My Little Matryoshka’s 2nd Birthday

When I was growing up, I always remembered playing with a set of Russian stack-able dolls.  The itty bitty one in the center was my favorite!  I always thought the set was mine but just recently I discovered it was my Mom’s!  Well now Sydney is adopting it as her own and she’ll probably grow up thinking the same as I did…that it’s hers.  She certainly loves the “ladies” as much as I did and that is where I came up with the theme for her 2nd birthday party.

The starting point for my design was the fabric pattern I used for the table runner.  I loved the colors and it just felt right for the theme without having actual dolls on the print.  And what the heck is up with the red horse?  Well, I had a lot of people asking me that and I’ll explain now.  When fabric shopping, I kept coming across these stallions in the patterns.  Since I chose not to use any of those patterns, (HERE & HERE)  I decided to bring in my own stallion as well as my own version of a Russian Tower that I spray painted red.  I was originally on the hunt for a white porcelain one, but instead found this red one and instantly fell in love with it.  I’m pretty weird about my great finds.  I was ECSTATIC for days after finding my prize!

There she is in all her glory!   Isn’t she a beauty =)  Now, let’s talk food.  For the big kids…aka Mommies and 1 Daddy, we had Turkey and fresh mozzarella sandwiches on my favorite Anderson bakery bread.  Don’t you all agree that the bread really makes the sandwich?  For our sides we had potato chips and watermelon.

I found this basket with teal lining in the dollar bin at Target.  It displayed my plates perfectly.

I also had found a fun Jello idea to make Wiggly Watermelon which is basically Jello poured into a hollowed out watermelon. Mini Chocolate chips become the “seeds”.  They turned out cute and our guests got a kick out of them.

For the favors I made a snack mix that I poured into vase shaped cello bags.  The faces were a digital file I purchased from ETSY.

I LOVED how they turned out and I could not believe that the heads lined up perfect with the shape of the bags.

Toddlers can be so picky with their eating.  So many times, I go places where my kid won’t eat anything.  I really wanted there to be something that every child would eat and have the majority of it be healthy.  And of course…it had to be displayed in an appealing way!  Ice cube trays were just the ticket.  The kids LOVED them and I think the Mommies really appreciated them too.  Russian doll cake-pops and good old fashion cupcakes were our dessert options.  Both tasty treats and a great way to finish off our party!

I’m proud to say that she went for the vegetables prior to the cookies =)

And why is my daughter literally sporting her birthday suit (plus a diaper, sandals and barrette) you ask?  Well, the moment she got to the party she jumped in the baby pool fully clothed, soaking her Russian doll themed outfit.  Grumble!!!  Then she was on the go and I was so busy setting up that I just let her roll 2 year old style!  There aren’t too many ages this is socially acceptable so rock it while you can!  It sure didn’t slow her down from bossing around Daddy on the proper way to unwrap her cupcake though.  I just LOVE her!

Happy Birthday Sydney Bean…it feels like just yesterday I held you in my arms for the first time. =)

A special thanks to my bff Jennifer Skog for photography, my resident baker Toni Skog for making cupcakes and the Segundo family for opening up their gorgeous home to a whirlwind of toddlers!

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5 comments


  • Sandy

    That ice cube tray idea could not be any cuter or any smarter. Loved it all.

    September 18, 2011
  • Daphne

    what all was in the icecube trays, might I ask?
    LOVE this idea

    December 26, 2011
    • Hi Daphne,

      For the trays I used:
      Cheese sticks I cut into cubes
      Cucumber
      Corn
      Blueberries
      Cheddar bunnies
      Strawberries
      Edamame
      Pretzels
      Peas
      Organic cheese puffs
      Raisins
      Meatballs
      Vanilla bear cookies
      Raspberries

      Hope this helps…thanks for reading!

      December 27, 2011
  • Trupti Bakshi

    Totally love the ice cube tray idea…have a dress up playdate coming up in a few weeks and i just might borrow it..it has all of my son’s favorite things in it. Great pics too BTW. Thanks for sharing.

    March 9, 2012
  • Adorable party! And the pictures are amazing. Great job!

    August 10, 2012

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