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Happy 2nd Birthday to my Little HJ!

Wow.  Two years ago I gave birth to my second little miracle baby.  He was 8 pounds and 1 ounce and 21 inches of perfection.  I still remember how terribly scared I was when I first found out I was pregnant with him!  I mean, I had just became a Mom two and a half months before---how was I supposed to handle two babies!?  But we have learned together as a family and I couldn't be more overjoyed and enraptured with my Little Man. 

As the Papercrafting Passionista, I tend to get a little crazy with parties!  So last week, in my absense, I was scrambling to put together the last-minute Pinterest ideas that I had to materialize (because hey, I'm a bit of a procrastinator at times, too!)  But HJ's little party turned out great (little is a bit of an understatement; we had about 30 people in our tiny house...) and I think he had a wonderful time!

Want to see what a Papercrafting Passionista Party is like?  Well, here are some memories I'd love to share with you:

Guests were greeted with some warm welcome signs that I made (please ignore my dead plant-life in my pot.  I enjoy paper.  Not plants...)

I used my Cricut machine to cut out all of the jungle elements and then pieced them all together.  I just love how my signs turned out!
Next, I made the kids their own "passports" that they got to fill out and obtain stickers (that I made) to coincide with the food/animals they chose to eat.  I also have a hook-up so I got some cute pilot wings and I was able to make a "Hudson Air" logo for them. 

We served Snake Sandwiches (deli sandwiches shaped like a snake), Elephant Snacks (carrots and celery sticks), Tiger Cub Cuties (Cutie Oranges with tigers drawn on them), Alligator Teeth (Bugles), and some Gorilla Grapes (grapes).
 As I said, each kid got a sticker that they got to put inside their passport that went with the food they chose to eat.  Grown-ups didn't get so lucky, but they at least got to eat the animal-themed food along with their kiddos!

The kids made their own binoculars with markers, crayons, and stickers.  I think they all had a blast putting these together!  Even if there were stickers EVERYWHERE!
After the craft activity and one game (we threw rubber snakes into a bucket), we had cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to the Special Little Guy!
I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with a simple buttercream frosting.  I also made those cupcake toppers myself with the help of my 2.5" Circle Punch and a LOT of adhesive!  Haha!
When the guests left, they were given a treat bag with some Safari goodies and we let them Adopt an Animal on their way out the door.  It was a pretty successful little Jungle Party!
 I decorated the mantle using elements from my Circut machine and some toy animals.  My awesome hubby made a bunch of vines from brown kraft paper and hung them all over the house!  It was pretty awesome!
Here's the sweet little birthday boy in action!  I can't believe that he's already two!  This little guy has just stolen my heart!  Thank you, to all of you who came and celebrated my Baby!  And thank you for taking the time to check out the highlights of his party!


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