Tea Party – Part 2

Elin was so exited when she woke up and found out it was the day of her birthday party! She kept saying, “Birth de party” and “two” over and over. She was so excited and wound up that she would not take a nap!  The party was at 2pm. In order to get a good nap in before hand, it would have been an early one for her. Therefore, right before the party was about to start, she started acting sleepy and testy, but when she saw her tea set all set up and her guests started arriving, she perked right up.

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

I was so excited for her to see her big gift this year which was a pink kitchen set. She loved it and has been enjoying it! I love this picture of her on her tip-toes checking out the stove.

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

This tea set was a birthday gift she got on her actual birthday. You can never have too many tea sets! She was so cute getting tea ready before anyone got to the party.

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin was excited to see her best gal pal, Kelsey. They are about 2 weeks apart in age and it’s so fun to see them grow up together.

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin was amazed by her teapot cake! I have to admit it was quite the cake! I think the look on her face says it all! I had a special cupcake made for to eat and I was thrilled when she ate a decent amount of the icing! It was definitely a step up from last year when she refused to try her cake!

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

 

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin received so many lovely presents for her birthday. One extra special gift was a baby doll. She loves her new doll and all the little accessories that go with the doll. We have yet to name the baby so we just call her dolly for now.

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin’s cousins, Max and Ethan were good sports going along with the tea party theme even though it’s not their bag.

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I love this hug captured! Even though no words were exchanged at the time I imagine that Elin was thanking Kelsey for her lovely gifts and Kelsey was wishing her a happy birthday and many more years of friendship.

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I also love these shots of Elin’s and her cousins.  Ethan is 9 and Max is 5.

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin's Tea Party Birthday

Elin’s Second Birthday Tea Party

Elin’s second birthday party was just 1.5 weeks ago and I am excited to share pictures and details. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything turned out. I have many photos so I will share the details here and then follow up with a post of the birthday girl at the party!

Elin has enjoyed playing with her tea sets so much this past year that I thought a tea party-themed birthday party would be just perfect for her! The theme turned out to be a little harder than I imagined to find elements that weren’t too “vintage tea” but yet not too modern. My first hurdle was to find the invitations and party prints. After hours and hours of searching I found Jo Studio and I found all the elements I was looking for in the party prints, right down to the exact pink, blue, and green color hues I was searching for.

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Can we just talk about the gorgeous flowers?!?! In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined anything more beautiful! My florist, Rosemari is so talented. I gave her some inspiration photos and talked about my favorite flowers and she blew me away. She gets me and my vision and I just love her–enough said.

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Nothing says tea party without some lovely small desserts. I found a lovely bakery that was up for the challenge of making a tea pot on the cake and specialized in french macarons. Again, I was totally blown away at what a fantastic job the baker did at matching my vision and color scheme.

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Since this was a tea party theme for a child, I opted not not have tea but instead had sparkling pink lemonade, sparkling french berry lemonade, and water. They were delicious! The glass bottles also gave it a lovely vintage feel. I was able to also find some plastic milk bottle sippy cups for the younger children at the party.

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I loved the look of these paper fans as a fun backdrop and I initially toyed with the idea of getting crafty and attempting to make these myself, but then I thought better of the idea and decided to leave this up to the professionals. Boy was that a good idea! I had such a positive experience working with Jennifer from The Papier Studio. The paper was thick and of a nice high quality. They gave the room great texture and dimension.

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Last year I was thrilled to find paper plates from Hallmark that you could personalize with a photo. They were so adorable and I was so sad to see that Hallmark discontinued their party supplies on their online shop. After browsing I found something similar from Shindigz. I love the extra special touch that these plates add.

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Elin loves balloons and I found these lovely and unique balloons on one of my blogger friend’s blog and Etsy shop. I love the cleanness of the clear balloon and the fun confetti in the beautiful coordinating pastel colors inside!

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I had a hard time finding tea pots or tea cups that matched my theme.  I was ecstatic when I found this unfinished tea pot and pedestal at Michaels. My dad spray painted it pink and then painted the ruffle and knob white. I think it turned out gorgeous! I plan to keep this in Elin’s playroom as a decoration and a keepsake from her second birthday party.

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Elin’s second birthday was a success and I was so blessed to have been able to enjoy planning and executing her party.

I will be posting part 2 later this week.

 

Vendor List

Photography: Alicia Monahan: Monahan Photography

Party Printables: Jo Studio

Cake/Desserts: Confectioneiress

Florist: Rosemari Herbert: McNamara Florist

Confetti Balloons: Meg-Made Shop

Bow: Chic Bella Bowtique

Paper Straws/Gumball Tubes: Lola Loves a Party

Paper Fans: The Papier Studio

Glass Milk Bottles: Amazon.com

Favor Boxes: Amazon.com

Personalized Photo Plates: Shindigz

 

Elin is Two

This past Friday I was so excited to take the day off and spend it with Elin for her second birthday! The weather was dreary and rainy but we still had a lovely time.

When she woke up I went into her room to sing “Happy Birthday” to her and got her ready. I could tell she was so excited and ready for an exciting day. She hasn’t cared much for sunglasses yet but that particular morning was a turning point and  she was so excited to wear “glasglas”.  She played all morning wearing them and checking herself out in the mirror in them.

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We went out to eat and Elin loved trying everything on our plates. We then headed to the zoo and butterfly gardens. It was periodically raining so we would run from one exhibit to the other. At the zoo, Elin got to see her  favorite zoo animal, the penguins!! Their cuteness did not disappoint.

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We then viewed the butterfly exhibit and were lucky enough to get there in time to watch them release some fully grown butterflies for the first time! They offered to let Elin hold them, but she did not want to and instead wanted to only watch.

