A simpler kind of kids (pumpkin themed) birthday party

For the first couple of years of Little L’s life we lived in a shoe box of a condo we could barely fit into, never mind having the extra room for people to come over.

Even worse guest parking for friends and family out of town could easily run $10 an hour downstairs. Yay city living!

Because of this we never really got a chance to do a party for her early birthdays and instead we celebrated with just us – mom + dad + her. We did a little outing, had a small cake and saved the bigger party for when she got older and wanted to have her friends over on her own accord.

It became a bit of an unwritten tradition that we passed on to Little C. So when her 2nd birthday came this past month we decided to keep it just us four and do a family day outing vs hosting a bigger party.

We spread it out over two weekends just because of the weather and work schedule and it went kind of like this.

We baked some birthday cupcakes.

The theme was Pumpkins (birthday girls request).

The super easy pumpkin cupcakes were made with sprinkles, pretzel sticks as the stem and green licorice as the leaves.

The birthday girl got a cool new t-shirt with a pumpkin on  it – made by Mommy.

That’s a DIY post coming up.

Blew out some candles!

Opened some presents!

Then because last year we went to the Pumpkin Patch, seeing as it was a Pumpkin theme, we decided to go back to see if we could re-create this photo from there when Little C was 1.

Alas they didn’t have the cut out pumpkin this year.

But they had a giant tractor she could grow into instead.

And then we saw some animals.

Went for a wagon ride to the pumpkin fields.

Jumped in haystacks.

Had some warm apple cider.

And told secrets by the fire.

Our our way out we saw a witch that crashed into a pole.

And our “loot bag” consisted of a candy apple.

It was a great day!

And mommy didn’t have to make a single strand of garland or tissue paper pom poms. Shhhhh!

 

20 Comments

  • Reply
    the home tome
    October 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Your girls are so adorable – what a fun day at the pumpkin patch!

    Those cupcakes take the cake – I especially like the pretzel stem – very creative. 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you!
      You know what I was trying to find for the stem? The Ovation chocolate mint sticks. I couldn’t find them anywhere! I’m guessing this is a Christmas thing.

  • Reply
    ScrapAndSalvage
    October 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    what a fun day! happy birthday, little one!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    Gilit
    October 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I love how low-key and beautiful this celebration was! Definitely age-appropriate!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Totally age appropriate and it also suits her character. She’s the shy introverted one who likes to read and play with building blocks. Her sister is the one who well…you saw the “multi-coloured” party…

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    October 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

    What an adorable bunch… and what a relaxed way to celebrate a birthday! We’ve told our kids that they’ll only get a party on “bigger” birthdays… like their first birthday in school (6) or 10, 13, and 16. We still make a big celebration at home (cake for breakfast!! The only time during the year it allowed when there isn’t a grandparent involved) but we keep it just to family. I love our birthday celebrations, and I’m hoping the kids do as well…

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Seriously that’s a good rule and I totally may just take up that idea. Like age 5 once they start school and celebrate a whole hand and then they’re limited to either family/outing with a best friend or milestone birthdays. I’ll bet your kids appreciate it to! I’m an only child and I loved going to friends houses who had tons of siblings when I was little.

  • Reply
    Anka
    October 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Lovely photos! Especially liked the one of the girls drinking hot cocoa. Also, kudos to you for throwing such an intimate birthday party for your daughter!

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you! It was far less complicated than and so much less stressful than the other one. Though I can honestly say that it was very personality dependent b.c her older sister is the social butterfly and she’s the one that would be hard to convince to do an intimate gathering. I’m milking these little treasured ones while I can.

  • Reply
    Stacey
    October 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    OHHHH, how fun! That seems like the PERFECT birthday. Love that sweet little smile on her face as she “digs into” that gift bag.

    I don’t know… the pumpkin patch outing just screams fall fun to me. The hay, the tractor, the corn stalks,….and seeing the girls in their hats, gloves and boots just made me HAPPY! Here in Texas we’re sweating in shorts and dreaming of this kind of thing. (at least I am!)
    Loved your pictures …. I’m feeling like it really is OCTOBER! 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Here’s something that will make you feel better. As much as I love Fall and Winter here, what I also notice is the insane increase in laundry. Suddenly your tank tops and smaller clothing items and no socks turn into sweatshirts, socks, wool socks, thermal long johns, more thicker sweaters and on and on and on. My laundry piles are HUGE!! lol

  • Reply
    Victoria Elizabeth
    October 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Your little ones are adorable… the gift bag for the birthday girl is nearly bigger than she is!

    The pumpkin cupcakes look cute. And relatively easy in comparison to a seven-layer rainbow cake!!

    Can you believe it’s cold enough for hats and mittens? When did that happen??

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Cupcakes = my sanity! When your 5 year old can help you decorate them, you know they’re easy.

      I totally can’t believe it’s Fall already and it’s SO much colder this year at this time of year than it was last Fall. My garden is killed. I still have to go prep the soil for the winter and get rid of all the items that are done and I am so cold already that I have no idea where the time went.

  • Reply
    Organized Living Essentials
    October 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing your daughter’s 2nd birthday family celebration activities. How enchanting that you kept it simple but so special for the family to celebrate. I love your clincher sentence at the end of the post! Take Care, Thea

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      October 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you! The last sentence is so true. I think I still haven’t recovered from the tissue paper pom poms. Thank God it’s a once (well twice a year event)!

  • Reply
    Diva
    November 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Finally I have gotten back on track! OMG I a missing all these fabulous posts. So cute! The girls are so adorable divs! Love the cupcakes…I need to start investing more time into creating things as fabuluos as these! You are a star! Kisses…going to continue reading lol! xo

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      November 5, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Diva I have missed you! Get your blog going again please! xoxo

  • Reply
    April
    December 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    These are awesome cupcakes! They look amazing.

    • Reply
      Alex@northstory
      December 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Betty Crocker is my good friend! Mind you I kept eating all the apple licorice too.

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