Saturday, March 30, 2013

Milk and Cookies Party for Adeline! Happy 2nd Birthday

Happy 2nd birthday to the cutest cookie I know!


Adeline's 2nd birthday was a cookie and milk themed party.  I couldn't resist going with cookies because Adeline LOVES LOVES LOVES cookies of any kind.  She's a cookie conosuir just like her big brother and her mom!  Also, I had fun using the cookies and milk theme because it showcased one of her "loves" at age 2.

The theme was so easy and fun that it was hard to not get too carried away.  I used pink and brown as my launching point and went a little crazy from there.  I covered a wooden letter "A" with Cookie Crisp cereal for the table centerpiece.  Then I filled little jars with toddler sized cookies and gave the kids small glasses of milk.  The party favors were small mugs filled with animal cookies for the kids and I gave the moms jars of ready to mix dry cookie dough.   My little kids table and chairs is really cute, but I wanted to dress it up, so I added a pink sparkle dot tablecloth and striped seat covers.  Then I made Adeline a banner across the back of her chair.  This was my most favorite decoration and I love how it turned out. 

The day before Adeline's party, I decided to take her picture with the decorations.  This was the best decision and I plan on using this tactic every year from now on.  I had plenty of time to enjoy the moment instead of frantically trying to get a photo during the actual party.  Adeline's reaction to her birthday table full of cookies and treats was priceless.  She walked outside and gasped.  Her jaw dropped when she saw the table and she ran over to the cookies repeating over and over again, "THANK YOU MAMA!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! WOW!!!"  It was as if she was in dessert heaven and I had randomly let her feast on a bottomless pit of cookies.  She was in awe of the entire moment.  I was SO thankful for our "dress rehearsal" in that I had time to revel in the joy of her 2nd birthday party.  That afternoon, she and I had our own little party on the front lawn.  I watched her stuff her face with cookies and stand up on her number 2 chair.  I loved watching her stare at the table with pure joy on her face and those big ol' pigtails blowing in the wind.  We laughed and shared a million giggles while I took a gazillion pictures.  We'd yell "HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADELINE!" and then I would take a picture and afterwards, she would say, "Thank you Mama!  Adeline's birthday!"

After 30 minutes or so, I told her it was time to go inside and she just lost it.  Oh how I rained on her parade!  She wanted to stay out on the lawn with her milk and cookies until the sun went down!  But I reassured her that the cookies would be back the next day for her real party with her friends.  Once she understood, Adeline was fine going inside.  She told me, "Adeline birthday party tomorrow! HURRAY! Cookies!"


Before Anna was born, I found these cute matching party hat dresses on a super sale.  I knew they'd be perfect for Adeline's birthday and I had fun matching them in their first of many matching outfits! I took these pictures before the party started and Adeline was not really into it.....again, all the more reason why I am thankful I took other photos the day before the party.  But, I managed to squeeze out a few of the girls together.  As I was dressing Adeline, she insisted on wearing her pink plastic croc mary janes.  I didn't see any reason to get the birthday girl upset, and I crack up looking at these pics with her in those funny shoes.  It's just one more nod to her growing independence and gives a little sassyness to my 2 year old's personality.



On Monday, two of Adeline's best buddies came to the house for lunch and a birthday playdate. Ford Finley and Jack Souders are quite possible her most handsome suitors and potential prom dates. These boys are so sweet and lucky for her, Adeline's friends are mostly little men. Ford happens to share a birthday with Adeline too. We also invited Ford's siblings over to celebrate and they had a great time playing with William. 

We served Adeline's favorites for lunch - grilled cheese, apples and grapes.  I waited until after lunch to set up the party table because I didn't want the little ones grabbing for cookies before they had lunch.  I sent everyone off to play and after the table was ready, Adeline came downstairs while we all sang, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY."  This was by far the most hilarious part of her party. 

She heard the singing and knew it was all about her.  Like a teenager, she put her hand on her hip and roller her eyes up towards the ceiling as if to say, "oh how embarrassing."  I died laughing.  When we were done, she said, "Thank you!" and then all the kiddos rushed the cookie table and stuffed their faces.

When it was time for the kids to go home, Adeline was so sad.  She kept saying, "NO MAMA!  STAYYYYYYYY! STAAAAAYYYYYY!" Bless her heart.  She loved the whole day and enjoyed having her boyfriends over to play. 

Adeline's 2nd birthday was a sweet success.  I am so happy it was easy going and that Adeline really had a great time.  Happy Birthday Sissy!


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