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Our Littlest Miss, Evie Kate, is turning two this month. Of course, a Happy Second Birthday Party was an order.
Evie’s very favorite thing is our local grocery store (in the middleeast), “Lulu’s.” And since birthday parties are the perfect chance to celebrate the affections of the teeniest guest of honor, ‘market party’ became our theme.
Since the party started at 11:00 am, and since our market had a ‘bakery,’ brunch foods made up most of the menu. We served scones, kolaches, blueberry muffins, mini cinnamon rolls and assorted baked goods.
We also had quite the produce section in “Evie’s Market,” so there was a high amount of fruit and vegetable munching as well. It was especially cute to watch Sayla and our nephew Easton and their fondness for the giant carrots!
Grocery shopping was the main event at the market party. There was one ‘market’ section full of produce, a section for dried goods (like Pita Chips, chocolate dipped pretzels, Sunchips and mini cereal boxes), a small ‘flower market,’ and a little bakery.
The kids took turns as grocery checkers (complete with aprons) and shoppers (complete with money, carts, shopping baskets). Friends, the shopping was such a hit! The kids played in the market, restocked the shelves, and rebought the items for hours. Seriously, hours.
There were a couple of small cash registers, a mini cart (and two strollers that functioned as carts), green-baskets-turned-shopping-baskets, mini brown bags labeled “Evie’s Market,” actual produce bags with green twisty ties (we grabbed a few extras when we were buying all of the fruit and veggies for the party and then saved all of our bags as we set up the market), and even purses stocked with shopping money.
The real-market-items-remade were the kids’ favorite part of this party.
To make the living room feel as ‘market-y’ as possible, we strung strands of cafe lights above the shopping areas. We also set up tiered tables layered with tons of baskets (you know, to give a stacked, farmer’s market-ish vibe). We also gathered as many mini chalkboards as we could find as produce labels to complete the market look.
Hilarious side note- we let the kids help us price the food the night before the party. It was a (really, really funny) adventure. You might notice that the ravioli is $4.99 a can, that the pretzels are all priced differently (for variations on the same item). And I don’t think we got a picture of this, but they priced the pineapple at $7.99 (it was $0.99 when I bought it). Funny kids!
As always, the most important thing is whether the guest of honor loves the party. And, y’all, Evie had a blast. She loved shopping, she loved the chaos, and she loved being the center of attention. Happy TWO to my baby girl!