I've said it before, but we just can't afford to "party it up" for every single birthday. Since having children, we've had a little system of "party ever other year" going. Even on the "party" year, I don't alway throw a big shebang, but we do invite a few guests and celebrate a little more than the "off" years.
I...ahem...I mean, Joy had a big ole party last year for her first birthday. Click HERE to check it out.
This year we did things low key with just our family of five!
After breakfast, we came home and Joy opened all of the gifts that family shipped to her.
It doesn't matter how "low-key" our parties are, I love setting a pretty table and making birthdays special for my girls. Typically, I buy some cheap cookie cake or cupcakes, but this year I did things even cheaper. I made the cake. Don't everyone jump for joy at once! But really, this was a big thing for me because I'm not one for baking. I was proud of the end result.
Like every little girl, Joy loves ELSA. So I did my best to make a "Frozen" cake...
And when I say, "I made the cake", I mean, I followed the directions on the box.
Blue Velvet vanilla cake with purple buttercream icing! WOW! That's a crazy cake. It actually tasted great!
This little shin-dig cost me less than $10. She'll never know that I didn't spend a fortune!