My younger daughter (whom I affectionately call Julieboo) just turned 2. Luckily for me, neither of my girls were particularly insistent on what they wanted for their parties at 2 years old. I took advantage of their cluelessness and planned non-character themes for their first and second birthdays. This meant no Elmo, Dora, Disney Princesses, Pooh, Spongebob, or any other character that I knew they might become attached to in the future. Once Emily turned 3 I let her choose her party themes, just as I will let Julia choose hers too. But birthdays 1 and 2 belong to me. Imagine me laughing maniacally. Bwahaha.
For Julia’s 2nd birthday I decided to throw a party based on one of Julia’s all-time favorite things: BUBBLES! This girl loves her bubbles. Seriously. Bubble baths, bubbles in the backyard, even watching me blow bubbles with my bubblegum. A quick scan of Pinterest gave me tons of great ideas, so I pinned everything I saw and went for it!
First, the invitation. I found the bubble background and bubble alphabet online, and by taking screenshots and manipulating them in Word I was able to create this cute invite. Before mailing them I matted them on a pink & white striped paper to tie in the other colors I planned to use at the party.
I also made a banner to go with the theme:
The food table was definitely fun to create. Emily and I came up with a list of foods that either had the word “POP” in them or that were round like bubbles. Here’s what we came up with:
- “Bubble-blowing” Fishies (Goldfish crackers)
- Rice “Bubbles” (rice cakes – one of Julia’s FAVORITE foods)
- “Pop” corn
- Oreo “Pops”
- Potato “Circles” (I know, this one is a stretch. But everyone loves chips at a party, right?)
- “Pop”corn Chicken
- “Bubble” Cookies (This one did NOT go as planned. The party was too close to July 4th, and all the cookies had red, white, and blue sprinkles. I had to pick off the red ones and add more blue sprinkles to try and cover it up).
- Melon “Balls” (Another goof. Hubby bought chunks, he didn’t realize I was going to use the melon baller. Que sera, sera).
- Soda “Pop”
- “Bubble-free” Juice Pouches
The cake didn’t quite go as planned, since the candy I bought to shape into a yummy bubble wand wouldn’t cooperate. So my mom & I whipped up the mini-banner to give the cake a more 3-Dimensional look and covered the cake in the M&Ms we bought.
For party favors I totally lucked out and found mini bottles of Mr. Bubble in the Dollar Spot at Target. I made a “Bag of Bubbles” for each of the older kids (well, ages 2 and up) with the bubble bath, a Blow Pop, some bubblegum, and some bubbles for blowing. I realize that toddlers don’t need the bubblegum or Blow Pop (I certainly didn’t let Emily have either until she was about 5 or 6), but if other moms are anything like me then I thought they might enjoy a treat in the bag too. Personally, I LOVE cherry Blow Pops. I also knew there would be a few babies at the party and wanted to have something for them. Once again I lucked out at Target’s Dollar Spot and found some cute board books about bubbles. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture).
Now for the bubble-filled activities:
- Bubble machine – Just a small one did a great job of keeping the air full of bubbles!
- Clear Beach Balls (aka GIANT bubbles) bought here.
- Bubble Wrap for stomping on – I bought mine from the Pack-N-Ship near my house
- A small plastic pool full of bubble solution (I made my own using Dawn dishsoap)
- A hula hoop in the pool for making GIANT bubbles
- An assortment of bubble wands
- Drinking straws taped together (a sort-of homemade bubble wand – they make cool gobs of bubbles)
- Pipe cleaners – You can twist these to create your own bubble wands. This was more fun for the older kiddos.
Julia loved her party, and everyone had a great time. Success!