Eleanor Turns 2 & A Gabba Gabba Dance Party

On Mother’s day Eleanor turned 2. Let that sink in for a second. I started this blog just months after she was born and she is 2. We celebrated Yo Gabba Gabba Dance Party style the Friday before.

simple and affordable Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday decorations using construction paper, free printables and wrapping paper.

Since Eleanor’s birthday fell less than 4 weeks after the delivery of her little brother via c/s, I was hardly on my A-game. No matter what, I knew I wanted her to have a party. I didn’t want to make it a habit of forgetting the middle child only 4 precious weeks in. Plus, I love throwing my kids parties. I do it for them. I decorate for them. The festiveness makes them feel special. Seeing something they love/doing something they love makes them feel special. That expression on their face when they first see it all is totally worth it for me.

simple and affordable Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday decorations using construction paper, free printables and wrapping paper.

I like to limit cooking. I want to enjoy my kid, not slave away in the kitchen. I try to pick their favorite foods. We ordered mostaccoli and meatballs for pick up. Someone asked about the cupcakes and I was like, “Let me be clear-I cooked nothing. Everything is store bought”. For decorations we kept it pretty simple. A few Gabba decorations for real cheap and some balloons, but mostly everything was homemade. The big splurge was the Yo Gabba Gabba Dance track and disco ball. Yeah-I said disco ball. The framed pieces were printables from the Nick Jr. website that we glued on to wrapping paper. The banner was made using construction paper.

simple and affordable Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday decorations using construction paper, free printables and wrapping paper.

simple and affordable Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday decorations using construction paper, free printables and wrapping paper.

simple and affordable Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday decorations using construction paper, free printables and wrapping paper.

simple and affordable Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday decorations using construction paper, free printables and wrapping paper.

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

Yeah, that is her bass. She rocks out on it regularly. She has a guitar, but she prefers the shovel bass. Reason 9 million that I love this girl. As a mother, I wish more than anything I could convey my love for my children, but I cannot. Not in words, not in actions….nothing will ever quite express how I much I love my babies. Eleanor blows my mind daily. She is so smart. Her vocabulary is huge, she can count to 20–heck she can count 20 objects, she knows her shapes, her colors and she can identify all the letters in the alphabet (upper case and lower case). She has been able to do that for months now. The crazy part is–we didn’t teach her.

On her actual birthday she woke up to our present. A bike, well tricycle, and a Bubble Guppies book.

E turns 2!

This little lady is just plain cool. Hanging out with her is a blast. She marches to the beat of her own drum and makes no apologies for who she is.

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

E turns 2!

She has such a big heart and gives so much love to her brothers.

E turns 2! E turns 2!

Okay, to be fair, it isn’t all hugs and kisses and rainbows and kittens. This girl is a bada**. She definitely will have no problem looking out for herself. Daddy can sleep at night ;). Miss personality brings so much joy to our lives. She is adventurous and smiley. She is the girl running around with the big boys and holding her own.

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I love everything about this little firecracker. Seeing her grow and learn and looking at the world through her eyes is a privilege. I feel so lucky to have this job–mom.

What birthday themes have been at your house? Any other Gabba fans? We have done dogs, football, Badgers, Pirates, Elmo and now Gabba. Cannot believe I now have to squeeze in three kid parties in a year. breathe.

Be sure to find more inspiration in our project gallery.

 

I am sharing this project at: I Heart Naptime: Sundae Scoop, Home Stories A to Z: Tutorials & Tips Link Party, Thrifty Decor Chick: Before & After Party

 

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Megan
Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.
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  • Tawnya

    I think your Daughter and my Son are kindred spirits. He wears his Mr. Potato Head glasses in the same way (well, often upside down)! Happy Birthday little one!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      They must be! Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • libbywilko

    Happy 2nd Birthday Eleanor! She seems such a fun sweet little thing full of personality and so clever! Sounds like she is following in her brothers footsteps, you said he’s smart too, it must run in the family. I wouldn’t be surprised if she starts reading soon as she is so interested, my uncle was reading newspapers at 2.5 and he just heard his elder siblings reading and learning to read.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      2.5!! That is crazy. They are both very bright kids, but in such different ways. I love watching their personalities develop.
      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • libbywilko

    We are having Monsters Inc / university party and a Harry Potter party this year which our boys are looking forward too.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Those sound like fun! The latest talk around here is a Pokemon party, but I’m hoping he changes his mind. His birthday isn’t until October, so there is plenty of time for that.
      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • SK

    So cute! I love all of the decorations, especially the flag banner!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you :)

      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • melissa

    Hi megan, I’m throwing my daughter a gabba party for her second birthday and I was looking for the pictures you printed and framed and can’t find them on the nick jr site. Any chance you could share them?