B's 2nd Birthday

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In case you were wondering just exactly how to get to Sesame Street, it’s located in Brooklyn, NY (for the sole purpose of our party). B is in LOVE with all things Sesame Street, so I wanted to knock her socks off with a party that incorporated all of her favorite characters. (P.S. All the links to party supplies, treat info, etc. will be displayed at the bottom of the post.) We took a few snaps of B before the buffet was completely decked out with treats, and I’m so glad because her party was a blur!

I painted the cake table’s backdrop on a 6x9’ painter’s drop cloth ($10 from the hardware store!) with acrylic paint and Sharpie marker, and it took me a lot of late nights to complete but I’m SO happy with how it turned out. Love of Character created the balloon garland for us and matched it perfectly to the colors on the map! I love the color-blocking effect, and wish I could keep it forever and ever in our house.

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We had the party at 10am, so we went with breakfast food as dessert. I made some homemade pop-tarts with cereal on top (including Cookie Crisp ones in honor of the one and only Cookie Monster), and ordered custom donuts. We also had coffee from “Hooper’s”, juice, and Cereal Milk (from Milk Bar’s make it at home kit). The pop-tarts were an unexpected hit - linking the tutorial here for anyone wanting to make their own also!

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B’s cake was a stack of cinnamon rolls I grabbed at Whole Foods, and glazed with pink icing. We cut it up to share after she blew out her candle. I love that birthday cakes are no longer just cakes - it made my life a whole lot simpler the night before the birthday!

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I made these little surprise balls to look like Sesame Street characters (tutorial here) and we passed them out as party favors for the kids to open. They were SO easy to make, and I loved the simplified versions of the character faces. (My favorite is Bert and his iconic unibrow.) We were originally going to have a bouncy house, but the forecast was saying 90% chance of thunderstorms (that of course never came) so we cancelled it last minute and opted for an Elmo piñata and surprise balls instead.

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All of our party supplies came from Love of Character (online shop here). I’m obsessed with how all the colors looked together. We moved our kitchen table and put a kid table in its place, and it was really fun to decorate with the confetti, rainbow plates, etc. I’m dying to host another kid party just to do the table decor again.

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It ended up being a really chilly, cloudy Fall morning, so coffee was a popular choice. I made a custom stamp for these coffee sleeves to carry the Elmo theme a little further. I may just start using the leftover cups outside of the house, and see if anyone notices I’m rocking coffee from Hooper’s Cafe…

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Props to Jordan for putting this donut wall together the night before! He counted all the holes and tried to make it as evenly spaced as possible (without any donuts to use for sizing reference!) I think it turned out really cute!

The invite sets the tone for the party, right?? I always loved how Sesame Street was in NYC, and really tried to incorporate that into our theme. I think it was more of Sesame Street meets hipster Brooklyn vibes, but you get the idea…

I reuse a lot of decor for every party/shower/event, including this chalkboard I’ve had year after year for showers and birthdays. I’m excited to have this pegboard for future parties - it was relatively easy to put together, plus donuts are so affordable and easy to pick-up in a pinch for any event.

Our party favor bags say “Friend is someone to share the last cookie with. - Cookie Monster,” and were filled with these darling cookies from Sweet Sugarlicious by Wendi (or Earth’s Best squeeze pouches and granola bars from their Sesame Street line for the little babes).

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I ordered these deli baskets from Amazon, and I honestly debated on them for a long time. I ended up going for it, and I’m so glad because they made for cute decor as well as plates. We’ll be reusing them again and again for future parties, for SURE. I also planned only finger foods (donuts, pop-tarts, and fruit skewers) because we were hoping to have an indoor/outdoor party like last year, and these baskets just lent themselves to that kind of food.

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I’m so in love with the color scheme we had. It was the perfect bright and happy feel for one of the cooler, rainier Fall days we’ve had this season.

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It was SUCH a sweet party, and we loved getting to host all of B’s little friends and family. I was SO happy with how it all came together, and B absolutely loved every minute of her party.

Party Supplies
Circle plates
Rainbow plates
Paper cups
Napkins
Deli baskets
Confetti
Balloon garland - custom by Love of Character
Letterboard
Tassel garland
Elmo piñata
Cake table backdrop - painted by me (drop cloth here)
Sesame Street figurines
Surprise balls - homemade (tutorial here)
Kids table & stackable chairs
”2” Cake topper
Party favor bags
Multi-colored paper straws

Food
Cookies - Sweet Sugarlicious
Donuts - Hurts Donuts
Cinnamon roll cake - homemade (store bought cinnamon rolls + glaze icing)
Pop-tarts - homemade (tutorial here)

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A Morning at Botanica Gardens

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How sweet are these two?? We had a fun morning with our friends Jade and Reese at Botanica, and the girls held hands for the first ten minutes we were there. Botanica is beautiful this time of year, and the girls looooved the Children’s Garden. I hadn’t seen it yet, and I have to say - it’s absolutely perfect for this age.

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Reese & B are best described as: Never not mothering each other.

