^^The birthday girl sprinkling crushed eggshells on her plants - this is one of the few photos I have of her wearing something other than her birthday suit! Ha!^^
We celebrated Elise's second birthday earlier this month
- I can't believe I'm now the mama of a two-year-old! Yee haw!
Here are a few of the highlights from the special day...
We started the morning off by adding
a second beeswax candle to the birthday ring.
The decorations were inspired by the Montessori "celebration of life" birthday tradition
- homemade collages of Elise's first two trips around the sun.
Elise's gifts from Hubs and me included a collection of objects starting with /e/:
an envelope with a special birthday message inside,
a Schleich elephant,
a marble egg,
a framed photo of Elise,
and a felt eggplant.
Elise loved giving these rainbow crayon party favors to her little guests
- check out the tutorial here.
For the birthday "cake," I made a rainbow fruit pizza.
I don't have an exact recipe to share, but it's basically a sugar cookie
topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit. Yum!
Friends and family came over to help us celebrate with a picnic lunch.
Last year, Elise invited one friend and his parents, this year she invited two!
Overall, it was a fun and busy day, but I felt like we kept things simple enough
that we were able to keep our focus on celebrating Elise and her second year of life! :)
Check out E's first birthday here.