If you follow my blogs or are my friend on Facebook or Instagram then you know that I am quite the party planner. I am always planning or helping plan some kind of party whether it is a birthday party, baby shower, bridal party or whatever other party there is to be planned lol
Well...I was trying to figure out what kind of party I should throw for Josselyn's 2nd Birthday. Her 1st birthday was a huge, over the top, Under the Sea Mermaid Party! Here is the blog I wrote about it: An Under the Sea Mermaid Party! Her 1st birthday turned out wonderful and although I love going all out, I decided to scale back quite a bit with this party. My husband would kill me if I went that crazy for every birthday especially since we have 2 girls now!!! I chose the "mermaid" theme last year since Josselyn was only 1 and she had no clue what was really going on. This year I decided to go with something Josselyn actually loves. Josse loves balls (but I refuse to have a ball party for a girl), she loves Yo Gabba Gabba (I can not stand that show), she loves animals (I contemplated a party at the ranch or having a petting zoo but August is just way too hot) & she loves Sesame Street (hmmm something I can actually work with). Josse adores Elmo & Abby Cadabby so I decided to go with an Abby Cadabby Fairy Pool Party! I am not huge on "cartoon" themed parties but I figured Abby is pretty darn cute for a cartoon and I can incorporate butterflies, flowers, pink, purple, etc with the Abby party theme.
So there you have it I decided to have an Abby Cadabby Fairy Party for Josselyn's 2nd Birthday! I then did what every mom now does when planning a party....I started a "secret" Pinterest board to get some good ideas! Here are the few of the ideas I found that helped me plan Josse's Abby Cadabby party.
The first thing I did was search Pinterest & Google for some cute Abby Caddy Parties! I come to the conclusion that the colors will be pink, purple & aqua. I also have decided that I want to use Abby Cadabby paper goods (plates, napkins, etc) from Party City but I do not want to go Abby Cadabby crazy with it all. I also want to incorporate fresh flower with the decor so there will be a little touch of elegance with all the Abby cartoon faces haha! Here are a few of my inspiration pics...
|I definitely want to find Abby plates, napkins, etc|
|I want to incorporate butterflies & flowers|
|I want to decorate with pink, purple & aqua|
Invitations set the tone for any party! I searched Pinterest & Etsy for cute Abby invites and below are the ones I liked the most.
I found so many fun ways to decorate for an "Abby Party" but the key is to keep this party low key, budget friendly and not go overboard. The one thing I saw that I have to have is Abby Cadabby fabric! I just loved how this one Abby party on Pinterest used Abby fabric as a table topper for the food table. Luckily, I did find this awesome fabric at Hobby Lobby!!!
I also need to figure out center pieces for 3 or 4 tables. I love these DIY Abby centerpieces I came across (left). They only cost $5 to make. But, I also have the option of doing something with mason jars and Abby cut outs with our Cricut (right). Unfortunately, the Sesame Street Cricut cartridge is not cheap...
I definitely want to have a couple bouquets of balloons at the party incorporating the colors (pink, purple & aqua) and then I want to have a huge Abby Cadabby mylar balloon in the bouquet!
I am a total sucker for tissue paper balls and paper lanterns. I know I always use paper lanterns/tissue paper balls at the parties I throw, but I just think they add so much to a party. Plus, I already have pink & turquoise paper lanterns so how can I not use them?!?!
Banners, banners, banners... I love hand made party banners! These suckers take so much time but they are just so dang cute! I have to make one or two Abby birthday banners for the party. My mom invested in a Cricut machine last year, so we have been on a roll making banners for every party we help plan! Here are a couple Abby banners I just love!
Lastly, a cute party wreath always add's a cute touch when the guests come & go. I have no clue what kind of wreath I am going to make but I do love this Abby Caddy inspired wreath I found on Pinterest!
It is not easy coming up with food ideas for an Abby Caddaby pool party. I want to keep it simple since this is food for a 2 year old party but I do want to be creative. One of my very favorite things I have come across are sesame street character fruit/veggie platters!
I also came across the most adorable, girly, festive, trail mix recipe on Pinterest! This definitely looks like a fairy treat :)
I am a total sweets girl & unfortunately so is Josselyn! We both love cake pops, marshmallow treats, and chocolate covered anything haha. So here are a few of the cute dessert ideas I found!
I totally love colorful punch so I know that I want to have some type of pink and maybe aqua colored punch for the guests to drink! Look how pretty this pink punch is!
You can not have a birthday party without a cake (at least that is what my mother says!) I actually was NOT going to have a cake this year but instead have cupcakes. Cupcakes just seem so much easier for 2 year old party. However, YaYa (my mom) said that her granddaughter had to have an Abby cake lol So my mom is going to order a little Abby cake for Josse! I am still going to have some cupcakes and make some cute Abby cupcake toppers to go on them.
|I love both of these cakes!|
|Love these cupcake toppers|
Finally...what to wear?!?! This is a swim party so Josselyn will be in a swim suit but I still wanted to find something cute for the birthday girl to wear at the beginning of the party when everyone is eating. I fell in love with this Abby Cadabby onesie and tutu skirt! I also loved all of the hand made party hats I kept coming across but I swore to myself I would never hand make party hats again. Last year I hand made 24 party hats (it took 3 full days) and only half of them got worn at the party and then I watched people throw them away afterwords!!! It was then that I came to the conclusion that the store bought hats would have been just as sufficient and wayyyy less work!!!! I just do not know if I will be able to resist adding a few embellishments to the store bought hats lol
Wish me luck friends & thank you "fairy" much for reading my party planning blog post!
*Click on the link to see pictures from the party "An Abby Cadabby Birthday Party"