Livia's first birthday party had a preppy, east coast, nautical motif -- navy blue, bright pink, stripes, boats, pinwheels...you get the picture.
But, for her big #2? Well, it's for the birds. Literally. A bird themed birthday. After I chose the theme, I scoured the internet (mostly Pinterest and Etsy) for ideas. I was flooded with inspiration. Everything from DIY invitations, printables, felts, food, and fancy. It was hard to know where to begin, but I decided upon: venue, invitations, decor, giveaways, and cupcakes.
First things first: Venue. Last year, we threw her an over-the-top first birthday party at a local park, which was perfect because we invited everybody and anybody who knew we even had a baby. Having it at a park was all good, except for the transport, of well, everything. Note to my blog readers: never have a huge event at a park, unless you drive a Mack Truck to transport everything. We, quite thankfully, do not drive a Mack Truck; therefore, we had to rely on friends and family (thank you!) to haul over all the extras we couldn't fit in our Jeep (pretty much everything except the decorations). This year, we are throwing Livia two separate birthday parties to keep it more low key (yes, two = more low key) -- a "friends" birthday party (all her toddler friends from my mother's group) on a Wednesday morning, and a "family" birthday party (just grandparents and aunties) on a Sunday morning. Because I was slightly scarred from the park scenario the year before, I decided to just have it at...drumroll please...home. Our backyard is perfect for hosting -- we have a kiddie pool, water table, grass, and a shaded, fenced in deck perfect for the parents. Venue set: home.
Whew. I'm glad I get a breather for the next six months.