Horn went beep. Engine purred. Corbin and Lynley are two, haven't you heard?
We absolutely loved everything about our Trucks and Teacups second birthday. The theme was so much fun, especially because the twins were really into it. We read the book Little Blue Truck about a million times leading up to this party, and I know that I drank at least 3 dozen pretend cups of tea! It was so exciting to see that Corbin and Lynley were excited about their special day.
We were blessed to be joined by our families, close friends and neighbors for the day. We enjoyed jumping in the bounce house, eating pizza, cake and cookies, and taking pictures in the photo booth. I had completely forgotten to put out the truck and teacup coloring pages, but all of the kids were way more interested in the bounce house and outdoor toys, so it would've been a bust anyway. If that's the only thing I forgot, then I'm doing great!
One of the major decorations that we did for this party was photos from our professional photography session. I like to take new family pictures every year around the twins' birthday, so we decided this year to just make it about the theme. We borrowed Grandad's old blue Chevy and set up a tea party in the back. The photos are to die for! We can thank Rhiannon Logsdon Photography for that!
The other decor was really simple. I made a couple of burlap banners and bought some balloons. The focal point above our fireplace cost less than $7.00. I bought one package of pink fans and two packages of the small blue fans from Hobby Lobby and hung them with push tacks to create the backdrop. You can find the fans within the supplies on the party aisles.
The other backdrop outside, which was behind the food and drink table, was the easiest, cheapest party decoration I've ever done! I found this tutorial on Pinterest, but instead of hanging it straight across, my mom and brother made it look like a castle. All you need is two plastic table cloths (I found mine for $1 a piece at Dollar Tree) and some string. Decide if you want to hang vertically or horizontally, and then make your cuts. My sister did ours for me, and she actually laid the two table cloths on top of each other on the floor, then rolled them up together leaving about two inches at the top. This allowed her to quickly make small cuts along the roll, and when it's unrolled, ta-da! Love that time-saving trick.
Some other money-saving tips for buying party props... check the thrift stores first! I found all of our decorative teapots at Goodwill. And I even found serving ware there, like the cookie tin and a mini cake plate for a $1.99 that I used to hold candy (pictured below on either side of cake). I also found many of our picture frames there. Surprisingly, I found two in the perfect color of teal to use on our gallery wall. But, you can easily paint and re-purpose these frames, and you'll spend a tiny fraction of the cost you would on a brand new frame.
Lynley and Corbin's shirts: handmade with my Cricut Explore
Lynley's headband: Target
Lynley's Tea Party Dress: The Glamour Baby (I first saw this dress on another darling two-year-old at Words About Waverly.)
My dress: A Stitch Fix! Pixley- Layna Textured Fit and Flare Dress
Little boys and little girls canvas art: Hobby Lobby
Cake and cookies: Well Yeah Cakes