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Miss E had her birthday a few days after miss J. She turned 2. And then decided to grow up a lot. We had to move her to a big girl bed because she would no longer not climb out of her crib. She started picking up a few words a day. And she just began to grow up, if that makes sense. It was like she fully crossed into toddlerhood. Funny how it just seems to happen sometimes. No progression. Just happens in an instant. We just had a family birthday party for her, but miss J helped me make it special with some decorations.
We used things that we had around the house. Vintage lace adorned the wall with some gold tissue paper pom poms that I had from a current wall decorating. I took the yellow pom pom flowers off of our photo chalkboard and put them in a vintage vase. The place mats were a fabulous thrifted find that I have later plans for and the tablecloth is a vintage one that I scored off of Ebay years ago.
I made a two layer chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Yum. We love cake around here. Big sis found the pink crown in the dress up bin and thought it would be good to use instead of the hats I had. I agreed. A crown for the birthday princess was perfect.
Miss E didn’t really get the candle thing at all though. It was kind of funny. Even after trying to show her, she just didn’t care. Oh well. Maybe next year.
We filled our tummies with sugar and our hearts with love in celebration for this precious little girl. She’s my goofy one and always gets me to smile. Happy and blessed to have both of my sweet girls!
Silhouette is having a sale right now that I’m a little late sharing. Sorry! (go here today to get a HUGE discount on the Cameo and Portrait Vinyl Combo….but make sure to use code HAPPY when checking out for the discount to show up). So they sent me some strawberry vinyl to play around with. I had the idea of putting some vinyl on balloons before so I put it to the test. I’m pleased to say that this is something that works, but there are some things to be aware of.
First of all, I used my Silhouette machine to cut out two things: a phrase and a heart. I got both graphics from the online shop. Then miss E and I went to a party store and got some plain balloons. I stuck the vinyl on them in the car because I had originally planned to go stick them on my hubby’s car. But it was too windy to try and do pics of them, so they came home with me. I do not recommend trying to put them on the balloons in a car! It was a bit difficult trying to hold it down and get it on without much room 🙂 But, it worked. And if you don’t push the vinyl down when putting it on, you can take it off if it gets messed up. Just be careful. They didn’t pop on me, but I think if you pulled it off fast it might make the balloon pop.
My daughter says these are for Valentines Day, and well I do suppose they look very Valentinesy. But remember my original plan? Yes. For love. I think this would be cute for a photo prop for doing the first 12 months of an infants life, engagement pics, birthday balloons, etc. Here is the problem though. These kind of balloons loose air pretty fast. They shrink, but the vinyl does not. See pic below.
This is what it looked like after 7 hours. So if you want to do this, Don’t put the vinyl on until close to the time you need it. And take your time putting it on. Maybe even enlist some help (you know, someone hold it still while you put it on). I think I will make some number ones for my girls birthdays. If you were to do this, what event would you make them for?
Now for the final birthday post 🙂 So, for those who haven’t read the other posts, both of my daughters had birthdays this summer. In fact, their birthdays are only four days apart. Since my youngest turned one and we were going to be visiting family in Virginia, I decided to just have on big party for them both.
It was so big because, well, we both have a lot of family there and we also wanted to invite friends. It was kind of like a big reunion in a way.
I wanted to have it at a place that would accomodate everyone and found a wonderful farm to use. They let you rent a spot and include a lot of fun farm activities.
It was a hot day but so much fun!
I used burlap in a lot of the decor since the sit down part was in a barn. I made table runners, a thank you banner for the favor bag bucket, and a big happy birthday sign with burlap.
For a simple streamer, I just tied on strips of fabric to a thick twine. The ceiling had all kinds of nails for hanging stuff on, so it was super easy to put up. I also added some to miss E’s high chair.
They already had all the lights up and all. I also bought random flowers from a local grocery store and spread them out in mason jars. That was it on decorations. Simple and quick!
Miss E was so good and hung out in her stroller at the beginning while everything was put together.
I tried to get a picture with them, but miss J wasn’t really into it. She wanted to be playing with her friends 🙂
I aslo tried to get a pic of them together, but then miss E didn’t want anything to do with pictures. Oh well. We’ll take what we an get. (I did make their dresses too. See more info on that here.)
For the smash cake, I just used the leftover batter and made a two layer cake and covered it in pink frosting (I just tinted regular buttercream frosting).
And then I made a bunch of cupcakes (talked about all of that here).
I was glad they held up as good as they did in the heat.
We did stick the ones with the cream cheese frosting in a fridge though. The others wouldn’t fit.
Since miss J was really the one who would be able to do candles, we just let her do it.
I can’t believe I have a 5 year old now!
This was her first sweet thing like this ever.
She dug in! But she didn’t eat too much. She doesn’t seem to have such a sweet tooth like her big sis does.
I think one of miss J’s favorite things was the petting farm.
She loved the chicken coop especially.
Here she was making a nest for them 😉
They also had pony rides for the kids. So much fun!
And one of my favorite things were the peacocks roaming around. They came in at the end checking things out. I’m so glad we were able to have this for them, especially miss J. Her past few birthdays have been away from family so she was so excited about this!
On another note, it seems like the hurricane isn’t going to be so bad for us in this part of Louisiana. I just keep looking though because you just never know with these things. They still have school cancelled, so we shall see. We are praying for all of you who are really having to deal with the mess from it.
I want to say a big thank you real quick to all who have offered their information on our soon to be new living area. I’m catching up on my emails too 🙂
So this past weekend was our last big event here in Jacksonville. We threw a surprise baby shower for friends of ours and boy (or should I say girl?), was it fun!!!! They are a Coast Guard family with no family here, so of course we had to do something. Just like some of you ladies said when you wrote me, us military families have to stick together!
I created some fun invitations for the shower. Simple but cute.
and I gave her some of the crochet hair bows I had and made some new felt bow hair clips.