We celebrated our sweet Harper’s second birthday party on Saturday! It was so much fun celebrating with our family and close friends! What a beautiful day as well-the temps were in the high 60s-so gorgeous!
I based Harper’s birthday theme loosely around mason jars and incorporated green, navy blue, and pink. I purchased this cute mason jar invite on Etsy to kick off the theme. Sorry for the blacked out portions…when I started this blog and decided to use my kiddos’ middle names when referring to them, I never knew how difficult it would be and how careful I would need to be to make sure their first names or initials were not in any of the pictures I posted, ha!
Our yearly family birthday pic! We started this when Will turned one-we make sure we snap a picture at each birthday party.
The cupcake and ice cream spread! I decorated wooden spoons with washi tape and bought some cute flower cupcake toppers on Etsy. For cake stands, I used several white ramekins and put colorful Fiestaware plates on top. To save time, I always pre-scoop out the ice cream in individual candy cups and pop them back in the freezer. In this picture, the ice cream is in the white and blue chevron cups. It’s so easy for the guests to pick up a cupcake and a cup of ice cream. Since I wanted to use my Lisa Leonard “Happy Birthday” topper, I made Miss Harper a mini cake.
I created a display of Instagram prints that spanned from March 2013-March 2014 and organized them in chronological order with mini washi tape clothespins. In our dining room, I hung one of the displays and attached a few tissue paper tassels I made. Below the banner, our guests placed the gifts for Harper.
Here’s the second Instagram display (this one was in the living room).
On the buffet in the dining room, I spread out our mason jars with daisy lids. I created the washi flags initially for guests to write their names on them but at the last minute, I decided it would be easier to stick a piece of washi tape on the cup where guests could more easily write their names. Medium size cups for the adults and mini size mason jars for the kiddos. I’m loving the paper straws-so pretty! One downfall, however, is that they tend to get soggy.
I used a mason jar decorated with washi tape to hold the wooden washi tape spoons and forks.
Miss Harper snuggling with her Uncle E. We attempted to put her down for an early nap (her party was at 3), but our family started arriving around 1 and Harper was not about the miss the excitement! She’s playing peek-a-boo with me!
Will playing hide-and-seek with Uncle E. He loved it!
Taking a little walk before the party started…it was so nice out, so we decided to visit Shadow and Isaac, our neighbor’s horse and donkey. Uncle E. and Aunt M. are the best! The kiddos love playing with them:)
Snapping some pics before the party.
Since both kiddos are young, their birthday parties are very casual and small. We invited both of our parents, my brother and sister-in-law (who live in NC-we were so excited they drove up for the party!), Nana, Pops, Maw, Aunt Kathy (the kiddos’ extended “grandparents”-their babysitters), and our neighbor and her kiddos. Will and my mother-in-law helped Harper open up her gifts. She had a blast, and so did Will! He wanted to open all of her gifts, ha!
Modeling her new purse!
Playing with her new tea set. Harper received so many nice gifts! An alphabet puzzle, two dresses, a summer outfit, several books, a tea set, purse, arts and craft supplies, and several other wonderful presents.
Will sipping lemonade from a mason jar.
We put the cake in front of Harper and tried to get her to blow out the candle. Instead, she wanted to put her finger in the flame. Ouch! I made an easy chocolate cake (family recipe) and some delicious whipped cream/cream cheese frosting. I watched this tutorial from Carolina Charm on how to frost a cupcake. Mine didn’t look as nice as hers, but they looked a lot better than in previous years!
All of Harper’s babysitters:) She loves them so much!
Face-timing with Harper and Will’s cousins in Colorado. After the party was over, we had dinner for our immediate family. I made an easy chicken parmesan bake and my mom brought a yummy salad. My mother-in-law made a squash casserole and brought garlic knots. We enjoyed a great dinner and spent some time visiting later that evening.
We are so blessed to have amazing family and friends! Harper had a wonderful 2nd birthday!
Birthday party sources:
Mason Jar Invitations from Cherry Berry Designs on Etsy
Mason Lemonade Jars, Daisy Cut Metal Lids, Blue Chevron Candy Cups, Plain Wooden Spoons, Green Paper Straws from Pink Lemonade Party on Etsy
Flower Cupcake Toppers from Scrappuchino on Etsy
Washi Tape from Silent Poetry Arts on Etsy
Harper’s Green Skirt from Laken and Lila on Etsy (I love her skirts and dresses! It’s been a tradition for Harper to wear a dress or skirt from Laken and Lila each year for her birthday).
Birthday Banner Cake Topper from Lisa Leonard Designs (we use this each year)
Pink paper straws, blue napkins, pink plates, birthday candle, and mason jars from Target
Instagram Prints from Printstagram
DIY Tissue Paper Tassels and Photo Display
P.S. As you can see, I’m a little obsessed with Etsy and Target! Ha! They both have tons of great party supplies! Now it’s off to start working on Will’s 4th birthday party (Lego themed), which is coming up soon (at the end of April, yikes!)!