My daughters second birthday was a big success no big party needed.

My daughter was two yesterday and the day itself went off with a bang and was a great success. It was even better than we imagined and we’re really glad we decided not to have a big birthday party. It was just my wife, my two daughters, my parents and myself.


Problems the night before

The night before was a totally different matter though. Our youngest daughter wasn’t happy and wasn’t really settling, my wife was feeling ill and I wasn’t feeling 100% either. To cap it all off we still had to wrap the presents, decorate the house and bake rainbow cupcakes as our daughter is currently obsessed by rainbows. We got the rainbow cupcake recipe from the Wallflower Girl Blog. The actual cupcakes came out really well however I spent ages on the marshmallow frosting, but couldn’t get it too set. this could be because I didn’t use cream of tartar, but in the end I had to give up. I finally went up to bed just before 11pm and tried to sleep in anticipation of a tiring day ahead.

The wake up call

When our daughter was stirring and waking up my wife and I went to her bed and sang her happy birthday. She looked quite bemused as she didn’t really understand what was happening. However she understands the concept of a part and when she got downstairs she was really excited just to see the bunting and started dancing. We then had breakfast which consisted of porridge, but with the addition of blueberries, which are her favourite.



Present time

After breakfast it was time to open some presents and we had a pile of those, mostly bought be friends and family as we only bought one or two ourselves. The first thing that my daughter saw was the kitchen that we had bought her as it had been to big to wrap. She started playing with it straight away and didn’t notice the other presents for a while. When she finally realised there were other presents to open she started with a gusto.

She opened things at a pace and a lot of the presents, got short shrift as she wanted to move onto the next one, sorry friends and family, our girl is very fickle and will change what she likes from one day to the next. One present that did stand out was a pink dog on a lead that our daughter named Molly, after the dog of the aunt who bought her the present. She absolutely loves the real live Molly and so far loves the toy Molly just as much. She constantly wanted to take him for a walk.

Postman brings more gifts

She was taking Molly for a walk when the doorbell rang. It was the postman delivering two more parcels. One contained a really nice party dress which couldn’t have been timed more perfectly as that’s what she wore when we went out for lunch. The other contained three books that the author Jo Lodge kindly sent. Our daughter wanted to read them straight away. After we read them a few times we had a rainbow cupcake, by some good fortune the marshmallow frosting had split slightly, which meant that the top was firm enough to put on the cupcakes. Our daughter was really impressed with the rainbow cupcake and gobbled it down.

Going out for lunch

We decided to go to Frankie and Benny’s for lunch and off course Molly the toy dog had to come to and be walked along the pavement to the restaurant. Inside we had a nice starter which seemed to fill my daughter up as after that she just wanted to take Molly for a walk round and round the restaurant. She really loved doing that and had the time of her life. We took turns having bits of our mains and turns walking round with my daughter. luckily my parents were there to take turns as well. We managed to get our daughter seated for dessert which came  out with a candle and with loud happy birthday music. The waiter all gathered round to sing her happy birthday and they had even gone to the effort of having one wear a dog costume. My daughter really loved it and was in awe of what was happening.

Afternoon playtime and late bedtime

The afternoon was spent just relaxing and playing with her new toys, however she had gotten so excited and wound u that her normal 7.30pm bedtime turned into 8.30/9.00pm. She had such a great day with just a few select people that she really enjoyed it. I’m glad we decided not to do a big party this year as the day we had was just perfect.

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7 Responses

  1. Mummy-on-a-budget January 28, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a really great day! We’re just trying to decide whether to have a party or not for our daughter who will be 2. I really like the sound of just a day with close family with a trip out for lunch.

    • stayathomedad January 28, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      It really was and I can definitely recommend it. Also somewhere like Frankie and Benny’s where they make a fuss over the birthday girl is great.

  2. ERFmama January 30, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    What a wonderful day she had! 😀
    We have never really had a party for the kids when so small, just family. 😀

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    • stayathomedad January 30, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      She did have a great day. There will be enough time for parties when they’re older. It’s too much for them now in my opinion.

  3. Twinmumanddad January 31, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Sounds like a great day. My twins are three soon and we’re just planning a small family get together, Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • stayathomedad January 31, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks it was a great day. I think small gatherings are better at this age. All the parties will come when they’re at school.

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