Our daughter just LOVES the Brown Bear Brown Bear book. She recites it all the time as she sees birds in the sky or ducks at the park. I thought it would make a perfect theme for her 2nd birthday.
Invite: I found the image background online and added the text to it. The fonts I used were "Return to Sender" for the colorful shaded words and Comic Sans for the white text. I printed these and then added bright colored card stock behind them before sending them out to guests.
I always like my kiddos to dress in theme if possible. For this party, I found some Brown Bear Brown Bear fabric on Etsy and purchased one yard. I bought the coordinating fabric, ribbon, and buttons at Joann's. My amazing mother sewed this beautiful dress. She is so amazing, she even did it without a pattern! Thanks Mom!! Oh...and isn't my daughter just the cutest in it! Just loved it.
Entry Decor: I made this entry sign with a little help from my 4 and 6 year old. I basically cut up a white poster board into 5 pieces and gave the kids paint. They each got 3 shades of their color. Then they painted randomly all over the piece of poster board. Once it was dry, I made patterns of the animals from images found online and cut them out. I glued them together and put them on the sign, but this method gave the animals the same look as the ones in Eric Carle's book. The letters I cut from my Cricut.
printed them on card stock. I filled the vases half full with gumballs to add color. The animals I ordered off of Amazon. They were part of our birthday gift to Jenna. I made simple tissue paper flowers for the top. It was a windy day, so I did have to tape the flowers down.
I made a Brown Bear Brown Bear birthday banner. I couldn't find the brown bear paper, so I used an image I found online and used Photoshop to make it a wallpaper. I then printed it on card stock to use as the background. The letters were cut with my Cricut.
I already had various colorful napkins from past parties, so I decided to incorporate all the colors into Jenna's birthday. I designed the napkin rings on Photoshop.
I had the necessary animals, googly eyes, yarn, etc. packaged in individual Zip-lock baggies. This way those kids that didn't want to make their book at the party could just take the baggie and paper home. I also had a box of the "common" materials in the center of the table.
Here is my daughter's finished book before we put it all together.
These are the directions I placed inside each Zip-lock baggie.
Menu: I served Hot Dogs with all the fixings - chili, cheese, onions, jalapenos, avocado, pickles -- whatever the guest's wanted to add.
I also made bear shaped peanut butter and jelly with a bear cookie cutter I found on Amazon.
For sides, I served various fruits to match the colors of the book.
I couldn't forget Goldfish crackers alongside other chips.
I saw this fun cake online and just had to try it. It was actually very easy. I adapted the recipe I found online a bit. I made three 9 inch round cakes. I used two for the head and the other for the ears. The nose is an upside down cupcake. The eyebrows are a mini chocolate donut cut in half lengthwise and then covered in the frosting. The eyes are Wilton's chocolate melts warmed a bit in my hand.
I also made cupcakes. I used Photoshop and my Cricut to create the cupcake toppers.
Favor: Aside from the Brown Bear book craft that the kids got to take home, I also made small bags with Chocolate Teddy Grahams inside. The tag I modeled after my invitation and created on Photoshop.
I found a chocolate lollipop mold of a brown grizzly bear at Calico Cake Shop in Buena Park, so I couldn't resist make chocolate bear lollipops for the kids as well.
It was a super fun birthday party for our little girl. She had a blast. After the event it was:
Mommy, Mommy...what do you see? Sleep, Sleep..calling to me!