The Birthday Party

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When I was trying to come up with a theme for Izzy’s 2nd birthday I happened to looked over at her as she was playing with her boo, Giraffe.  That was it, it had been staring at me all along. 
It HAD to be a Giraffe party!
Here’s what we ended up with.

Started off by finding the invite at Dimple Prints’ shop on Etsy. 
Had a local cake shop make her a strawberry cake to resemble the invite.  It was so good!  Great, now I’m craving more of it 😀  The Happy Birthday banner was super duper easy to create on the computer and is stuck into the cake with paper straws (I stuck bamboo skewers down into the straw for more stability).
I stuck with white cake for the cupcakes, but topped them with cake shop purchased butter cream frosting.  Soooo much better than any frosting you can buy in the grocery store.  Which reminds me, I still have some in the fridge… hmmmmm.  The cupcake toppers again were really easy to put together using scrapbook paper, the computer, and some lollipop sticks.
I’d like to introduce you to the new love in my life – Cake Balls.  If you haven’t tried these bad boys before, you best get to it.  They are a-ma-zing.  All you do is bake a cake like normal (I used a butter flavored cake mix) and let it cool.  Crumble the cake up and put it in a large mixing bowl.  Take one jar of frosting (I used cherry frosting) and beat it in with a mixer until everything is well blended.  Use a cookie scoop to scoop out little balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Sit them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes until they firm up.  Then cover those babies with melted chocolate (I used white chocolate) and put back into the fridge until ready to serve.  Yeah, heaven.
Sugar cookie giraffes for Thank Yous.
One of my favorite parts about this party was the little giraffe poem her grandma and I came up with. 
It reads:
G is for Giraffe,
he is my other half.
He sleeps with me,
he eats with me,
he plays hide and seeks with me.
So, as you see it’s he and me
my other half, Giraffe.
Needless to say the giganto giraffe was a big hit.  Props to my hubby’s long time friend for coming up with this gift idea all on his own.  The best part was seeing her try to take it around with her.

All in all, Izzy had a great time. 
Seeing her run around with her little friends and family was the best.
Still, I can’t believe my little baby is 2!



  1. Jessica Avatar

    Looks like a great party!!

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  2. Christin Avatar

    Soo cute!! I can't believe she is two! Her pigtails are so long now! I'm totally trying cake balls – YUMMY!

  3. HammBone Avatar

    Super, now I need cake balls, sugar cookies, cake, and frosting. Thanks Shelley! Wish we could have been there! I have been waiting for this post all week! MUAH! luvs u. PS. love the giant giraffe and the poem by Grandma. She is a showoff!

  4. Orange it Lovely Avatar

    total total cuteness! I wish blogs were around when my girls when little.. SO many wonderful idea.. and all in this post.

  5. zanteen photography Avatar
    zanteen photography

    I feel so behind that I just found out about your amazing blog today!! You rock and I will be trying to follow your flowers just to see if I can do it! You inspire me to want to try and make new things, be creative and put my own personal spin on it.

  6. Bella Avatar

    SHelley, I LOVE giraffes, this party looked amazing, and my name is Izabella, he he. Say it with a romanian accent and there you go,, lol.

    That poem is cute, and that huge giraffe is awesome, and everything looks so yummy, Izzy, looks happy as can be.

    Happy Birthday little girl!!!


    Bella 🙂

  7. Surviving Suburbia Avatar

    Love the theme!

  8. Jennifer Avatar

    I am dying to try the cake balls!

  9. Krystine Stephenson Avatar

    What a fun party! You did such a great job! I looove it!


  10. Avatar

    Thanks Shelley for following my new blog. YAYYY!!!

    Thanks also for linking up this awesome party, you know I loved it so much. It truly was incredible. Giraffes are just the most adorable animals.

    How's your summer been going girl? Mine has been so busy, I'm actually looking forward to school starting, lol. I know my kids are too!!

    Have a great day, and talk to you soon.

    Hugs, Bella 🙂
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  11. jennifer jenson Avatar

    Awesome Party! May I ask…did you make the chalkboard? If so, what wood (or other surface) did you use to paint the chalkboard? Thanks! Jennifer

    1. Shelley | Crazy Wonderful Avatar

      Hi Jennifer! It is a piece of plywood I had my local home improvement store cut down into smaller pieces. Hope this helps!

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