I was 37 weeks pregnant during Ruby's 3rd birthday and very close to not having a party at all. But knowing that she was soon going to have a big change in her life, we decided to still throw a party and keep it small with just a handful of her close friends and their parents.
We chose the same public park, Grand Park in Downtown LA, where we had her first birthday. This time, we set up tables by the splash pad, one of her favorite spots in the summer where the kids can play in the water close by. Since the park is first come, first serve, I had to be able to set up the decorations quickly and easily and not have too much time setting the party. I mixed and matched multiple seasons from previous and current Oh Joy for Target collections and finally got to use the pieces I designed for this very purpose!
Inspired by her friend Ida's purple birthday party, Ruby requested that everyone wear her favorite color—yellow. It ended up being super cute and an easy way for friends to find which party at the park was ours.
Our friends at Heirloom LA made bite-sized healthy snacks for us like these broccoli potato skins, little tomato pizzas, and an amazing rice pudding that was out of this world. They also made the best chocolate cake (moist and not too sweet) I've ever had…seriously.
Despite being pregnant and cranky, I'm glad spent the time to get a few of her friends together and celebrate our girl in one of our favorite public spots in the city.