Birthday Cheer

See this girl?

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She turns TWO today.

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TWO!!???  How can that be???

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We celebrated her birthday on Saturday.  She’s been waiting for “Birthday Party Day” for a LONG time.

We went to a birthday party back in March and she’s been obsessed with the event ever since.

Her favorite song is “Happy Birthday To You” and she sings it ALL THE TIME.

We’ll be driving along in silence and suddenly she’ll say, “I need my birthday party.”

Last Wednesday, I went in to get her after her nap and she said, “Oh no!  I almost forgot my birthday party!”

Later she was playing with her pots and pans and I asked what she was making.  She answered, “Birthday party soup.”

One day she suddenly said, “I want toys.”

I said, “What kind of toys?”

She said, “Birthday toys.”

I said, “What kind of birthday toys?”

She said, “Birthday present toys.”

Because of her excitement, I tried my best to make the big day special.  We did a cupcake theme and I may have gone a bit overboard, but it was all worth it.

I made the invitations.  I bought the two different sized circles at Paper Source, as well as the cupcake stamp.  I then “sprinkled” the cupcakes with glitter-glue.

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I made a banner with pre-cut scalloped paper and some cutie-patootie cupcake ribbon.  I used a c.d. to trace the circles on the printed paper and a credit card to trace the rectangles.  Then I simply glued on the glittery chip-board letters.  All of the supplies for the banner were found at Michael’s

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My friend, Kristin, and I made Bakerella’s cupcake pops that tasted every bit as good as they looked.

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My friend Ellie and I made homemade chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese butter-cream frosting and strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberry icing that is absolutely heavenly.  Make some soon.

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And I made an over-sized cupcake cake.

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Don’t tell my guests, but I used five pounds of butter, one pound of cream cheese, and 2 pounds of sugar for the spread.  Needless to say, I was completely baked out by the time it was all said and done, but it was so much fun.

As the guests arrived, Arle wasted no time snagging their gifts and taking them to the “Birthday Room,” aka the dining room.

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She also wasted no time getting the party started as she climbed onto a chair and dipped into the cake a bit early. It’s a good thing my grandmother doesn’t read my blog because, if there’s one thing she hates in the world, it’s people licking their fingers.  Especially ladies.  Before my wedding, she gave me strict instructions to not lick my fingers after feeding wedding cake to Trav.  I think, in the heat of the moment, I may have done it anyway.  I digress…

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Trav lit the birthday candles and we sang her favorite song.  She did a great job of blowing out the candles.  If I had to guess, I’d say she wished for a life-time supply of fresh bagels from Einstein.

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She ate maybe two bites of cake before diving into a cupcake pop.

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Then, the “birthday present toy” opening began.

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We had a cupcake decorating station set up for the kiddos.  They each decorated four cupcakes with as many sprinkles as they could possibly sprinkle.  I found some cute little cupcake boxes at Michael’s for them to put their masterpieces in and take home as their party favors, along with a few cupcake pops.

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All of the “big kids” had a great time watching the little kids.

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In order to avoid sugar-induced-comas, we then went outside to let the kiddos blow some bubbles and run around a bit.

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Happy birthday to my sweet baby girl.  You mean the world to me, and I love you so very much!

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20 Responses so far »

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    jenny roby said,

    Heather you are a phenomenal mommy! Wish we were closer so we could have been there. Hooray!! Now, buckle up cause two is a super-duper ride!!

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    Maeghan said,

    Very Cute. Reminds me of how crazy I went with Cameron’s first birthday, which was John Deere of course. I made invites had to have it at church because there was 60 people. But you know each age only happens once. Cherish every moment. Love her outfit by the way!

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    Pam said,

    Time has flown by! She is a doll baby! It is such a joy watching her grow. I say Two is Terrific! God’s plans stand firm for her!
    Much love and birthday blessings,
    Nissi aka Pam aka Beulah

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    annalee said,

    that is officially the cutest two year old!
    fabulous party theme.
    fabulous decor.
    fabulous invites.
    fabulous birthday girl outfit.
    and as for those take-home cupcakes, that’s my kinda coverage with the sprinkles!

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    Carolyn said,

    Happy Birthday Arle!

    What a great post! Thanks for all of the pictures. Your cupcakes looked AMAZING! You should post your recipes soon!

