Now that it's been nearly a month since we had this party, I've finally gotten everything together to share it! We had a cupcake themed 2nd birthday for our little girl. Come on in and take a little party tour with us:
I had a tight budget and not much time to really"craft it up" this year, so I reused a lot of things I had around the house and had saved from last year's tea party birthday. A huge thanks goes to my amazing friend Bird of Bird's Party who provided me with some awesome personalized cupcake printables. She made it easy to print & cut out things like the decorative cards, bunting, invitations and even a party hat that all go together. Her cute themes really add a designer feel and minimizes the work. I highly recommend her!!
I decorated a bunch of vases & glass containers I had around the house using blue poster putty and double sided tape & filled them with tasty pink treats:
We hung the bunting using the ribbon I had from last year's party
and also reused my husband's clever idea of conduit pipe wrapped in crepe paper, topped off with some of the cardstock cupcakes to hold it up:
I used a $1.29 cupcake shaped cookie cutter to make matching sandwiches and displayed them on my trusty tiered glass tray from Ikea:
Basic cream & pink plain paper products plus silk flowers from my craft room added some extra decoration, as did draping the table with some tulle from my stash & using scrap fabric as a table runner:
Decorating the tables was a quickie last minute addition of some $1 section tin garden baskets from Target filled with florist foam & tissue paper stuck with sucker sticks that had cupcake doodads
We did some homemade cupcakes and fancied them up with a DIY cupcake stand made from paper, ribbon, powdered drink cans and cake boards. (another fab idea from Bird's blog - you can find the tutorial for making one here).
Of course the party wouldn't be complete without Little Miss Cupcake herself:
She was all about getting into the party goodies!
And there was finally an occasion for her to dress up in the Cabbage Rose Dress & Bonnet I designed for her earlier this year:
They both fit her just perfectly now and were an extra special touch since they were made from the fabrics I'd used for tablecloths at her birthday party last year. As you can see, I'm big on recycling!
I know my husband is going to HATE that I included his picture in this post, but they looked so sweet together here:
Of course me being me, her present had to be something special and handmade too -
So I created a pink hedgehog pillow for her since my little sweetie loves hedgehogs and it totally coordinated with the party colors. Being known as "The Green Hedgehog" lady thanks to my shop made it the obvious cute critter choice too!
I'll admit I was pretty exhausted - we had come home from a family vacation less than 48hrs prior to the party so I was running around like a crazy person unpacking, washing all our stuff & setting up for the party. I don't recommend it if you want to keep your sanity. But we were able to keep it pretty even though it was thrifty. And it was worth it.
And this is why:)
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