Styling and Photography: Kate Landers
This is Kate Landers, thrilled to share with you my son Noah’s second birthday party! Having a son named Noah who is turning two and is fascinated by animals, I thought a Noah’s Ark-themed birthday party would be perfect for him.
Here are a few special details from the party, plus helpful hints I learned along the way:
My dear friend and paperie designer Loralee Lewis created the most spectacular “Noah’s Ark” collection for our celebration, including a set of six animal prints we hung in his room. I love using printed items from my parties in a nursery, bedroom, or playroom to enjoy long after the party.
The cake topper, an amazing gift from one of the most extraordinary fondant artists in the world (Brenda of Sugar High, Inc.), absolutely took my breath away. You can keep an edible work of art like this one for many years; we store our ark under a bell jar for easy admiration.
Cupcakes are one of Noah’s favorite sweet treats, so we had the most adorable fondant animal cupcake toppers created by my incredibly talented friend Brittany of Edible Details. I love using desserts as a centerpiece for children’s parties, so in this case I stacked two graduated cake stands from Layla Grayce, creating a “tower” to display the darling cupcakes.
We kept party favors simple and age-appropriate, including a precious ark favor box filled with animal finger puppets and bottles of bubbles. To get the look, spray paint plastic animal figurines and attach to the top of the lids of jars or bottles full of your party favor.
Noah loves building blocks, so we surprised him with wood grain-printed cardboard blocks for the party. He and his fellow party-goers were able to help “build the ark”, a PERFECT activity for toddlers. I suggest incorporating your child’s favorite type of toy into the party as we did for a fun surprise!
It was an absolute joy celebrating Noah’s second birthday. As a mom, I love each stage of his life more than the last, even when I didn’t think that would ever be possible. As an event stylist, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to design such a special event for my own son. I cannot wait for his next party, when he can become involved in the planning process!
- Design & Styling: Kate Landers
- Photography: Liza Voll
- Custom Paperie: Loralee Lewis
- Cake Topper: Sugar High, Inc.
- Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
- Rice Krispy Pops: Roni’s Sugar Creations
- Chocolate Covered Oreos: Le BonBon LA
- Animal Cookies: Bambella Cookie Boutique
- Cake Pops: Sweet Escape Cakes
- Party Supplies: The TomKat Studio
- Ark Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
- Custom Table Linens: Sweet Tea & Linen
- Cake Stands: Layla Grayce
- Custom Wreath & Fabric Garland: Sweet Georgia Sweet
- Custom Chalkboard Art: Pickle Noodle