Whether dead of winter or a warm summer night, two or 52, gold is a total win each and every time. And this little golden girl? She's a two year old after our own hearts. For her second birthday, Lake's mom whipped the family backyard into a gilded masterpiece spray painting palm fronds for centerpieces (genius!), crafting a sequin backdrop worthy of its time in the pinterest spotlight and paper goods kicked up a few billion notches on the cute scale. See even more captured by Emily Young right here.
Lake turned 2 on September 2nd, her oh so special "golden" birthday. Growing up, golden birthdays (when you turn the age of your birth date) were such a big deal. When I realized it was Lake's golden birthday this year, I of course was so excited and immediately went out and bought a handful of cans of gold spray paint! Who doesn't love painting everything in site gold?!
The tiny guests were welcomed with gold adorned party hats for the boys and sparkly gold hair stars to match Lake for the girls. The favors were vintage golden books. We had a big variety so everyone could choose their favorite.
I couldn't resist the latest trend of painted leaves for decor, so I found a variety of palm tree leaves from around our neighborhood and painted them gold for the center of the table. The place settings came from my favorite party supply company Meri Meri, and they were the perfect touch. Kids drank milk from milk bottles and tiny jars of white flowers finished off the table decor.
Lake's outfit is from the incredibly talented Elise Vaughn of Brass Razoo. It was the perfect gold outfit for her to play and celebrate in, without being too fussy or fancy. Elise's designs are made with vintage fabric and trim, and each piece is unique and gorgeous.
We wanted the cake to be natural, simple and delicious with a few gold accents, so we made a chocolate naked cake and cut out glittery gold accents and pipe cleaners for cake toppers. Homemade cupcakes, salted caramel marshmallows, and cookies were also involved!
The large sequin letters were a fun diy project made with poster board and what seemed like a million gold paillettes. This project was inspired by a diy post on one of my favorite blogs, Oh Happy Day.
We decided to celebrate her birthday at home in our backyard. I didn't want it to be an over the top sparkly gold theme, I wanted to keep it clean and simple with lots of natural details. Appropriate for a young girl who really just wanted to have fun with her friends. Lake and her big brother and their friends had such a fun time at her party and I had a blast planning and decorating with all things gold!