A Dance Party-Themed Birthday With a DIY Shoe Station
Year 2 was full of dance parties in our kitchen, so when my daughter officially turned TWO, I knew I had to bring in her love of dancing into the design of the party. And being that our last name is Knight, I turned our basement into a toddler-approved “Knight Club” dance party, starting with a red carpet featuring custom wall decals (because who doesn't love a red-carpet moment?). The wall decals were characters from a motif that I had created, using it throughout the details of the day from table linens to my (very amateur) homemade birthday cake. The motif is a fun tradition that I started for her first birthday, working with my favorite stationer Katie Fischer Design (who also created a motif for our wedding!), and something that I hope to continue for years to come.
Underneath a pastel rainbow balloon garland, I also created a DIY “dancing shoe” station, where each kid was given a pair of white sneakers that they could then decorate as they wish — it was a huge hit, and it was so fun to see how each kiddo decorated their shoes. The kids hit the dance floor as a DJ spun kid-friendly tunes underneath a canopy of pastel-dyed tulle, cotton ball clouds and a disco ball.
All of the DIY elements were so much work (and it didn't help matters that I broke my toe literally the day before the party!), but my daughter's smile and laughter was worth all the hard work. Some of the dads even got into “bouncer” character with SECURITY shirts — it was such a fun day filled with love for my little one!