The girls turned 2 last Friday! Every parent feels it, but I’ll just reiterate, where has the time gone?
I sometimes lament all the milestones behind us, but I’m eager for what’s to come. These girls amaze me.
On birthday morning, I snuck into their room early to put balloons in their cribs. A few hours later, I woke up to the sound of Hadley squealing “WOW!” We let them open their gifts and fed them waffles with sprinkles and spent the afternoon at The Children’s Museum.
We continued the celebration over the weekend and invited a few close friends over to celebrate with a BBQ and lots of water toys. There are two other sets of twins in our circle of friends; boy/girl and identical. People are afraid of the water at our house 😉
I made an easy ice cream cake from this recipe I found online. The key is the layer of chocolate icing between the brownie and the ice cream for an extra special sweet kick! It was sooooooooo good!
It was a small minimalist party with only a few people, but I did pull one Pinterest-worthy move with this little pucnh pinata. The girls aren’t old enough for a real pinata and after my best friends son had a pretty serious accident last month involving a pinata, I thought a safer, toddler-friendly game would be more appropriate.
Toddler-Friendly Punch Pinata
- Small box
- Solo cups
- Tissue paper (cut into squares larger than your solo cups)
- Elmer’s glue
- Glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- X-acto knife
- Clear packing tape (optional)
- Small favors, toys and candy
1) Use the bottom of a solo cup as a template for your circles and then cut the circles out using an X-acto knife. 2) Use spray paint to paint the front and all four sides of the box. 3) Once dry, use the X-acto knife to cut one side of the back of the box. You’ll glue this back together later, but you’ll need it open to get everything attached inside. 4) Use Elmer’s glue to attach your tissue paper to the backside of each circle. 5) Stuff solo cup with toys, candy and/or other party favors. 6) Use hot glue to attach the solo cups to outside edge of each circle. 7) Hot glue the back edge of the box back together. I also used packing tape to make it more secure.
We try very hard to keep the toy box spare, but between friends and family, they easily tripled their toy collection this birthday. I purged the toy bin the following day.
This is the first time that they’ve received individual gifts. We bought Kayleigh a twin baby doll stroller (yes, they make twin baby doll strollers) and Hadley received a dump truck the size of herself. Of course, they are expected to share, but these toys fit their personalities perfectly.
Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girls!