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I am in love with this BABUSHKA 2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY by Jennifer Bishop Design! I simply adore the ice cube trays filled with toddler foods! Genius! This whole party has so many fun ideas. Too, too cute.

Jennifer said- “When I was growing up, I always remembered playing with a set of Russian stack-able dolls.  The itty bitty one in the center was my favorite!  I always thought the set was mine but just recently I discovered it was my Mom’s!  Well now Sydney is adopting it as her own and she’ll probably grow up thinking the same as I did…that it’s hers.  She certainly loves the “ladies” as much as I did and that is where I came up with the theme for her 2nd birthday party.

The starting point for my design was the fabric pattern I used for the table runner.  I loved the colors and it just felt right for the theme without having actual dolls on the print.  And what the heck is up with the red horse?  Well, I had a lot of people asking me that and I’ll explain now.  When fabric shopping, I kept coming across these stallions in the patterns.  Since I chose not to use any of those patterns, I decided to bring in my own stallion as well as my own version of a Russian Tower that I spray painted red.

Now, let’s talk food.  For the big kids…aka Mommies and 1 Daddy, we had Turkey and fresh mozzarella sandwiches on my favorite Anderson bakery bread.  Don’t you all agree that the bread really makes the sandwich?  For our sides we had potato chips and watermelon. I also found a fun Jello idea to make Wiggly Watermelon which is basically Jello poured into a hollowed out watermelon. Mini Chocolate chips become the “seeds”.  They turned out cute and our guests got a kick out of them. Toddlers can be so picky with their eating.  So many times, I go places where my kid won’t eat anything.  I really wanted there to be something that every child would eat and have the majority of it be healthy.  And of course…it had to be displayed in an appealing way!  Ice cube trays were just the ticket. The kids LOVED them and I think the Mommies really appreciated them too.  Russian doll cake-pops and good old fashion cupcakes were our dessert options.  Both tasty treats and a great way to finish off our party!

For the favors I made a snack mix that I poured into vase shaped cello bags.  The faces were a digital file I purchased from ETSY. I LOVED how they turned out and I could not believe that the heads lined up perfect with the shape of the bags.

A special thanks to my bff Jennifer Skog for photography, my resident baker Toni Skog for making cupcakes and the Segundo family for opening up their gorgeous home to a whirlwind of toddlers!”


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  1. Tara G. says:

    The party is really cute! Can I make one correction? The nesting dolls are called metrushka (Ukrainian) and metroshka (Russian); a babushka is a grandmother or an old lady in both languages.

  2. L says:

    Babushka means grandmother or old woman. The dolls are matryoshkas.

  3. L says:

    Two of us had the same thought at the same time. I thought, “Babushka 2nd birthday party…? This should be interesting.” Love the matryoshka theme, though!

  4. Julie Anderson says:

    Could you please tell me if you made the Watermelon Jello while it was in 1 piece & then cut it up or were they done individually? Also could you please advise what snacks you had for lunch? If you could email me it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jennifer Bishop says:

      Hi Jules,
      I would email you your questions but I don’t see your email so I’ll reply here.

      The trays included:
      Turkey Meatballs
      Cheese Cubes
      Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
      Vanilla Bear Cookies
      Organic Cheese Puffs

      For the watermelon, it was all made in one big watermelon and then I cut it up with a serrated knife very carefully. If I did it over, I would have done them in smaller watermelons.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Jennifer Bishop says:

    Thank you Kara for the feature and thank you for those that commented about the Babushka correction! That was entirely my mistake as I entitled the party as that on my blog. Now I just feel silly and might be off to make a correction =) Thanks again!

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