My little girl has turned 2! What? How did that happen??? Seriously, time is flying and I feel like I can't keep up. If you saw The Week's End post on Sunday, then you saw a little glimpse of the party we had for Fin to celebrate her second birthday.
We threw a big party with friends and family for Fin's first birthday last year (don't judge the photos in that post...yikes) so this year we decided to keep it super simple. We had her grandparents over for dinner, and as much as I was tempted to go all out with a Pinterest inspired crazy themed birthday party, I decided to save my sanity and keep it easy. Sometimes easy is the way to go, isn't it? She's 2, she didn't notice that I didn't have a consistent theme going on. She was just happy that she had some of her favourite people all in one room to hang out with her and eat cake.
I pulled out streamers that I had left over from the birthday party last year and strung them across the ceiling in our kitchen. Then I went to the dollar store and picked up some balloons. Fin has a thing for bunnies, so I bought some balloons with bunny ears. Bad idea...they were the hardest balloons ever to blow up, but after about 4 of them Mr. Swell got the hang of it (even if he was about to pass out). I also bought some balloons with 2 on them and we just hung them from the ceiling fan and the curtain rods. A bit ghetto, but it worked.
Fin's favourite foods are anything breakfast related, so we went with a Breakfast for Dinner theme for the food. We made baked french toast using a Pioneer Woman recipe and it was SO delicious. I ate it for lunch for 2 straight days after the party and was so sad when it was done. We also made shredded hasbrowns and scrambled eggs, and had a big fruit salad. It was really easy and most of it could be made ahead of time. Sorry, I wish I had some pictures of the food for you, but I was too busy eating!
To carry on the breakfast theme through to the cake, we made Fin a pancake cake. Keeping with the whole idea of an easy party, I used a boxed cake mix (Betty Crocker Vanilla). I made the cake exactly as the directions and then added a couple handfulls of multi coloured sprinkles. We heated up 2 frying pans and then poured 1/4C of batter into each frying pan, just like cooking a pancake. The cake was a bit trickier to flip than a regular pancake, but once we figured out to cook low and slow then it started to get easier. Once each pancake was done we stacked it up and started cooking another one in the pan. I made a quick glaze using icing sugar and water with a bit of red food colouring and poured it over the top.
When Fin woke up from her nap she saw the cake sitting on the counter and was so impressed. That made us pretty happy!
The cake was really easy to serve as each person just took a pancake and then we added a scoop of ice cream.
Overall I'd say the party was a big hit. The one person who mattered most loved it to death, so that was good enough for us.
So tell me, am I the only one who is sort of revolting against fancy parties? Have we lost track of what's really important, which is celebrating the person who has reached another milestone?
In other news.....our rental house is officially sold! Conditions were removed last week and now we are just waiting for the new owners to take possession, which is at the end of the month. We feel so relieved to have that stress off of us. Once conditions lifted on the rental house, then we were able to list our own house. Our house went on the market Friday morning, hence why it has been a bit quiet around here. We were busy doing odds and ends to get it ready to list and were then out of the house much of the weekend for showings, so we have been busy little bees. I don't want to jinx anything, so I have promised myself that I am not going to blog much about selling this house until it's all done. Hopefully I will have some more good news to share soon.
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