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Let’s Have A Ball Themed Kids Party & Apple Slice Party Balls

I am now the mother of a two year old. 

Of course I’ve been warned about the Terrible Two’s and the nightmare that I am now  a party to. 

And no offense to those who have gone before me, but I rather enjoy this age. Every age, every situation and every person is not without drawbacks. There is no such thing as a perfect situation. Quality of life is built on figuring out what is great about the situation that you are in and enjoying the crap out of it. 

So, what is great about 2 year old?

You get to have all the answers. You are able to solve all of their problems. These tiny little humans see you, their moms, as the Fair Princess Goddess of The Universe. You have control over everywhere they go and who they play with. And all of that will end way too soon. As much as I long to have more freedom and independence, sleep past 6:30am, set my schedule on a whim, travel to exotic places and be able to pee in private again, I know without a single tiny doubt that I will miss the hell out of my 2 year old once she is all grown up. 

For Tater’s second birthday, my little tomboy wanted to run around the back yard and play with balls, her favorite thing in the entire world. So that’s what we did. 

I had huge gigantic balloons from Sweet Lulu

I made Yarn Ball Party Favors, You can see the DIY here:

Dozens of red and white beach balls covering the lawn, that I bought from Oriental Trading

Tater was in love with this. 

I filled a red baby pool up with a bag of ball pit balls. 

And as I shared with you a few weeks ago, I’m tring to rid my life of food dye. Quite a challenge for someone who is used to spending hours concocting the perfect frosting color for cakes. I let go and accepted the fact that the frosting I made with beet powder was just going to be purple and that was OK. More on that in a later post. 

A least I was able to sneak some antioxidants and vegetables into her cupcakes, at fine compromise in my opinion. 

And the food went largely unphotographed. A pretty shocking thing in my world, given the frequency with which I snap food pictures. 

We did, however, reserect the Tater Tot Bar from last year.

I used white cone cups and made the cone holder out of a cardboard box and wrapping paper. 

I also made the Hanging Paper Lanterns, one of my very first post was how to make them.

And I remade the paper Happy Birthday banner. 

I did get a few shots of my Apple Balls, cored and sliced apples held together with rubber band and bakers twine. I replaced the core with string cheese. This will keep them fresh, un-browned and party ready for hours. 

First, core and slice the apples using an apple slicer. 

Remove the core and replace it with string cheese. Reassemble the apple and secure with a rubber band, then tie a ribbon or bakers twine around the rubberband. This will help your apple slices to stay fresh longer, without turning brown. 

If you can, try to find string cheese that is the same size, or just a bit larger than your apple corer. 

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cassie April 4, 2012 um 12:06 pm

I love this party theme. Too bad I don’t have a child (yet!) to use it!


Jackie April 4, 2012 um 8:34 pm

You are going to throw the best kids parties! Someday 🙂


claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 4, 2012 um 12:10 pm

That’s so dumb that they changed that! Grr.
Anyway, adorable post today!!


Jackie April 4, 2012 um 8:34 pm

I know! I’ve been asking them to put it back, with no luck. Looks like it’s about time to switch to wordpress *sigh*


Choc Chip Uru April 4, 2012 um 2:25 pm

This is too cute! Perfect theme 😀
And your treats are definitely delicious and made for occasion!

See you in a week – Happy Easter!
Choc Chip Uru


Liz April 4, 2012 um 6:25 pm

Oh, your sweet girl is adorable! And such a perfect party for a 2 year old!!!!


chinmayie @ love food eat April 4, 2012 um 7:42 pm

WOW! You are fabulous! Your party looks like so much fun! I wish i had half your energy to organize a birthday party like that 🙂
Happy birthday to your little girl! Two’s are amazing! To me every year is amazing! It terms of tiring i think i had my share of it when my daughter was a newborn (she never slept) so compared to that all this is a breeze! I am sure you are going to love this age. I love the fact that my daughter and i can actually do a lot of things together and sit and have a conversation now. She is already like a girlfriend 🙂 FUN FUN!
It’s great to have daughters…

Waiting for your cake recipes 🙂


Jackie April 4, 2012 um 8:36 pm

Thanks Chinmayie! I agree, every age has its advantages. I know this age is going to go by so fast so I’m trying to enjoy it as much as I can.


Tasha April 4, 2012 um 7:53 pm

A great time for Gwynn and all the other "terrible" two year olds. Thanks again Jackie!


Jackie April 4, 2012 um 8:37 pm

Thanks Tasha! So glad you all could make it 🙂


amy @ fearless homemaker April 5, 2012 um 3:42 pm

what an awesome party! seriously, i’m jealous i couldn’t attend it. i mean, tater tot bar?! count me in! happy birthday to your adorable little girl!


Baker Street April 9, 2012 um 8:22 am

Woah! your party looks fabulous! I love theme parties! Can’t wait for your cake recipe. 🙂


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 9, 2012 um 10:01 pm

You throw an awesome party. When I have children, do you think you could host them for me? 🙂

Okay but seriously, Tater is just TOO precious. Happy 2nd birthday to your beautiful girl!


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