Easter weekend whizzed by with family in town for the holiday and Elle’s second birthday party. Elle is a dress and pearls kind of girl. She’s always begging for my pearls and to do multiple outfits changes a day. I think she believes she’s a host at the Oscars. When my mom gave me a makeup bag that was a designed by Lily Pulitzer I knew instantly what the theme of her birthday would be… Lily with her love of bright colors (namely pink), beautiful dresses and pearls… that is Elle. So I built the whole party around bright blues and pinks and we hosted a a little dessert party from 3-5pm on Saturday.
The whole party was built around this quote by Lily Pulitzer… the quote was meant to be a fun party theme, not something we are teaching her to base her life around, but for a little girl who is two and wants to wear her sequined shoes to go play outside I thought it was fitting for her.
You can see how poor the lighting was for this next picture because the quote above is very true to life for what the colors were in the invite. I designed it around this free Lily background I found and then my mom found this adorable Ralph Lauren Chaps dress from Kohl’s that were the exact colors o f the invite. That dress was promptly ordered and became an early birthday gift.
The party was very budget friendly (around $100-$125 for 24 people). Because it was in the afternoon we just did a sweet and salty set up and popped some popcorn into apothecary jars, I made some homemade cupcakes (this recipe is great) then set up my tiered stand with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Hollywood Squares and my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. We needed to balance it out with a little fruit, of course.
As I was laying in bed the morning of the party I had a brainstorm to use a giant board, paint it and let that be the “plate” for the cupcakes. It worked out perfectly because the whole board was able to be transported into the living room for cake time.
As I was taking photos prior to the party Drew jumped in front of me shouting “cheese!”. I love his sweet smile here.
Elle was absolutely hysterical the day of the party… Whenever someone asked for a birthday idea I told them dresses, jewelry or shoes. Her enthusiasm with seeing dress after dress never waived when opening gifts. She wanted to put each one on… and I hope I never forget the adorable squeal she did at the end very end when she saw a necklace she loved. There never was a more enthusiastic present opener, or once who managed to wear as many items as she could from her stash. 🙂
Each of our wonderful guests left the party with a bag of jellybeans and a sugar high.