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January 21, 2011

Our "Garden Party"

Beautiful flowers are in bloom...

[Baby A] and [Baby B] are turning two!

Please join us for a "garden party"!


Since the girls' birthday is in January, I couldn't risk a petting zoo party or a trip to the dairy barn. I brainstormed about what they and their little friends would enjoy in an indoor setting, and it finally dawned on me...library story time!

I wanted to do something centered around flowers. With help from my blogger friend Charlene, I chose the book My Garden. It's about a little girl who helps her mother in the garden, but dreams about all the things she would have in her own garden..."If I planted seashells, I'd grow seashells," she fantasizes, for example.

So for the girls' second birthday, we welcomed everyone to our garden...


We were joined by all our twin friends...


...as well as Aunts Karen, Kristin (a surprise visit, at that!), and Shanda...

...and Granddaddy and Emme!


The kiddos played, and then it was time for our story. Aunt Shanda put on her thespian hat and captivated the audience (speaking relatively, in a room of babes) with her animated voice and kiddie-yoga influences.


And then it was time for snacks, inspired by what you might find in a garden...


...like bunny rabbits (grahams), a goldfish pond (crackers), blueberries and strawberries...


...and lots of flowers and bumblebees, too!


We sung "Happy Birthday" - twice of course - first to Baby A, and then to Baby B...


Unlike last year, the girls knew just what to do with that sugary sweet icing...yum-yum!!!



I had planned a craft, but I was (uncharacteristically?) going with the flow during the party, and I didn't think the wee ones were much in the mood to sit and ponder the placement of flower and butterfly stickers on a garden backdrop. These turned into take-home treats, instead.

Here are the girls' creations, done the day after the party...

In addition to the sticker craft, our pint-sized guests left with a bottle of bubbles...


Friends make our hearts bubble over with joy!

Thank you for joining us to celebrate our birthday!

After everyone left and the girls settled down, we let them open their gift -- a collective present from their twin friends...


FAIRY COSTUMES!!! (These were quite the hit, by the way!)


We had so much fun celebrating the girls birthday!!! And we are so blessed to have been able to do it with our sweet family and wonderful friends.

12 comments:

Andrea said...

I love it! You did an awesome job! Your girls looked absolutely fabulous! Too sweet and cute! I am so happy that their party turned out so good. Happy Sunday!

Nicole said...

What a cute idea! Love all the decorations. So creative, as usual. The girls looked cute in their fairy costumes. Happy 2nd Birthday to Baby A and Baby B.

Mandy said...

I love it! I'm a horrible party planner (and our family is just too large) so I may just steal your idea! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I also want to steal your idea as C & K are also in the DEAD of winter (July here). THen again, I may just have an outdoor party so they can all run off their energy (not in my house!!!) and sleep early that night :)

I love all the creativity and something I always want to know - how do you know how much food to do?

I had 9 kids plus their parents and a couple of others (family) and I still had more than half the food left over, so EVERYONE left with doggie bags and I had a freezer full of food!

Charlene said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I love the decorations, very creative with the bubbles and garden planters. And the cupcakes look yummy!

Oh and thanks for the link (you didn't have to do that) that was sweet of you!

I'm glad everything turned out well! And Happy Birthday to the little ones...what cute little fairies they make!!

Beth said...

What a great party!! I love a garden party in January. All your little touches were perfect! And those fairy costumes are adorable!! Your little girls are going to have so much fun being fairies!!

reanbean said...

So sweet! Did you make those cupcakes? Everything looks gorgeous.

I'm so glad you all had a nice time at your party at home. My guys have been to several "on-location" parties recently, but we're still planning a simple party at home. At this point it's looking like a cross between activities and songs they've enjoyed at either playgroup or the library. I think everyone will have a good time. Even without a bouncy house.

strongblonde said...

looks like it went great! what a cute theme. maybe i'll be that ambitious one day? maybe....

the girls looked so cute! i can't believe they're 2! :)

Barbara Manatee said...

what adorable ideas!!

we haven't been too creative on parties for our kids yet b/c they've been just family and just a couple very close family friends. We might have a 'theme' but no big decorations, games or activities...kinda lame like that! ha!

Adorable fairy costumes, too!! so sweet!

Rebecca said...

What an awesome idea!!!! Kind of makes me want to do a snow party for the Crazies in August!

Love the fairy costumes and all of the party goodies! You are getting quite craft, aren't you?

Deanna said...

So, so cute!! I LOVE that their friends got them a collective gift. I am debating the idea of a 'no-gift' party again...especially in light of our simplifying theme for 2011!

Glad they had a great time!

Christina said...

Your so clever!! How awesome for them! :)