Last month we celebrated our girl's 2nd birthday. And yes, please pinch me that we've already hit two years, when in reality it seems as if it's been five minutes. It was a magical afternoon filled with close family & friends, and best of all sunshine, because our original planned date got rained out. A huge thanks to my in-laws for hosting in their wonderful home!
The theme we rolled with was a ton of fun emojis thrown together - unicorns, sunshine, stars & rainbows. We had a unicorn pool set up for the kids and this fun sprinkler, which was a huge hit (best $15 spent on Amazon!). Add in a bubble machine, colorful balloons, and pirate's booty, and it seemed we had a party! ;)
We decided on an afternoon party, which left adequate time in the morning to finish with set-up, food prep, and for Faire to sneak in a few zzz's before party time. It was the second year where we did a 2PM party time, which leaves out the pressure for having to provide guests with a full meal since it falls between lunch and dinner. But what's a party without food?! We served Chic-fil-A nuggets and wraps, and homemade pasta salad. Snacks for the kids included pirate's booty, applesauce and fruit snacks. For dessert, I made out-of-the-box funfetti cupcakes and winged my first "naked" cake for Faire. So fun, easy and totally stress-free!
Decorations were kept pretty simple throughout. This unicorn banner set separated into three garlands, which we hung in all different areas of the party. I love these cheap paper tablecloths that give a clean slate for being able to add whatever flair for your party theme, and can easily be tossed out afterwards. We purchased less than 8 bucks worth of minimal wildflowers and greenery from Trader Joe's and all of the cake stands were already owned. Also, the star paper plates and wooden utensils were leftover from Faire's 1st birthday, so it was a win that I saved $$ on them this year and they meshed with the theme perfectly.
Most of the kids at the party were a little older than Faire, so little party favors were a must. We found the sweetest unicorn paper bags by Meri Meri (on major sale at Homegoods) and filled them with a unicorn cookie, stickers, coloring book, crayons, and bubbles.
I also used Artifact Uprising square prints again, which made it easy peasy to print photos right from my phone to document Faire's second year.