Betty’s Birthday Report

May 15, 2008

What is it like to be the youngest of five? Just ask Betty. Who turned two last Friday and who’s elaborate celebration involved having the cousins over for creamsicle floats (creamsicle floats = vanilla ice cream + clementine Izze — delicious!). There wasn’t even a cake. I pulled out a frozen waffle (with whip cream and sprinkles to make it a bit more festive) just to have a place to put the candle. Let’s call it creative instead of bad parenting.

But really, I don’t feel bad. Betty is adored by her siblings and parents and cousins and neighbors. And she couldn’t have been happier with her very simple get together. Speaking of happy, looking for a perfect two-year-old gift? This card from Grandma was a runaway hit!

It comes flat in an envelope.

Then pops up into this colorful masterpiece.

The candles come out to form a little card that can be signed.

I can not exaggerate the amount of playtime this sturdy little paper cake has filled. It was studied and admired by the big kids too. Made by Hallmark.

Betty’s other birthday treasures: a little wooden hand drum that she loves — thanks cousins! And a cute little skirt (plus accessories) in one of my favorite prints from the now retired Sophie & Lili line.

I do love big celebrations. But I also love that when necessary, my kids are just as happy with a simple get together and a cute birthday card. Yay for two year olds! Yay for Betty!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amy t sharp May 15, 2008 at 11:10 am

Happy Day little gorgeous wee one


2 Nicole Block, May 15, 2008 at 11:45 am

that cake is adorable! happy birthday to your beautiful little one.


3 Leslie May 15, 2008 at 11:59 am

that first picture is beautiful. and we call those birthday eggos. the kids get them on the morning of their birthday. but then i have one, too. :0

wouldn’t mind if that was my cake! happy birthday little betty!


4 Kim May 15, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I’m the youngest of five too, but I was never even close to being that cute.


5 La Woodstock May 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm

such a cute card!!
happy birthday :)


6 Lizzy May 15, 2008 at 1:28 pm

i’m sad i don’t know betty. afton peeked at the photos and thought betty was olive. in her mind olive is still 2 going on 3.


7 LoGunns May 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Hap Hap Hap-py Birthday Betty!


8 Hailey Happens May 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm

She is adorable. I have been perusing your blog and I love it! I am a friend of Liz Maravilla’s in Colorado. Anyway, keep up the good work.


9 Amy May 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us. I am SO emailing this to my hubs…proof beyond our own children’s happy-with-simple-gatherings faces! He currently resides under the delusion that all kiddos birthdays should be a colossal undertaking.


10 BlapherMJ May 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Happy Birthday Little Betty! She’s beautiful! I absolutely love that card!!


11 Cathi May 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Happy Happy Birthday Darling Little Betty!!


12 robin k May 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Happy Birthday Sweet Betty!


13 Dewi May 15, 2008 at 11:06 pm

I love this post because I agree with it. It doesn’t always have to be a big celebration. Whatever works to make it special for the birthday child.


14 pve design May 16, 2008 at 7:03 am

Betty Crocker would be pleased too.
Happy Birthday Betty.
Can your Mom be my Mom too, in my next life.
Looks all good at your place.


15 Cafe Johnsonia May 16, 2008 at 8:32 am

We love Betty!!! Happy Birthday to such a sweet little girl!


16 Marci May 16, 2008 at 8:52 am

HB little Betty!!!
I just gave this very card away for a birthday and had no idea the candles came out…OOPS! (not the sharpest knife in the drawer!)


17 Mom in Mendon May 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm

So glad the card was a hit. FYI, it came in a box of cards from Costco; I haven’t seen it in our local Hallmark stores. Love to all.
Grandma M.


18 Super Zoe May 19, 2008 at 4:34 pm

I love that card! I must get some to store away!

Happy b-day Betty! You are so cute, and obviously quite bright! People call me Betty sometimes. It’s not my name, but it will make me think of you.


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