Marlowe and her “party pants”
Eeep Eep. This is certainly a photo-overload post… and this isn’t even half the photos taken πŸ˜‰ Like I mentioned, I decided I just needed to throw together a little something for Marlowe… of course, at the very last minute. I hadn’t really been putting too much emphasis on her birthday (I only started teaching her that she was “two years old” a few days ago) … but still, I don’t know, like a mom, I got emotional that this would be her last birthday in this house, so, well, I pulled a little something together. I messaged a few friends the day before, and asked them to come by for a few hours of unscheduled fun. I asked my friend Emily if she wanted to come by and help me decorate, &she did, wooo. Decorations were all made with the supplies on my home (I have an abundance of scrap fabric from the days when I had time to sew) and I was able to get away with spending almost noting on food and drinks. Woo. And for gifts? Eh, I bought her a truck… and told my friend’s this was a no-gift party. I really don’t want to put to much importance on gifts for birthdays. One fun item will do this year. Also, it’s nice to have an incredibly talented baker-artist friend (Lauren) that offers to bring vegan cupcakes. Well… she offered to bring low-sugar cupcakes, but I asked for vegan ones πŸ˜‰ She’s amazing and managed to make both, a low sugar and vegan cupcake. I didn’t want the rain to ruin our party plans like last year, so this year I planned for an indoor party, that had the option of moving outside. I think it all worked out pretty well! It was incredibly stress free and Marlowe loved it. Win/win πŸ™‚
Photos behind cut…

dirty faced cupcake thief. 
See, no gifts needed. That is a tiny (70 sq ft) and very crowded bedroom. 
sharing is caring.
Stove popped popcorn, chips, mini sandwiches, starfruit, and grapes. The party food of champions.

and of course.. the best way to end any party: swirling and twirling. 


  1. That's an amazing looking party! I would be happy with that for my own birthday and I'm almost nineteen years old! πŸ™‚ I know I'm a little late but happy birthday Marlowe! πŸ™‚

  2. I love the decorations! and i love love how there were barely any expenses to making it look that beautiful!! happy birthday marlowe!! <3

  3. awe sweet! charlie had his second birthday on saturday. we also do a no gift thing also… if ppl really want to bring one we do books. great party M looked like she had a blast!!

  4. Awww the "Sharing is caring" and the dancing pics are priceless. You are such a sweet mom to pull this all together for her. I just celebrated my little one's 2nd birthday on the 25th sniff sniff

    – Sarah

  5. what an adorable party. and i concur about the balance thing. you feed them well day to day knowing that they are going to splurge a little on special occasions. super cute. happy birthday to your pretty girl.

  6. Those cupcakes are beautiful!! Your friend is mightly talented! It looks like a beautiful party, amazing how you pulled that off with no planning time. And I'm memorizing the fabric bunting idea for down the road, it looks too good!


  7. Love it! I'm the same way with people not bringing gifts for birthday parties for my kids πŸ™‚

  8. OMG! THE CUPCAKES! The CUPCAKES! I need to come to Florida and have some of those. Beautiful decorations, too, by the way πŸ˜‰

  9. Oh snap! When you said you got her a truck, I wondered if it was the Green Toys dump truck! We sell them at the the store I manage and buy for and I just got a pink and purple one for my gal. She loves it πŸ˜‰ What a great out of your butt birthday party. I think I might do one of those next year πŸ™‚

  10. Looks like an amazing party! I can't believe you pulled all this together at the last minute.