Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunny Days! (Take One)

We had an big fun party on Saturday celebrating Levi turning two in a week! Though I am still in denial about the whole growing up thing (someone make it STOP), we threw our baby boy a Sesame Street party and he LOVED it. I can't explain to you the joy I felt as he walked in and saw the whole tablescape. His little eyes lit up and he screamed out the names of everything he saw! He couldn't stay away from that table. It made all of the planning and preparing more than worth it. It was all about that precious little child!

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I took over 400 pictures of the day, so like last year, I am going to divide the party up in to two parts: the decor and the day. Don't worry, I won't post all 400 pictures, but there will be a lot! I would say "WARNING: LOTS OF PICTURES", but I don't think it deserves a warning because I don't see it as a bad thing. I love looking at other people's pictures, (It's the secret spy in me.) and hopefully you do, too. I'm going to cover the decor first because it's in almost every picture, and the day itself tomorrow. This theme was so much fun to plan because of all the colors and all the fun that makes up Sesame Street! I'm so glad that he is the show's #1 fan. :)

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The table! So colorful and fun!

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Let me tell you about it. When I was racking my brain, trying to come up with ideas, I thought it would be cute to have a vase to represent each character! Well, not really each character, but several of them at least. The items in the vases worked as party favors as well, and a lot of the goodies came from Oriental Trading online. The little stars in front of them were handmade by me. I was totally a DIY'er and I was proud. HA!!

Elmo and his crayons! That was an easy one.

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Bert and his bottlecaps! The candy worked perfect to represent Bert's bottlecap collection! :)

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Cookie Monster and his cookies! Another easy one.

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Big Bird and his teddy bear, Radar. I racked my brain to come up with a representation of BB, and when I remembered his teddy bear, it was like hitting the jackpot!

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Ernie's rubber duckies!

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Oscar the Grouch and his trashcan! :)

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Inside the trashcan were none other than gummy worms.

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Here is the table without the cake and cookies on - the night before!

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These candy bars matched his invitations perfectly. My favorite part was "this party was brought to you by the letter L and the number 2.

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The blurred out invitation:

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On Etsy (hallelujah for that wonderful, wonderful place), I found a lady who makes CUTE Sesame stuff. She made these adorable cups for us. Sippy's for the kiddos and regular cups for the adults. Oh, they were so much fun!

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Another Etsy seller made these for me. GAH! That SIGN! I just couldn't get over it. So presh!

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THE CAKE!

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One of my very best friends in all the land makes cakes just as a little hobby and past time. She makes GORGEOUS cakes and she has been threatening "cake retirement" (um, she's 28.), but I called upon her to make Levi's birthday cake. I wanted her because she's pretty incredible with her skills (skillz), and I thought it would be so very special to have his honorary auntie make his cake.

She lives in the next state over and came all the way over (FOUR HOURS) to deliver the goodies. I was just so, so thankful and blessed by her precious friendship. And let me just say, her cake and cookies were FABULOUS!!!!

I was blown away.

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Okay, okay. You may be thinking, "oh how cute - she did such a great job!", but let me tell you this, the cake and the cookies were hands down the best tasting cakes and cookies I've ever sunk my teeth into!! Everyone at the party was blown away by how GOOD it was. The cake was buttery and moist and the cookies tasted like they had been cooked an hour before. Now that is talent!!

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The night before, Mom and I made these lollipop trees as a fun accent. I knew it was something I wanted to do and when I asked her if she knew how, she said, "nope, but we'll figure it out"! That's what I love about my mom - she can tackle anything! I thought they turned out so cute!

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More favors: miniature cookies and goldfish crackers!

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I thought about giving away real live goldfish, but I thought I may have some angry parents on my hands. Crackers were safe. :)

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I made some Elmo Oreos and thought they were so much fun! I stole the idea from somewhere on the internet. :)

Each guest was given a Sesame Street tote bag to take all their goodies home in! Aren't they so much fun? I love them! They are reusable for grocery shopping at whatnot. Look at me being green.

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The favors they took in their bags home were plentiful, yet super affordable!! (Seriously, Oriental Trading saved me a bundle!)

~Rubber Ducky
~Teddy Bear
~Cookies
~Crayons
~Trashcan with gummy worms
~Coloring Book
~Memory Game Cards
~Miniature cookies
~Goldfish crackers
~Suckers
~Bottlecaps
~Souvenir sippy cup/adult cup

It's great using favor items as decor, because you don't have near as much to clean up! ;)

The plates matched the napkins on the left, but I didn't get a picture of them!

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What a fun day celebrating the sweetest little two year old!!

48 comments:

  1. I loooove it! Just adorable! Inspiration for this little one's (who isn't even born yet!) first birthday! :) Can't wait to see post #2

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  2. So cute!

    Did you make the ballon wreth?
    & you forgot to blur out your address and number in he invitations

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  3. Awesome!! What a great job Mama, I am so inspired! Happy 2nd birthday to your big guy :)

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  4. I really love your blog! I have awarded you the styish blogger award..

    http://kjaggers.blogspot.com/2011/05/stylish-blogger-award.html

    I look forward to reading more of your post!

    The birhday party looked amazing!! I bet you created all kinds of good memories!!

    =)))

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  5. you are so creative, wow I am taking notes for when I have babies haha :)

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  6. I love it! You did such an amazing job! I love the balloon wreath!

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  7. That WREATH is a really neat idea. Since Balloons come in so many different colors, and are so so cheap, you could potentially make one every year for different themes! SUCH a good idea!!

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  8. You have really outdone yourself this time Whitney, the decor looked fantastic! I love that balloon wreath - I found a how-to on the link below for anyone who wants to make one.

    http://www.howdoesshe.com/birthday-wreath

    I think I'd be a little sad to have to pack it all away after the party! Its so festive.

