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.
Last year the biggest hit of the party was the water table so we made sure to have that out, erghhhh, next to the sand box….
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
Thomas & Jackson’s Mickey shirts: Facebook // Blog // Email
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
It looks like it was a great party and little Minnie Mouse was adorable 🙂
Kiki Nakita says
Happy 2nd Birthday Caroline.
What a perfect party!!! Such a good idea to let someone else take photography duty off your hands – and you ended up with amazing photos of your sweet family that you will cherish forever 🙂 Please share – where are your white pants (or jeans?) from? I am on the hunt for the perfect pair for summer!
Jillian Manesh says
AHH! so fun! the bouncy house looks like it was a hit! xo jillian – cornflake dreams
Amber L says
This might just be one of the cutest parties I have EVER seen! I love all the Minnie Mouse touches! Also, your children's outfits were too adorable! Happy Birthday Caroline! Amber http://www.joythroughlife.com
Mary Leigh says
So sweet! The photos turned out great! Love the idea of the hot dog bar – it looks super cute and totally easy to deal with. Great thought!
Love love love! Can we just live closer so we can share party supplies?! Think of the time and money we could save ha ha Everything looks great and I love your photos so much. Having a photographer is a wonderful idea, as it's the thing I struggle most with when trying to entertain and be part of things. Beautiful party- beautiful family!
Hanging with the Hirsts says
Oh my goodness, seriously the cutest birthday party ever!! Everything was perfect (and no hassle which is even better ;)) So glad everyone had an amazing time!!
Becky Goerend says
Super super cute! I love their clothes!Beckywww.bybmgblog.com
Jenuine Happiness says
Picture perfect from start to finish! I love all the little details, right down to their outfits. Glad you had such a beautiful day for a fabulous celebration!
Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld says
What a perfect party – the weather, the decor, the food, everything! I think your party posts are always my favorite. Glad you guys had an amazing time!
Owen Davis @ Davis Duo says
Worlds best momma!! I just love seeing you playing with your littles, warms my heart! And you throw the BEST parties!
We did an "Oh Two-dles" party when Cash turned 2. It was such a fun theme to do! Being a WI girl, I just have to comment on those two boys wearing their Packers jerseys. 🙂 Have a great Monday!
KEENA PEERY says
cutest party EVER!!! seriously!!
Ashley Dorey says
So amazed that you guys always get such great family photos! I can't ever get my bunch to cooperate, ha! Such a fun party! And black frosting–you go mama!! 😉
Another adorable party! Caroline looks like she had the time of her life!
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Kayln Stahel says
Ahhh what an AMAZING party!!! Looks like yall had a blast!!!Do you think you'll ever do another day in the life post? I'm due with my first baby this fall and am so curious how you're able to do so much with two littles and work full time!! I'm going back to work after 3 mo and would love to see how you schedule your day! 🙂
Carolina Charm says
Today's post was inspired by your request! 🙂 http://www.northcarolinacharm.com/2016/06/a-day-in-working-mama-life.html
Alexandra Bee Blog says
Such a sweet party! That hot dog bar is too cute and I love the picture of Miss Caroline with a mouth full of black icing!
Julie @ Just the Joy's says
I absolutely love the idea of having someone else there to take the pictures! Great idea! The party looked like a great time! You did an amazing job on the details! Such a beautiful family!
PRECIOUS! I LOVE the hot dog buffet idea! Stealing it!!!!! Happy Birthday, Caroline!
Sara Elizabeth says
Caroline is such a ham!! I love how cute she is!! She tried to play it coy, but she was so excited!! I can't believe what a great job they did on the cake too – how perfect is that?! Love, love, love all these happy pictures!
Caley-Jade Rosenberg says
What a magical party for a special Minnie Mouse – well done mama!! And the best parties are the ones that you can enjoy and have fun too x
Ashley Margaritis says
Hey, I know this party was several years ago, but I’m throwing my son a similar party. I’m obsessed with the hot Diggity dog sign on the table. I saw your friend made it. Does she sell them? I need it!!! So cute!