Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Anna Kate's 2nd Birthday Party!

We had a FANTASTIC time yesterday morning celebrating Anna Kate's 2nd birthday with all four of her grandparents and seven of her best little friends! I decided I was not going to get teary or sentimental in this post about my little girl growing up and turning two (I'll save that for a post on her actual birthday on Wednesday!), so I will just jump right into the party!

It was pretty easy to decide what the theme of this party would be. Ever since Caroline was born, Anna Kate has been very into baby dolls! She loves to take care of her baby, "nurse" her baby, burp her baby, change her baby's diaper, bathe her baby, make sure her baby gets "tummy time", and the list goes on. So of course we decided to have a baby doll party! First off, here is the picture we used on the invitation.

I really didn't do a whole lot of decorations...just the Anna Kate birthday banner I made last year and a couple of Martha Stewart Pom those!

The spread!

And the party planning committee! I really don't think I could have done this party without my mom...or I at least would have had to stay up all night on Friday!

Anna Kate's friends were all instructed to bring their own baby dolls with them to the party. Here is Anna Kate greeting her first guests. The party favors were little baby doll slings that I made for each little girl. They put them on when they arrived so they could carry their babies!

Oh, and thanks, Dad for catching this on camera...Caroline decided to spit up on me, right at the moment that the guests were arriving. She just wanted to make sure I paid her some attention too!

Enjoying the snacks!

After we ate we began our baby doll activities. We had four stations set up around the house for them to take their babies to: the doctor, the spa/salon, the photography studio, and library storytime!

Baby doll spa and salon (Mom was the hairdresser!)

Photography studio (thanks Dad for the great pictures of the little girls and their babies!)

Note: A couple of the girls were more interested in the doctor's office and the spa and they didn't make it to the photo studio!

The doctor's office was quite a hit! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of Dr. Luke attending to his patients, but he did a great job weighing the baby dolls, checking their heartbeats, and giving them bandaids! (He also made this sign all by himself!)

And library storytime! We read a few of AK's favorite stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Jamberry, and One Little Hippo.

Then it was time for cupcakes. Anna Kate requested strawberry, so that's what we had!

After all her friends left, we opened a couple special presents from family. Grandma and Grandpa gave her a sweet (locally made in Camden!) pink sock monkey that she has already named "Molly the Monkey"!

Mimi and Papa gave her a beautiful little white wooden cradle that she can use to rock her baby dolls. She loves to rock it and sing "Rockabye Baby"!

Aunt Allison and Uncle Jonathan know how much Anna Kate loves to drive her tractor in the backyard so they gave her a John Deere t-shirt and rain boots!

And here are a few family pictures we took after Anna Kate woke up from her nap...that party wore her out!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped us celebrate our special little girl!

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