• Ashley Goldman

Porter's Second Birthday

Updated: May 3

Porter's Second Birthday was one for the books! We were not able to have a first birthday party for him because of quarantine, so this year we really wanted to be able to celebrate with friends and family. To keep everyone safe we did an open house party and people came and went. We invited some of Porter's close friends and family to attend. I wanted to keep the theme very neutral. We had lots of natural colors, shades of brown, and copper. We sprinkled in some wooden cars and rainbows to add some fun elements!

Our cookies were my favorite detail! Joy of Baking made the cutest cookies that made the perfect pop for our cake table!

We are big iced coffee folks! So we wanted to incorporate some iced coffee for the adults to enjoy. We did an organic, swiss water decaf and oat milk. All the cute table signage was designed by Give Co Events.

We kept the cake simple with a homemade gluten-free yellow cake and white icing. I used 8" round cake pans and stacked them four layers high. The cake topper was also from Give Co Events. I added some dried palms to the cake to give dimension.

I LOVE pretty small details, so adding in some fun bamboo plates and bamboo straws really tied in the neutral theme while being eco-friendly.

The balloon garland and palms I was able to snag on Amazon. All links embedded in text!

The high chair backdrop was such a FUN and easy project. The arches are foam instead of wood (a way cheaper alternative). The sheets of foam were cut into an arch shape at the top and I painted the sheets neutral colors with regular paint. To get them to stand straight (they are kinda thin and floppy) I used command strips and attached large amazon boxes to the back to give them support. These boards were so fun and made the perfect backdrop for his highchair!!

Throwing an intentional and affordable party for your little one doesn't need to be overwhelming! Try purchasing things on amazon, shopping clearance aisles, and sales. To save money focus on just making one focal point at the party. For us, we did a cake table and invested the most money in that area. We wanted it to be a pretty photo backdrop yet practical because that's where we had all the food and drink displayed. I also am a sucker for a cute highchair backdrop for a first and second birthday party. The foam arches are super affordable and also make a statement!

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