I am still in utter shock that Joey is TWO! I remember the day we found out I was pregnant, the day we brought her home, the day she took her first steps…I remember it all like it was yesterday. This year I was entirely too busy to host a big party myself so I reached out to my dear friend Easter (who is actually a fine jewelry designer) from Easter Ahn Design to help plan a party for our very own Mousketeer. We had the amazing photographer, Jeffery Cho take priceless photographs of the day.
This party was inspired from Joey’s love of Disneyland. Growing up I went to Disneyland with my family and absolutely fell in love with the thrill of it all. I knew when I had kids I wanted them to experience the same joy I felt when visiting the park…and Joey absolutely loves visiting! As Walt once said “If you can dream it you can do it”; so we did it! We created our very own Joeyland!
Location: We transformed the new E2Beauty lounge into Joeyland. It was the perfect venue for our party. They just opened their new salon location in Orange County. If you’re ever looking for hair or makeup for an event, go with them! They did my hair and make up for almost every big event in my life including my wedding.
Photobooth: Our friends at Third Eye Photobooth graciously came out and snapped photos for us for the day! If you’ve never been to a party with them you are seriously missing out!
Party Favors: If you remember seeing my Instagram stories from Joey’s birthday I am a realistic gift giver. I wanted to give each child something they would actually use so we got for all the kids custom name shirts from Jean and June. It was so fun seeing how excited each kid was when they got their own shirts to match Joey. Jean and June have the most softest organic tees so go check them out!
Ice cream: I used to live next to a Scoops ice cream in LA and when I moved I was incredibly sad because they had my favorite flavors. When I realized they opened up one in Orange County (Scoops OC), right next door to the party venue, I was absolutely thrilled. It was a no brainer that we had to try them out and I don’t regret it for a minute. Joey may have ate a bit too much gelato that day but who’s really counting? I asked them to create a special flavor for us, inspired by Disneyland’s Pineapple Dole Whip, and they created the most delicious Pineapple Coconut ice cream! Their Brown Bread flavor is one of their signatures. You need to try it if you’re ever in SoCal!
Florist: As usual I cannot throw a party without my friend Hanna at Echo Floral. She helped put so many small, feminine touches on the party. She took the colors Easter used for the party and created the most perfect floral arrangements. I can just imagine these being planted at the Disneyland parks. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Food: If you follow me you know I have a real love for Wholefoods! So naturally, I had to have them make some delicious food and treats for the party. We opted for beautiful simple cakes and pastries for dessert. These cakes were seriously some of the most delicious, mouthwatering cakes I have ever had! One of the great things about all Whole Foods catering is that they never use artificial coloring or ingredients! Joey loved poking her fingers in the cake haha!
Cookies: Joeyland could not have been complete without cookies! Sweetleemade & Sweets by Keeks took my cookie dreams and ran with it! Have you ever seen a cuter cookie? I haven’t! I don’t know anyone else who makes the best custom made desserts like these two. If you’re looking for cakes, cookies, macarons, or whatever desserts for your event, ask them! Thank you ladies!
We also put together a cookie decorating station for each guest to put their Disney imagination to work! Let me tell you we had some amazing decorators in the house that day! I think Joey ate most of the sprinkles though.
Graphic Design: When Easter and I first started brainstorming for this party we wanted to give the guests a true Joeyland experience. We teamed up with Kim Estoesta to create custom signs for each station, menus, props and placemats. When I first walked into the party these signs took my breath away! It was like I was really in a whole new world (see what I did there?).
Balloon art and cotton candy: What is Joeyland without balloons and cotton candy? Well, it’s not Joeyland. Her Balloon Art took Joeyland to the next level with the most amazing balloon art and custom cotton candy! I wish you could all taste her cotton candy because you’d never want anything else!
I wish so badly I could have invited each and every one of you to Joeyland! It truly was the most magical place on Earth. But until Allen let’s me open Joeyland up for good I will just have to share my memories of the day with you.
Custom built booths and backdrops: Easter wanted to have booths like how it would look like at Disneyland so she asked Iron Grace Rentals to custom build these amazing pieces for us. I was absolutely shocked. They came in to install, breakdown, and take everything with them at the end of the party as well. Wow.
All printed goods: Everything including the popcorn containers, signs and posters, menu maps and the incredible photo booth backdrop were all printed by Avant Print Media.
Party plates, napkins and cups: Geese and Ganders
Event planner: Easter Ahn Design
Photos: Jeffery Cho Photography
Graphic design: Kim Eillo
Backdrops: Iron Grace Rentals
Custom shirts: Jean & June
Food/desserts: Whole Foods Market
Ice cream: Scoops OC
Flowers: Echo Floral
Cookies: Sweetlee Made
Balloons and cotton candy: Her Balloon Art
Photo booth: Third Eye Photo Booth
Printing: Avant Print Media
Party supplies: Geese & Ganders
Rentals: On Call Events