Miss Sunday’s Two-Two

Rebekah Sunday turned two years old exactly one week and two days after her baby sister was born. In the months leading up to her birthday, I, true to form, had made lofty plans for her birthday celebration, brainstorming for a “farmer’s market” themed party, with baskets of fresh fruit and homemade tarts adorned with hand-whipped cream and seasonal berries and, of course, lots of oilcloth and gingham.

However, I know when I’ve been bested, and as I sat in a hospital bed with my 1-day old in my lap, Rebekah’s birthday alarmingly close, I said buh-bye to the farmer’s market and hello!! to something easy. My Mom and I started forming plans that very day, and the end result was my favorite birthday party yet. Take a look…

Trust me, donut parties are the way to go. Cheap and easy, but delicious and beautiful, this is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

If you donut love donuts, donut come to my party.

Rebekah and I ate many a donut together when she was in my tummy. In fact, I’d say that glazed donut holes comprised approximately 25% of my prenatal diet. She came out sweet as sugar and a huge fan of the pastry family.

Seriously, she could polish off that entire plate, lickety-split.

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The milk bottles are a long story. Just know that to get this end result, you’re going to need to purchase a giant jar of pickles and a can of spray paint. I’ll explain later.

You also need precious old-fashioned paper straws and some reusable party props like these galvanized buckets and cake stands…

or this vintage birthday print my Aunt Bea sent to me…

or this Moonlight and Roses print my friend Erika gave me…

Or, you know, you could spent a ton o’ money on paper decorations that will go straight to the garbage. It’s up to you. Ahem. Moving on…

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Once the food and decorations are taken care of, all you really need are some good friends, some beloved cousins and a very special birthday dress.

…and candles. And the cutest little mouth in mouth history, full of crooked little teeth.

I have many BFF’s. Three of them are birthday parties, donuts, and Rebekah Sunday.

One of the best things about birthdays is eating whatever you want, whenever you want.

If it has chocolate icing on it…even better!

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So the milk bottles:

Buy at least two giant jars of pickles. Eat the pickles. Wash the jars. Wash them again. Wash them again. Wash them again. (They will probably still smell like pickles!)

Buy a couple of cases of Martinelli’s apple juice. Open the bottles and pour all the apple juice into the empty pickle jars.

Wash the little bottles. Spray paint the lids white. Fill the bottles with milk. Refrigerate.

Drink the milk. Blow bubbles in the milk. Do whatever you want to the milk.

Wash the empty milk bottles. Fill them back up with apple juice. Enjoy drinking apple juice for the next two months. But first, go take a nap, for heaven’s sake.

And now a series of pictures featuring milk-sipping fun…

Obviously, milk does a body…and a party…GOOD. Pass it on.

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Party guests don’t have to be two. They just need to be important. Old friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, new friends…

kind coffee-drinking gentlewomen…

a teeter-totter and your best cousin…

an entertainer/brother…

Because haven’t you heard?

People bring presents!

a purse! Lipsmackers! jewelry! accessories! a tiny little dollhouse!

Girls. are. fun, fun, fun.

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One last thing. Please, before you call it a day and go to take your birthday nap, you really must march up the stairs with gusto…

grab a partner…

and dance and twirl like there’s no tomorrow…

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How do you know if you’ve had a successful party? Trust me, it will be obvious…


The partier will be pooped.

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I adore you, Miss Sunday, on this day and forever and ever…

In pastry lingo, you’re a donut gem. Happy 2nd Birthday, gloworm!

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p.s. I would not get to so vividly revisit this day were it not for these beautiful photos taken by my sister-in-law, Amy Jackson. I knew when I asked her to take pictures for me that they would be good, but what I got was a treasure. Thank you, Amy!!

2 thoughts on “Miss Sunday’s Two-Two

  1. We are such kindred spirits! I did donuts for Riggins’ first birthday party last April. I too consumed far too many donuts during my pregnancy with him, so after getting overwhelmed about making a birthday cake (or paying for one!), and then wondering if anyone even wanted to eat cake at 10:30 in the morning, I decided on donuts from our favorite local shop. It was a big hit! There are pics of the party on Facebook!

  2. Pingback: A Picnicky Celebration of Springdom and Eastertide « Mrs. Gore's Diary

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