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My daughter is in love with the cartoon series on Nick Jr called Olivia, based off the book series by Ian Falcone so it was only necessary that we do an Olivia themed party for her 2nd Birthday. Unfortunately Olivia is not incredibly main stream yet.. getting there but hasn't made it to party decor so I really had to get creative with this party. I kept the party colors in Red, White, and Black to stay true to the cartoon and book series. The nice thing is, is that her birthday falls on Thanksgiving weekend so I had lots of Red and White options due to Christmas being right around the corner. I hand crafted most everything from the custom cupcake sleeves made from scrapbook paper and a free template off the cake central web site, Birthday bunting, door sign, cupcakes stands made from Holiday hat boxes, and even toddler sized Olivia's for photo props! I had kids from all ages from 2-12 at this party so I had to keep the activities fairly simple. I purchased some stadium balls (beach balls) from the party store for a $1 each and let the kids run wild with about 20+ of them! It was nice enough outside to let them run wild after they loaded up on sugar so we tossed them and the beach balls out in the backyard and they ran around like crazy burning off all of their excess energies! Seriously beach balls are the best party activity for toddler/preschool age... they are pretty much impossible to get hurt with and if you have tons it makes it like a jumbo ball pit. Indoors we had kids tables lined with Olivia coloring pages printed from the Nick Jr web page (it's free and every kid loves to color!), toddler tunes from one of the music channels on the tv for dancing and lots of photo props for the kids to pose next to or in! I painted these photo props on giant foam boards that were 50% off @ Hobby Lobby... so this was also an inexpensive fun party idea! We did cake and cupcakes but the real hits of the dessert bar were the Giant Olivia sugar cookies and the Red, White and Black cherry flavored Whirly Pops. The activities were simple enough to let the party run it's own course and the kids all seemed to be having the time of their lives! The report from all of the parents including my own child is that they fell asleep super early that night from all of the fun. Happy birthday Bailey!

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Party Highlights

  • Most Fun Table

    the kids tables lined with coloring pages printed from the Nick Jr web page

  • Best Moment

    the kids running wild through the backyard with tons of beach balls on sugar highs

  • What People Ate

    Buffet: Nacho Bar, PB&J's, Pigs n a Blanket, Fruit tray Dessert Table: Red Velvet Cuppies, Cookies and Cream Cuppies, White Chocolate covered Pretzels with red and black drizzles, Red Black and White Cotton Candy flavored Popcorn, Cinnamon Bun Popcorn, Red Black and White Whirly Pops, Olivia Sugar Cookies, and cake!

  • What People Drank

    Sodas and Water for adults with Olivia birthday labels, and the kids had juice, water, and milk in their own special red and white striped cups with twisty straws

  • Funniest Moment

    My daughter swiping lots of whirly pops out of the bucket... she was definitely a big fan

  • Best Dressed

    the birthday girl of course! Her Aunt created her a custom birthday Olivia outfit for her big event!

  • First To Arrive

    Lydia

  • Last to Leave

    Downen

  • Life of the Party

    Skylar... aka- the Party Monster

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23 comments

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Rule of Life #38: Just because your dog looks cute in a nurse hat doesn't mean he's a very good nurse!

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Menu tags, each with a Rule of life!

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    sugar cookies

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    PB&J cut in star shapes

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    the kids LOVED the pose as Olivia photo opps! On the backside I painted her brother Ian so the boys could get their pics done too! Done on Foam Board with craft paints

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Edwin and Perry cupcakes Cookies and Cream flavored

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Red Velvet cupcakes

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Popcorn from the Mom and Popcorn shop

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Nacho bar: double sided crock pot one side taco meat, the other queso, red chips, red salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, guacamole (it was Thanksgiving weekend so we needed a change from Turkey sandwiches!), fruit tray, PB&J with Red strawberry jelly, Pig in a blanket (but all beef little smokies so no pigs were harmed in the making of this Olivia party!).

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    I made these fun party hats! and next to them are cool striped cups with twisty straws for the kids' drinks.

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Toddler sized hand painted Olivias done on foam board for photo props

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Probably the biggest hit of the dessert bar... these and the sugar cookies

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    gift table was set up with some photo books for adult guests to view of B over this last year. And had the red and white striped party favor bags filled with Playdoh, Olivia coloring pages from the Nick Jr. site, Crayons with Olivia birthday sticker labels, and Olivia stickers

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    blowing out the candle

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    special birthday hat for the birthday girl!

  • Jillian L

    Jillian L wrote:

    I'm so impressed with this party. I love all your DIY elements. Jillian (of Catch My Party).

  • Behar Party Designs *

    Behar Party Designs * wrote:

    This party is absolultey incredible. What a fantastic job you did on everything. You are VERY creative. Thanks for the information about the cake sleeve template. I will remember that for future parties/events. Eileen

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Thank you ladies!

  • Nicole W

    Nicole W wrote:

    Ok, these get my vote for cutest party hats EVER.

  • Cammi   {Cammi Lee Events}

    Cammi {Cammi Lee Events} wrote:

    Such an amazing party! I would love to feature this party on my blog in the next few days! I will be sure to link back to your blog for credit!! Cammi CK Events http://simplystunningideas.blogspot.com

  • Kayla D

    Kayla D wrote:

    Yes, Thank you, I'm honored!

  • Erica C

    Erica C wrote:

    Thank you for the tip on where to find the Rules of Life!

  • Erica C

    Erica C wrote:

    love these!

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