabric. After using my 40% coupon, it costs $2.99. I divided the chalk out into little baggies for each child. 

During Easter, I found small blue buckets in Target's Dollar Bin.  I knew they would come in handy!  

And because it was so windy, they also became napkin holders!

I also tried to keep the menu simple, yet kid friendly.  For the adults, a choice of shredded pork BBQ sandwiches or roast beef sandwiches.  For the kids, chicken nuggets or PBJ sandwiches or ham & cheese sandwiches.  I also offered a fruit salad, a pasta salad, a veggie platter, rice krispie treats and Goldfish crackers or pretzels.

My fish cookie cutter came in handy!  I used it on the ham & cheese sandwiches ...

and on the orange and blue sprinkled rice krispie treats!

I got this 3 tiered serving tray a long time ago, but it gets used at every one of my parties!

I wanted to give some height to Taylor's cake so I used an old wooden box, wrapped it with blue birthday paper and voila, an easy and inexpensive platform.  Before the cake came out, I used it as a serving area for the crackers.

And here's the cake's turn on the platform.

Blue bowls I found at Party City and Target for the fruit salad and pasta salad.  Yummy!

Taylor had so much fun running around and being with her friends!  I'll leave you with a pic of the birthday girl enjoying a birthday cupcake!

Happy Birthday Taylor!  Mommy loves you so much!

Next posts will include photos of our guests!

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pezgirl said...

Awesome party planning and attention to small details as always! :D

The Girl Creative said...

You did an excellent job on the party. Everything looked great. :)

Rose :: said...

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Heather said...

btw, idk if you were the one who posted this, but i found your pics on this site:

Creative Printables said...

You have put this party together beautifully and that cake is absolutely stunning!

Nikki Truong said...

Everything looks beautiful. I love the little details but the bags are my favorite. I am planning my daughter's 2nd birthday and she loves Finding Nemo. This really inspired me to try out the theme. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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