Greyson just turned 2, and we are so glad his family and friends all came to celebrate with us!!
I was a little timid to try, but I decided to be brave and make his birthday invitations myself this year. Of course, he is all about Elmo, so I decided to have a Sesame Street party with an extra emphasis on Elmo. I had the wonderful Sarah at http://lifesweetlifeblog.com make them last year, and they were so perfect, but I just thought what the heck, why not!? So here they are!
I found a ton of things on Pinterest that inspired my party ideas, and I am really proud of myself that I was able to use a few of the things I made from his party last year.
I gave myself a break and ordered the cupcakes and cake from Walmart, and just added the papers and cake toppers myself.
Ernie loves his rubber duckies! Here is the recipe that I used. It was really good and simple to throw together.
One of these days I will wise up and realize that if the kid loves Elmo you probably shouldnt' attach his obsession to the chair if you want him to pay attention to the people who came to celebrate with him! haha He seriously spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to get Elmo loose!
This is the cookie table, and I found the super cute 2 and Elmo cookie cutters at http://cheapcookiecutters.com. I always use the royal icing recipe from http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/. She is amazing, and I aspire to be able to ice cookies like her one day!
The sign on the front door is by far my favorite craft/decoration from the party! I love it and wish that it could stay up all the time! (It's actually still hanging in Grey's room because I can't bear to take the top part off yet.) I found the wooden street sign cut out (Greyson Street) at Hobby Lobby, and I painted it white and yellow, then glued green card stock on top of that. Thankfully, I have a wonderful friend who lets me use her Silhouette for these projects, otherwise the letters would have been terrible! The other signs are just printed on cardstock and attached with ribbon that I glued to the back. The letter G and the number 2 are those light cardboard 3D pieces you can buy at Hobby Lobby as well. I painted them red, and then glued Sesame Street wrapping paper to the front.
Here is a full picture of the front of the house with the SUPER CUTE sign that my mother-in-law (aka GG) painted for Grey. Amazing!
Here we are decked out in our Sesame gear ready to party! We love a good theme around here...okay I love a good theme and thankfully Jared plays along nicely :)
My one request for this year's party is that there would actually be a photo of the 3 of us. We somehow missed that one last year?! This is the best we could get...at least he's looking at the camera, right?! Ha!
Thank the Lord my Mom and Dad (aka Nana and Gramps) came a few days early to help me set everything up and wrangle Grey while Jared was at work!
Morgen and Lindsay helped with toy assembly while Grey made sure they weren't sneaking off with his new fun stuff!
It was all going as planned until we got to the cake portion...He sat down in the chair, and then it all went downhill!
This is seriously one of the funniest pictures! Poor kid he was NOT going to blow out candles!
And then 2 seconds later he was all better!
We were so glad that Grey's daycare sitter Terri and her daughter Taylin were able to come. Taylin even convinced Grey to sit down and test out a cupcake (or two...:) and eventually blow out his candles! Yay!
We are so glad that all of our friends were able to come from near and far to celebrate with us! Here is Lindsay and cutie pie Graham.
Baby Porter was in the party spirit too!
Nana took turns with all the babies :) That lady loves a baby! haha
Graham even gave Porter a little sugar!
There's Nana again with another baby! This is Grant (his Mama is above on the right :).
And here is baby Creed Brown! I don't know how we didn't manage to get a photo of him with Nana too! haha
We decided it would be a good idea to take a photo of the whole bunch of Mamas and babies, and at first it was a little rough to say the least! Here is Morgen and I ready with our cheese faces in case the boys decided to cooperate! haha
And finally we all got it together! Yay!
We had so much fun as you can tell! Grey is such a lucky boy to have all these people who love him!
And since his party was on the Saturday before his birthday, here is a birthday morning photo too!
Height: 33.5 inches (25%)
Weight: 28.7 lbs (50-75%)
Head: 19.75 (75-90%)
He was wiped out on all the birthday party fun and his big 2 year check up, so he passed out in the car with the balloon that absolutely HAD to come in the car with us. Whew! Birthdays are exhausting!