It’s been a busy year, and when April hit, I couldn’t even believe that it was already time for my littlest baby’s birthday, let alone that she was turning TWO! When I decided two years ago that she would be the finale, I didn’t know how quickly she would grow up — I felt like I’d been in the trenches for a long time and that there was a long time ahead of me. It’s incredible how quickly time goes as you grow older.
The Party Theme
Ever the unprepared mother, I took to the internet to ask for help with a theme. My mom-guilt was strong for baby #5, she’d never had a birthday party and I didn’t want to look back and feel badly about that. Her brother and sisters have had some pretty fun parties, like the backyard fairy party a couple years ago. Plus, little kid birthdays are just the cutest, it was my last baby birthday party ever.
The internet had many ideas and ultimately, I decided that the TWO-tti Fruitti theme as suggested on the Indy with Kids Facebook page, was the best one for us. I mean, I’m NEVER going to have a two year old again and fruit is sort of a big deal in our house.
The Party Invites
Once I decided on the theme, Indy with Kids members didn’t stop with the help. Everyone had really great suggestions or offered help with decorations, food and locations.
I found these adorable invitations on Etsy from Amber of TidyLadyPrintables. I wanted to make a digital invitation since I wouldn’t have time to mail them + I could save time and money if they were sent via email or Facebook. I love the look of these invites but I also selected them because the design was available immediately for download and I could edit it on my own.
For the past few months, my friend Nina has been raving about these gorgeous cookies that her friend Aniseh makes. Not only are they beautiful, but they are gluten-free. My children don’t have dietary restrictions but I know that some of our little friends do. Aniseh shared a photo of some Two-tti Fruitti cookies she had created recently and I was instantly obsessed with her work. You can find her business and order on Facebook from Henhouse Bakery in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Party Venue
My location selection was based on a few things;
#1 The sorrowful mother in me knew that this would probably be the last time all four of my children would be young enough to enjoy The Urban Chalkboard. Lulu is turning eight and Scout will be six, and The UC is just not really meant for their age. It was my last chance to host a party here.
#2 Can I bring in my own food and beverages? Yes! The Urban Chalkboard allows you to bring in your own items. They also can help you out with food options AND they have the ability to obtain a beer and wine permit if needed.
#3 We love this place! My friend Megan had a party here a few years ago and it was fantastic!
The Party Decorations
And then there was Regina. Regina is a Westfield mama with a little kiddo (and a teen too.) She has a little Etsy shop called Simple Love Creations and a Facebook page where you can contact her for custom party decorations and printables. She created these adorable decorations for our party; banners, table cards for the food and little thank you cards to put on the back of the cookies. Looking for unicorns? Glitter? Gorgeous paper flowers? Fruity banners? She can do it all! This girl talent!
The Party Food
I knew I had to work all day leading up to the birthday and I wanted something that was kid friendly, mostly finger food and loved by many. The Chik-fil-a party trays were a perfect fit and a hit with the little ones. I made up some two-tti fruitti fruit trays with fruit from Costco and trays from the Dollar Tree. I popped some popcorn and left the toppings for kids to put on their own exactly how they like it.
Drinks were La Croix for the adults, every fruit drink pouch imaginable that had a fruit flavor and bottled water.
Usually I’m super great at picking out an outfit for the party when it comes to my kids, this time I didn’t have as much luck. I really thought it would be easy, fruit prints are so HOT right now! I did find a jumper/onesie for Quinn at Carter’s and I got a tank top for each of her sisters, but nothing for my son. Of course, now that the party is over, we’re all stocked up on fruit printed clothing!
This party was super simple and easy to put together. I had a party attendant at The Urban Chalkboard who took care of set up and clean up, so I could really focus on chatting with our guests and taking photos (that disappeared with my SD card.) There was plenty for the kids to do at TheUC and everyone had a great time. I wish I had planned a little more in advance, but that was just not possible in this season of our life. Everything came together beautifully and everyone had a great time!
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