Since I closed up shop and went on an indefinite "maternity leave" I have really missed crafting and designing. Planning my daughter's birthday celebrations have been my favorite event to plan yet and so I think about them far in advance. This year my daughter Sienna turned two and a few weeks before her birthday I had my second child, my son Milan. I was a little anxious if I would be able pull off the design I had in mind for my daughter's birthday but somehow I did it. I don't have outside help or family close by (for consistent help) so I have been juggling my children on my own and taking it day by day. It has been some of my hardest but most beautiful days. Okay, let's get back in topic here ha ha. I find crafting and designing very relaxing. So when I should have been sleeping while my kiddos were sleeping - I would blow up balloons and build the balloon garland I did for Sienna's birthday backdrop. It took me a week to finish it. I was so afraid that the balloons would deflate by the time her birthday came around but thankfully they lasted. I learned how to do make the ballon garland by watching a DIY video I found on YouTube. Here is the link to it. I used the same blank white wall space in my home from Sienna's 1st birthday - took down the usual wall mirror that hangs there and left my usual console table there for convenience.
I chose a horse theme because my daughter loves horses and loves to say "neigh neigh neigh" all the time. Though by the time her birthday came around she was obsessed with the movie Frozen! Maybe next years theme?
So when I want to find unique party items, I always hop on Etsy. I'm used to buying on there because I use to sell items on there too. I found Sienna's cookies, lollipops, fondant horseshoe topper, "Sienna is TWO" cake topper (I painted it myself) and horse candle holders on there. The cookies and cakes pops all arrived safely and were all fresh and delicious. I was gifted all three of her cakes by the sweetest and talented Belladonna Sweets bakery. A local shop in the Los Angeles area who graciously delivered them to me. They worked closely with me to bring my design to fruition. The cakes were oh so good too! Lastly, all of the flowers I used were faux blooms. Can't believe how pretty they were for being faux. I think I have mentioned it before but Spring blooms from Michaels are always the prettiest. I didn't cut most of the flowers I used for the balloon garland so I could use them later around the house. So I just bent them and shaped them accordingly. A big thanks to my friend and family photographer for bringing every detail to life.
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Sienna is T W O! Neigh. Neigh. Neigh. | All design, styling and florals by me
Faux flowers: Michaels
Horse theme cookies: Tybrisa Avenue Creations
Horse lollipops: Delicious Candy Co.
Horseshoe fondant cake topper: Cakes by Kristi
Horse candle holders: Tulle and Wrench
"Sienna is TWO" custom cake topper: The Pink Owl Gifts
Custom lollipop stand: Mikes Amazing Stands
Kari Herer horse art (my inspiration for the entire birthday theme): RH Baby & Child
Sienna's dress: Luli & Me from Neiman Marcus
Sienna's shoes: Ruby & Bloom from Nordstrom
Birthday cakes: Belladonna Sweets
All photos by Melody Melikian