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Two Years Old and Purple All Over

Hailey-bear turned 2 years old last Thursday. Two. Years. Old! We had a small celebration on the evening of her actual birthday that involved brownies we made together earlier in the day as well as ice cream. She seemed quite pleased to get to have “choc-ic” and “I-ceam” and sang her own rendition of the Happy Birthday Song as we enjoyed our dessert.

Bday Brownies

On Saturday we celebrated with friends and family and every shade of purple you can imagine. Purple is, by far, Hailey’s favorite color. She’s pretty good with all her colors, but she’s known purple for quite some time. If she’s feeling silly, the answer to any question is usually, “purple.” So, purple it was!

We started the day by painting our fingernails and toenails in Essie “Play Date”.

B-day Nails

I purchased some purple serving bowls/spoons, plastic tablecloths, and napkins at Party City. Costco had a huge package of plastic cups in 4 colors – purple among them. My crowning achievement was the “Happy Birthday Hailey” balloon banner that I made after seeing inspiration in the April 2013 edition of Real Simple. The linked instructions are fairly easy to follow, but my key learnings include: Don’t try to get fancy and use your paper shredder to make the confetti. The shredder won’t like the weight of the tissue paper and the resulting crinkled mess isn’t light enough to stick to the inside of the balloon with static. If you know someone who has a Cricut (or other die cutting machine) ask them to make the letters using full-sheet labels. My mom made the letters using her Cricut and we were able to test a few different sizes. Consider coloring the letters with a crayon before sticking them to the balloons (or forgo the whole clear w/ confetti thing and use colored balloons.) The white letters can be hard to see if you have light colored walls. (I suppose we could have painted the house purple…) Buy a balloon pump…‘nuf said. And, finally, this is definitely a do-ahead project. I was worried that the balloons might deflate so I talked myself into waiting until the morning of the party to put this together. As I sit here 48 hours later, it still looks just fine.

Purple decor

The menu for the party included purple grape and watermelon skewers, purple potato salad and purple cabbage cole slaw as well as a number of other summer BBQ foods that were tasty, but alas, not purple in color! The dessert buffet, however, was entirely purple! We ordered the cake, cupcakes and cookies from nearby Lovin Oven Cakery. Hailey’s great aunts made the chocolate dipped pretzels and Rice Krispies treats and we had a variety of purple candies purchased at Party City as well.

Dessert Buffet

The birthday girl had a wonderful day and was showered with love (and of course presents too!) Hailey makes us laugh every day – her personality is larger than life, her smile and laugh are contagious and her hugs and kisses make you melt. We love you Hailey-bear and hope all your birthday wishes come true!


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