Happy Birthday!!!

I’m officially a mommy to a 2 yr. old!! My how time flies!! It’s amazing how the saying “they grow up fast” is actually true when you become a parent. I swear I just brought the little guy home all brand new from the hospital. Now he’s a 2 year old, and has happily accepted that “terrible two’s” challenge head on. Ok, actually he’s still my little angel, but he’s definitely stepping out and seeing how far he can push his boundaries.

We had his birthday party the weekend before his actual birthday and it was an airplane theme. Let me tell you I set this theme in motion months before the big day, but wouldn’t you know it? I didn’t really start doing much of anything until about a month before. Well, if you consider scouring Pinterest for hours on end months before the birthday than technically I started months and months before the big day.

I also scoured etsy.com thinking that I’m just going to buy the stuff this year since last year we couldn’t afford much of anything. I’ll tell you right now the only thing I bought from etsy was his invitations. I couldn’t believe all the AMAZING things that people can do with paper and I envied their talent. However, I just couldn’t spend the money that I had saved on all those cool birthday banners, signs, confetti, etc. So I did what any regular mom on a budget would do. I gathered ideas from Pinterest, Etsy, and anything I could find online and I headed to The Dollar Tree and JoAnn’s Fabrics, and Michaels. Yep, that’s right I went cheap and had fun doing it.

The little suitcases I made were made from cereal boxes I saved. I bought the brown wrapping paper at Dollar Tree, the handles were from all the paper grocery bags I unintentionally have been accumulating over the past few months, and the stickers were from JoAnn’s. The signs for his birthday were purely Dollar Tree buys. I bought the huge poster boards in different colors. I cut them to size, stenciled, and glued it together and that was all. The little suitcases on his signs were done by hand. Meaning I Google searched a suitcase, printed it out, traced around it on left over diaper boxes, cut it out, and used as a stencil. I did the same with the clouds for his birthday banner. The only “expensive” thing was his birthday banner. I purchased a $20 valuepack of scrapbook paper at Michaels. Although now that I think about it I guess I could’ve done the same thing with the Dollar Tree poster board. The other inexpensive thing was the paper airplane banners I made. Sadly, I didn’t even get pictures of this banner and I had to tag myself in the pictures my uncle took of them. So that really poor picture of the paper airplane banner is all that I have. The original idea was to collect old maps and use those for the paper airplanes, but I ended up using magazines I was about to recycle. It was super simple and just added a nice touch to the rest of the party. My center pieces were inspired purely by the heat. I wanted to make some super crafty cute airplane centerpeices for his birthday, but with the temperature being in the mid-80’s and his party being outside I opted for something to keep our guests cool. I snagged a bunch of the paper at Michaels on sale. I spent so much time on them that I still have them in our spare bedroom cause I can’t bring myself to throw them away. I might just stick some in my purse on hot days.

This post was originally going to be a step-by-step of how I made his decorations and then another post was going to be a photo wonderland. Well, this post is gonna kind of both. Maybe later I will do a step-by-step of what I did if there is any interest.

So without further ado. Here is the Birthday Photo Wonderland!!!

**The cake was made by my cousin