More birthday fun was had as it spilled into this weekend. We had a pretty large party with lots of family and lots of friends. I think at times it was a bit overwhelming for Ellie (she did NOT want to blow out candles or have people sing Happy Birthday to her) but she enjoyed her one on one times with many of her friends and family members. There were lots of smiles and busy play and presents this year took on a new, much more exciting meaning too. It was a lovely day with so many wonderful friends and family to celebrate with.
The “Two” wreath I made up-cycling from last year’s. Ellie is a big Sendak fan (Where The Wild Things Are, The Night Kitchen and One Was Johnny are some of her favorite books), so I felt a watercolor “Max” would be perfect.
A shot of our little house decked out for the party. I printed out Ellie’s Monthly Photos from 12 months to 24 months and hung them banner style in the main room.
I could not get a decent shot of the centerpiece I made (so forgive the darkness in this photo). I worked on this centerpiece for weeks to get it right. Last year, my mom made hot air balloons as the centerpiece and this year, since one of Ellie’s most favorite things is riding the carousel and another favorite book of hers is Up and Down The Merry-Go-Round, I thought I’d try to recreate a little merry-go-round for her.
I bought blank wooden horses from here and sanded them till their edges were smooth and rounded, wood burned the designs on each of them and then used watercolors to paint them. Lastly, I sealed them with a non toxic sealant and rubbed them down with beeswax so give them a softer texture. I was very happy how they turned out and Ellie has been carrying them around all weekend (they aren’t attached to the carousel).
The carousel on the other hand was a lot more difficult to figure out. The base was just a round wooden blank clock piece I found at the craft store. I used an old lamp shade, cut it in half and mod-podged a whole bunch of fabric scraps to it. Then I sewed a mini tent for the top, attached that to the lamp shade and made a banner for the very top out of felt and fabric. Everything is attached to the base by a simple wooden dowel. I hot glued some straws to the wooden base and attached ribbons to each of them. Then I placed the horses in front of the straws to make it look like they were attached. It ended up a bit on the crooked side, but I think it still worked. Ellie loved it, so I guess that’s all that matters right?
We had a little mac and cheese bar for the little ones (with all of Ellie’s favorite veggies like peas and broccoli) and a make your own sandwich station outside.
A line full of fabric scraps to brighten it up outside.
With one of last years tee pee’s making an encore appearance, we had books and balls and musical instruments and tunnels and two sensory bins to keep the kiddos busy.
And Jeff worked overtime the night before, cooking 75 carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. We were all frosting, minutes before guests arrived (and no, we didn’t have 75 people. We just wanted to make sure we had seconds. This recipe was so delicious thanks Shannon)!
Unfortunately, I did not get a great picture of the birthday girl in her handmade Gramma dress.
But it was adorable on and Ellie loved the pockets and I’m so grateful I have a mom who can sew up a special birthday dress- she’s amazing!
We sent everyone home with a little hand-painted birthday gnome.
Realizing days before that we had more children coming than I had anticipated and therefore was short on gnomes, I’m thankful I am connected to an amazing online community and Claudia was able to send me out more little blank peg dolls just in time for me to finish these guys for the party.
It was a really wonderful day and I hope one that Ellie will remember, or at least enjoy seeing pictures of later on.
The rest of the weekend was a nice one. We had Nana and Papa with us (they are here for two weeks staying in the next town over). We enjoyed some time at the beach, played with new birthday toys and Ellie really enjoyed seeing the super moon and reading about the moon (a new fascination these days).
*those lovely wooden moon toys are from here.
-joining Pumpkin Sunrise for Weekends.
Wow, what a party. Looks like fun. Your centerpiece is gorgeous. Hope Ellie has the most wonderful year ahead.
Aww thank you Kim! I’m looking forward to what “two” has in store!! 🙂
Thanks for sharing with us! Such a beautifully sweet party. Love all that you created. I love the birthday gnomes and those carousel animals are gorgeous! Ellie’s dress was beautiful too! Love it all!
Also I am glad to see you share with us the Etsy shops you use. That helps us too because sometimes I am unsure about ordering so having someone purchase and share is awesome. Thanks 🙂
Oh thank you for the kind words Janet! The etsy shops I use have been so wonderful!! I love buying from small shops like that!!
What a fun party. Carrot cake is my son in loves favorite and for your husband to bake 75 cupcakes that is very sweet. My Emerson doesn’t like to have Happy Birthday sung to her either, she always cries.
I love the dress your mama made, it’s adorable. I’m glad it was such a great day!
Yes, I stood in awe of Jeff cooking away into the night! He’s a keeper that’s for sure! Thank you for the kind words!
what a spread! You outdid yourself with the planning and decorating, so beautiful!! Happiest of birthdays to your sweet little one 🙂
Oh thank you Karen!! I tend to go a little overboard, but I have so much fun with the details. 🙂
Happy Birthday Ellie! I love all the hand made goodness you put into her party. I’m sure a great time was had by all. Her dress was lovely, the gnomes were adorable and your center piece was amazing!!
What a cute house and what a wonder you are. Who cleans house and takes the dogs to the vet or runs errands, etc. I know Jeff cooks and you do the dishes but man, even with one two year old, you sure do get an awful lot done in 24 hours each day. You’re something else. Bet you were pooped out too. Sure do admire you, young woman. Nice job. Well done. Tell Mom that dress is one of the cutest dresses I’ve ever seen. Where did she find the pattern? Love ya’!
Thank you G! The pattern is this one http://oliverands.com/oliver-and-s-patterns-dresses/OLV-OS016IC.html
This is such loveliness. Beautiful, Summer!
thank you Isa! Wish you and K could have been there!
Happy Birthday Ellie!
what a lovely, lovely party! so many things jumped out at me as being over-the-top gorgeous in this post- the amazing wooden horses, the fun little gnomes, her sweet birthday dress, those enormous blueberries (can’t leave them out) and that sweet fuzzy patchwork quilt on the lawn, just to name a few. what a beautiful day you put together in celebration of your sweet girl, Summer~ love it!
Oh thank you so much Amanda!!
Wow THATs a party! Love the gnomes and the center piece. And I like how everything is set up outside for kids to almost like pretend camp:) Is her birthday the 10th of August? That’s my birthday- so in my opinion she chose a good day to be born:)
WHy thank you for all the kind words!! Her birthday is actually August 5th. We had to wait till her Nana and Papa could fly out, so we celebrated on the 10th.
Happy Birthday to you though!! Lots of August birthdays!!