Brown Bear Birthday Bash

S turned 2 in December! (Yes, I am just now editing the pictures and blogging…)
He LOVED Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle for about 2 months. It was the only book he wanted to read over and over and over… he would read it to himself, to his toys, to us – it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. So, naturally, I planned a Brown Bear Birthday Bash for his 2nd birthday.

I don’t like to have BIG parties for birthdays. I think it’s important to celebrate with family and friends, but to keep the celebration small and focused on things that make the child happy. I have a goal to have a birthday day for each of my children when they are old enough to choose what they would like to do with just Daddy and Mommy, in addition to a small family gathering. I want to keep it a day focused on them and not overwhelmed with 25 screaming children and 50 frantic adults climbing around ball pits, jumping houses, and whatnot. I don’t want to associate birthdays with stress. πŸ˜‰ …although I’m sure I won’t escape having a crazy, frantic party or two…..

So, with that said, we kept this “bash” on the small scale. Our guest list was small, the decorations mimimal. We planned a few games and set up a photo booth. I planned it for 2:30 in the afternoon, so I wouldn’t have to serve a meal (awesome for a low budget). S had SO much fun. He tends to get overwhelmed with too many people, so our small gathering was just right for him – he was beyond happy to see his guests!

I spent about $40 on the decorations for his party. I found the Brown Bear themed decorations here at this adorable Etsy shop – SmashCakeandCo for $10.

The favor tags were too cute! I made Cocoa Rice Krispie Treats as favors. They were supposed to be in the shape of a bear paw, but ended up looking like brown blobs of…well, you know…SO I didn’t photograph those too closely πŸ˜‰

favor tags

I adored this banner! I purchased red and white ribbon from Hobby Lobby and threaded each pennant onto it. It was so easy and looked adorable. I used the same ribbon throughout the party on other small details.

banner

The cupcake toppers made the cake table look so fun! I printed them and used double sided tape to attach them to colored card stock, and then taped them to these red and white paper straws I found at Hobby Lobby.

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cupcake toppers

My biggest splurge was $20 on two photo collages I printed from Walmart. I chose my favorite instagram photos from S’s 2nd year and arranged them into two 11×14 collages, which I hung above his “gift opening area”.

his gift opening area πŸ˜‰ (I’m obsessive)
we love this ornery boy!

Thankfully, my mom is amazing at making cakes (the most delicious cakes). So, we have beautiful cakes on small budgets because we get them for free! πŸ™‚ She found this design on Pinterest and did an adorable job replicating it!

cake

 

sugar overload

We had LOTS of cake for our small party. No one complained, though! πŸ˜‰

Finally, I found the idea for the food on Pinterest. We had fruits and veggies of the colors in the Brown Bear book. Our guests pigged out on these! I left this party feeling healthy….with the exception of the 2 cupcakes I ate… πŸ˜‰ I resisted eating 3

food table

We had a pinata filled with S’s favorite candy: suckers…and this preggo mommy’s favorite candy: flavored tootsie rolls. πŸ˜‰ We also had a photo booth – a plastic table cloth on the wall with some goofy props – this was a blast!

All in all, we had so much fun! S was showered with love and gifts! I cannot believe he is 2. I feel like he’s grown up overnight. I’d love to bottle up some of this adorable two-ness to savor on days he’s grown and has morphed into a turbulent teen… πŸ˜‰ But I’ll just soak up the sticky fingers and funny words as much as I can now. πŸ˜‰

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