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Mornings like these make me JAZZED for the Fall days ahead. We are loving the cooler weather, and I just want to be outside 24/7.

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe (Part 2: Boy Version)

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I'm not going to lie... this was equal parts intimidating and exciting for me to do since I've only ever dressed a girl! When Jordan and I were first pregnant, we both pictured our baby being a boy. It took us both a few months to process the girl news, to say the least! I wouldn't change it for the world, but having a little boy someday would be a huge blessing in my mind, so I really enjoyed getting to do this.

If you've been following along for awhile, you know B has a pretty defined style already. I err on the side of comfort, and any brands that combine comfort with style are always winners for us. I tried to follow the same rules when putting this together because little boys need room to play, run, and climb without constraints. One challenge I kept running into was finding dressy and casual pieces that could be interchangeable. In B's wardrobe, we have a lot of rompers and dresses that can go either way by adding different shoes, layers, etc. They're also very comfortable pieces, so that made putting her wardrobe together MUCH easier in comparison. Boys, however, are a little trickier since their dress shirt and casual shirts are totally different in both style and comfort levels. My goal was to create a capsule wardrobe that I would dress my own son in, and so there was a lot of overlap with our current favorite brands. I used some inspiration from my husband's closet as well because who wouldn't want to dress a mini of their husband? Is this creepy yet? Let's move along.

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Linking everything for you below! Sorry in advance but quite a few of the rompers and hoodies are sold out in most sizes, but fear not - Childhoods Clothing should be doing another drop later this Fall (or you can check out the Buy/Sell/Trade group on Facebook here). Rags to Raches is the other romper brand, and I linked their general site below because they do drops every week with new styles! 

Tops: 1. Trees Crewneck Sweatshirt | 2. Pocket Tee | 3. Striped Henley Tee | 4. Army Green Button-down | 5. Gray Button-down | 6. Denim Button-down

Rompers: 1. Navy Henley Romper | 2. Rags to Raches Romper (shop similar here) | 3. Camo Henley Romper

Bottoms: 1. Denim Biker Jeans | 2. Black Skinny Jeans | 3. Khaki Skinny Jeans | 4. Moto Green Sweatpants | 5. Childhoods Clothing Skinny Sweatpants

Jackets & Cardigans: 1. Chambray Hoodie | 2. Chunky Knit Cardigan | 3. Charcoal Henley Hoodie

Hats: 1. Mustard Beanie | 2. Gray Herringbone Hat | 3. Best Kid Ever Snapback

Shoes: 1. Hunter Boots | 2. Navy Strappy Sneakers | 3. Contrasting Sneakers | 4. Laced Boots

Outerwear: 1. Black Puffer Jacket | 2. Patagonia Bunting (P.S. This is the same onesie we've had for B for 2 winters in a row - different sizes of course - and it's a game-changer. So warm and so easy to throw on for playing outside. FYI - It runs big!) | 3. Patagonia Puffer Vest 

I have a way bigger, more information heavy post on Capsule Wardrobes for Toddlers that would work for either gender linked here. For boy-only info, scroll on down!

This is quite a bit different from B's wardrobe, and partly because it couldn't include dresses. I'm usually a big ran of rompers as well, but boy rompers are a little harder to layer so I stuck to tops and bottoms mainly. Let's just say this was a really eye-opening exercise for me! A few things I learned when putting a boy's (imaginary) wardrobe together were:

  1. Hats are awesome accessories - This could be like the bow to a girl thing where they keep them on 10% of the time, but ya know. I have a few boy mom friends who rock the tiny hats on their boys, and it's such a fun way to bring an outfit up a level or two.
  2. There really are less options out there - Holy cow, boy moms need more love. It took me quite a bit longer to find what I did, and I ended up choosing pieces from a very limited sphere. Overall, Zara was my favorite for edgier boy items in an affordable price-range. Their little biker jeans were killin' me with cuteness.
  3. Comfortable dress outfits are harder to find - Obviously, I can just throw B in a dress (and we've found some great brands in my girl post that are super comfy) and call it dressy enough. I think kids are happier when they're comfy, so I like having stretchier, softer options for those random dressy occasions. But also, there are pretty rare occasions when you have to be pretty dressy, and for us that's usually Sunday morning or an evening out to dinner. I felt like most of these outfits were nice enough to work in a typical dressed up situation, and for bigger deal holidays like a nice Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve, I would possibly buy something special anyways. 
  4. Neutrals are your friend - If you're looking to do a true capsule wardrobe, having a good mix of neutrals and some key pieces in black or dark gray will be very helpful for creating outfits. I have a few pops of army green and chambray for color, and then a really fun mustard beanie that works well with everything in the wardrobe. It's WAY less colorful than B's wardrobe, but I love how edgy it is - it reminds me of a tiny version of my husband's wardrobe and I caaaaannn't.

I hope this was helpful for all you boy mamas out there! I have a few outfits below showing how everything goes together. If you take away anything from this, get your little man a snazzy hat. This little Etsy shop had me swooning, and they make matching daddy and me hats. CAN'T.

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