Cora Turns TWO

DSC_0547I’m finding watching my children’s little years fly past me at a rapid speed these days.

Cora, my youngest, turned T-W-O on July 12th. While I was planning her party there was a point where I was in disbelief that she could already be hitting this major milestone of becoming a toddler. Bye-bye baby years…hello tantrums, potty training, major independence, talking and the list goes on. I wanted to just yell, “Keep my baby, a BABY!”

Cora is what I refer to as my market baby. She was born the same year as when my farmers market started-up, therefore I was building our market, Farmers Market of the Ozarks, while I was also growing a baby. So, I guess you could say- I was growing two babies at once. Lucky for me I had a beautiful pregnancy, supportive husband and great help from an amazing little brother- Caston.

My kid’s birthday parties are very special to me. It’s a time when I can make the entire day all about THEM! Life takes a backseat and fun and magic happen.

Since Cora’s birthday is in the middle of the hot summer, I knew we had to have a water party, therefore, the Splish & Splash party it was! Slip ‘N Slides, toddler pools, water guns, watermelon on a stick, pink lemonade, sunscreen, sprinklers, bubbles were all a hit with the party guests. Pink lemonade cupcakes, beach ball dessert fruit pizza, mini sandwiches, veggie tray, Ariel Mermaid cake, beach mix, cookies, watermelon jello cups, cheese and crackers, colorful pink and orange candies- all homemade, just like my momma always did.

We decorated the entire house and backyard in pink and orange pom balls and white lanterns. Decorations had a slight vintage theme with Ball Mason jars, white milk glass serving pieces, pennants that I made and pink fabric with burlap runners and lace.

The kids loved playing all afternoon in the water, grabbing a juice box from the old metal tin bucket that was used at our wedding or filling-up a cup of pink lemonade. Each guest left with a beach pail filled with beachy snacks, water guns, bubbles and glow bracelets.

Cora was blessed with family, friends and water fun all day long! Here are photos from the beautiful day…

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