Last Saturday, little miss Ingrid turned 2! We celebrated with a book themed birthday party, complete with book plate invitations and a book exchange for all of the kiddos. It was a small party, but still so much fun. You’ll have to excuse my pregnant brain, but I did not take a single photo with our good camera. (!!!) I have no idea what I was thinking! All of these photos were shot with my phone. Womp-womp. But hopefully they still capture how cute and fun her little book party was…
The decor & favors:
The party decor was super simple. My favorite decoration was the “Ingrid” banner that hung behind the food table. I purchased the cut out book letters from a little art shop downtown and glued them onto kraft paper cardstock. Then, I hung them from clothespins on twine. (You could easily make your own letters using newspaper or pages from an old book!) The table runner is actually just some cute polka-dotted wrapping paper I found at Target for $1 a roll. I used it to wrap Ingrid’s birthday gifts as well, which were then tied with pink and white baker’s twine and given a paper doily gift tag. Again, super cute and super simple!
The party favors were cute, too. I made the party hats out of kraft paper cardstock. I used the eraser end of a pencil to add the painted white polka dots, then glued on pink ric-rac, newspaper hearts, and pink pom poms. We also had reading glasses, bubbles, and some candy for the kiddos. The candy jars included Smarties and “bookworms.” (I had every intention of including those tiny boxes of Nerds, but couldn’t find them ANYWHERE!)
The bookplate invitations were custom designed by Grace & Madd Paperie. I contacted them a couple of months before the party to see if they could design a vintage-style bookplate invite. Sure enough, they came up with the CUTEST design, and even included extra bookplates for our book exchange. In lieu of gifts, we asked that kids bring a wrapped book to exchange. When it was time for Ingrid to open her presents, each child got to pick a wrapped gift and take home a new book of their very own!
I didn’t decide on the menu until about a week before the party. I wanted to be able to prepare as much food as possible the day before the party so I didn’t have so much to do the day of. We had a simple spread, full of fresh fruits and veggies, and of course, birthday cupcakes! Our menu consisted of clementines, carrots with dill dip, mixed berries, tomato & mozzarella salad, chicken salad sandwiches, organic juice for the kidlets, and sweet tea or water for the grown ups. For dessert, we had homemade strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting and birthday sprinkles! Delicious!!
Ingrid had so much fun seeing her family and friends and celebrating her very own birthday. I’m pretty sure she danced and sang along with everyone while we serenaded her with “Happy Birthday!”
Thanks to everyone who made Ingrid’s day special! We love and appreciate you so much! xoxo, L