2 years ago I was blessed with the 2 greatest gifts; and in two years, not one day has passed that I haven’t thanked G-d for giving them to me. I have said this so many times, but I think it is incredible how you could instantly just love someone so much that it hurts. My girls make me laugh all day. They are funny, kooky, and pretty nutty… I love every second of it!
Over the holidays we celebrated their 2nd birthday. Birthdays mean parties, and parties mean baking, and baking means….time to go crazy!
First mission was to come up with a theme. I searched the internet high and low, spoke with some friends, and asked all of my family members, (a million times), until something really grabbed me. When I came across the “ABC theme”, I thought it was completely age appropriate and filled with endless creative possibilities! From then on, I was on the lookout for anything ABC-ish. I walked into stores and saw magnets, cards, signs, toys… it was ABC-overload! I also wanted to include B & S in the party planning as much as I could. I know I’ll probably remember the party more than them, but still, I thought it would be fun to do things together. Night activities became decorating all the letters of the alphabet which hung over our “ABC’s of Bella & Sophie” poster, making signs for the coloring station, and decorating their own party hats.
I found these great ABC napkins off of ebay and bought plates, cutlery, and cups in different colors. I used the kitchen island for the drinks and coffee, and had a little drawing table with some ABC coloring pages and crayons for the kids to color. Everything was labeled with a different alphabet letter, filling the house with the ABC’s. I had 2 main tables, one with all of the food, and another filled with the desserts. I filled a vase with mini alphabet magnets, put some daisies in it, and used that as the center piece on the main table. While setting up for the party, my dad was in charge of keeping the girls occupied – they made their own flower centerpiece which landed on the coloring station. Thanks Papa!
Now, enough about the decorations, and on to the food! For mains we had the basics: lasagna, ziti, bagels and spreads, some ABC noodles & ketchup, veggies, and all different types of quiches. YUM!
For the desserts, I decided to make ABC themed cupcakes. I made the B & S extra special, and a big #2 with triangles on the letter T. I made a cake stand using the Melissa and Doug alphabet stacking blocks, and used that as a centerpiece for the table. I wanted to try some new type of desserts. Instead of putting a stick in the marshmallows, I decided to decorate some of them with a thin ribbon of sprinkles and others with drizzle. I made chocolate and vanilla cake pops, put them on fun sticks, and decorated some with a sprinkled swirl (I love how those came out!). I made some chocolate dipped smore’s, and Rice Krispie treats with m&m’s on top. Of course, I had to have chocolate covered pretzels, and my mom made these awesome Jello’s in a cup. I made chocolate covered “birthday cake Oreo’s” and decorated them with edible transfers. Lastly, I baked up some alphabet linzer tarts, and bought these cinnamon alphabet cookies from Trader Joes.
Lastly, a party isn’t a party without goody bags! Just incase people hadn’t eaten enough, I decided to make #2 ABC cookies, and package them up for everyone to take home.
And there you have it! All in all, the party was a huge success. The girls had a great time, and everyone seemed to be having fun. All of this being said, the day was only perfect because of those who we shared it with. We couldn’t thank our family enough for all they have done for us over the past two years. We can’t wait to see what year #2 brings us! On to planning next year’s party… JUST KIDDING!