For my daughter's 2nd birthday party, I decided to have a Pancakes and Pajamas party. I got the idea from a friend on facebook who did the same thing for her son, and I thought it was a great idea.
It was perfect for Brenna because:
1) She loves pancakes! And by love, I mean the first thing she does every morning is get out the syrup out of the pantry and say "Pancakes!"
2) Having a breakfast party in the beginning of the day is perfect for 2 year olds who still nap in the afternoon
3) It's a relatively cheap party idea. You can feed a lot of people on pancakes and other breakfast items without spending a portion of your kid's college fund.
4) Any occasion to serve coffee and mimosas is always very much appreciated by adults.
The following 2 pics were taken by my friend, and professional photog, Brooke Logue. You must check out her blog and see her work and if you need a Palm Beach area photographer, she's the best! How lucky am I that she took some pics and put together this beautiful collage which captured the party perfectly.
My favorite way to do invitations is to buy a digital print from Etsy. There are many sellers on Etsy that provide personalized invitations. You send them wording and a picture, and they send you a digital file that you can then upload to your photo provider. I use Costco to print invitations. They are even cheaper than Walmart at $.39 each for 5x7 prints and $.13 each for 4x6 prints.
Our Pancakes and Pajamas Invitation was created by Dimpleprints. Carli created a custom invitation for me. I just told her colors and concept, and she came back with this adorable creation.
Toddler Girl Pajamas:
Since it was a Pajama Party, Brenna needed a cute new pair of Pajamas and again, Etsy was the place to go. I gave the Alchemy section of Etsy a try. Alchemy is a space on Etsy where buyers can post requests for custom items. Sellers then bid on the opportunity to make the item and win the sale.
I posted that I wanted a custom made pair of drawstring toddler pants for my daughter and I'd pay $15. I said I'd pay $25 for a top and bottoms. Within 30 minutes, I had 12 bids. Max and Meena actually came in under my bid price and created this adorable PJ outfit.
Birthday Banner. Check out my Tutorial Here for exactly HOW TO and a FREE Printable!
Click for Complete Tissue Paper Pom Pom Tutorial
The Handy Husband custom built this toddler size picnic table so that all the kiddos could sit together. We had 10 kids on each side and lining the benches are kids' aprons which were purchased at the dollar store and served as our party favors.
Table Measurement: Benches, 9.5 inches from the ground. Table, 18.5 inches from the ground. 10 feet long. Full tutorial coming soon.
The Giving Tree is my favorite birthday tradition which we started at Brenna's 1st Birthday Party. I stole this idea from one of my Mommy Squaders, Allison. On the invitation, we requested "In leiu of gifts, please bring a dollar or 2 to hang on our Giving Tree. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital."
We then set up a small artificial Christmas tree, wrapped ribbon around and clipped some decorative closespins (Click Here for Tutorial.) to the ribbon for guests to use to clip their money. Our thank you notes will include a message about our donation total.
Our Giving Tree:
The kids had fun popping in and out of our plate. Here's me with the birthday girl.
And here's my with The Handy Husband
Our Thank You Notes- Also from Carli at Dimpleprints
Brenna loved her Pancakes and Pajamas party! I hope you did too! Have you hosted or attended any cute kids' parties lately? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment below!
I've shared this idea at the following Link Parties
Thank you to those beautiful blogs who have featured my party!