We had a total ball at Jack's 2nd birthday party a couple weeks ago. I wanted something where everyone would be able to come over and enjoy the backyard festivities, with just enough DIY elements to make it feel special. We decided on a "wheels on the bus" themed party about a month before. In preparation for the festivities, I really wanted to keep it low stress (mainly on myself), so we didn't actually have printed invitations made this time. But don't despair, I can always print out one of these invites designed by Ann-Marie through Paperless Post for his scrapbook. Speaking of which, I still haven't yet done anything with his first birthday party pics! Maybe before he turns three. ;)
Because I was in Australia for 10 days after we sent out the invite, I wanted to be as prepared as possible for the birthday party to go smoothly. I reached out to the girls from Details Darling to see if they wanted to help out, and they did! As party planning professionals, they took care of the things that I really don't think about too much and it was really fun collaborating with them creatively. With the logistics of having 50+ people over to our house on a hot afternoon, JC roasting a pig, and wanting to make sure both the kids and parents had fun, it was so nice being able to relax a bit and enjoy the event instead of running around like crazy (which is kinda how I felt for his first birthday party). Since it's tradition to make a shirt for the party for him, I saved time and instead of hand-stitching something, I made this shirt.
About a week before the party, I turned in the order for Lemonade Catering, made all the arrangements for the delicious party favors from Milk Jar Cookies, received my order of VW bus tents from Monster Factory, got the balloons from Knot & Bow, and finalized Two Lee Photography to shoot the photos (which is what you're seeing here!) Bethany and Ethan recently moved to LA and reached out to shoot our family, and we enjoyed it so much we had them come back to shoot Jack's party. My cousin Cindy was all set with her plan to make the cake - she didn't let me in on any of the details, only that she was making a bus cake. Also the week before, a friend of mine from Club MomMe mentioned The Mobile Play Patch LA. I was intrigued and gave her a call on the Thursday before the Sunday party. Michelle the owner was SO amazing to work with and I cannot even tell you how perfect it was having them there. The kids all had a ball!
Wish you all could have been there celebrating with us! You can see even more photos on Two Lee Photography.