And just like that Cameron John, my baby, is 2.
It’s so cliche when people say time flies, but it does. It really does.
It’s hard to believe this little babe…. Is TWO YEARS OLD. It was two years ago that I begged my doctor to induce me because I was beyond the state of being miserable. He is one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given in this lifetime. I never take him for granted.
If you know me, you know that I love throwing parties and hosting events. It’s just my thing. I love creating decor and putting together all the little details. I love to craft and am totally a Pinterest mom (not ashamed!). And my kids always have awesome birthday parties. I’ll continue to do so until they don’t want me to anymore! All of their parties with the exception of Kaiden’s 1st has been a well thought out and planned event. Kaiden’s 1st unfortunately was in the dead of summer heat (as always) and I was large and in charge being 8 months pregnant and truthfully just didn’t have the energy to plan or execute a large scale party. I made up for it for his 2nd. 😉
Anyway, for Cameron’s 2nd Birthday I decided months ago it would be Frozen themed. Yep, FROZEN! Ya know. The whole “Let It Go” bit with the Snow Queen and her sister deal. I can’t deny that my son loves the movie, loves the song and loves the ladies in that flick. Some of his first words were “Let It Go”. No, not joking!
My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea at first, but I assured him it wouldn’t be “girly” and ultimately, no matter what he would love it. I just knew he would. Plus I had a great idea to really make the party a huge hit by hiring a special guest to come visit the birthday boy.
My friend Betty & I made the birthday banner using her Cricut. A genius product that I would love to own someday. I’ve used hers several times over the last months to create baby shower banners as well. This entire banner was made from the Cricut – AMAZING!
The cake wasn’t one of my favorite birthday cakes, but unfortunately it was all I could get. Our regular cake lady was booked, so we had to go with Sams Club. The unfortunate part about getting a Disney themed cake from a corporation is licensing issues. They had a really cool design that I would’ve liked to alter, but due to licensing discrepancies they weren’t able to alter it the way I wanted, so we had to go with this. It’s not terrible, but definitely not my favorite. I added the #2 candle, the Elsa figurine and the snowflakes to jazz it up a bit. The cake at least was yummy.
I got all the balloons and paper balls from a local dollar store I use regularly. They tend to be cheaper for party balloons than corporate stores. The table clothes and all the Olaf items (plates, napkins, gift bags) were from Walmart (courtesy of my mom for picking them up).
Cameron’s custom Olaf birthday shirt is from Loops Boutique on Etsy. This shop was super easy to work with and I received his shirt in less than 2 weeks, contrary from other shops I’ve ordered from on there. I was so happy with the way it turned out. I am a sucker for a themed birthday shirt! Check out her shop for all kinds of designs and different themes for your little one’s own custom birthday shirt.
I grabbed a couple Pinterest ideas and did some “ice blocks” (blue and clear JELLO) and a little activity for the kids to “Build a Snowman” out of marshmallows, pretzels and chocolate chips.
And the biggest, best part of the whole day was made by the Snow Queen herself. I hired Elsa from a company called Fairytale Entertainment. I was a little thrown by the price at first, but now I can say without a doubt it was 100% worth it. Detroit Moms Blog works with them often for special events we host, so it was an easy answer to go with them. I cannot say enough about this company and “Elsa” (aka Andrea). She was simply amazing. And the amount of things they accomplish in one hour is astonishing and just so awesome. She was in character from the moment she arrived and didn’t let up even for a brief moment the entire time. She sang, danced, made balloon animals for all the kids, played games and did face painting. The finale was her singing “Happy Birthday” with us and the birthday boy.
It’s safe to say Cameron was enamored with her. Which made my heart just swoon seeing him as the happiest little boy on the planet that day. From the moment she walked in he was attached to her hip and just so smitten (perhaps a glimpse into my future….!). I am so, so, so happy I decided to stick with the Frozen theme for his party and disregarded all the naysayers and funny looks when I said he was having a Frozen party. I think when everyone saw him with Elsa they finally understood what I meant when I said he just loves Elsa!
Thanks again to Fairytale Entertainment. You were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with them again. I highly recommend them for any character party you may have!
Now enjoy some pretty amazing photos taken by one of my best friends, Brittany, and eat up all the cuteness of Cameron meeting the love of his life. 😉