Last night I made this simple smock dress from the fabric from Dashwood Studio. This pattern is from their September Blue collection and it is a very light and soft lawn cotton.
So I never thought a few years ago, my mister and I would be organising a toddler party, it just goes to show you never know whats around the corner! I'm also in disbelief that our daughter is now two.
Two years of exhaustion, nappies, tantrums, getting up every 5 seconds, wiping food off the floor and generally being someone's staff. The prime point of our day is when she goes to bed and we can relax. BUT, as soon as we let out a big sigh and collapse on the sofa, we start talking about her, what funny things she did that day, what new words she said, comparing videos of her on our phones or looking at photos of when she was a baby, saying over and over 'ahh she was so small!'. And before we know it, its time to go to bed. I guess at the end of the day, that how all parents feel. It's all really worth it, it really is.
So with all that in mind, we felt it only right that she should have a party to celebrate her second birthday. Although she's still really young, this is the first time of her life when she's been able to communicate verbally and make friends and enjoy other's company. It also happens to mark the anniversary of when we moved to the Isle of Wight from London, and we thought it would be great to get all our new friends together.
I was commissioned to make some invitations like thus...
and it can also be set up for tea (as she is obsessed with pouring and stirring tea for some reason). I found some little enamelled coffee cups and a childs cutlery set (which I made a felt roll to keep them in)
I thought she could do some pretend cooking too, with some animal cutters, fondant icing moulds and textured rolling pins for playing with pastry or plasticine.
Nao made this little bag, which I nearly fainted when I saw it, so beautiful, and I love all the details.
He hand stitched it in his shed.
I'm not a very sociable person actually, I get a bit anxious when people come to our house, if they will enjoy themselves, and I clean the house thoroughly, so a party with kids plus their parents felt a bit daunting, add to that the fact that I don't generally cook, whoooaa!! Anyways, we got on with it and it all went to plan amazingly!
All the table flowers were from our garden, incredibly there were still a few left after the summer, very handy.
Whilst all this was going on, the littlun started the party by herself. I don't think she quite understood that all her buddies were coming too.
we had an adult's table, and a kid's table.
I decorated the cake with figs, physalis and pomegranate seeds. The littluns seem to really go for the pomegranate, I suppose they look like sweets. The cake was a vanilla cake with cream cheese icing, like the one from last year...I can only do one type of cake ; )
She was given so many lovely things.
I had a really good time, it was kind of weird to see so many people in our little house, but everyone was fantastic, I was very rosy cheeked by the end of the evening...not sure quite how much I drank!
The next day we tried to recover, and the littlun played with her new toys.
This chair was given to her by a friend of our's who lives nearby. It used to be his when he was a child, and he painted her name on it! It's so amazing, and she loves rocking on it as fast as she can.
She can relax in front of the fire with her blankets this winter.
The day after that was her actual birthday (yes, I know) she had more pressies to open, from us. By this stage, she thought the party was a permanent fixture, and was the first thing she said when she woke up 'see party? see party?'
she found pressies from her dad in the tent...
two brass hooks, one with w 'P' on it, the other was an owl...
and her new bag, made by her dad!
and pressies from me in the living room...
a funny robotic panda I found second hand on ebay...
she loved watching Mum get covered in goat gob.