My Sophia's Sweet Shoppe Birthday Party

So excited to share about my Sophia's 2nd birthday party!
it was a great celebration with family and friends!!
every sweet shoppe party theme needs it's own village! Welcome to Sweetopia!
I used free boxes from home depot (yay for broken trash compactors!) some cheapppp fabric from ikea, a leftover can of red paint and white trim paint and other items from around the house to create a whimsical play place for the kids! (and a few of the adults tried to squeeze in. ;) 
I especially loved the circle felt garland we made! (tutorial link below)


 all the busy work was totally worth it when i saw the smile and gasp on sophia's face and her skipping around saying "my houseeee my houseee! i wuv it!"

i saved up all of our food boxes/milk cartons to stock the grocery store! and used sophia's shopping cart from target.
 
my mom was my amazing seamstress who sewed up these adorable aprons with fabric from ikea! each apron ended up costing 50 cents. not bad for a custom party favor!

while i waited to go into labor with sienna i kept myself busy with my mom at night making up these fun felt food creations for sophia! they were our present to her.. i was all about giving her something soft for when they go flying at the new baby's head. :)



most sweet shoppe dessert buffets are stocked with candy..candy galore! but i wanted my dessert buffet to be approachable and kid friendly! especially for a 2 year old party. why tempt the kiddies with candy they can't eat! i think that if you were having a mainly adult or older child party you could do the hard and chewy candies and it would be more appropriate. i was so happy with how it turned out! 


i used a graphic i made up to be the backdrop. pretty good bang for your buck. the tulips i pulled from around the house. (artificial flowers?! ::gasp::) i'm all about using what i have though! and fresh flowers can get pricey. for a 2 yr old....these worked great.
 
some store bought some home made... mixed them in together! created fun cotton candy holders from marthastewart.com and added my own little graphic to personalize it for my sophia's sweet shoppe. also created wrappers to put around wilton's (bought at Joann's) white snack cups. 
 
i really wanted to make the drinks cute...without having to buy individual bottles (which i loveeee..but they add up.) so i made a cover to put over the soda bottles! i thought they were so cute. :)
menu wise it was home food..nothing to fancy. the kielbasa(with brown sugar) was a must on the list..gotta make my polish hubby happy. :) but i especially loved the cantaloupe(orange) and watermelon(pink)..my mom lovingly balled them up and they looked delicious! and pretty cute too. hehe. 


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the boys in my life were great at moving over the "village" to our party site (thanks guys!!)... 
and my mom was such a help baking up a storm with me in the kitchen!! (thanks mom!! i love you.) that's my little 3 week old sienna below.

and our fabulous friends chuck and debbie were cooking yummy food for us! 
(couldn't have done it without you guys! thank you!)
i would like to blame the craziness for the following photo but in reality... ever since i was little i was known for burning things in the oven.... still do.
I'll be posting tutorials on all of the fun party details...from how i built the village to the felt food! all on a budget. so be sure to stop by to learn some fun diy projects to throw a party without breaking the bank! i'll also be adding some of the party details to my etsy shop so check back for that! 


SWEET SHOPPE TUTORIALS:
-Circle Felt Garland
-Felt Food Tutorials
-Hanging Tissue Pom Poms
-Centerpiece/Wall Tissue Paper Flowers


i'm linking up here

67 comments:

  1. The party look so cute! I may steal the idea for my little girls 2nd birthday party next year.

    Random question - I am sort of new to the blogging thing. How do you get your pictures to post in a collage like that, as opposed to single upload?? What am I missing!!

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  2. How come I'm not in any of the photographs? You have everyone but me :o(

    - Your Brother David

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  3. you are now david! how could i forget my big bro.....

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  4. What a beautiful and creative party! I just love the idea of a sweet shoppe! I'm sure your guests loved it just as much as your sweetie pie. Happy belated birthday to her!

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  5. That is an awesome party! Love all of it:-)

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  6. This is one of the cutest, most creative parties I've seen. Seriously, the box village turned out awesome!

