Must Have Decorations for Her Second Birthday!

Written by Leslie Means

Written by:  Leslie Means

Birthdays are a big deal in our home.  I mean BIG. DEAL.  It’s not like we go all out and rent ponies or swimming pools, but we make sure the girls feel special.  And after this disaster last year for my Gracie’s first birthday (yes, the head fell off after a few hours :(…








I am even more determined to make her cake extra special.  😉

My almost 2 year old LOVES Elmo and after a quick google search I found this site with the perfect Elmo theme party!


Yea.  She went ALL out!  While I won’t go THIS extreme (even though I love it) I will use a few of  her ideas, starting with the color theme.

I love the orange, red, pink and yellow she used throughout the decorations.  Last year I purchased these straws for my girls’ summer birthdays and they loved them.  I’ll do that again this year!

bake it pretty

I loved her idea of making Elmo cookies and cake pops as well.  But instead of making those (obviously I’ll have my hands full trying to make up for her cake from last year!) I will call in a few local experts; starting with Outrageous Cakes!

Remember this post?  Yes, Heather makes amazing treats.  Plus – it will save me a headache!  I think I’ll have her make them like this..


with my Gracie’s name on them of course.  Next stop will be Eileen’s cookies for a Sesame Street theme cookie shop!

She started locally in Hastings, Nebraska and has since branched out across the U.S. 

Awesome cookies – they are a must have for sure!!

I’m still searching for an Elmo cake.  I have a feeling I will copy create my own version of this one…


seriously?!  SO cute! I’ll keep you updated on the progress!  Her birthday is about a month away!!

Looking for a few more birthday theme ideas?  I follow several ‘crafty bloggers’ mostly because I want to be like them.  OK – that’s extreme, but I do love their ideas and copying is the greatest form of flattery ~ right?  If you’d like to do the same, check out these sites!

My Job Is AmusingTraci is an ‘old’ Gamma Phi from back in my college days.  Last summer she had the CUTEST nautical themed birthday party for her little girl.  Loved it!  (Plus, I stole  borrowed a ton of ideas off this one too.  ;))


I just stumbled across this site tooGorgeous!  I don’t know her – but I really wish she would come to my house and do this for my girls!  😉

Kelly BeansI met Kelly WAY back in the day during my first television internship.  She had a really cute pirate party for her little boy.  


and I have a feeling our feature writer over at Our Dream Foreclosure will have an incredibly cute first birthday party for her little boy too!  Um, have you seen her little ones room??  If not, check out this post!!

Yea – she’s into fancy things.  I bet her son’s cake won’t look like my Gracie’s from last year.  

I mean really.  The camera didn’t even want to take a clear picture!  I have a sneaky feeling that my Gracie didn’t mind.

What have you done for birthday party themes?!  I would love to hear about your ideas!!

P.S. – I will share a VERY tasty semi-homemade birthday cake recipe with you soon!

About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.


  • My son has had a football theme, pirate (twice the 1st time was his 2nd birthday, The 2nd time was his 5th birthday since he got to pick and couldn’t remember the 1st time.), Cars, and Mickey Mouse.

    And I will now confess my 2 year old daughter has yet to have an official themed birthday party. Her birthday is December 28th and so far we have not found time to get her a party outside of the family celebrations. We did the big cake 1st cake thing, but it’s so crazy around the holidays. *sigh* As she get older and understands the birthday thing more I will make sure she has a party, even if it has to be in January!

    This year I’m planning on making sure both of my children get their own party. My son’s birthday is in November so we have to plan all indoor activities since you never know what the weather is like in Nebraska, which limits what we can do.

    I love the decoration ideas you have picked out! So cute!

    • Thanks Kelly! Yea – my girls won’t have their official “friend” party until they are 5. Until then – it’s just fam and cousins. But I just have so much fun “spoiling” them for the day. 😉

  • LOVE the ideas. I’ll have some fun things to try for my kids’ birthdays this fall. In the mean time, I’m going to pretend MY birthday isn’t so soon. 🙂

  • For my oldest, we have done a themed party every year…Spongebob, Construction equipment, Bob the Builder,Trains, Pirates, Super Heroes, Transformers, and Marvel Comics. Granted, I didn’t go all out – it was mostly a decorated cake (either made by my mom or by Wal-Mart), a few favors, his gifts and invitations.

    For my youngest, he just turned one…I used my cricut to create his invitations. We did a monkey theme. Between preparing for his birthday, my sister-in-law’s graduation (the day after his birthday, I made ALL of her invitations), the end of school (I teach at the local high school) and graduation there, and getting ready to move…I didn’t have a ton of time to get much else made for his party other than the invitations. I wanted to make a banner with his name and monkeys, didn’t happen. But, next year will be better…I am just anxious to see what my oldest picks for his 9th birthday…could be interesting!

    • I forgot about invitations!!! Oh man – what am I going to do for those? Would love to see what you made!! And I love the idea of a monkey theme! 😉

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE the ideas! We did a Sesame Street party for my little girl’s 2nd birthday also. I made cupcakes just like the cookies you have pictured. They were a little tough but I ended up having fun and they looked great! My favorite ended up being Oscar because I used aluminum cupcake tins that looked like his trash can! I have a great recipe I want to share for birthday cake/cupcakes. It is super easy, very moist and yummy, and best of all it holds together wonderfully when you flip the cake out of the pan! I had a terrible one with other recipes falling apart because they were too fluffy. It is called “Wacky Cake” and can be made white or chocolate (I prefer white). (And yes, the ingredients sound wacky, but trust me it is delicious! We also make the white version of it for strawberry shortcake.)

    Wacky Cake:
    1 1/2 c flour
    1 c sugar
    1 t baking soda
    1/2 t salt
    3 T cocoa (optional- obviously use for chocolate, omit for white)
    1 c water
    1 T vinegar
    6 T vegetable oil
    1 T vanilla
    Mix the dry ingredients. Separately mix the liquid ingredients. Mix together and bake at 350 for 20 min or until toothpick comes out clean. This makes 1 8×8 pan or 12 cupcakes.
    You can make the cake or cupcakes and frost them a day ahead, it stays very moist!

    Also, for you do-it-yourselfselfers I have a great frosting recipe too. It tastes wonderful and it holds it’s shape better than any store bought kind if you are decorating with frosting tips.

    Cake frosting:
    1 c Crisco
    2 lb powdered sugar
    1/2 c water
    2 t vanilla
    1 t butter flavoring
    Beat on high for 10 minutes.
    Use food coloring to make as many colors as you need!

  • I love making birthdays extra special! I have a 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl so we have had a variety of themes. This year for my daughter’s 2nd birthday I did a “candy shop” theme- where the kids decorated cupcakes with all kinds if candy. I found some awesome printables on etsy.com- everything from invites to water bottle labels to treat labels- LOVE birthday party planning! 😉