So I've tried to narrow it down to just a few pictures, but it's so hard! On Saturday we celebrated our Hallelujah's 2nd birthday, Toy Story-style, just like she wanted. (If you remember, I really wanted a ladybug party, but Little Miss Determined knew what she wanted...) Last week upon receiving a Target gift card, Halle picked out what she deemed a 'party dress' instead of a toy, which was so cute. As soon as she woke up from her nap she was ready to put on her new dress and spin to her little heart's content.
I waited until the very last minute to put the top tier on, for fear that the whole thing would collapse. I knew what I wanted in the cake from the very beginning~ three layers. What I didn't take into account was that three layers would feed about 80 people. Seriously. The nearly 30 people at the Curly Girl's party only consumed the top layer and less than half of the middle, so the entire bottom layer went as a treat for our whole children's ministry on Sunday morning. Even funnier is that they didn't even finish it, and it made it's way to another family gathering of some friends. I love sharing the love!
Each layer was a simple chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling. The outside was iced in vanilla buttercream, and the cow spots (inspired by Jessie's pants) and clouds were made from marshmallow fondant.
Jessie Hat cookies
These were a recipe that I used from Disney's website. They looked so cute all stacked up on the plate! I didn't get a picture of the entire spread, but I tried to have a western/Cowgirl/Toy Story theme without getting too country (totally not my thing...). I made a trail mix with a blend of Halle's favorite things (star marshmallows, pretzel sticks, m&m's, and Cheerios). Corn dogs were a huge hit with everyone (especially my kids because we rarely have them!). Remy's favorite thing on the table was the 'Cactus Juice' punch we made by mixing green Kool-Aid, 7 Up, and lime sherbet. We weren't sure that he didn't believe it was actually cactus juice, and he must have had 5 glasses!
Here's she is trying on some of her new dress up clothes. The heels only took a few minutes of practice before she was marching up the stairs! Also among a truck load of gifts from our too generous friends was Slinky Dog, which is her favorite. She goes to sleep and wakes up talking about him!
All in all, it was a pretty amazing day. Halle was so buzzed on sugar and energy that it took her 90 minutes talking in her bed to finally crash. We are so blessed to have such an awesome group of friends who love our family and came to celebrate with us! I love that our little house gets packed, practically bursting at the seams with people who care about our littles~ that makes every stressful moment leading up the party so worth it. (Sigh) And while I am a little glad it's over, I would do it all again tomorrow... so thankful!