Let’s do Brunch: Clara’s Second Birthday
posted in: Parties & Entertaining        date: 03.27.14

Geometric Themed Birthday Party drink table

Our sweet Clara turned two a few weeks ago. It’s hard to believe another year has gone by, but we are definitely enjoying this new stage of toddlerhood. She’s grown into such a fun little person – talkative and affectionate, with the most precious little giggle. I love celebrating her birthday, and unlike last year, I didn’t have a hard time deciding what type of party to have this year. Clara loves breakfast food; it’s usually the biggest meal she eats. It just made sense to host a brunch party, and it worked out well since the party was over before her nap time. That’s definitely a win in our book.

Before Clara was born, I read a piece about the etiquette of dining out with children that Andrew Knowlton wrote for Bon Appétit. In it, he talked about how brunch was the perfect meal for dining out with children because you get “smiley face pancakes for the kids and alcohol for mom and dad.” It’s probably been five years since I read that article, but I still think about it now that we are parents. If we’re going to eat out with Clara, breakfast or brunch is way easier than trying to grab dinner somewhere nice. I wanted to capture that laid back brunch feeling for the party, providing foods (and drinks!) everyone could enjoy.

Since the party was from 10:30-12:30, I knew the menu wouldn’t need to be very heavy. Still, I wanted to make sure there were plenty of items to choose from. I tried to include foods I thought people could easily snack on while chatting (or chasing kiddos around). As usual, I chose foods that could be made in advance so that I could simply set them up the morning of the party. This makes for a stress-free (or, at least much less stressful) day of. We also had a few extra sets of hands here to help us set up before the party started.

Brunch Party Food Table

I didn’t get a great shot of the food setup, but this at least gives you an idea of how it looked. The geometric fabric was a last minute find, and I really like how it looked as a tablecloth.

Our menu for the party included:
Chicken and Waffles with Maple Butter Syrup
Cheddar and Chive Scones
Candied Bacon
Yogurt Parfait Bar (with vanilla yogurt, almond granola, strawberries and blackberries)

Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Caramel
Mini Doughnuts for dipping

Cold Brew Coffee (with vanilla bean simple syrup and milk available)
Mimosas
Water, orange juice and juice boxes

brunch party invitation

Like last year, I designed the invitations and food tents in Photoshop and had them printed locally. I love, love, love the way they turned out.

Chicken and Waffles

I didn’t plan on having a theme, but I took the triangles from the invitations and just ran with it on the food labels, and suddenly I had a geometric theme.

Cold Brew Coffee Station

The cold brew coffee station was a huge hit at the party, and I loved the way the coffee looked in this container I picked up from Home Goods. I used the extra triangles I cut out to scatter across the table as confetti.

drink table bottles

My collection of random bottles came in handy for the drink table. I didn’t need fancy labels and just made these with scrapbook paper and washi tape.

geometric origami garland

I made this garland and the one hanging over the drink table with scrapbook paper I already had on hand. I hot glued the shapes to twine and simply taped the strands on the window frame. I made the garland behind the drink table with the same paper and actually used the leftover strips to make this one.

brunch kid's books

Clara loves these books, and I set them up in the play area so that the little ones could easily grab them if they wanted to. They doubled as a cute decoration when they weren’t being read.

Doughnut Dipping Station

The doughnut dipping station was probably my favorite part of the whole party. The kids loved this, and it was so much fun watching them play. I had goodie bags so that they could take home their doughnuts when the party ended.

doughnut dipping

I cut a paper tablecloth for the table and also put a bigger piece of it on the floor under the table. This made cleanup super easy. I found the bowls at Target, and they were the perfect size for little hands.

DIY pull-string piñata

I made this piñata from a cardboard box and decorated it with crepe paper. Instead of making the usual “beat it with a stick” version, I made this a pull string piñata. I filled it with stickers, bubbles and some coloring packs and kid jewelry from the dollar spot at Target. I didn’t want to know which string was *the* string, so I blended it in with all the others. The kids took turns pulling the ribbons until the loot fell out.

Apron with Painted Initial

I bought aprons and used a paint pen to make a personalized one for each child. I didn’t know how messy the doughnut dipping would be and wanted them to have something to cover up their clothes. Bonus: they doubled as cute party favors.

Abby

Abby was never far from the (cupcake eating) action.

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The birthday girl loved her “burble” cupcakes, and we had so much fun celebrating our little munchkin with our neighbors and friends (and Eric’s sister who flew all the way from Alabama to be here for the party).

I can’t wait to share the party recipes with all of you. They’re headed to the blog soon!

Resources:
Fabric for tablecloth: Hawthorne Threads
Clara’s dress: Tea Collection
Printables: Designed by me, printed at Print 1
Drink Dispenser: Here it is on Amazon, but I got it for half this price at Home Goods.
Piñata: Made by me, following this tutorial. I figured out how to make it a pull-string version mostly on my own and am happy to share a tutorial if you guys are interested.

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  • Misty Glick Whitesides

    This looks fabulous Courtney. You are so creative and it looks like the party was a blast!

  • Misty Glick Whitesides

    This looks fabulous Courtney. You are so creative and it looks like the party was a blast!

  • Coleen

    That looks so fun! Brunch is my favorite meal, too 🙂

  • Coleen

    That looks so fun! Brunch is my favorite meal, too 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    This is adorable, Courtney! You are so talented.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    This is adorable, Courtney! You are so talented.

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    This is the most adorable birthday party! Great ideas that all came together perfectly. Love it!

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    This is the most adorable birthday party! Great ideas that all came together perfectly. Love it!

  • Meagan Lamey Meier

    this looks so cute! love all of the homemade stuff. it looks so much nicer than having a “disney princess” themed party. nothing at all wrong with those, i just think this looks more classic and fun to look back on in the future. good job!

  • This is SUCH a fun theme!! And I agree, parties that are over before naptime are my kind of parties! What I love most is how this didn’t require any expensive items, just some elbow crease and creativity!

  • This is SUCH a fun theme!! And I agree, parties that are over before naptime are my kind of parties! What I love most is how this didn’t require any expensive items, just some elbow crease and creativity!

  • I love love love this theme! It’s so funny how inspiration hits us–we play around in photoshop and add a few triangles and POOF. You have an entire theme for a party. I’m so in awe of everything you did for this party–you would make a fantastic party planner! The invitations were incredible, the food looked delicious (donuts, chicken & waffles + candied bacon, c’mon!) and most importantly, sweet Clara looked like she had a blast!

  • I love love love this theme! It’s so funny how inspiration hits us–we play around in photoshop and add a few triangles and POOF. You have an entire theme for a party. I’m so in awe of everything you did for this party–you would make a fantastic party planner! The invitations were incredible, the food looked delicious (donuts, chicken & waffles + candied bacon, c’mon!) and most importantly, sweet Clara looked like she had a blast!

  • ellysaysopa

    Clara is a smart girl – brunch is pretty awesome. The party looks so great, Courtney, and that picture of Clara – omg so cute!

  • ellysaysopa

    Clara is a smart girl – brunch is pretty awesome. The party looks so great, Courtney, and that picture of Clara – omg so cute!

  • annieseats

    This turned out so, so beautifully. Amazing job friend! Love it.

  • annieseats

    This turned out so, so beautifully. Amazing job friend! Love it.

  • Amy

    Love the brunch party idea! Where is Clara’s headband from?

    • It’s from my friend’s Etsy shop, Hello Charlotte James, but she is no longer making headbands.

  • It’s from my friend’s Etsy shop, Hello Charlotte James, but she is no longer making headbands.