I really feel like I have to prefix this by saying that the lighting in my house is awful. I know I always say that but no amount of lamps in my home helps this awful lighting situation. It’s a first world problem to have, I know, but these pictures kinda kill me because they are so dark and just not that cute.
Luckily, the birthday girl makes up for the lack of cute in the photo department. God, she was so happy that day. Everyone was there to celebrate and love on her and she felt it, I know she did. We all did!
I really wanted this party to be a little more laid back. Once we hit September in this household, all hell breaks loose and I feel like it’s one event after another until after New Years. This year, I wanted to still obviously make her party special, just without all the stress and overwhelming-ness, and need to make it as pinterest-y as possible. I can’t promise I’ll always be this laid back, but I am definitely going to try!
Her birthday party theme was a Birthday Brunch. I was so excited for this, I love brunch! I was pinterest-ing up the wazoo, it was great. The food was the biggest part because I truly kept the decorations to a minimum.
I am so sad to admit that I FORGOT to take a picture of the waffle bar. Yes, you read that right. There was a waffle bar. We had a nice little waffle station that my aunt so graciously took over and we had a bunch of toppings/mix-ins: blueberries, bananas, chocolate chips, sprinkles, walnuts, peanut butter chips, and whipped cream.
We also served meatballs, sandwich wraps, mini pigs in a blanket, bacon, eggs, sausage (thank you to my in-laws!), we had vegetables, and fruit. Oh my goodness, the fruit! One of my best friends, Daniel, surprised me and made fruit skewers that were in the shape of Olivia’s name! It was awesome and he definitely deserved all of the praise he got! He made soooo much fun of me for wanting those in the beginning but they were seriously such a hit.
And then for dessert we had cake pops made by Dani, of course (I made the heart toppers!), mini eclairs, muffins (thank you, grams!) and a doughnut cake for our doughnut-loving girl. She was so surprised and it was obviously the easiest cake ever. It came out so cute!
Another hit of the party was our little drink bar. We had iced coffee, pink lemonade and a mimosa bar that included cranberry, pineapple and orange juice, champagne, and berries to put inside your cups (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries!) They were so good!
Pretty much all of the decorations were from a shop called Shop Sweet LuLu. I cannot say enough good things about that place. The prices were reasonable, the product was not cheap looking, the customer service was great and I have never gotten anything shipped to me so quickly. Originally, I had intended to get the fringe garland from a different company on Etsy and unfortunately they were super unprofessional and disorganized but I’m glad everything worked out the way it did because I love this one more and I was also glad to give my business to a company that actually deserves it! I still have that fringe garland hanging up in my living room but my plan is to move it into Olivia’s room! The giant balloons were everyone’s favorite and I also got the number 3 balloon, the long candles, the heart balloons, paper straws, and the gold glitter scalloped banner from them too.
I made the Happy Birthday banner, along with the centerpieces that held down the big balloons and the gold glittered three. A little tip, if I may? ALWAYS save your jars (candle jars, butter jars, pickle jars, mason jars). My favorites are the candle jars from Bath and Body Works. I stick them in the freezer for a few hours so the excess wax comes out easy, throw the jar in the dishwasher and store them in my top shelves! Just put a little modge podge on the outside of the glass, cover them with any color glitter that matches your event and then when you’re done, soak them in water and the glitter comes right off! It’s one of my best secrets!
Anyway, back to the party. Our girl got some really thoughtful gifts, wayyyy too much sugar, and enough hugs and kisses to last her until her next birthday.
That won’t stop us from hugging and kissing her anyway ;)
After the last of our guests had left, I was cleaning up a little when I heard Olivia say, “Mama? I’m so tired.” And before I could walk her up to her bed, I found her passed out on the floor.
I think that’s a sure enough sign that she had a good birthday party, what do you think?
And now that the birthday celebrations are over….Holidays, we are ready for you!
P.P.S. YES those were drums she got, YES she loves them and YES she plays them early in the morning: