Ellie’s Second Birthday Party

tutu birthday birthday

This year, I didn’t really have a theme in mind for Ellie’s second birthday party. I wanted the party to resemble her – girly with an edge, stylish but mismatched, beautiful, playful and fun… As it developed, I started calling it the “Rustic Tutu” party.

kids birthday party invitation

The big pieces (the bar, dessert station, photobooth backdrop) were the rustic elements, consisting of wood, recycled palettes, vintage looking platters and trays. The décor made up the “girly” aspects: tassels, paper flowers, garlands, and roses. I bought coordinating items from Shop Sweet Lulu (who is having two great sales right now – see below): balloons, plates, napkins, eco-friendly utencils, paper straws, a “Happy Birthday Banner,” cupcake wrappers, etc.

kids birthday party decor

I kept the color scheme to a couple primary colors: coral, ivory, gold and a grayish blue, to go well with the wood elements.

kids birthday party dessert table
The (Organic) Dessert Table
outdoor bar party setup
Drinks for the kids and the adults 🙂
photo booth wood backdrop
Every party needs a photo booth!

birthday party wood photo booth

Tutu’s for the Two Year Old

And for the tutu – or “two-two” – part of the party: A make your own Tutu (and bow-tie) station! Each little girl found their name tag on a ivory tutu and then, with the help of their mommies, completed it with the colored tulle of their choosing. It was super cute to see the girls running around in their colorful “two-twos” all afternoon!

second birthday party activities

second birthday party ideas
Party pooper picture! 😉

I had an iPad set up with a 2 1/2 minute video of Ellie’s second year highlights. We did this last year too. I use the 1 second everyday app to compile and edit the clips. It’s so great – and always a crowd favorite.

second year highlights child

Two is Too Sweet

Ellie’s favorite part of the day was obvious: cupcake time. Here’s a quick video to demonstrate:

tutu birthday party

smash cupcake

Happy Birthday, My Love!

tutu birthday party

Photo credit: Chris Tran

Make Your Party Pretty with Shop Sweet Lulu

Shop Sweet Lulu is having TWO sales right now!!! And since they don’t have sales all the time, I would suggest taking advantage!!


Use the code | LABORDAY15 – GOOD THRU 9/07

– OR –


Use the code | MAKEROOM – GOOD THRU 9/06


If you know anyone in the Southern California area who needs help with an event, please have them contact me! I just have too much fun with these things…. 🙂





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