November 2, 2012
We celebrated Clara's 2nd birthday at home, just the 4 of us.
After breakfast we let her open her presents from us so that she wouldn't get overwhelmed with a ton of new things all at once after her party the next day.
From us she got:
A new Elmo outfit that I found on Zulily
A stroller for her Abby doll (the doll she got from Great-Grandma Ruby)
A Skippy Jon Jones book
Cinderella on DVD
Once she was dressed, I took her with me to do a little last-minute party prep shopping. We went to Hobby Lobby, Shopko, and the grocery store. She was really good for all of our stops! I even picked up a little birthday cake that we could eat for dessert that night.
Here she is blowing out the candle (in her new Elmo outfit)
Saturday, November 3
We packed everyone up first thing and headed for Mimi's house. We decided to do all the prep work there, since that's where we were having the party...and it would just make transporting all of the food a lot easier. We would be able to eat lunch and the kids could go down for a nap before people started showing up for the party.
We stopped to fill up some cute Elmo balloons on our way there.
Once the kids were down for their naps, I started assembling the cupcakes.
Anita frosted while I cut the marshmallows and Oreos in half and put the chocolate chip eyes on.
Here they are all finished and on the stand
I also cut up strawberries and added grapes, blueberries, and mandarin oranges to make an Elmo fruit platter
Auntie Jessi was the first to get there. She and Clara opened presents right away. And it was a good thing, too, since she got a tiara! No birthday is complete without one!
She also got a Cinderella book (that came with a fun wand) and a box full of fun jewelery that she LOVES to play with!
Mimi and Papa got her a stroller for Abby, which is awesome because now she'll have one wherever she goes. Anita made her another photobook with pictures from the last year. It's awesome!
She got some Elmo pajamas, a Sesame Street DVD, a couple really cute outfits (one of them Elmo), some new books, some cute scarecrow bowls, and some money from the Great-Grandparents. She had such a great time.
We had a yummy dinner and for dessert we had Elmo cupcakes! She even blew out her candles.
Thank-you cards are going in the mail soon, and I'm kind of glad all the craziness is over, but I am SO glad that she had a good time. She loved all her gifts and she loved spending time with her Aunts & Uncles that she doesn't get to see that often.
It's amazing how much of a difference it made from her last birthday to this one!