Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday "2" You!!! - Sayler's Carnival Party

We had us a good ole' time yesterday but I for one am drop dead exhausted! But oh was it worth it to see the look on my 2 year old's (gulp) face when she saw all the birthday regalia after waking up from her nap.  I am going to do a separate posting on my baby turning 2 but ya'll I am just tired (have I mentioned the tired?)...and getting this party post up may be all I have in my 23 weeks pregnant, raging heartburn having, no caffeine allowed bones.  So here are the highlights of Sayler's Carnival Party..."Happy To You" baby girl!!!

 Channing and I were one awesome team and we put this Big Top made of streamers a few night before the party.  I thought it turned out so cute and was happy we added this extra touch.

 We had a sweet and salty snacks table filled with all kinds of carnival type treats (yes I know it is pretty obvious that the contents of that bowl are cheese popcorn and that the labeling of it seems a little well...crazy. All I can say is I love me a party label...on's a sickness. And if it is wrong...I don't want to be right.  You will continue to see these labels throughout the post...avert your eyes if you can't handle the crazy).

 I hand dipped caramel apples for party favors. Really not that hard at all...I used this recipe.

 The birthday girl got her own special cake with her favorite celebrity!
 Yummy cupcakes for the guests.

 I loved these little cupcake toppers.

Big top party table 

 I love using mason jars for party drinks.  I think it just adds a little something special for guests to drink out of real glasses.  I found these carnival themed straws at hobby lobby which worked perfect.

 Beverage station and kid's party favors

 The BEST cherry lime-aid ever. People could not get enough of it and I had several people ask me for the recipe so here it easy.
Cherry Lime-aid:
1 - 2 Liter bottle of Sprite/7Up
1 - can of frozen lime-aid concentrate
1 - jar of maraschino cherries with juice
Several small limes cut into small wedges

Add all 4 ingredients into a punch bowl or drink dispenser and have cherry lime-aid as close to Sonic as you can get.  
*You can double or triple this recipe as needed for the size of your group.  I tripled it for the picture above.

 Kid's party favors.

 Decorated drink station.

 Happy Birthday banner

 More decorations

 Personalized water cute!

Mama, Nana and the birthday girl!!! 

Happy Birthday family ready to party!!!

Blow out your candles 2 year old.

 She had to blow it out a couple times...I think this was her favorite part of the party.

Stripped down and ready to dive into her cake...she never did.  She actually asked for a "Happy to You" (cupcake) about 30 seconds after this picture was taken.

 Pinata Fun!!!

Pryor went to town on the pinata.  He kept looking at the adults to make sure it was OK to be hitting this thing :)

Say wanted Mama to help

Marissa was channeling Barry Bonds.  She put some work in on that pinata.  It was awesome!

Finally....CANDY!!!  I'm sure the Mom's were thrilled that I sent their kids home with bags full of suckers, tootsie rolls and pixie stix!

Miss Josephine wanted to take a spin in the cozy coupe for a bit.  She was super cute.

Pin the nose on the clown time. true form, Say wanted Mama to do it...I was not the winner by a long shot.

Regretting asking Mama to do it :)

Miss Madalyn came too...and was the cutest little doll baby.

Getting down to business...opening presents.

ELMO!!!  Loved it.

Princess dress that she wore all morning the next day over her footie pajamas.  Adorbs!

The Miller girls made it...and we were so glad they did!

Woke up the next morning and wanted Nana to read her the new special Christmas book.  Perfect birthday weekend.

Happy To You my most precious 2 year old!!!  I can't wait to celebrate the next 52 more with you.

Love you more,

***For all of the printed decorations/labels/stickers I used an Etsy vendor that can be found here.  And the invitations can be found here. I highly recommend getting one of these collections.  It adds such a personal and custom touch to your party.