I’ve been a little radio silent here recently between the holidays, sniffles, a new semester of students, and prepping for Lily’s 2nd Birthday. It’s definitely been a balancing act. Onwards into spring in Florida! I’m going to diverge from the Gator theme today to blog about Lily’s 2nd birthday party. This is more of an informational post for party ideas as if I talk about my little baby turning 2, this Mama may get emotional. 😉
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Lily is obsessed with Doc McStuffins, as in she knows all the characters, even obscure ones like Hermy the crab (which makes me proud since he has a wicked Boston accent) and Gustave, the green gator on Doc’s brother’s Gulpy Gulpy Gators game (yay, a gator reference)! So OF COURSE we had to have a Doc party. There are so many little nuances with this theme to think about, but it was so much fun to plan. I started several months ago in order to do a little at a time as I knew this party would come out amazing based on all the small details coming together for a big impact.
There was lots of pink/hearts/girly touches with this party and since her party was in March, I knew to plan ahead and watch for Valentine’s sales on decorations and candy. I utilized my PhotoShop skills, a lot of supplies I already had from my scrapbooking stash, and my new Cricut Explore (cutting, scoring, writing machine) that I got over the holidays. It really helped me do some new things I’ve never been able to do on my own before. And believe it or not, I think one of the easiest ways to theme this party was simple Doc stickers. I used them on everything.
Location: The Cottage at Lake Lily
I discovered the perfect location for the party that could hold about 30 adults and toddlers. The Cottage at Lake Lily (ironic, huh?!) was intimate, beautiful and the perfect setting for a toddler birthday. PLUS the exterior kind of reminded me of Doc’s clinic (yellow!) and the interior colors were perfect to work with. You can rent by the hour through the Maitland Art & History museums, and it was convenient to our friends and family here in Central Florida. There are options to rent tables/chairs as well as the linens and chair covers. A Farmer’s Market takes place on Sunday mornings, so parties can’t begin until 1:30, but that worked out really well for us. NOTE: The color overlays and chair bows in the photos were fabric/tulle I brought and not part of the linen package.
I designed the invitation in PhotoShop and then printed them through Shutterfly. They came out awesome! I also designed Lily her own Doc address label and printed those through Shutterfly as well. Since the invites went out before Valentine’s Day, I was able to use some pretty heart postage stamps.
For a splash of color, and in my opinion, really tied the room together, I went to Joann’s and bought fabric to use as tablecloth overlays.
Orlando Party Store provided the balloon bouquets and I placed those in tins I got at the $1 bin at Target. They are awesome to work with, and I’ve used them for several events. The tins had a chalkboard heart on them that I added white stitch marks to with a chalkboard pen (Michael’s), and then simply placed a glitter heart sticker and a Doc bandage sticker (Michael’s) on an angle. I then filled the tins with cotton balls to hide the balloon weight.
The banner on the wall was from Michael’s and I added the letters (cut out on Cricut Explore) and stickers.
We of course had to have a “Doc is In” sign. I found the image online and adhered to a piece of wood. I then added modge podge over it and added a ribbon hanger. She had fun turning it around to officially start her party! (Download the Doc is In image below)!
Everyone coming to the party passed by the check-in table, where a Doc McStuffins soundtrack was playing on repeat. (We kept this outside to set the tone, and it was nice to not have that music inside with everyone). I made Doc headbands for everyone to wear. I found the glitter headbands at Joann’s and then placed a sticky pink flower and then added a rhinestone on top (Hobby Lobby). So simple! The headband sign is just a bunch of various stickers/labels and washi tape all on a notecard I cut out on the Cricut Explore.
I once again designed her “stats” sign in PhotoShop myself, and then went to Office Depot to get it printed.
I also designed a Doc McStuffins graphic with all the sayings from the show and printed that out and placed in a frame I had (in photo with headbands). I took a picture of Lily a week before the party in a Doc-inspired outfit and placed that in a frame I decorated with stickers. I had that mini clipboard in my scrapbook stash from years ago… score!
Upon arrival, the kids could “check-in” their toy they brought. I designed ID bracelets in PhotoShop and then used my handy Cricut Explore’s Print and Cut feature to trim those. Kids received a clipboard (I had these already from Office Depot), a check-up check-list (printable available below), and a crayon (Party City). Once they headed inside, they could go to the check-up station, Lily’s birthday present and the perfect activity for this group.
We also had a Birth Center where the girls could “Build a Friend.” My parents gave her the little table and chairs (Buy Buy Baby) as a present and it was the perfect workspace for them. I bought the unstuffed animals from Bday Bears, and was really impressed with their size, quality and pricing. Each bear came with a heart the girls could make a wish on. I bought the filling at Wal-Mart and it came with a handy stick to help get the stuffing into all the right places. Afterwards, I filled out a Birth Certificate for each girl that I designed.
