Keeping the birthday girl busy pre-party. She's making a bug. Clearly.
Keeping Bennet happy pre-party. Isn't he such a little man?!
Lydia loves owls so I made the invitations with owls ("Whoooo is two?" next to an owl stamp.) and requested an owl cake. Crafty Katie's mom made the cake, just like she made our wedding cakes. It took her 3 hours to decorate this and she only wanted $16.
I like to have a photo album for people to look through. The one on the table was scrapbooked by Crafty Katie as a shower gift. I also have a tradition of a birthday cake for me. It's a different cake for each child, and the pre-selected cake is prepared while I'm in labor, or shortly after. I then make the cake every year for the birthday party in honor of what I did that day. (Because it was a lot of work!) Pineapple Upside Down cake is the Lydia Birthday Cake. yum.
Lydia wearing her new jewels.
So cute reading a card.
Pictured with her godparents.
The dinner buffet.
To make things easier on myself I invited Lydia's grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and godparents for cake and ice cream. Then, the day of I invited people to stay for a dinner of homemade pizza. There was less prep work and not as many mouths to feed. The menu also included fruit salad, lettuce salad, Cheetos (because I never buy Cheetos) and chips and guac. yum.