    Looking forward to Levi's next party to see what you do for his 3rd birthday!

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  9. Ooooh how cute!!! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  10. This is purely AMAZING!! You did such a great job with this party! The theme was so vibrant and fun and I love all the personalized signs and things. The favor bags were great. The kids must have been so thrilled to have so many goodies to take home! I'm glad Levi loved it! He has a great Mama who throws magnificent parties!

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  11. Wow! So fun and colorful! I love the wreath, did you make it? Did you get the cricut and sesame street cartridge?
    Oh, your friend's cookies especially look awesome as well as the cake.

    Happy Birthday Levi.

    christi

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  12. I am, once again, completely amazed at the details in all the decorations and all the effort that must go into planning every little thing and making everything match so well! Happy 2nd bday Levi! sidenote: I can't believe he's 2 already!!!!

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  13. This looks like THE best birthday party EVER!!! And how much fun it must have been to plan! Nice work, Whitney, nice work. :)

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  14. wow!! this was amazing!! you did a fabulous job! I love the attention to detail =)

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  15. How bright, fun, and exiting! Where did you find the tim!

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  16. You are your mother's daughter! Nice work, Whitney!

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  17. Awesome Awesome Awesome! What can I say?! You seem to decorate like me! That was unbelievable! Uh and there is nothing to stop the growing up! I know it is so hard! My first born will turn 13 this year! WHAT?! How sweet of you to do all this planning for your baby! I know how much it means and when you see there happy faces it makes everything worth it! I love etsy too!

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  18. That is awesome! You take after your mom that's for sure.

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  19. Amazing--super cute!

    P.S.--the growing up doesn't stop--I've threatend with a brick on the head to stop it but my 3-year-old told me it wouldn't work!
    Amazing decor as always--keep the pics coming!!

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  20. how cute!! I decided months ago to do an Elmo party for my son's 3rd birthday in august and have started collecting things. can you share the etsy sellers?? also where did you get the elmos to go on the oreos? Thanks!

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  21. Adorable. It looks like the party was a blast.

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  22. LOVE all of the decor!! You did such a fabulous job! The wreath at the end is just adorable too!! Can't wait to see more :) Happy birthday, Levi!

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  23. I'm going to need to know more about that balloon wreath! Did you make it/buy it? So CUTE!

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  24. I am dying to know how far in advance you start planning so you can buy all the accessories/gifts and how do you budget for these parties? They seem so wonderful but I worry I could never come close with limited time and money.

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  25. um this is by far the cutest b-day party I have ever seen. AWESOME JOB!!! So adorbs.

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  26. omigod, you make me feel like such a terrible mom for just having a Dora mural and a couple balloons at my daughter's party, hahahaha! This should be in a magazine or something.

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  27. UMMMMM Holy crap!!!!! AMAZEBALLS!

    Can you come plan my 28th birthday party lol? PLEASE?

    Turned out AMAZING! And I want some of those goldfish crackers! And the Oreos!

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  28. That looks amazing! I love party decor and I can tell that you put lots of hard work and creative energy into making it a special day! :)

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  29. I do NOT know how you put that all together! We have fun doing our kid's parties, but I don't plan that far in advance. I must do a better job at that! Great party!! Can't wait for part 2!

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  30. So cute! What a lot of work you put into your little man's big day - what a great mom!
    Were the banners made by someone or did you buy them somewhere?

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  31. It looks amazing! What a lucky little boy :) Can't wait to see post 2.

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  32. Everything is just absolutely adorable!! You are so creative :) Happy Birthday Levi!

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  33. So stinking cute, all of it!

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  34. That is amazing. You would make the best party planner. You can tell you put a lot of thought and energy into it. The cake and cookies look amazing. Glad they tasted just as good. My only question is about the balloon wreath.. did you make it or get it somewhere? I love it.

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  35. One word...ADORABLE. I can't even stand it. And I can't stop thinking about those cookies. So cute, Whitters!! (I can't believe he's 2 next week!!!)

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  36. Love....LOve....LOVE it! What an amazing party! You worked long and hard on this! How did you make the balloon wreath?

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  37. I've been reading your blog for a few weeks and enjoy it so much. The party looks like a blast - I hope I can do that great of a party when I have children!

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  38. Whitney, everything is SO cute!! You are so creative, everything was perfect and adorable!! You did a great job!

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  39. wow, you throw a great party. Ever since Levi's first birthday I've been waiting to see what you would do with his second. It's amazing! I can't wait to see what you have in store for next year.

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  40. That's awesome! The whole thing kit n kaboodle is just awesome! How did you make the banner and the balloon wreath?

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  41. Oh it's so amazing! I wish I was Levi's little friend :)
    Did you make that balloon wreath? It's so cool, what a great idea!

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  42. Great job! I love the Levi Street sign! Cute :)

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  43. I'm subscribed to you in my reader so, I'm usually reading on there and I don't really stop to comment but, I just had to take the time to say how amazing this party looks! You did a fantastic job! Looks like you inherited your party throwing skills from your mom!!
    I always enjoy reading your posts on parties and holidays. You definitely know how to do it! Levi is one blessed little man. :)

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  44. Found you today on pinterest. Love your party! Can you tell me the link to the place that did your sippy cups? Those are adorable. My youngest will be 2 in May and we're thinking about doing a Sesame Street theme. :)

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  45. HI!

    LOVE your sesame street party! I hope to have a sesame street themed party for my twins in April, where did you get the totes from and do you recall how much they were?
    Thanks!
    Arlene

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  46. Where did you get the reusable sesame street shopping bags? They are adorable!

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