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a birthday recap...

Happy 3rd Birthday, Millie!
The little gals' birthdays are 8 days apart. Some might call that poor planning on the parents' part, others might say no planning at all (if you chose the latter, you would be correct).... which officially makes the first half of October a BIRTHDAY BONANZA at Casa Baby Meets City.

I must admit I do enjoy party planning, but two weekends of birthday parties and a whole lot of prep makes me think quite strongly about a little thing known as the joint birthday from here on out. What do you think? Is it cruel and unusual punishment? Comments, theories and suggestions welcome...

This year, however, they got their own celebrations. Vivian's included dinner at our apartment with a few friends and a birthday cake, with grandparents on both sides participating by i-chat and Facetime (we are a modern, high-tech family, after all). She was teething that week, so between her fever, watery eyes and general crankiness, it was a rockin' good time.

This will come as no surprise to anyone, but the Tot requested a dinosaur-themed birthday.... and away Mama went to Pinterest, Etsy and Google, oh my! After a little research, I quickly learned there is a LOT one can do with prehistoric creatures.

But first, a moment for my first born, Amelia "Millie" Perrin (I'm "divulging" names on the blog in honor of their birthdays this year -- and quite frankly, "Tween S" doesn't have much of a ring to it). Millie has truly grown so much in this last year... I don't know if it has to do with having a younger sibling, but she just seems like such a BIG GIRL all of a sudden. In the last few months, she has developed an opinion about everything, enjoys "helping" in the kitchen and for the most part, plays really well with Vivian and is very protective of her. Millie has a really sweet disposition, her laugh is infectious and GOOD GRIEF does this girl have some energy. As any parent of a toddler can attest, she has her moments, but life truly wouldn't be the same without her.

Now, on to the dino party! Thanks to Zazzle, Oriental Trading and a few different shops on Etsy (including Emily's Shop, where I found Millie's reversible dino/daisy dress-- too cute!), I was able to find party supplies like personalized "thank you" stickers, invitations, cupcake liners, and party favors. Recipes and party food ideas came courtesy of Weelicious and Pinterest. We had so much fun!

"Dino feet" as you entered the party space 
I split the food up by "Herbivores," "Carnivores" and "Dessertivores"
Dino toys come in handy for decorating!
"Volcano" cake with personalized "Millie is 3" cake topper from Zazzle
Wall decal which I personalized myself (from Zazzle)
This photo wall is just wrapping paper! The pictures against it turned out really cute...
(party hat from Oriental Trading Co.)
Well, here's where it all went downhill (temporarily) - she cried when we sang her "Happy Birthday"!
Adorable "thank you" stickers which I put on her goody bags to friends
(from Zazzle)
Happy Birthday to my sweet 3 year old!
(mask from Oriental Trading Co.)
** Please note there were actual people at the party, I just didn't feel comfortable plastering other kids up on the blog without their parents' permission.

** Please also note that I wanted to "take to my bed" and sleep for a few days after 2 weeks of entertaining, but as the old saying goes, there's no rest for the weary... or mamas.

As a result of this birthday bonanza, it appears I now have a 1 and 3 year old on my hands. Wow... time is flying by, and I'm doing everything I can to slow it down as much as possible.

Happy weekend!

Disclaimer: I was provided with product from Zazzle for purposes of this review. I purchased everything else myself, and as always, opinions are my own.


Anonymous said...

I'm not one who usually leaves comments on people's pages, and I really only read your blog because a friend posted that her friend's dress (the dino dress) was featured on you blog. But I thought I'd throw in my two cents on this one.
I have a twin brother. We have shared our birthday every year of our life. When we got to be six my parents decided one year I would get a "friends" birthday party and my brother would get one the following year. We always celebrated with a family birthday party for both us. But I have to admit I still felt left out and even though I'm 28 and have been celebrating my birthday on my own for awhile now I still feel a little cheated. My parents are great and did a wonderful job raising me. And while I can absolutely imagine the horror that would be two birthday parties for small children around the same time of the year (which for us was three weeks before Christmas) I wouldn't have felt cheated out of half of my birthdays. If you combine them just make sure they each feel special. Because it stings to have a birthday that you don't get to celebrate when your sibling does. Ok I'm done with my birthday rant. Happy child rearing!

Empty Nester said...

What a couple of cuties! Did you know that Claudia cried when we sang Happy Birthday to her at her 2nd birthday? Funny since she ended up loving center stage. LOL Hugs to the girls and Jason!

Sonja said...

I have to comment on the crying, too. Wouldn't have expected it from good-natured little Millie, but it was something we went through every year for years. Hope she recovered quickly. Happy birthday Millie!!

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