Elizabeth’s second birthday was an absolute blast! She adores Daniel Tiger, and it seemed like a no-brainer to have her birthday be a Daniel Tiger birthday!
I’m not the best party planner, but if I have a theme, I can go to town!! This party wasn’t very expensive or hard to put together, which is great for me. I’m not particularly crafty or DIYish, but it all came together well!
Let me take you on a tour of the birthday party, pre-guests arriving. Special thanks to my husband, who I sent around taking pictures. He’s the Official Blog Photographer 🙂
I’ll have links to all the sources, recipes and tutorials at the bottom!
The front door wreath was just a simple grape vine wreath, and I hot glued on a Daniel Tiger printable, some streamers, and some leftover trolley cars. Then I just grabbed a Target Dollar Spot chalkboard sign to let everyone know they can just come on in.
The goodie bags – I didn’t stick to the theme. Instead I just did things I knew Elizabeth would get a kick out of. So I found some pumpkin straws in the Dollar Spot, small containers of play dough, and little kazoos. Then Elizabeth decorated the outsides with stickers. I didn’t want to put too much time or money in it because 1) little toddlers just love small, simple things, and 2) the odds that everyone grabs one before they leave is low.
The playroom was going to be hopping during the party! So I first cleared out any toys that may cause issues or took up too much floor space. Then I grabbed our kid craft tables, and did a few Daniel Tiger printable coloring pages for the kiddos. Too bad Elizabeth found them about 15 minutes BEFORE the party started and did her single swipe of color across most of them. HA! I also stuck some leftover character printables on the doors.
Next up – the Dining Room! This room required a lot of attention! I knew we’d have all the kids sit in there to eat (easier to have toddlers eating at a table) so the decorations had to be over the top!
I went to town with a circle paper punch and made pretty lace edged paper circles using red and orange cardstock. I stuck the Daniel Tiger character printables on top and hung them from the chandelier.
The table turned out great! A simple red plastic table cloth, and then some DT toys. I borrowed the toys from a friend, and it was the perfect centerpiece! My mother-in-law had the genius idea of putting Daniel Tiger’s house on a bed of brown sugar to look like sand (since he lives at the beach). I also had some leftover small circle punches and used that as confetti. Throw in a few balloons and it was pretty darn cute in there!
The cake was SO SIMPLE! I saw a pic on Pinterest of a cute cake idea, and just replicated it. I went to my local grocery store bakery and asked them to make a 2-tiered cake. It was vanilla with strawberry filling (Daniel Tiger’s favorite cake), and then I had them just do a white buttercream frosting. I make the little bunting and topped it with some Daniel Tiger figurines that I already had. Simple!
I wanted to keep the food table decorations simple and up high, since I needed all the space for food I could get. I made the tissue paper garland. And then a sweet friend of mine (and her husband!) designed and created that trolley banner for me!! Adorable, right? It’s so cute! Definitely saved that!
The table itself was mostly food, except for one centerpiece (Costco!). I stuck in a few more character printables, too.
Such a simple, do-it-the-night-before menu! Links to recipes are down below, but the menu was so yummy, and I barely did much prep work. Everything was done/prepped ahead of time, so the morning of, I just popped the casseroles in the oven. That was it!
I just kept cold drinks simple – water and then a special brunch punch. That punch was so delicious! Definitely pin that one for your next gettogether.
Can’t come to my house without snagging a hot drink! I didn’t do anything special, other than make sure there were to-go cups with lids for the hot drinks. Easier to chase kids around when your hot drink has a lid!
As for Elizabeth, she was SO EXCITED to have her friends and family at her “birfday paaarty”. Once the party was over, we opened presents with family. And then it was nap time! That’s the beauty of a toddler birthday brunch! Oh, and isn’t that Daniel Tiger hair bow so cute? One of my little splurges for the sake of the party.
Elizabeth just enjoyed herself royally. And I was a pretty grateful mom at the end of the day. It was one of the easiest parties, birthday or just random gettogether, that we’ve every thrown! Other than baking muffins on Friday night, and then some casserole assembly and hanging decorations (which took us about an hour) on Saturday night, it was a pretty simple birthday.
Smart idea wins? Ordering a cake and balloons from my local grocery store bakery ($30 total! Totally worth it!), utilizing free printables online, keeping food simple, and DIY decorations all helped keep the stress levels low and costs down. My biggest wins were definitely the cake and choosing to do a muffin mix instead of muffins from scratch. So fast and easy! And they all still tasted yummy.
Here are links to all the recipes, DIY tutorials and printables I used!
Hashbrown Casserole (made 2 pans)
Baked Oatmeal (doubled recipe)
Strawberry “Pancake” muffins (easy storebought mix!)
Banana Muffins (easy storebought mix!)
Whipped Strawberry Butter for muffins
Honey Cream Cheese Spread for muffins
Orange Lemon Cranberry Punch
Water & Assorted Hot Drinks
Store bought cake, but inspired by bunting and this picture found on Pinterest
Tissue Paper Garland tutorial
Daniel Tiger Circle Printables
Daniel Tiger Coloring Pages
Round scalloped paper punch
Trolley Garland (made by a friend!) but you can see on Etsy something similar
Daniel Tiger Invitations
Daniel Tiger hair bows
Daniel Tiger stick characters
Flowers – centerpiece and arrangements (from Costco!)
Daniel Tiger toys – all already on hand or borrowed from friends
So, bottom line is – it may seem like a lot for a toddler party, BUT it truly wasn’t! Know your limitations, do DIY where comfortable, and remember – it’s just a kids’ party!