For Ella’s 2nd birthday, we decided to make it an Ice Cream Party theme… perfect for the quickly approaching warm weather! Since I love all things party planning, I generally go a little over the top, but tried to keep it a little bit more low key this time around considering I was in my third trimester of pregnancy… I did “okay” on keeping it low key 🙂
After deciding on the theme, the first step was deciding on a design suite for invitations to base the colors, signage, etc off of. I found this adorable invitation on Etsy by LittleRoseStudio. They also have goody bag tags, a welcome sign and thank you cards we purchased! The best part? The invitation is an “Instant Download” so we could just make the edits ourselves on this super easy-to-use software that is done right in your browser called Templett.
As an extra bonus, I was able to use the invitation design to create signage throughout the party: the “come on in” sign for the front door, the photobooth “grab a prop” sign, & a little one also saying to take a party hat & noise maker once they came in the door! A lot of my wedding was DIY, so we have a huge assortment of gold 5×7 frames that we just reuse for all of our events… I’d say that’s a pretty good investment!
I wanted Ella to dress to theme, so I was looking everywhere for adorable Ice Cream print dresses & after hours of searching, amazingly I found this gem on Amazon!!! You can’t beat the price or it’s cuteness!!
For decor, we hung a variety of balloons in different colors & sizes. I actually didn’t even need to buy any balloons, I had all of these from leftover parties from over the years!
I also got a few bouquets of the most colorful flowers from our local grocery store & put them in a couple clear vases and also some spray painted wine & beer bottles.
Food & Drinks:
We held the party after nap time at 4pm, so we did easy finger foods, chips etc. that were adult & kid friendly, including: cucumber finger sandwiches, pb&j finger sandwiches, caprese skewers, chips/onion dip, tortilla chips/salsa varieties, goldfish, and a veggie tray.
For dessert, we set up an ice cream bar with cups, cones & a slew of toppings to enjoy! We also ordered this adorable cake from a local Austin spot called Hayley Cakes & Cookies. You can follow them on Instagram here!
We kept it simple with beverage options & had water, lemonade & assorted sparkling water, beer & wine for adults!
FUN FUN FUN:
For the toddlers we set up stations of entertainment all over the back yard! For some simple stations, we put out a sand table we got from Amazon with some basic sand toys, as well as a basket of sidewalk chalk & a few hula hoops. A friend of ours owns a fun bounce house that makes appearances at all of the neighborhood parties – it was a BIG HIT. I also printed some free black and white coloring pages I found on Google of some ice cream cones & set up a coloring table on our IKEA toddler picnic table. Ella’s special birthday gift from my parents was this children’s trampoline from Wal-Mart… we made sure it was set up before the party! (Which was great for entertaining Ella while we were setting up all day!!!) Another easy setup was the photobooth. I repurposed fabric that I bought to decorate Ella’s high chair for her first birthday as a backdrop and bought the ice cream themed props on Amazon. Lastly, we set up a bean bag toss that we made for the party & have actually kept it out for fun playdates. I wrote up a quick how-to, if you’d like to make a bean bag toss, too 🙂 I promise, it was easier than it looks!!!
The party was super fun & Ella had the best time, even when her friend blew out her candles before she had a chance!!! It was actually quite hilarious. We had an incredible turnout and loved every minute of her big 2nd birthday!!!