Taco TWOsday

My little Scar Scar is TWO and I can’t think of a better way to possibly celebrate someone’s second year on the planet than with tacos, fiesta decor, and good friends.

I’ve always loved me some good word play and mexican fiestas, so when I stumbled upon the Taco TWOsday theme on pinterest over a year ago, I knew that was the theme for us.

This theme was actually insanely easy to put together. I ordered the Taco TWOsday foil balloons, mexican table runner, mexican banner, and paper fan decor all from amazon. The foil number cake topper was from the same Etsy shop that I get all of the kids toppers from. And of course most importantly, I got the sombrero cupcake toppers from Etsy. I added in some colorful little cacti that I picked up at Lowes and topped it all off with the brightest bouquet that Trader Joes had to offer.

For food we did a Nacho + Taco Bar, which was so nice and easy because I was able to just make a bunch of nacho cheese in one crockpot, some shredded salsa chicken in another crockpot, and then had a variety of chips, tortillas, and toppings on the side. I also made these individual serving 7 Layer Bean Dip cups that were a total hit and equally as easy to make as everything else.

For entertainment I had Coco playing on the TV and then we also set up the inflatable pool + water table in the backyard along with a bunch of inflatable pool toys and bubbles.

Scarlett had about 57 outfit changes throughout the party but her main outfit was the Tutu from iloveplum and after seeing how cute she looked in it I’m feeling like she needs a million more tutus in her life.

The kids all had a blast and the adults may or may not have had even more of a blast. We had three days worth of leftover mexican food, which was also a win in my books. We even ended up leaving the decor up for a week because its honestly really fun having your house decorated like a giant fiesta.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to celebrate our girl, ya’ll truly made it the special day that it was.

Cheers,

The Whine Connoisseur

Camp Liam

With each passing year, I discover more and more that all of those older folk who approached my big pregnant belly saying things like:

“time flies by in the blink of an eye!”

and

“You’ll be sending that kid to college before you know it!”

….they were all right. Just two years ago on this day, I was on my way to the hospital to bring our little guy into the world. Now I sit here trying to throw together a blog post as my toddler runs around the house saying “help me! help me!” about every tiny little obstacle he comes across. My 6.5 pound baby is now capable of putting on his own shoes, verbally communicating what he wants, and riding a scooter across the park… and man is it crazy to watch sometimes.

To celebrate the big T-W-O we threw our little guy a camping themed birthday party, complete with a teepee, ‘Camp Liam” banner, and all of his favorite people. Being the obsessed and slightly overly organized party planner that I am, this party was in the makes for at least 4 months. I have surfed every pinterest board, every etsy deal, and made about 10 lists full of ideas to say the least.

What ultimately brought me to the decision of a camping theme was the over all ease of it. Camping is simple, laid back, and always a good time (unless you’re camping in the actual woods and forget one of your necessities or get attacked by mosquitoes). All we had to do was throw up a camping shade, put out some camping chairs, and fire up the grill and bam… Camp Liam was open for business.
The party took a lot of prepping and planning but was 100% worth it. Liam had a great time, was left with some awesome toys, and was absolutely exhausted by the end of it all…so I would say: mission accomplished.

Tonight we will put our one year old down for bed, and tomorrow we will wake up with a two year old jumping up and down as we attempt to get him ready for his big adventure to the children’s discovery museum. At some point in the day I’m sure that I will stare at my baby’s newborn photos and probably get embarrassingly teary eyed, but ultimately be comforted by my little man will running up to me and giving me a big sloppy kiss as he wraps his arms around my neck saying “ma-ma!”. It will be a grand and exciting day as we celebrate two years of time on this earth, two years of memories, and two years of our world being shaken up in the greatest of ways.

Happy Birthday to my two year old.

Cheers,

The Whine Connoisseur

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