16 Jul 2013

Breakfast For Dinner Birthday Party

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.

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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. 

Breakfast for Dinner Party @ ASwellPlacetoDwell.com

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.

Breakfast for Dinner Party @ ASwellPlacetoDwell.com

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!

Breakfast for Dinner Party with Pancake Cake @ ASwellPlacetoDwell.com

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.  

Breakfast for Dinner Party with Pancake Cake @ ASwellPlacetoDwell.com

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. 

Linking to: The Shabby Nest

12 comments:

  1. So cute! My kids love anything breakfast too. What a great idea!

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  2. looks like a blast! we love breakfast for dinner any day! and love those fun candles! :)

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  3. Congratulations on selling your rental!!! So so happy for you! And I am sending you good thoughts on the selling process for yours! Sounds like you have a ton going on and trying to do all all out fancy party would have been way too much to add to your plate. I like the simple parties...the focus stays on the birthday girl and that is what is important. But, it's funny, every year for the boys birthdays I have to remind myself of this. The keeping up with the Jone's and Pinterest parties is always out there and can make you feel guilty as a mother if you do anything less. It's always a struggle, but in the end I am always so thankful that we do simple parties that the kids enjoy! ;) Your pancake idea was too cute, too!

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    1. Thank you. We were super nervous for the home inspection after all of the flooding, but it passed with flying colours! Phew.
      And I am with you in the party department. I had this big idea of doing an ant themed party for Fin this year (she's ant obsessed) and I was going to make it like a picnic, etc. When I started making a list of what i needed to buy I sat there and looked at it and then ripped it all up. All the girl wanted was some balloons and she was happy! Dollar store for the win this year!
      The pancakes were a bit hit.

      Thanks for the comment. :)

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  4. LOVE your simple party, I'm always trying to 'sell' breakfast for dinner at our house, but my son just thinks it's weird! :(

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  5. Aw I love the simple party! I totally agree that parties don't always have to be fancy, but I also agree that sometimes it's just fun to make them that way. I love your simple decorations though and if little Fin loved them, then perfect! I am having a baby shower in September and I will admit that I'm looking forward to decorating it all cute! =] Happy Birthday Fin by the way! And congrats on your rental house!! That's exciting!! Are you moving away or just looking for a bigger place??

    Runt
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    1. Oh, I totally agree with you...there is a time and place. A baby shower is the place. I think it's a bit different because that's a party for adults and they actually notice. Toddlers notice balloons and cake...I think that's it!

      We are staying in the same city, just hoping to find something bigger and in an older neighbourhood with a big yard. Fingers crossed that we can find that!

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  6. Love, love, love the party! Looks amazing! And I could see why she would love the birthday cake!

    And congratulations on selling your rental and listing your house!! Way to weather that storm! I am still so impressed by your attitude throughout!

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  7. We just did the same thing too! One of the kids in my Sons class Birthday got missed and so we had a surprise party at my house for him - did everything backwards like ate the cake first and then had breakfast for dinner! We had all the kids put their t-shirts on backwards and I got those "hello my name is" stickers and they all had to write their names backwards on them. It was pretty funny singing "happy birthday" backwards too - so much fun!!

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  8. How precious was Fin's party! I love the simple things in life best. A pancake cake - that's so clever! You are such an amazing family. :)

    Congrats on selling your rental too - I know that must be a weight lifted off of you both.

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    1. Thank you so much Erica. Yes, a huge weight was lifted when we sold the rental. It's nice to just focus on one house now :) Thanks for the comment.

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  9. How cute!!! I love the breakfast theme and all the decorations and I'm sure your daughter did as well. Best.Birthday.Cake.Ever

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