This weekend we celebrated Evie’s 2nd birthday with a friend and family get together. Instead of hosting at our home like last year, we had the party at our church. We had to do two separate parties last year as our home is just to small for so many people and kids. We wanted lots of room for all the kiddos to run around and play. This was exactly what our churches layout provided.
My sister and I went to the church the night before to set up, and decorate. It took us almost 3 hours to rearrange everything, and put all the decorations up. It would have been much faster if my sister knew how to tie a balloon, poor girl was facing roughly a 1 to 12 ratio against me. My family was a huge help in making the party happen, they helped prepare food, and get it all out. My sister even ran out the morning of to pick up a special dessert treat. We had tortilla chips with homemade dip, quiche, spanikopitas, popcorn, goldfish crackers, veggies and dip, sweet and sour meatballs, and home made mac&cheese. The birthday party was early so it was all snack sort of food items. I couldn’t wait for Evie to see everything the day of her party. She right away started pointing out all of the balloons. We actually arrived an hour before the time of the party to finish an last minute preparations… food, tables, goody bags, etc…My sister let us borrow her little bowling set, which was great for all the kids. They enjoyed getting to knock down all of the pins either with the ball or running into them.We also brought downstairs the play kitchen that is at our church. It seems that kids always notice a play kitchen right away. The whole party the kitchen always had kids at it. Evie and two of her buddies played for awhile at the kitchen. Everyone relaxed and ate before we opened the gifts. Evie sat in her highchair while opening the gifts. She was absolutely spoiled by her family and friends. We cannot thank them all enough. Each gift she wanted opened, and if it was a clothing item she wanted it put on. As a special treat I had a friend of mine make macarons for dessert. I used them to top the cupcakes I had made, and set a few out on a dish. There was also a fruit plate and some other treats.
Evie tried to blow out the candle on her own, and did not use her fingers to put it out this year. She still needed a little bit of help. We are so incredibly thankful for this little girl. She is has changed us for the better, and she challenges us always. Evie is filled with so much love and joy that you can help but feel the same around her. We also cannot thank all of our family and friends enough for coming and celebrating with us, you made her birthday so special!We sent all the kids that came home with a goody bag. I made up home made chai tea playdough, and a box of raisins. We wanted the kids to take home two of Evie’s favourite things, and have something that was a bit different than the usual treats in a goody bag.
It was a lot of fun celebrating this little girl. We were all exhausted though after from the craziness of Disneyland, Christmas, and a birthday. A nap was needed for all of us after the party.