First of all, I can't believe my baby is already 2. Nope. Can't be.
That's all I have to say about that. :)
I knew that I wanted to do an ice cream party for Andie's 2nd birthday while I was still in the planning stages of her 1st birthday party. (I'm a little obsessive like that. I've even had some ideas about party #3, but she will probably have an opinion about it by then, so we will see.)
When I'm planning the kids' parties, I always start with the invite, since that usually determines the feel of the whole party. I knew I wanted to find a way to make it 3D or interactive in some way. I toyed with the idea of a pop up card of some sort, and after lots and lots of sketching and thinking - and thinking some more, I finally came up with a flat invite that could be rolled into an ice cream cone shape by the recipient.
It needed to fit into an envelope to mail flat, and had to be easy enough to assemble. I was really excited with the way they turned out! I even heard that a couple of Andie's sweet friends actually tried to lick/eat it. I love that. :)
The party was mostly centered around a ridiculous spread of ice cream and sprinkles and toppings and sauces. I did make a big batch of plain ol' salty popcorn just to balance out the sugar overload. The ice cream was Blue Bell, of course, because we are in Texas, after all. God bless Blue Bell. And Texas. :)
There were cupcakes too, of course, because it is a birthday party, and there wasn't enough sugar already, you know?
This common saying is actually quite special to me. My grandmother used to always say this as she served us little cups of ice cream after a big family meal. It was my little way of including her in Andie's special day, though I am pretty sure she was looking on anyway. :)
I covered the kids' play table in some plain newsprint and set a bowl out with crayons. It was quite a piece of artwork by the end of the party!
Andie didn't really care for being sung to by a room full of people, so I handed her the cupcake (after I got plenty of good pics :), which immediately made it all better.
Andie loves her "eh-bows", so I had to make her a special one for the day. It's made from felt with seed beads hand-stitched on. The cherry is a red pompom with a piece of red cotton yarn glued to the center. If I can find some time (someday...), I'll try to get together a little tutorial. :)
And her party shoes totally made the outfit. Just like Dorothy's, only better.
The letters behind us on the table were inspired by this project, but instead of using flowers, I glued in little pieces of tissue paper.
The favors included a few of Andie's favorite things: ice cream shaped bubbles, ice cream shaped marshmallows, a sparkly bracelet (hot wheels for the boys), and a polka dotted hair bow.