Party for our Willy, Nilly, Silly Ole Bear

Cupcakes Close Up

Since Esther was only a few days old she has had the nickname of “Esther-Bear.”  She was a VERY vocal little baby and was always making growling noises.  I don’t know if that’s the reason, but she has always loved Winnie-the-Pooh.  As young as 18 months old she would “sing” the little Winnie-the-Pooh song.  So, I’ve known for a long time that we would do a Pooh theme for her Second Birthday.

Now, many of you know that Esther’s birthday is actually in December…so, why did we have her party in February?  Well, the week her party was originally scheduled for in December all three of us girls got nasty colds that developed into upper respiratory infections.  Sadly, the day before her party I just had to cancel.  I meant to reschedule for sometime in January, but there seemed to be a lot going on in January and it got pushed back to February.

Okay, first for some party details:

Party Space

This was our party space…we went to one of the smaller parks in the city so there was just the one pavilion with three tables.  But that was perfect for our little party.

Banner

I made a little pennant banner for our Esther-Bear.  I finally invested in some paper crafting tools, like a corner rounder and a scalloped punch.  Making decorations for this party was a breeze with those.

Food Table

And this was our food table…we served strawberry lemonade (which is one of our birthday party traditions) along with…

Veggies

Veggies from Rabbit’s Garden and…

Silly Ole Bears

Silly Ole Bears (aka Gummy Bears) and…

Hunny Combs

Hunny Combs and…

Tigger Tails

some Tigger Tails.

These were really easy to make and you can find a bajillion tutorials online.  Basically I got those Wilton orange candy melts, melted them and dipped my pretzel rods in.  I let those cool and then I melted chocolate and drizzled that over the orange.  I will say this…I totally used the wrong kind of chocolate.  I mean, it was tasty, but it didn’t really set up hard like the orange did.  We had to keep them frozen/cold right up until the last minute because the chocolate got really sticky.  I just used some chocolate chips we had on hand, but apparently that was not the right kind of stuff to use.  I suppose I need to use some sort of candy making chocolate.  It didn’t really matter…they were a BIG hit.  Adults and children alike gobbled them up.  So, I declare them a success.

And of course there were cupcakes!

Cupcakes

I will say that making these was my best baking endeavor ever.  I didn’t really do anything from scratch, but there were still really yummy.  I took two different batters (a butter yellow mix and a lemon cake mix) and blended them together.  The result was a tasty, moist cake with a slight lemon flavor.  For the icing we doctored up the canned butter cream icing with about a half a cup of creamed honey (we found ours at Trader Joe’s) and a quarter cup of cream cheese (just to cut the sweetness some).  These cupcakes were SOOO good.  They were light and sweet, but not too sweet.  Just perfect.

Cupcakes Close Up

Some other things that contributed to their success: 1) I actually measured out 1/4 cup for each cupcake, so they were nice and uniform. 2) I purchased appropriate tips for piping. 3) I researched some methods of frosting cupcakes so I could get the look I wanted. 4) I purchased the super cute bees from a confectioner on Etsy.  They were perfect and added just the right touch.

The other little cupcakes were a surprise from my mom.  She knew the theme and made those super-cute little cupcakes.  Basically they are little bears in a bathtub.  They were very yummy and had the surprise of ha Rolo candy hidden in the center.  Thanks, Mom!

For the favor bags, I just got regular red paper bags and I glued this image to the outside.

Pooh quote

At the dollar store I found Winnie-the-Pooh puzzles for the older kids and little Winnie-the-Pooh stamp sets for the little ones.  Each kid also got a couple lollipops, a bag of Teddy Grahams and a little bee magnet.  Of course, I neglected to get pictures of the magnets, but you can see a couple extras decorating the food table in the pictures above.

It actually ended up being a perfect day for a party.  We decided to have her party at a park and I am not sure I will ever go back to house parties again.  Even with transporting everything there and back, it was just so much easier!  We had wonderful weather (although a bit windy) and the kids had a great time playing on the playground and exploring the “Hundred Acre Wood.”

*Note…I feel kind of weird posting pictures of other people’s kids…so, you just get to see mostly mine.  But don’t worry…she did have friends there!

Waiting not-so-patiently for her party to begin.

Waiting not-so-patiently for her party to begin.

Sliding!

Sliding!

Whee!

Whee!

Swinging with her little cousin

Swinging with her little cousin

Just a girl and her bear.

Just a girl and her bear.

Dinah and her Granny off to explore.

Dinah and her Granny off to explore.

Getting ready to sing to our Bear.

Getting ready to sing to our Bear.

Digging into her cupcake

Digging into her cupcake

Post-cupcake frosting face

Post-cupcake frosting face

Dinah "helping" her sister open presents

Dinah “helping” her sister open presents

 

Happy (late) birthday, little Bear!

Birthday Bear

Thanks to everyone who was able to come!  We had a great time!

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