Saturday, April 12, 2014

Emma Kate's 2nd Birthday Party: Breakfast Buffet and Baby Dolls

If you've never read my parties post and why I love birthdays and celebrating little lives, you can go here to read it. I'm a big fan of the Thanks-Pinterest-But-I'm-Gonna-Do-It-The-Cheapest-Way-Possible party. As in, no I will not be making your birthday donuts from scratch, but we will most definitely throw away the boxes and make it look like we have baked them ourselves.

Apparently I'm also a fan of taking the simplest idea possible (i.e. "This year I am just doing donuts") and then getting to the Walmarts and turning that idea into something way more involved (i.e. "Ok fine, we will do a toddler breakfast buffet full of all sorts of sugary goodness and every single food will match our party colors and decor.") My brain runs away from me sometimes. But I never have any regrets. I love a party; y'all know that by now. 

And you also know that I love our party themes to go along with whatever my child loves at that age, be it princesses or pirates or polkadots. And Emma Kate is my little momma; she loves, loves, loves her baby dolls and taking care of babies and seeing real babies, so I knew we'd have a baby doll party. The donut idea came from our friend Charlotte who had the sweetest little donut party back in November. And then of course when I went to Walmart for pink plates, I passed the cereal aisle and saw some light pink strawberry-flavored Cheerios, and my brain exploded like confetti into all things breakfast-y. Which meant I was late picking the kids up from school because I was walking around the Walmarts looking for other pink breakfast foods. Super.

Well, enough, talking, here's our spread! 



The donuts were from Dunkin Donuts - I lucked out on the colors. Went by the morning of the party and they had these "spring" donuts that were being featured. And they were already pink and mint green! Score.


We had ice cold milk and OJ to drink. I even bought some cheap bottles at the dollar store and snipped the nipples off at the top and let all the kids drink out of bottles. So basically by the end of our party, all the children had regressed to their infant ways AND they all had blood sugars over 400.
#winning


Other foods: fruit, strawberry frosted pop tarts, Lucky Charms bars, pink yogurt, powdered donuts, and pink yogurt melts for the younger babies. And all of these pre-packaged treats were removed from their individual wrappers and placed on serving trays. I'm sure I fooled everyone.
The chevron tubs held 3 different cereals: Special K with Strawberries, Strawberry Mini Wheats and the strawberry Cheerios; I used my clear acrylic scoops for the cereal.


This mantle was kind of just a hodge podge of different items I pulled from her room and my craft room; the banner was from Jamie's baby shower, and the paper dolls framed picture was in my room as a little girl and now hangs in the girls' room. (The eggs are there because of Easter.)


This was on the table by the front door; blue Bottle Pop suckers for the boys and then some bottle-shaped candy mold suckers for the girls. (These were super easy! I had never used the molds before but they have molds in so many different shapes! I used the white and pink candy melts and the candy sticks. I was really impressed with how easy they were. Just microwave the melts, fill the molds and chill in the fridge!)


And because most everyone Instagram's these days, I made this little sign from scrapbook paper .


For the baby doll part of the party, I just set up different stations around the house. The only thing I bought for this portion of the party was a little pack of 10 plastic baby bottles and 10 plastic rattles in the baby shower section of Hobby Lobby. We had blankets, bottles, rattles and some baby doll clothes.


Changing station (My friend Lyndsey brought me a pack of NB-sized diapers to use. I started to order the Baby Alive doll diapers on Amazon but they were a little pricey for doll diapers. Ummm no.)



We had a bath station with little wash cloths and a bath tub and pretend lotions.


And a doctoring station where they could bring their babies for a checkup, a bandaid and a sticker or small toy as a treat.



 We also had about 12 strollers buzzing around the room at at time, so there was plenty of excitement.





I set up the doll high chairs and some pretend food and spoons and plates in the girls' room and they had fun feeding their babies in here.



We even had a couple of real babies come to our party - Graham, Tucker, Amelia and Gracie - so that made it extra fun.


 And we brought out some boy toys too for all our little guys; but I think they had just as much fun with the baby dolls!


Our friends brought Emma Kate all kinds of sweet gifts and we had fun opening them.



My sweet girl was worn out after her morning shindig - and all the sugar. She crashed before the party was even over and slept the afternoon away! I'm so thankful for this precious life. She makes me laugh every day with her sweetness and her sassy little sister ways. Love you forever, Emma Kate!


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