Thursday, February 23, 2023

Liam is Two Wild: Toddler 2nd birthday theme

Arguably one of my favorite days of the year... It's hard to believe this party was already close to 2 months ago! We celebrated Liam's 2nd birthday in January, and while his 1st birthday felt hard to top - I think we somehow made this party even more epic than last years. You guys know my love for Alexa from The Olive Branch runs deep, she helped me with Liam's 1st birthday, and pulled out all the stops this go around for his 2nd. If you're looking for help with planning a party, baby shower, gender reveal, corporate event etc. she's your girl (and she travels). 

Somewhere along the line, I had seen the "Two Wild" theme on Pinterest and thought it was so cute. I don't even think I had kids at the time, but the theme stuck with me. Liams nursery is Navy blue with animal prints above the crib, so we used that color palette and inspiration as a way to make a more common theme stand out. We also pulled inspiration from Liam's random love of busses to incorporate a party bus vibe into the two wild theme, hence the bus backdrop. Transforming our backyard into a toddlers playground was honestly too much fun, I'm still trying to figure out how we can have all of these things permanently. It essentially served as the perfect babysitter, ha! Everything is fenced in, so the parents could let their kiddos run free and enjoy themselves, while the kids were having the time of their lives with the plethora of activities. I've honestly never seen Liam smile as much as he did that day - it made my heart so happy. 

I'm listing out all of the vendors and their websites in case you need recommendations. These people are all an absolute dream to work with. They all have The Cheeky Been stamp of approval - 10/10 recommend! Most of the small decor was from Amazon which I will link at the bottom of this post in case you'd like to recreate this theme.

Planning + Design: by @honeythymeevents

Catering: @copaingatherings

Cupcakes: @littlerosedesserts

Coffee Cart: @roamingspiritscoffee

Camper Bar: @thewanderingsocial_

Photography: @william_avery_photography

Balloons: @theposhballoon

Kids Table, Candy Machine, Animal Props: @ribbonandbluepartyrentals

Soft Play: @carolinasoftplayrentals

Bounce House Franchise: @thewhitebouncehouse

Backdrop + Signage: @shindigsocial

Sensory Play: @gold.and.gray

Custom Table Runner: @draw_it_bymel

HAMU: @looklovebabes


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Liam is One Happy Camper: Baby Boy First Birthday Theme

We celebrated Liams 1st birthday on Saturday, and it was nothing short of amazing! Celebrating his first birthday felt like such a big milestone not only for him - but for us as parents too. Most of you know Liam is our first child, and while birthdays mark the number of years we've been on this planet, if it's your first born, it also marks the number of years you've been a parent. So much has changed in the last year. I feel like I have a new identity; a new purpose. I plan to write a full post on what 1 year of motherhood looks like but for now, I'm reminiscing on the most epic 1st birthday party I've been too to date. 

If you've been around since my pregnancy, then you may have remembered my gender reveal post. Our home is set up perfectly for outdoor entertaining, and I absolutely loved the set up of that party. I actually enjoy party planning and usually have a vision for what I want a celebration to look like. With the gender reveal I planned and coordinated everything on my own, but mamahood in addition to working full time leaves little room for this hobby of mine so I reached out to The Olive Branch for a little planning help. If I've learned anything over the last year, it's that simplicity and convenience are worth the money as a busy mom! Alexa was an absolute dream to work with. She executed on my vision perfectly and if you're in the market for an event planner - I can't recommend them enough. 

The One Happy Camper theme couldn't have been more perfect for a winter party. We noted on the invitations that the party would be outside and asked guests to please bundle up. It was a chilly day but the kids didn't seem to be affected what so ever. They had an absolute blast with the bounce house and ball pit, and I'm pretty sure everybody got a solid nap in afterwards! We also borrowed a couple space heaters for the shaded areas of our outdoor space and turned on the outdoor fireplace - all the cozy camping vibes (ok, maybe more like glamping but you get it).

Most of the small decor is from Amazon which I will link at the bottom of this post in case you'd like to recreate this theme. A list of all the vendors we used can be found below!

Host: @thecheekybeen

Planning + Design: by @honeythymeevents


Balloons: @sayit_withballoons

Florals: @lordandladystudio

Signage Decals: @redeyedesigns305

Backdrop + Grid Wall: @murphycoevents

Picnic Rentals: @luxurychicnics

Bounce House/Ball Pit: @littleheartsmobileplay

Camper Bar: @carolinataps

S'mores Board: @tegagraze

Cake + Desserts: @littlerosedesserts

Cookies: @chrissillysbakery

Coloring Pages: @draw_it_bymel

Stationery: @minted

Paperware: @ohhappydaypartyshop

HMU: @looklovebeauty



site design by kiki and co.