Once again, the Cricut Explore came in handy! I couldn’t find a Doc goodie bag I liked on Etsy. They weren’t the right size, theme, or were just too generic etc. So I decided to make my own. This was actually my first project on the Cricut Explore (I like a challenge!). I created a Doc shape in Illustrator and then tweaked it all in PhotoShop to enlarge it to the right size. The bag is about 8 inches wide, and consists of 2 sides, 2 pink glitter handles, 2 side panels that are scored for easy folding, and the bottom. I then designed the Doc band-aid emblem just using shapes from the Cricut image library and used glitter pink heart stickers. I found all the paper at Hobby Lobby.
I filled the bags with pink paper shreds (Michael’s) and put in:
- Doc Band-Aids
- A Big Book of Boo Boos. (I found glitter notepads at Target and added a heart sticker on front). Easy!
- Doc fruit snacks
- Doc hair ties ($1 Target bin)
- Doc stickers
- Little flower pot with lavender flower seeds ($1 Target bin)
- Purple bubbles (Michael’s). I added a label (see above) that said “Thanks for Coming to my Party” that I designed and then printed as Shutterfly address labels. These were free as I had a coupon code!
The girls also got Doc McStuffins coloring books ($1 at Michael’s) and a “diploma” I designed in PhotoShop.
Adults got to take home hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. I bought the labels on Etsy and used my Cricut Explore to print and cut them. (So easy to do and perfect lines)! I knew Bath and Body Works annual clearance was in January so I planned ahead and got the little bottles for about 33 cents each.
Lily’s outfit was from Lil Abbe on Etsy, who does AMAZING work. The attention to detail and different fabrics she uses on the appliques is spot on. The stethoscope even has a little pearl on it. Everyone LOVED her outfit. She books up MONTHS in advance. I reserved Lily’s spot back in August (you don’t need a theme at that point, just hold your spot). Lavender socks: Janie & Jack. Shoes: Sofia the First shoes from Target.
We ordered lilac scrubs from Amazon.com and then I designed name badges for us: Doc Mom and Doc Dad.
Publix for the win I tell you! The Publix at Dr. Phillips has an event planning coordinator and it was so helpful to go and sit down and order the trays and cake with her rather than just standing at the deli counter. We had Popcorn Chicken, fruit, veggies and sandwich rings. Plus apple slices because you know… “An apple a day…”
For the food tent cards, I used the Cricut Explore to cut out the scalloped edges and then layered washi tape (Queen & Co.), labels (Michael’s) and Doc McStuffins stickers (Michael’s). To add a little dimension I used 3D glue dots instead to raise the sticker a bit.
The cake… I love cake decorating and wanted a great one for this party! I went to one place and got a quote for a simple 2-tier cake… $400! That’s crazy, plus they didn’t deliver on Sundays so I would’ve had to pick up the day before. No thank you! So by chance I asked Publix what they could do. Turns out you can customize the Birthday Surprise cake! So we ended up having a 2 tier cake with cupcake topper that they customized the colors for us. I then added the Doc McStuffins figurines I bought at Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney. It was so simple and the total cost was just over $50 plus the figurines! It came out so good and instead of eating the decorations, Lily got a nice take-home toy!
It was fun to put together Doc Lily’s Apothecary!
- I owned the apothecary jars and tags and just had to embellish with stickers.
- Straws purchased on Etsy.
- Tins from Target and decorated with ribbon and stickers.
- Goodie bags from Target.
- My friend Todd is a graphic designer and he hand-lettered the chalkboard sign himself! (Sign from Hobby Lobby).
- We had cotton balls (marshmallows), vitamins (pink M & M’s), Hugs and Kisses for Boo Boos (Hershey), Medicine (York patties– hearts from Valentine’s Day), and thermometers (chocolate covered pretzel rods made by my friend Krystina).
- Milk bottles: I added ribbon and stickers, and done!
If you’d like to use some of the graphics I made/tweaked, here are some of the downloads I used. I may open an Etsy store for some of the customized items like invitations, the stats sign etc. so stay tuned! If you download any items, please leave a comment about your upcoming party. I want to hear from you. 🙂
- I resized the Docs_Toys_Checklist I found online since we had small clipboards and set them to 2 per page. The larger version is available through a Google search.
- I also enlarged the Doc is In sign a bit from what I found online and there wasn’t much pixelation. Feel free to download that here!
I have some of the items for sale including the fabric overlays, tent cards, some headbands, etc. Send me an email at jaclyn at growgators dot com to inquire.
I’ll be posting these images over on Pinterest if you want to pin to your idea boards.
I feel better, so much better now that the planning is over and the party was a success! Thanks for reading!
Check out all the Disney options Cricut now offers! From Frozen and Mickey to Princesses and Pooh Bear!
Edit: Updated with affiliated links September 2016