This year, our boss babe Jessica kicked off her 2020 celebrating her littlest one Hayes’ second birthday (time flies, right?!). We’re still smiling from all the fun we had that day, so we wanted to share her tips with our Honest fam on how to throw an amazingly easy, yet totally awesome kid’s birthday party. Here’s a few steps that Jessica always sticks to:
1) Pick a Theme
The best parties are always themed out. Not only does it create wow-factor, but it actually makes it easier on you when you’re picking out everything from decor to food.
Haysie is so into Alpaca’s and Llamas right now. Which is exactly what inspired our new Target Exclusive Up, Up and Away and All the Alpacas diaper prints. So, it was only fitting that Hayes party was full of his favorite furry friends.
We’re going to give tons of recos for Llamas and Alpaca party gear, but you can totally make it your own and pick your kid’s favorite animal, too!
2) Do Up the Decor
From top to bottom this party was a stunner and you wouldn’t believe how easy it was to put together. Here’s what Jessica picked up from Target and a few more decorations we’re obsessing over.
Snacks by Good and Gather
Color Cordinated Placemats
Bibs for messy babes
3) Get Decked Out
The whole hosting fam has got to have their fit on point. Get the cutest head-to-toe outfits for mom, dad, and the birthday babe.
4) Don’t Forget the Essentials
It’s easy to get focused on all the pretty stuff, but with lots of little invitees, there’s bound to be lots of diaper changes, too. Set up a DIY diaper changing station for your friends, so they can quickly take care of business and get back to the fun.
All you need to do is set out a table with a diaper changing pillow on top and fill it with a couple packs your your fave diaper prints in different sizes. Don’t forget the wipes and diaper rash cream.
5) Feed the Crowd
Fun fact, both llamas and alpacas are mainly from Peru. So, Jessica decided to serve delicious peruvian food to her guests. It was bomb. There’s two ways to follow in her footsteps.
You can find a few recipes online and DIY. In this case, it’s best to choose dishes you can make the night before and heat up. Or you can hire a local food truck or catering company.
6) Add a Teaching Moment
To keep those little brains learning, llama and alpaca fun facts were sprinkled throughout the party. Here are some of our faves:
BOTH llamas and alpaca will spit on you! All camelids spit or stick out their tongue when they are annoyed.
Llamas are much larger weighing up to 400 pounds, while alpacas normally weigh between 120 and 150 pounds.
Looking for a new family pet? Both are very intelligent, easily trained, gentle and very curious.
Llamas don’t smell as bad as most animals, in fact their poop has very little to no smell.
7) Send Them Off with Extra Love
Party favors are a fun way to say thank you to your guests and help them keep memories of an awesome day. Each guest at the party took home their own alpaca stuffy. They even got to name them!