Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cupcakes + Cocktails 2nd Birthday

 It was party time at the gparent's house this past weekend when my oldest guy turned TWO! Here's the handsome little guy.

I bought his birthday crown from Etsy last year. I found his born TWO ride motorcycle shirt a few months ago and used it for my color inspiration.

We decided to do another low-key, family and long time friends party. I still haven't mustered up the guts to take on a kids' party. And with this season of stress and too-much, I'm totally okay keeping it low-key until he gets a bit older. But at least I played it up just a little more compared to last year. I actually got a theme and color scheme. Major steps, I know. I went with "Cupcakes + Cocktails" for our theme and with red and white as the colors. It also happened to tie into the season too! Both actually simplified my planning a ton. 

Guess what we served? Yup, cupcakes and cocktails. Simple as that. 

W was in charge of making icing & topping the cupcakes a friend and I had made earlier in the week {and froze}. The menu called for two different types of cream cheese frosting: Peppermint and Vanilla. Thanks to pinterest, I found this fabulous yummy blog called Glorious Treats, where I also used her cupcake recipes.

We had a cupcake bar...

Recognize any decorations?! Yup, simple again. I pulled most of our red and white Christmas decorations and moved them to my parents! I also grabbed Ezra's picture frames from his room, and my two cake stands. The table linens are felt leftovers. 

The only two things I actually created were the spray-painted picture frame for the menu and the 'Happy Birthday' sign. Thanks again to pinterest, I printed out the sign on white cardstock, cut out the letters with an exacto-knife and taped red scrapbook paper to the back. Then I hung it with red tulle.

And the cocktail bar...

The bartender was very generous with the Berry Merry Xmas cocktail. I had one and it was one too many. Then again, I'm such a light-weight.

We all had a great time! And were so blessed to have so many people who love our little guy!


Tara said...

SO cute, jess! and your hair looks fabulous!

Stef said...

oh my word, SO cute Jess! Cannot believe your little man is two. I'm still remembering your June 2010 visit like it was yesterday.
Happy Birthday, E!

Megan said...

Very very cute party! And I love the colors!

I shall be home the 23 through 27. Are you free at all?

Alicia @ The Creative Vault said...

Those cupcakes looks delicious! I think you'd like my friends cupcake blog www.indulgewithme.blogspot.com I'll have to let her know about this yummy recipe. :) Visiting from Tater Tots and Jello!