Juliette’s big day arrived. I don’t know who was more excited, me or her. That’s not true, actually. It was definitely me. She seemed completely oblivious to her role as guest of honor or to Mommy’s frenzy of preparations. But I was pumped!
We managed to squeeze in a short nap and then picked up the cake. Michelle of Raspberry N Creme Cakes made me a fabulous cupcake display with an even more fabulous 6″ round cake on top featuring a little girl reading a book made completely out of sugar. This girl is truly talented!
I adorned each cupcake with handmade mini books cupcake toppers featuring some of Juliette’s favorite reads.
My friend, Carly, who is way craftier than I am, made this cool sign to welcome everyone to the party.
As guests arrived, they munched on a spread of book-themed eats. The menu included:
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary Garden Salad
Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad
Peanut Butter & Jelly Forever Sandwiches
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Art’s Famous Meatballs)
I quickly learned that I am a complete amateur at this kid party thing. Lessons learned: 1) Crunchy peanut butter is not ideal for small kids and will cause parents to have to pick the crunchy bits out, 2) While embellishing the party hats with each kiddos initial was extremely cute, there were tears shed over getting an undesirable color hat. Who would have thought?, and most importantly, 3) Take cupcake topper with toothpick out of cupcake before handing to unsupervised kid. There were no injuries, thank God, but that was a little dumb on my part 😛
The party flew by. It was a kind of metaphor for how quickly this year went. Suddenly, my husband Dean and I are the parents of a toddler. Yikes! We celebrated in style with our book themed attire. Dean in his Dr. Seuss Thing 1, Thing 2 t-shirt from Kohls and me in my Alice and Wonderland t-shirt from Old Navy. Juliette wore a Carter’s birthday dress and later changed into her Green Eggs And Ham onesie.
Juliette thoroughly enjoyed her birthday cupcake, and even stole some of Mommy’s when I had my head turned.
One by one, all the guests went home and it was time for the clean up to begin. I left the decor up on the mantle until I decorated for Christmas as a reminder of all the fun I had putting the party together. Until next year. Will I go as crazy for birthday #2? You never know. Stranger things have happened.
- Book Cupcake Toppers Template available on my Scribd account
Sources of Inspiration
- So Wonderful So Marvelous: Finn’s Dr. Suess Themed 2nd Birthday Party
- Pink Tea: Baby Shower: Owls and Books
- Aesthetic Nest: Golden Books Baby Shower
- Once Upon A Birthday Party- Part II (whileeveryoneelseissleeping.wordpress.com)
- Once Upon A Birthday Party- Part I (whileeveryoneelseissleeping.wordpress.com)