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  7. Natalie,
    That was such a cute party! I can't believe how creative you are!
    Can I just ask one favor? Don't show these pics to my girls or they will want to come live with you! :)

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  8. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww loved the sweet shop idea!

    my littlest one is turning 2 this month and we're doing a cupcake theme....we'll just come to ur party next year and pretend it's ours haha

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  9. WOW! I think you win the award for the most amazing birthday party ever! I am super impressed with every little detail.

    Thanks so much for linking to Transform Tuesday!

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  10. I just saw this party over on STEM and had to come over to check out your blog! WOW you did an amazing job with your daughter's party...AMAZING!

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  11. WOW this is cute! I can't imagine how much work that village took!

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  12. WOW!! This party is AMAZING!!! I love everything about it and my girls would DIE to have something like this. Thanks for sharing! I found you on BCD, it's my first time visiting and I'm so glad! :)

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  13. You have a 3 week old and pulled this off? Go you! It's an adorable party. Cute guest of honor too. :) Everything you made is beautiful.

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  14. So cute!! Great job on all the planning!

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  15. So cute! i'm sharing at my blog today!

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  17. This is AMAZING! Cutest thing ever! It must have taken you a long time to put this together! WOW WOW
    Your newest follower! Come say hi and follow me back :)
    XO
    Frenchy

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  18. WOW! Okay that's the cutest thing ever. What an amazing job (: It's so adorable and fun.

    Stopping by from Creations by Kara link up.
    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Michaela

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  19. I am your newest follower from the blog hop. Wow, that was the cutest party ever!! I hope you can follow me back at http://mylifeadventurebyme.blogspot.com//
    God Bless,
    Shelley

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  20. this whole idea and execution is fabulous!! It looks like you did it at your church and I did that for a BibleMan themed party 1 year when my boys were much younger. Precious!!

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  21. Wow, woW, WOW,this is just fabulous! I love it!!!
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  22. What an amazing Party!! I love your creativity! I'm a new follower and looking to reading more! ;)

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  23. What an amazing party you threw!!! I can tell an incredible amount of work went into making that little village. What a lucky little girl to have a family who obviously loves her very much. Fabulous job momma!

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  24. I love everything about this. Absolutely terrific party!

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  25. wow double wow triple wow-I just love love love what you did!!!! it's so cute !!!!

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  26. What a beautiful job you did! I love it!!! I thought my party was creative but i must say, you just put me to shame. Either way, hope you will enjoy my Pancakes and Pajamas party (http://www.thismommyloves.com/2010/09/pancakes-and-pajamas-2nd-birthday-party.html)

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  27. You are amazing. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. That whole sweet shop for the kids to plan in is incredible. I just love it ALL. The buffet tables, the decorations, the kid play area. Fabulous. Oh, thank you for linking this up. I just love it all.

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  28. This sweet shoppe party looks incredible! What a little girls dream!!!

    I spent a long time this morning cruising through your site for the first time and I found so many amazing and beautiful things I love.

    I will definitely be back often!!!

    And... I love the quote in your sidebar about a woman's heart being so lost in God that a man need to seek Him in order to find her. I love that! And I've never heard it before!!

    Blessings
    Rachymommy - MommyTopics.com

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  29. Natalie, I am in awww,,, I absolutely love the party you did for your precious. I can't believe how awesome everything turned out, and I can't wait to see some of your tutorials on how you got it done. Yayyyy, Im so happy to have found you. If you get a chance, PLEASE link this up to my new party. I would so LOVE to have your talent shared with my readers. Oh and naturally I am totally thrilled to be your newest follower. :)

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  30. wow, this must have taken you forever! So nice though, what creativity!!

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  31. I'm your newest follower from Friday blog hop. Lovely blog;) you can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

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  32. Thanks for being a part of our Sassy Sites blog party! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!
    http://sassysites.blogspot.com/

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  33. What a brilliant idea! I wish blogging was around when my daughter was 2-she would have loved this!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  34. Wow, very few people can make me feel like a crappy mom but you my dear take the cake. This is freakin amazing!

