Happy Birthday Baby Girl(x2)!

I’m faced with yet another challenge! My girls were born 5 days apart (and 2 years of course!). Come birthday time – what do we do? 1 party for both? Well, that was my intention this year since the baby was turning 1 and, let’s be honest, she won’t know the difference! But then my sanity flew out the window and I planned a cookout at the last minute to celebrate Bianca’s big day. Nothing fancy, but lots of work nonetheless! Then it was Gia’s turn and since her birthday fell on a school day I obligated myself to taking cupcakes in the afternoon so we could all sing her “Happy Birthday” together! And finally the “kiddie party” was on the weekend. Dora has been playing a big part in her life lately so I stuck with that theme.

I sure wish I had been smart enough to come up with the concept for Party City! Whoever did must be a gazillionaire!!! I’m such a sucker for putting together a nice-looking party, though. Thank goodness I love arts and crafts and I always try to have a few (if not most) of the decorations homemade.

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Mapa

Here is my version of Dora’s friend Map! I got the idea from one of my favorite websites: Pinterest! I used low-fat cheese sticks and a Sharpie to draw the face on. It only took about 5 minutes to do 24 of them.

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Favor bag

A trip to the dollar store and Target’s clearance aisle made the favor bags a cinch to put together. I found small bottles of bubbles, Dora sunglasses and tattoos, yo-yos, and stickers.

Last, but definitely not least, you can’t forget the thank-you cards!

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Thank you cards

Of course, in the end it was all worth it! The girls had so much fun and so did we.  Next time I’ll give myself more than a week to pull this all together though!

9 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh you did a GREAT job on Gia’s bday bash. Loved the Dora theme and Lana keeps looking for “map cheese” whenever we have cheese sticks now! Congrats on a job well done.

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  2. I absolutely hear you. My baby is turning 1 Nov 2nd and I keep thinking we are just going to go to the park (and skip the $600 party we just threw for the 3 yr old). I hope I can stick to it! And that $600 was for indoor playground rental and pizza, I also opt for homemade crafts for decorations! I have sincere intentions for thank you cards, now if I can just find that list…

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    1. Ha! Good luck!! I think what helped me was that I bought the thank you cards when I bought the invites and kept them out on the kitchen counter to act as a constant reminder to get them out of the way!

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  3. My boys were born a year and a day apart. I totally know what you mean about combining parties. Great ideas you have here. I would love to split but it is hard with them that close.

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  4. A host on Sprout throwing a Dora party for her kids. There’s something wrong here…… 😉
    I second everyone’s compliment on the cheese Maps. 🙂

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  5. That’s too funny, my daughters are 2 years and 10 days apart. They will be turning 4 and 2 this coming July/august and I’m hoping my soon to be 4 year old is OK with a combined birthday party. This Dora theme is really cute!

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