a jumpy animal 2nd birthday party

A jumpy animal 2nd birthday party... that's a mouthful, huh?  When I was brainstorming a theme for Lola's party I just tried to think of what she likes the most.  Well, it's jumping- on our bed, on Max's bed, in her bed, at the gym, in the pool, etc.  And it's animals.  She brings her stuffed animals everywhere and talks about the zoo all the time, "Go to the city, see monkeys".  So the theme of the party, and since she was turning 2, was Lola's 2 favorite things.

I wrote a little birthday poem and had this super talented lady create the hand written invites- which were sent with multicolored confetti of course.

The gift bags were really easy- animal crackers, animal finger puppets from IKEA and bouncy balls (not shown).

I have circle punches and went a little punch crazy with the neon paper to create the garlands and Lola's birthday banner.  Super easy to just sew on the machine, but it took a while, so I was meticulous- storing them on an empty paper towel roll so they would be easy to hang.  Well, one little tug and it all fell off the roll into a 20 foot long tangle.  Swear word, swear word.  I ended up cutting it apart at the tangles and taping them together.  You couldn't really see it.

I love those animal balloons!  Super cheap from Amazon.  And you can't really see it, but I bought a queen size flat sheet and scalloped the long edges.  Another really inexpensive way to make a tablecloth.  However, they only get wider as they get bigger, not longer... so it was just a teeny bit too short for my crazy long party table.

But my absolute favorite were Lola's Schleich animals with party hats on.  Out of everything, that was the easiest, and most fun, project!

And no party is complete without temporary tattoos.

Lola did not want one.

There were some other good sports.  I love this picture!  So serious...

Yeah, that's more like it.

Cute masks for the taking.

My little monkey girl!

That decorating and stuff is all well and good, but the fun part was the jumpy house.  For shiz.

She loves reading her Year Book.  

We had a bit of brunch since it was still technically morning.  Yes, mimosas at a 2 year olds birthday party.  What?

I made these yummy eggs and homemade bagels, because I could pretty much make both in advance minus the cooking.

All was great, but the cake- not.  I tried to make this and really it should have landed me on this list.  It was like the leaning tower of shredded box cake.  My mother-in-law kindly commented that cool whip covers everything.  Well, it did!  But she helped me.  Cake decorating is just not one of my talents.  Cupcakes- or I'm going to need to pay the professionals from here on out.  But the animals made it cuter.

Confetti cake to match the theme, but she wanted chocolate too.

Isn't her dress just too cute?  The back is the best.

We just love this girl to pieces, can you tell?  She is amazing to me.  So strong.  Unafraid.  Silly.  Smart (seriously people, I'm talking baby genius here).  Challenging, funny, snuggly, loud, loving, bold and just plain beautiful from the top of her golden curls to her teeny toe nails.  I love her.

And then the family pictures that kids are seriously never willing to put up with.

My girl napping after the festivities have died down.  I know it's blurry, but so, so sweet.

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