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Then it was time to go home and have a little cake and presents. She kept saying, “party” over and over again! Little did she know that Sunday was going to be her party day! All in all, I think she had a great day. It seemed like it had only been a month or two from her last birthday! I can still remember that day perfectly!

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Letter to Elin on her Second Birthday

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Dearest Elin,

I cannot believe the day has come but it has and now, Elin, you are two! You went from a tiny 6lb 14oz newborn to a toddler in the blink of an eye.  Your arrival to where you are today has happened so fast, yet it’s hard to remember my life without you in it.

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You continue to amaze me every day with all that you have learned and you continue to pick up so much knowledge each and every day. You have the most gorgeous smile and the sweetest sounding laugh. You love to talk  and run through all your current favorites like numbers, letters, parts of the face, animals, and animal sounds. You love your sweet dogs, Fifi and Angel and you love it when they sit next to you for cuddles. You love dancing and moving around especially if it’s outdoors!

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You started Gymboree class this year and it has been so much fun to watch you grow and evolve in class. You have adapted so well to the changing of the classes and you are always in such happy spirits when we are there.

Your favorite foods are still: Mac and cheese, chicken, strawberries, green beans, peas, cheese, teddy grams, goldfish crackers, applesauce pouches, and yogurt pouches. You still eat pretty healthy and only recently have been more adventurous with sweets. You love to drink milk and water.

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This past year has seen many major milestones such as walking and talking in sentences. Of course the sweetest words of all were spoken when you said, “I love you, mama”.

Elin, you are mommy’s dear special girl and I love you more than you will ever know. Please always remember one thing…that mommy loves you.

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1 Week to Go

Here are my top five tidbits for this week.

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Elin had a major milestone this week–she slept in a regular bed!  She still has never attempted to escape her crib so we are leaving her in there at night, but during the day while I am work, her Nana started putting her in the bed this week with a toddler rail on it and she slept just fine.  I am so proud of her for being a big girl!

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My mom found this unopened letter from my one of my nephews to me.  I believe it was from a long time ago and somehow got lost in their toys,  I opened it up and saw a beautiful drawing of my house. How random and sweet?!

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This week Ralph Lauren had a huge sale and I stocked on on many summer and fall essentials for Elin. I just love their adorable classic dresses for girls! I am excited for this seersucker dress for this summer!

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Elin has had a blast riding around in a wagon at her Nana and Papa’s and I just love this picture of her riding with their doggy, Daisy.

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Elin’s birthday is officially one week away and my weekend is going to be filled with making all theses bags and boxes form into a party.  Wish me luck!

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New Seasons, New Tricks

As Elin gets older and the seasons change it’s so much fun to see what more she can do comparatively from the last season. She is learning so much each and every day and grasping new concepts that’s it’s hard to keep up with what she now knows!  She recently spotted a watering can at her Nana and Papa’s and knew immediately what to do with it.  We don’t water flowers at home so I am not sure how she knew but she must have been paying attention to someone either on her cartoons or in a book.  She did a good job watering the flowers and then watering the patio so she could jump in the puddles.  Her Papa would use the bigger watering can to fill her small little one and she quickly caught on and was able to fill her own can with water with little assistance.  I’m sure she is going to be a big help to them this summer!

It’s going to be so much fun to discover all the new tricks she has learned this summer and to see her enjoy more things.

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In sad news I wanted to share this picture of Teddy and his family.  I did this post in honor of him and his fight with Menkes Syndrome.  His story is another reminder of what a miracle each day is and how fortunate I am to have a healthy toddler.

 

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A Party and Photo Shoot

Elin had a great weekend of fun.  On Saturday she had a blast playing at Gymboree with all her little friends and then later in the afternoon she attended a birthday party for her best gal pal, Kelsey.  She enjoyed playing kitchen and dolls with the birthday girl and checking out all the Minnie Mouse decor. She loved her Minnie themed favor bag.

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On Sunday we had a photo shoot that was re-scheduled from an earlier date.  I had her outfit picked out for months–it never even crossed my mind to try it on.  It was in a 2T and looked like it would fit.  I was so disappointed when the whole outfit was huge on her, especially the shorts! She walked around for less than a minute and the shorts fell down to her ankles!  We were running close on time and I quickly grabbed another outfit and it worked out fine but it was still disappointing. I guess I can arrange another shoot when she grows into the outfit!  I tend to buy bigger always thinking that it’s better for her to grown into it and then it always looks too big on her when I want her to wear it. This photo sequence that shows her pants falling down cracks me up.  It wasn’t funny at the time…..

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After the photo shoot she enjoyed getting out some of her older toys and rediscovering her phone.  She takes her calls sitting on the couch in the sunroom or from this table.  This look she is giving me is telling me I an interrupting her important phone call.

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Week Highlights

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1Another week has flown by and we are officially 2 weeks away from Elin’s birthday! This week Elin got to go a science museum for kids and Kindermusic with her Nana while I was at work. I heard positive reports that she did well. Then I took off work a day to spend with her and we went to pick out her birthday cake! Elin had fun looking at all the pretty goodies.  She even took a sample cupcake which is HUGE because she refuses to eat cake.  She seemed to like the icing part!

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2Elin had her first experience with playdoh!  She seemed to love it.  We had fun making letters, numbers, and snowmen! Specifically Olaf because he is the cutest snowman ever!

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Tea parties are still all the rage with Elin.  She has a couple different sets and we are getting her more for her birthday.  She is teapot obsessed.

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She has been getting into dolls more and playing like her stuffed animals are babies.  Her favorite thing to do is have them kiss and then giggle like crazy.

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I was looking back at old photos and found this picture from almost exactly a year ago!  I cannot believe how much she has changed in a year.  This photo is just hilarious to me because she has the biggest grin.

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