I just got the photos from my daughter’s 2nd birthday and I’m eager to share some highlights. I started planning during maternity leave and gave birth to my second daughter a month and a half before the party. Needless to say, I was juggling nesting for baby #2 and a bit dazed during the whole thing lol.
But really, all that matters is how much fun Harper and friends had.
Harper was obsessed with animals and visited the Oakland Zoo at least once a month, so the theme was easy to drum up. (What kid isn’t into animals at that age?) This was also around the same time decorators were gearing up for summer and adding that popular palm print in pillows and curtains. It was a perfect route to take.
I knew I would want it in my home at some capacity, so purchased several yards of Tommy Bahama outdoor fabric for the base of my design. It turned out to be the background.
Additionally, I found myself in awe every time I saw a space with an African juju hat so wanted that to be incorporated as well knowing it would end up in my house somewhere. Who knew they could be so easy to make? Harper’s favorite colors are purple and green, so having her pick the feather color was a win win.
We picked one of her favorite biweekly destinations, La Petite Playhouse, to host it. The venue was perfect and the kids loved it, but as some parents might know, it takes some orchestrating to customize children’s venues that aren’t in your theme in a very limited time span. I’ll give tips on that in another post.
I’ll also follow up with DIY tutorials in the coming weeks. For now, enjoy. (Highlights and credits at the bottom.)
*Photos by Faust Photographics
DIY gold glitter sign inspired by Emily & Merritt for Pottery Barn name sign.
DIY royal purple African juju hat.
DIY Royal icing palm leaf cookies.
DIY Jell-O art and wooden spoons with sprinkles.
*Tip: use gallery art as serving trays! I used these gold leaf animal silhouettes from Harper’s nursery.
DIY Jell-o #2 layer suspended in clear gelatin.
DIY cake-sessories. I spray painted plastic animals and created mini party hats from washi tape.
DIY pom-pom toppers. I wrapped two lollipop sticks in wood designed washi tape and strung pom poms using a needle and thread.
Customized cotton candy giveaways by Sugar & Spun.
DIY place mat runners cut from black shelf liner cut at an angle. The point featured DIY black and gold tassels. (I had dreams of using the tassels around the perimeter of curtains later on. It hasn’t happened yet lol.)
The official giveaways were stuffed jungle animal bookmarks. I created these DIY two-in-one name sign/bookmark holders on top of black and white napkins and wood plates.
Credits and Highlights:
- DIY African Juju Hat
- DIY Pom Cake Toppers
- DIY Gold Animals
- DIY Backdrop holder
- DIY Place Settings with DIY Tassles
- DIY Royal Icing Jungle Cookies
- DIY Emily and Merit for Pottery Barn inspired name sign
- DIY Jell-O Art
- DIY Gold Leafed Animal Silhouettes used as serve ware
- Animal Bookmarks for Giveaways with DIY name place setting card
- Cake by Cafe Atilla
- Cupcakes by Sprinkles
- Cotton Candy by Sugar and Spun