Sunday, February 17, 2013

Birthday Donut Party

I can't believe my little baby boy is 2. I know one day I'll look back on these pictures and think that he looked so young. But right now it feels like he became a 2 year old overnight. There's no perfect phrase or set of words to describe how much Jake has changed my life, but my favorite quote comes pretty close:

"No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you're the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside."

Donut Birthday Party Table

While I've always loved creative things (hence why I became a marketer), I use to feel a little lost when it came to executing my artistic vision because I'm not a very good drawer or painter. Turns out I just needed Jake (and Pinterest) to inspire me. Now I love to create things that make him smile or squeal with delight. My ideas don't have to be perfect or fancy, they just need to be fun. When he came out of his room this morning he was so excited to see his birthday surprise. And then he immediately proceeded to tear down his birthday banner and grab a handful of donut holes!


We couldn't have asked for better weather this morning, a perfect way to celebrate and start the day.  

Donut display

Turns out 4 dozen donuts and 3 dozen donut holes was just the right amount (who knew our friends could eat so much).

Sprinkle covered frame

The backdrop was clear balloons filled with paper confetti. Each balloon was tied to a party favor can. The sprinkled picture frame was actually much harder to make then I imagined. I used a spray adhesive,  but I probably should have tried one that was a bit stronger. I'm still finding sprinkles all over my house.

Sprinkle covered cups

Making sprinkled cups for milk was much easier! You just roll the top in frosting and then roll again in sprinkles. (Note to self - next time don't put the milk glasses at the front of the table even though it looks pretty because clumsy toddler hands will just want to yank them down.)

guest book fingerprints

Sadly since Jake will have no recollection of this birthday since he's only 2, I wanted to make a little keepsake as a reminder. Above you will see my attempt at drawing a donut (good thing we didn't have a dinosaur party). The idea was for everyone to leave a fingerprint on the donut so that it looked covered in sprinkles. We call it our "Donut Finger Print Guest Book". The size is 11" x 14" so it can easily be framed and hung in Jake's room. 

donut toss

All of the play sock donuts I made were put to good use at the donut toss. 


And the giant inflatable donut I bought on Amazon has now become Jake's favorite new seat. 

party favor

For party favors, all of the kids got to take home a tin can filled with all of Jake's favorites: M&M's, matchbox cars, Play-Doh, bubbles and of course my DIY play donuts. The cans also served as part of the table decoration with a balloon tied to each. 


And finally, here is the birthday boy with daddy (his twin) and me (this was one of the only pictures I got of him looking at the camera and not squirming).  


I've enjoyed every minute of planning my little boy's donut birthday party. Love you to the moon and back Bubba.

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25 comments:

  1. What a great write-up! Jake and I are so lucky to have you in our lives. Thank you for all the awesomeness you bring us every day. Love you thiiiiiiiiis much!

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  2. Oh my goodness!! This is phenomenal! So creative. I hope you stop by to share with my followers- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/02/link-party-8.html
    Nancy

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    1. Nancy, you are so sweet! Thanks for the invite. I just linked up. And I love your website. I can't wait to explore more.

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  3. Love,love, LOVE this idea for a party!! If you haven't already had a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and share it at the 100th Tuesday To Do Party over at The Blackberry Vine! http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2013/02/tuesday-to-do-party-100-99-list-makers.html

    Smiles!
    Jami
    The Blackberry Vine
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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    1. Jami - thanks for the lovely invite. I just shared! Congrats on the 100th Party!

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  4. LOVE this birthday party theme! AMAZING! Never would have thought to do a this theme, but it is brilliant! I am pinning this! BTW: I found you via Blackberry Vine!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for the compliments! I figured this may be the last year I get a say the birthday party theme :-).

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    2. I have a 3 and 4 (almost 5) year olds and I still get to call the shots... It is when they get to school that all changes...so relish the next few years of having full say on your creative b-day bashes! BTW: I LOVE the milk cup idea!

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  5. It was the perfect party. So cute that Jake was excited when he saw it all set up. How did you get the idea for the donut finger print idea? You really are creative, never would think of that. Forgot to tell you how adorable the frame was, never would have thought of that either.

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    1. I've actually seen the finger print guest book idea for weddings. They usually involve a tree though and the fingerprints are the leaves. I thought it might work with a donut since there are sprinkles. The only funny part is that I should have told everyone to use their fingers not thumbs. Some of the guys left really huge sprinkles, ha!

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  6. I am SO sad we missed the party! You are SO creative!!!! I pin fun ideas like this all the time and then never follow through. You have inspired me! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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    1. We missed you guys. I have a little party favor I saved for G. And I even have some helium left in the tank so he'll get a balloon too!

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  7. What a great party! You did a great job. I just planned my baby girl's 1st birthday ~ so much fun! I'm your newest follower.
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

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    1. I just became a new follower to you as well. You have an amazing aesthetic.

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  8. What an adorable party!! I especially love the chalkboard sign and the adorable balloons. Great job!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura. The balloons were one of my favorites, same with the kids.

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  9. This is the first donut party I have seen. Love your creative idea and you pulled it off amazingly! Pinning now!

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    1. I have to admit, it was definitely Pinterest inspired. The idea started out because we thought donuts, coffee and juice would be pretty easy. I forgot that I tend to have a problem keeping things easy :-).

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  10. Oooo i would love a donut party! with lots of sprinkled frames all around and i wouldn't mind them all over the house :) wonderful job!

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    1. You should do a sprinkle party. Then you can sprinkle everything and anything :-). Thanks for visiting.

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  11. Sam, so not only are you and Jake just the most adorable but so is your husband...my goodness :). What a lovely party. There are so many things that I love. I love that you went with a unique theme. I think that my favorite thing, though, is the finger print cupcake guest book. BRILLIANT.

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  12. I just saw your picture at Amy's Link party. I also live in San Diego and want an invite to your next event!! What a great party!
    --Elena
    acasarella.net

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  13. This is such a cute party. I love all of the little details. Thanks for sharing at Amy's link party.

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  14. Ridiculously adorable!!! Congratulations on pulling off an amazing and fun theme! It all looks SOOOO pretty in the photos! Your attention to detail is perfect! (and your little 2 year old is such a cutie!) Anna :)

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  15. Can you tell me what the other little items were on the table to eat? Is that brownie bites with teddy grahams and small marshmallows? Thank you!!

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