Turning 2 at The Zoo. A Birthday Party For My Little Monkey

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Has it really been 2 years already? The past 24 months seem almost a blur. You are no longer a baby. I will no longer have to refer to your age in months. You are 2. I still can’t believe it.

One of the disadvantages of having a winter baby, is having to be confined to the indoors. I have a fairly good sized family. I would love to be able to include everyone, but unless I want to throw 3-4 separate parties, it just isn’t possible. Β Summer babies have it made, outdoor BBQ’s are ideal for large get-togethers. We wanted to keep it simple. We kept a small guest list, with only 16 attendees including the birthday girl.

Mai is an animal lover, so we chose a zoo themed party. Our party was a little last minute due to work, the holidays & an upcoming vacation. I still wanted to give her a great party ,but was limited on time & did not want to spend a ton. I think we pulled off a lovely party for our little tot, without too much stress, planning or breaking the bank.

Simple pink garland & a couple of paper lanterns were hung from the ceiling. I hand cut two number 2s out of heavy scrapbook paper & used a hole punch to dangle from the lanterns.



I loved these zebra print plates & napkins. They were perfect for our party, but they are over priced & come so few in a package. I mixed & matched the zebra party supplies with lesser priced pink plates & napkins. I alternated the napkin stacks in pink, then zebra prints.


This simple party prop was made out of old cardboard boxes & scrapbook paper.


The letters used to spell out Mai’s name were a wall hanging we received at my baby shower. They came in handy today.


This is a singing Happy Birthday elephant that we received on Mai’s 1st birthday. It was a perfect addition to our zoo themed day.


Our cheese, cracker & salami platter was supposed to be a lion, but looks a little more like a mouse. It looked differently in my head, but it was still cute & tasted good.


A tiger made out of taco cheese ball with Doritos & Blue tortilla chips.





A monkey cupcake cake


2? I thought I was 1. Hmmm.


She is only interested in her ice cream & cake.


Who gave her Doritos?


Yes, more tissue paper.


Precious moments!


Happy Birthday, my sweet girl.

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  1. Seriously such a cute theme and loved all you did here, especially the cheese and crackers dressed up as a lion and the Doritos shaped liked a tiger. Great job and looked like a total success. Happy 2nd Birthday to Mai!! πŸ™‚

  2. Awe what a sweetie you have. You know I have 2 winter babies and planning parties sucks especially now that my four year old wants to invite every friend he knows. That means a packed house! So I feel your pain. Loved your Tiger Taco Cheese ball! πŸ™‚

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