I know everyone says this, but it is crazy how fast time flies. It was only yesterday, I was 9 months pregnant, in the middle of moving into our new home, and busy baking for my baby boy’s shalom zachor. Fast forward a few weeks, I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, 7lb 2oz, and gave all my desserts to a pregnant friend who knew she was having a boy. It has been the most amazing 2 years! Annie is an unbelievable addition to our family. She is stubborn, opinionated, has loads of personality, and is just filled with life.
For Annie’s 1st birthday we did an “Annie” themed party (Annie Turns 1!). This year we went with Elmo. There is a love between the two of them that no parent will ever really understand!
Alright, so… theme set (that’s always the hardest part in my opinion), now on to my to-do list:
1. Completely stalk Pinterest and scour the internet to get my creative juices flowing.
2.-5. Send out invitations, come up with a color scheme, get the paper goods, figure out decorations, and get Annie a special birthday outfit.
6. food and dessert (my favorite!)
Oh right, and one big detail I forgot to mention… the party was on Father’s Day, so I needed to do a little something to celebrate the day, and acknowledge all the awesome dads out there.
I'm going to do a quick run through of a few details so I can get right to the good stuff. I sent out invitations through Paperless Post. I uploaded my own picture for the invitation. It was really easy to manage, and came out super cute. The guest list didn't take much time because it was just family. And, the color scheme was red and orange (for obvious reasons).
Wardrobe hunt: I found a super cute Elmo t-shirt off amazon, matched it up with some cute jean shorts, found a headband (which stayed on her head for maybe 5 min.), and completed the outfit with a pair of red converse high-tops (LOVE!).
For Father’s Day, I made a picture frame cutout that my big girls decorated. It said, “We love our dads…Happy Fathers Day!” All the dads took pictures with the kids using a polaroid camera, so they got to keep the picture as a little something special!
We also had a piñata for the kids, which you could never go wrong with.
Food wise I just kept it simple. The party was at 11:00 so we had baked ziti, some bagels, spreads, chips and salsa, and some other little goodies.
Now, on to the desserts: I tried so hard not to go overboard, considering it was just a family party and there really weren't many kids. I decided I would have a fruit platter, make cake pops, cookies, and cupcakes, and of course a birthday cake. I have done many Elmo themed desserts in the past, so I really wanted to try some designs that I have never done before. I made vanilla cake cake pops that looked like the lamp post from Sesame Street and attached a little “Annie Street” sign on the cake pop sticks. Next, I made mini chocolate cupcakes with an assortment of A’s, 2’s, and “Annie Street“ cupcake toppers made out of fondant. For the cookies I made an assortment of big #2’s, some letter A’s, a few different cookies with Elmo’s face on it, and of course Elmo’s fish, Dorothy. Although I could go into much more detail on each cookies design, I’ll just attach a picture of what came about!
Lastly, the cake…. Over the four years I have been doing this, I have learned that less is more. Sure, I could go overboard with decorations, but I have learned to appreciate simplicity: clean, and straight to the point. So, that is basically how I came up with the cake design. I went with a big Elmo made out of fondant (which I had to make 3 times: 1st time the leg broke off when I picked it up, and the 2nd time Annie found it…and ate it). I put big colorful polka dots all over the cake to tie in the polka dots on the cookies and all the colors on the dessert table, and topped off the cake with the classic sesame street sign with “Annie Street” (of course)!
Now, you can’t have a party without having goody bags, so we gave out little fish to all the kids. I attached a little picture of Dorothy, Elmo’s fish, and attached some fish food behind the picture. Crazy.... yea a little, but the kids were so excited!
The party was really nice. All the details were perfect. Annie had loads of fun, and her big sisters were really proud to be, "the big sisters." Doing what I do is awesome and always keeps me creatively challenged, but being able to do something for my own family is the best feeling in the world. Putting all these details aside, what made it most wonderful was spending the day with those we love. It was a party filled with love, heart, dedication, and laughter. I couldn’t have imagined it any other way!