Let me just start by asking the typical ‘mom question’- HOW is my baby bears now two? Officially a toddler, and boy, does he act like it. We always call him our sour patch kid because he can be so sweet, and turn so sour in an instant. On the day of his big second birthday, however, he decided to turn on the charm for the most part- which was a welcomed surprise!
We figured that this year was probably our last year that we would get to “pick out” what the party theme was. Cam’s nickname has always been “bears”, so we decided to go with a simple bear theme. It flowed perfectly with the simplicity of our meal (pizza, ice cream, & cake balls) per Cam’s request.
i n v i t a t i o n s ||
The invitations were completed courtesy of Lahontan Letterworks. Ashlee does an AMAZING job & I was so pleased with how responsive & sweet she was. Her friend at Sugarpine Calligraphy did the amazing letterwork on our envelope addressing. I wanted these invites to set the tone for the entire party- and they did! I even included them in the setup because I loved them so much.
I wanted lined envelopes to go with the party vibe, and Ashlee took care of that for me. She sent me all kinds of options & envelope colors to choose from, all within the scope of my party decor. She paid so much attention to detail & always checked in to make sure it was what I wanted. She does so much more than just invitations, so be sure to check her out for any paper needs! Sugarpine Calligraphy did an absolutely gorgeous job on the envelope addressing. I always think it looks so nice when envelopes are addressed beautifully. It really ties together the entire invitation. She was also a breeze to work with. All I did was send her my address list, and she took care of the rest!
d e c o r ||
When I figured that I wanted to do the bear theme, I knew I wanted to keep it simple & add some rustic touches. I wanted the vibe of the party to fit with the amazing invitations we had from Lahontan Letterworks & Sugarpine Calligraphy. I am obsessed with my eucalyptus garland & try to incorporate it in most of my get togethers and parties. Normally it sits on our fireplace mantle downstairs, but I wanted to put it in the spotlight for this party. From there, it’s super easy to incorporate the rest of the pieces.
I chose some fun little bear plates & black/white grid pattern plates, & wooden utensils for the dinnerware. I used a thick white plastic table cloth (easy clean up) from Target for the table. I then attached my favorite felt ball garland that I use time and time, again. It helped put the table together nicely. The gold balloons I bought to spell out “t-w-o” were from Hobby Lobby & set the tone for everything else. I liked the look of this better than just the number “2”. I also liked that they were not huge, but smaller & simpler.
On one end, I laid out a picture board with many polaroids of Cam growing up; from baby until now. I also laid out his favorite Cuddle & Kind bear, which went with the theme. I placed his Promptly Journal Childhood History book near the picture board, so people could page through and see how far he has come & some of the fun new things he is saying & doing. Once the party was over, I added the picture board polaroids to his childhood history book. This ‘baby book’ is one of my most prized possessions. It is just the perfect simple/classic baby book that prompts you in all the right places.
f o o d ||
For Cam’s first birthday- we went ALL out. Making food for days before the party, stressing the day of the party, cleaning up for hours after. As much as I LOVE food, I did not want to go through all the hectic mayhem & miss being present for Cam on his birthday. Plus, Cam LOVES “pipi-yah” (pizza), so we decided to just kick back, order a salad & pizzas, buy some ice cream & bakery treats and enjoy the day. It was SO much better (highly recommend). Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in making everything “perfect”- especially food. But I didn’t want that to take away from Cam on his party day.
I did, however, make the cake. It was a simple ‘funfetti’ cake with cream cheese icing & my baby LOVED it. He tried to eat it without his hands, but I had to remind him that this wasn’t his cake- it was for everyone. Cam has a large sweet-tooth like mama & had a little sugar high the rest of the day.
VENDORS + SHOPS ||
invitations || lahontan letterworks
envelope calligraphy || sugarpine calligraphy
garland || handmade, but similar
baby book || promptly journals
wire picture hanger || world market
3 x 3 square prints || foxprint
cake || home made
candles || hobby lobby
balloons || hobby lobby
grid plates || urban outfitters
wooden utensils || etsy