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  35. Geez, what an adorable party! You must have worked on it for months prior. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  36. What a fun party! Thanks for linking up with Make It Fantabulous! You will be a Sunday Favorite so come stop by and grab a featured button!

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  37. I just came across your blog today & I am so glad I did! I love fabulous parties!!! that is one loved little girl! I can't imagine how much time & paint that took but it was all worth it! I just feel lucky to even have a peek!

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  38. This is incredible! You are so amazingly creative!

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  39. Um, wow. That looks like just about the coolest birthday party for a little girl ever! I can't believe all of the awesome detail you put into it! Bravo!

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  40. What a terrific party! Looks like a ton of fun! Thanks a bunch for joining us this week at Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  41. That is the most amazing party I've ever seen. You are one talented Momma. Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday. Can't wait to explore you blog a little more.

    Becca

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  42. how fun, everything turned out amazing!! I'd love for you to link them up at sundae scoop! http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

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  43. What an amazing party Natalie. Thanks so much for linking to Tot Tuesdays last week. I've featured you today! Have a wonderful day!

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  44. Natalie, your party is amazing. I love the details. Great Job!
    http://simplyiced.blogspot.com/

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  45. Hey girl, just checking it out again, I loved it so much. I want to do something like this, but halloween themed, for my daughters bday, and needed some more inspiration. Just a quick reminder again about my link party, and how much I would LOVE for you to participate, especially with this AWESOME post. Thanks and hope to see you, Bella

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  46. That is one of the most adorable parties I have ever seen! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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  47. so cute!! i bet your she loved it!!

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  48. That has to be the cutest party. Your little girl is so lucky. I just might borrow a few of these ideas for my daughter's birthday next week.
    p.s. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

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  49. wow, wow, wow... amazing! You've got a new follower!

    www.thesoulmom.com

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  50. awww, what a fun partay!! every detail is adorable. thanks for sharing!
    happy crafting,
    Linda

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  51. I love everything about this party, such fabulous ideas. Well done :)

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  52. this is so creative and unique and toddler friendly! i love that its not only adorable to look at, but its something your child loves. thank you so much for sharing, you've inspired me for next year. i can't wait until you post your tutorials =)

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  53. I love it! What an amazing birthday party! It looks SO great! The labels, colors, treats, food, etc... Just incredible! I'm featuring this on my blog today! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  54. OH MY GOSH! Are you kidding me...no really? This is the CUTEST PARTY EVER! I thought I did good for my 2yr old. If she's sees this she's gonna give me that look! Ya know, that "you just made me a fancy homemade blue clues cake and this girl got a whole village mama!" Seriously though this is so super cute and clever and inventive and inspiring! WOW! I love it!....can you tell?? :)

    I don't know HOW I haven't been following you mama but I am now! :)

    Stop by sometime!
    http://alililly.blogspot.com

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  55. Wow, I love all the details :)

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  56. I like your blog,Totally interesting also extraordinary blog.Give more pictures related to this topic.Thanks for sharing this wonderful detail.

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  57. I like your blog,Totally interesting also extraordinary blog.Give more pictures related to this topic.Thanks for sharing this wonderful detail.

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  58. I loved the sweets table and my fave thing was the little village. Amazing!

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  59. That little village is super cute! WE recently did a sweet shoppe theme http://ecphotographypdx.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/and-so-starts-the-busy-birthday-season/

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  60. That party is fantastic! I love the cardboard buildings ... they're amazing! And the cotton candy in the cones is adorable.

    Visiting from Maddycakes Muse.

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  61. Your site is so amazing. I find myself looking for other fun things to do with my little mama. So far the cardboard castle (already ask her dad to save me boxes from his job), most definitely the doll house idea, and this for either for her fourth or the castle party. I love...love...love this site <3 !

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