My daughter’s favorite soundtrack is the Sound of Music. I started singing “Do Re Mi” to her when she was particularly fussy one day and she stopped instantly. I then found the video on my iPhone and it was all over. I think we must have contributed to at 1 million views on YouTube! Figuring out a theme for her 2nd birthday this year was easy…it had to be Sound of Music. I researched and planned for months. I wanted to make sure I captured all the important details without being silly or campy. The overall theme was elegant and classy just like the movie. The colors were mostly gold and ice blue with bits of green here and there. The week leading into her birthday we must have watched the movie at least two times a day! One thing I knew for sure I had to have mountains. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to pull it off but it was going to happen.
A few weeks before our Sound of Music Party I procured some large appliance boxes. By procured I mean I called all over town asking anyone and everyone if they had any big boxes and when I did finally find someone got my very nice, understanding, loving husband to drive 40 minutes away to pick up. The weekend before the party he and I cut out the mountains and painted them to match the graphics and laser images I used on her invitation. To make the snow capped peaks I cut out “snow” out of poster board and lightly spray painted them with pearl mist paint so they would shimmer a little. The mountains were the perfect picture backdrop and really completed the look and feel of being someplace other than my backyard in Carlsbad, CA. I had picnic blankets out in front of the mountains and encouraged our guests to find a cozy spot under the tree and enjoy the gorgeous weather we had. I started collecting things I found on eBay like Sound of Music posters, sheet music, old travel posters of Austria, an authentic Austrian flag, and a Barbie Maria doll months in advance. I thought Captain von Trapp would have been proud of me hanging my Austrian flag!
“and schnitzel with noodles.”