Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I scream, you scream

Over the weekend we threw Lil' Bug an ice cream themed party because there's no better way to turn two. It really was just an excuse for me to go over board with the details and cause myself more stress than a birthday party should. I even had the weird party dream. You know the dream. We ran out of beer, a guest cried because the couch was uncomfortable, and my hubby wore his full military dress blues. Yeah, that dream. Luckily the actual party went a little more to plan.

Here's a few of the details from the party. In my haste, I forgot to take a picture of the entire set up, but you probably get the gist. Lots of pink and sugar!

Of course, it all starts with the invitation, designed and made by your truly. The inspiration for the rest of the details come from this piece. Also pictured are the envelope and thank you note. 

A sweet little "Hello" bunting flag banner and chalkboard greet our guests.

The awning was the statement piece of the table. Simply made from PVC pipe and a variety of connectors. The fabric is white duck cloth with pink stripes painted on using frog tape (worlds better than the blue tape!) and a paint sample from Home Depot.


Sugar, sugar and more sugar. What's an ice cream party with out all the accouterments? Because just serving ice cream wouldn't be enough, there were 12 different toppings, rice krispy treats, marshmallow pops, meringue cones, brownies, floats, and of course, cake. The cake was a three layered neapolitan, which turned out pretty good for my first attempt at a birthday cake. Paper straws, hand stamped wooden spoons, and teeny tiny clothes pins complete the look.

As a party favor, I couldn't resist sending guests home with a pint container of more sugar. A small selection of ice cream toppings for later use, plus a few ice cream stickers and temporary tattoos.

And finally, the birthday girl herself. I ordered an adorable custom shirt from this Etsy vendor. It came as a cute ruffle-trimmed shirt, but I added a simple two layer square knit skirt to the bottom to make it more of a party dress. As you can see, it got its fair share of real ice cream stains! The last picture was taken only moments before the "Great Sugar Crash of 2014" imploded.

I had a blast putting it all together, but next year I'm taking it easy. Like order a few pizzas, easy. (Who am I kidding?)