The Cat in the Party Hat

Emily’s second birthday was last weekend and we threw a Cat in the Hat themed party to celebrate.  Here are some of the highlights:

Every great party starts with a great invitation, right?  Or maybe that’s just my excuse for letting my love of stationary and paper goods go a little overboard…  I was inspired by the invitations here and here and decided I’d give it a try.  They ended up being a big hit!  I’ll include a second blog post later with more pictures and tips on how to create your own personal book to use as an invitation or pretty much anything else.

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Our party was from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon so I didn’t think it was necessary to serve a full meal.  But, I firmly believe that ALL parties should have some food.  I kept it simple with croissant sandwiches and a veggie tray (both prepared with items mostly from Sam’s).  For your next party, please please, pretty please make your own veggie tray.  They look so much nicer, don’t take very long to prepare, and you can get almost double the veggies for what you’d spend on a medium sized one in those crappy plastic trays.  I also had fresh strawberries to serve with the cake.  For drinks we had red punch and bottled water and juice boxes.

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I collected lots of good decoration ideas from Google and Pintrest.  Unfortunately, life got hectic leading up to the party and several of my plans didn’t come to fruition.  So, the decorations were pretty minimal: red tablecloths, color coordinated serving ware, and a few balloons.  But, since we were at a park, I felt like we didn’t really need much.  Fortunately my mom brought two Cat In the Hat costumes and everyone had a good time putting them on and goofing off.

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Lastly, the cake!  I decided to try my hand at making a topsy-turvy cake.  After making two practice cakes ahead of time, the final cake came together really nicely.  At some point I may write a separate post about making it.  The finished cake was fun and channeled the whimsy of Dr. Seuss and even tasted great.

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So, that’s it.  We had a fantastic afternoon at the park with friends and family!  It was such a perfect time to relax and reflect on so many blessings we’ve received in the past year.  And really, isn’t that what it’s all about?!

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