On May 7th Caroline turned two and we celebrated with friends and family over the most perfect afternoon of hot dogs, cake, bouncing and more. It was pretty much her dream party. Here’s a recap of the best day in way too many pictures!
Before our guests arrived we took some family photos with Taylor. She knocked them out of the park and was magically able to get Caroline, Thomas and Jackson to cooperate for dozens of pictures in under 15 minutes! She even got them to wear Mickey ears! Huge success.
How cute is this birthday girl in her smocked Minnie Mouse dress?
We had just over 50 guests attend the party, half of which were kiddos! Thankfully the weather was perfect and we were able to host the party in the backyard.
Mimi and Grandad surprised Caroline on the morning of her birthday with a bouncey house! I’ve never seen this girl so dang excited. She’s been in a few of these recently so before the house even finished inflating she had already kicked her shoes off and spent the entire party bouncing around with friends.
The Hot Dog Bar cast of characters:
- Hot Dogs & Buns: The morning of the party I slow cooked 60 hotdogs in a crockpot on low for 4 hours (by themselves, no water added) and dumped them into disposable warming trays right before guests arrived. So easy.
- Baked Beans: I poured these in another disposable warming tray and let them slowly warm in the oven for about an hour before the party. Again, so easy.
- Dill pickles
- Cole Slaw
- Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish
- Toppings: lettuce, onion, tomato, bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers, chili
- Serve ware: Red, yellow & black napkins, red & yellow plates, red & yellow forks
I also had a few snacks available for the kiddos: cheerios, animal crackers, pretzels and Mickey shaped cheese!
And for drinks we served milk and juice boxes for the littles and mimosas, beer and rose for the adults!
We have ordered their round white cake with raspberry filling many times before and it’s always such a huge hit. They really do make the most incredible tasting cakes! And they nailed the design too!
Caroline’s best friend from school was also by her side the entire time. These two are so dang cute together and share birthdays one month apart. Here they are just chatting over cake together like best buds. Gah, I have loved watching this friendship grow!
I am still in disbelief that this picture actually happened…
I have to admit, not being stuck in the kitchen replenishing food items or being attached to my camera trying to capture every moment made all the difference for me. This year I actually mingled with guests, played with my kids, drank a few mimosas and enjoyed the party. I am so thankful Taylor took the photography off my hands so I could focus on what really mattered and what I want Caroline to remember…
Photography: Taylor Stading Photography
Caroline’s Smocked Minnie Mouse Dress: Smocked Candy Etsy Shop
Mickey Mouse Welcome/Goodbye Signs: Free Pinterest Download
Little Tikes Jump n’ Slide Bouncer: Amazon
Fisher Price Spiralin’ Seas Water Table: Amazon
Pool: Amazon (similar)
Disposable Pop Up Sterno Warming Food Trays: Amazon
Disposable Red & Yellow Napkins, Plates and Utensils: Walmart
Minnie Mouse Cake: Harris Teeter
Mickey & Minnie Cookie Favors: Delicate Delites