On Saturday we threw Kaitlyn a second birthday party that turned out to be flat out incredible. From the weather, to the food, to the decor, to the wonderful friends that came to celebrate, it was honestly quite the perfect afternoon. I feel comfortable saying this because I can’t take the credit, as it was the generous help of friends that made it all come together.
My friend Kelly is a party planning extraordinaire. This is not an exaggeration, as she is also the one that pulled off the surprise baby shower for me. She shares her talent for beauty and eye for design at Magic Hat Events. Though you will see all the fun and beauty she brought to the party through the decor, decoration and games, what stands out the most to me about Kelly is her generous heart.
While talking to her one day about my lack of party planning skills, she asked if she could help.
And from there, she completely ran with it, leaving me in awe with all she came up with.
If you have a kid party of any kind coming up, buy this. It was the biggest hit!
It was truly a child’s wonderland and since we lucked out with the most gorgeous weather for being outside, it all went off without a hitch.
Well, maybe one hitch- my Budweiser bucket among all her beautiful flower creations.
Once I knew the details were in Kelly’s hand I started to try and plan the menu. I have a confession. I love cooking, but not on a mass scale. I was trying to figure out what I’d make and how I’d do it. When my friends at Whole Foods Lake Norman offered to help celebrate Kaitlyn turning two by providing the food for the party, I was blown away and eagerly accepted with a big hug.
And I’m so glad I did. Just look at the deliciousness.
The craziest part, is despite my love for the store’s high quality selections, I had NO idea they even offered catering services, but they do. And it’s just as fresh and delicious as all the food in the store.
They took care of every detail, ensuring we had everything we need from serving tongs for collard green slaw to homemade hummus and ranch for the crudites to pickled onions and pickles for the pulled pork sandwiches.
It was a feast that everyone dug into and raved about.
This took so much pressure off of me and allowed me to just chill and enjoy. I will absolutely be using them again, as they can handle big or small groups.
But you know what really makes a party? The people. From my mom and dad coming early and hopping right in to help tie balloons and blow up beach balls to the most amazing friends that not only come to celebrate, but help corral the kids and lend their talents to managing pinata swinging and face painting.
Honestly, I’m still bubbling with gratitude and basking in the highlights of the afternoon with such wonderful people.
The warm weather with the constant breeze allowed us to do cake outside, which was a godsend with so many little ones running around.
Though we couldn’t get the candles lit, our almost-two year old didn’t seem to mind!
The chocolate (Kaitlyn’s favorite) cake was a hit, go figure.
It gave Kaitlyn just enough of a sugar buzz to make it past bedtime, but eventually the birthday girl hit her wall and told us ever so gently that she was ready for bed.
After a good night’s sleep, she was up and ready to open presents, which made it a pretty exciting morning.
And today, her real birthday when I finally have to admit she is two, we will continue the celebration by making her queen for the day, cooking her favorite foods and savoring the adorableness that is TWO.
Do you enjoy planning parties?
What has been the biggest hit at kids parties you’ve been to?
Hailey loves the pinata more than anything, but I really think the bubble station stole the show!