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October 23, 2014

recap | kaye's 2nd birthday

another party has come and gone...and with as crazy as our lives are right at the moment (turtle 2.0...we're referring to you) we still managed to give the original turtle a bang-up shindig fit for...a turtle...like, the most spoiled turtle you've ever met. 

we started by planning the party for one week prior to my due date. best idea ever...said no one ever.

we also knew we had to have something special to lure people to the farm...enter a bounce house/slide combo. mark this as the best decision ever. while they tend to be obnoxiously huge, it provides fun for ages 2 - 40. 
next, my original plan was to do take and bake pizzas, fruit, and call it a day. but who was i kidding? take and bake pizza just doesn't photograph like mini pigs in a blanket. get real. 
i also coerced amy into coming over early to help with some light furniture moving and vegetable tray arrangements. thanks amy!! girlfriend knows how to make veggies look good. 
so, above and beyond the take and bake pizza idea, i thought...cupcakes. i'll just do cupcakes. those are a snap. 

well, the cupcakes got scrapped for cakepops...and then of course turtle needed a smash cake...and if she smashed the cake then guests would need cupcakes. full circle. so cakepops, cupcakes, and cake for all. why not?
the dessert table on full display...
and remember that smash cake i mentioned...well, she barely touched it. this picture perfectly captures the only time in her life when we could use the word delicate to describe our little flower. 
and because she didn't destroy it...i've been cashing in on that delicious frosting each night for nearly a week now. 

speaking of delicate flower...doesn't my best gal just scream compliant? apparently she wasn't into the  birthday backdrop i fashioned for her earlier this summer. (which we were also able to use at a bridal shower...love that.)
 
each of kaye's friends got to take home a little bucket of goodies: mini play doh, bubbles, and some applesauce. the applesauce was the biggest hit...go figure. 
overall, this party went far smoother than turtle's 1st birthday party. i chalk that up to two things:

1 | i focused in on the quality...not quantity. last year i did pumpkin painting, costume contest, giant dessert display, and god knows what else. i was far less overwhelmed this year...and managed to only procrastinate a little.

2 | bounce house with slide. get a bounce house with slide every. single. time. i know i will be. it's quite the statement piece.
and of course, how could i leave out kaye and amy's oldest boy playing on her new laptop. these two...i can't wait to see what they are like in five years, then ten years, etc, etc.
happy soon to be 2nd birthday turtle. hopefully the best gift will be a new sister!
24 comments on "recap | kaye's 2nd birthday"
  1. This was INCREDIBLE. Can I pay you to plan my birthday next year? The bounce house and pigs in a blanket can stay obviously.

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  2. You did a fabulous job! I love the pictures of her and the backdrop, haha.

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  3. oh my goodness, that family picture is too cute! you did such a great job on this, are you sure you're not a professional event planner?

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  4. You blow my mind! I can't believe you are 9 months pregnant and threw such an awesome party! You rock, doll!

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  5. I'll come to the farm for Turtle 2.0 first birthday :) Everything looked great!

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  6. Dying over the pictures of you trying to corral her in front of the birthday backdrop. Hilarious! She was way too busy to stop for photos, obviously:) Major props, Mama, for pulling all of this off just days before your due date! You're my hero!:)

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  7. GORGEOUS party momma - and you made it!!!! x

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  8. Everything looks so pretty and yummy, kudos to you pulling it off right about to bring turtle #2 in the pic.

    Natalia

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  9. This is the cutest party ever and those desserts look to die for! I am so impressed that you pulled all of this together a week before your due date! You are absolutely super mom!

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  10. Super cute party! I love the above cupcake shot and that smash cake is adorable!

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  11. The party turned out great! You did such a nice job. I agree with the bounce house. It is so fun for any party at any age.

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  12. Gorgeous party. You get extra points for pulling off such a success at such a late point in your pregnancy. When mine was turning 2 and his brother's due date was one week after his birthday I just threw a party when he was actually 1 year 11 months. He did not know the difference (Bad mom moment!)

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  13. Still cannot believe you pulled off such a gorgeous and perfect party a week before your due date!! AMAZING job - can't even comprehend!

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  14. Her party is seriously too cute! Her smash cake is adorable - the decor is fabulous. A bouncy house/slide is brilliant. Yay for a birthday party win!!

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  15. Adorable! What wonderful pictures and memories! She is just precious! That cake is beautiful!

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  16. that party, I swear I am more than jealous. Looks like you all had an amazing time!

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  17. OMG that party looks so fun!! She's a lucky little girl :)

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  18. Loks like a great party!! Happy early birthday Kaye!

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  19. You are officially the coolest mom ever. Can I be you when I grow up?

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  20. Wow, I am super impressed with how all of the details came together! What a fantastic party...and of course, now all I want to do is jump around in a bounce house with a slide!

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  21. Oh my goodness, so perfect! Love all of the little details and that bouncy slide looks like a blast!

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  22. You did so good with the party! Love all of the details, especially the cute little birthday girl! I like how she just goes after that cake!

    Oh and you have me with take & bake pizza...that is a staple at any of my get togethers for sure!

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