Noah turned two on Sunday! I can hardly believe two years have flown by since this happened. But you know what they say, “Time flies when you are having fun.” Noah has added more fun and been more of a blessing than I could ever have imagined.
Ok. I’ll try to be through with the mushy stuff and on to the “Housewarming Birthday Party” details now.
ML and I went a little crazy this year and decided to give and build Noah a dollhouse for her birthday. I’m still not quite sure what I was thinking but the good news is that Noah loves it!
I thought it would be cute to have a dollhouse theme party since that was our gift to her. I didn’t want just any dollhouse party though… I wanted a housewarming party. So my sister, Lauren over at LH Formal Design helped me design the invitations. We wanted the invitations to look like the guest was being invited to a housewarming party. She pulled ideas from other housewarming party invitations.
They turned out so cute! Looking at the invitation you would never know that Lauren designed the entire card without actually looking at Noah’s dollhouse. They look identical! I mailed her some paint samples and showed her a picture of what the dollhouse could look like.
My mom made those cute clementine pumpkins. A Pinterest find.
The party for the most part was simple. The food and decorations a lot more scaled back from last year. The dollhouse was the main focus and decoration of the table.
Lauren also helped me with the decorations for Noah’s cake. This was my first ever cake to make and I wasn’t about to ruin it by trying to decorate it with some fancy icing. I’m just not talented like that. I’m pretty sure the cake would have ended up looking like a smorgasbord of icing colors. Instead I chos
e to keep it simple and use cutouts attached to wooden sticks. Way easier than decorative icing and it didn’t involve any artificial food colors. Score! Thanks Lauren!
The week leading up to her party we studied all about birthdays, parties, and the “Happy Birthday” song. I’m pretty sure she knew the party was all for her… especially when every one sang happy birthday!
Noah’s guests consisted of family, three of Noah’s friends, and their families. Since Noah and her friends are a bit more active than last year and are capable of destroying the house if left with nothing to do I actually had to come up with a game plan for this year’s party.
I found some coloring place mats on the dollar aisle at Target. The kids loved these plus it gave them something to eat on. The biggest hit of the party though was the “Pin the Furniture on the House” game that my sister created.
Using a piece of poster board she drew a replica of the dollhouse. She then used another piece of poster board to draw pieces of furniture and appliances for the house. Once they were cut out she applied painter tape to the back of each piece. This gave them enough tact to stick to the house but was also easily removable and could be used again and again.
It rocked! Poor Emma had to miss the first half of the party because her bladder gets to excited for that many guests at one time. She did have a bandana that matched Noah’s dress.
After the cake and homemade muscadine ice cream (Noah’s favorite), Noah opened presents. This went as well as it possibly can with four two year olds who don’t understand the concept of “mine” and “share”. Haha! What can you say… they are two.
I have no doubt that Noah truly enjoyed her party and the special time with friends and family. Oh, and the best part for me was how easy the clean-up was since I didn’t do a lot of decorating. Let’s hope I remember that little tip next year.
Thanks to everyone who made her day special.
I’ll be back next week to share all about her dollhouse and her love for it. In the meantime tell me about gifts you have made for others. Do you enjoy making homemade gifts? Or prefer having someone else do the work for you?
P.S. My mom found the cute fabric for Noah’s birthday dress. The colors matched the dollhouse perfectly. She did a fabulous job making Noah’s adorable smocked birthday dress.
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