    P.S. Now for something totally unrelated – how are your impatients doing? You should post pics of your shocking pink flower bed!

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    i must say, it was one heck of a birthday party. those strawberry cupcakes were absolutely to die for. i may actually eat the last one now.

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    Suzanne said,

    Fab. U. Lous. You might be in competition with my mom for over-the-top-ness. I’m just sayin’…

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    NANCY said,

    Heather, what a perfect, beautiful party for a precious little cupcake! I loved all the pictures, getting to get a glimpse of the day! I loved her little outfit so much! She is a doll….I am so impressed with how cute your table was and I loved the banner!!! You are the sweetest mom and I am so thankful you are Arle’s Mom. Love you both!

    Happy Birthday Arle!!!!

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    bzender3 said,

    It’s hard to believe, but those pictures don’t do the cupcakes justice, especially the cupcake pops. We ran out of our supply tonight after dinner and I nearly walked down the street to knock on your door in the middle of dinner to get more. They were incredible.

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    Grammy said,

    Happy Birthday, Arle! What an awesome party. I am completely impressed, Heather!! I only wish we could have been there. Best 2nd birthday party I’ve ever seen! Everything looked beautiful. I love Arle’s outfit. She is too adorable. Love you all :)

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    Kim said,

    The only thing missing at the Becky/Trent/Arle b-day party tonite was the /Arle. You cannot even imagine how precious it is to all of us….these pictures, the play-by-play….feeling like we’re almost there with ya’ll. Technology rocks, dud’n it?

    Thank you, so much, for this blog, and feeling so near to you. The pictures will make sure that Miss Arle never forgets her #2 birthday and all the fuss you made over her.

    If we believed in luck we’d say she’s a darn lucky little girl. But, she’s not lucky, she’s blessed beyond belief….and so are we for having ya’ll in our lives.

    Happy birthday, Arle! May your 3rd year be the best one yet!!

    XOXO Kim

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    Belinda said,

    Heather, you are the best!!! So devoted and so very creative. What a precious family. I love seeing the pictures of your beautiful and smart girl. Can she really be 2??? It just doesn’t seem possible.

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    Your Mother said,

    Nana loves you, Arle, and wishes you the happiest of birthdays. This is the best birthday party a little girl could have ever had. Your mommy did an awesome job of throwing you a birthday bash and you looked like an angel and the perfect little hostess. Happy Birthday Dear Arle, Happy Birthday To You.

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    Laurasilvia Carrion said,

    Girl! you made all that??? I thought you had hired professionals =S, I am speechless, i loved the graphic work you made (banner and invitation) how you chose the perfect colors and mixed them all together, awesome!, you Boyds bless me soooo much with everything you are, do and say.

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    LaDawn said,

    Me again, I took notes from Bakerella and her camera but wanted to know what you have. I am looking for a bigger, fancier one. Most of the pictures I use are pictures I take and not from a prof. so I want to see what I can do with a better camera.

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    LaDawn said,

    oops, one last thought, if you get a chance look at my candle site and let me know what smells you might like and I will make an order and send a couple. I will send the 5 oz in case you don’t like them then you aren’t stuck with 26 ozs of YUCK.

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    Lauron said,

    Looks like a wonderful bday party! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the banner you made!!!! Soooo cute! I’ve been busy planning our daughter, Julia’s, bday party for this weekend. No offense, but you’re makin’ me look bad! :) Arle is so adorable. Looks like she had a great time. How did you keep her from touching the fire on the candles? That’s the one big thing I’m worried about w/ Julia. :/ I have no doubt she’ll immediately reach for the fire and try to grab it. Ohhh, I need to be more patient!

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    Rhonda said,

    Great party Heather!! Happy birthday late Arle!! She is precious!! Heather you and Cammie need to get together and plan over the top birthday parties for other little children!! Sawyer’s third was a pirate party complete with a treasure chest cake courtesy of his mother. The invitations were also handmade by mom and dad and the party favors were in wipey boxes painted to look like treasure chests!! I am so proud of you and her for being such wonderful moms who are giving their children memories to cherish for ever!! These happen not only on their birthday but everyday of their lives!! Love you!!!

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    Great Party! I love your creativity with the banner!

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