Happy Birthday, Little Bear
Well, amidst the snow and freezing cold temperatures we are having outside, inside we are buzzing with excitement and joy…our Little Bear turns TWO today! Although I’m a little bit in shock at how fast time has flown, the past few months (especially the holiday season) has been so much fun to watch him learn, grow and change daily. How can so much personality fit inside such a little person?! His favorite thing to say is “No mom…my gnome, my gnome!!” – which translates to “No mom, I’ll do it on my own!” I never knew how independent a two year old could be until now. Needless to say, I am learning a lot on a daily basis too.
While I’m not going “all out” like I did for the first birthday party, we are still having some family over and I thought I would share with you a few of our birthday party ideas and decorations that we will be using. Almost everything I am using for our food and dessert table is stuff I have around the house. A few wooden boxes, a tray, some fabric for a table cloth, and of course, his favorite wooden toys: a digger, bulldozer, truck and dump truck. While they are small, they will be perfect to set around the cupcake display for a little touch of color. I try to be resourceful and re-use things as often as I can – in this case, my boxes, tray, leftover balloons and garland are all different shades of blue – perfect for a little boys birthday party.
As a side note, I have to tell you about these boxes… first of all, I bought them for under $10 at TJMaxx for our wedding. They are lightweight wood, but sturdy and this color is so versatile. For our wedding, they held programs, and after the wedding, I used them for storage on a shelf. I pulled them out for LB’s newborn photos (baby pictures in cute wooden crates…who knew?) and then again for his 9 month photos. They are getting used at LB’s birthday party again this year, and are probably the best $10 I’ve ever spent!! If you’re on the fence, let me tell you…you need wooden boxes!
The one new piece of decor I am adding is a hand drawn/painted garland of different vehicles. If you don’t want to try and paint or draw them yourself, I have seen lots of printables on Pinterest and Etsy that you could use instead. Adding personalized touches like a banner of your child’s name, age or simply “Happy Birthday” in a color or special theme would work just as nicely. For the party, I was going back and forth between a “Little Blue Truck” and a Construction/Digger theme, so I thought it would be best to include all “vehicles”. After all, he’s only two and doesn’t notice all the little details like that yet. Balloons are a great way to fill a boring space and oh, by the way, kids love to kick, throw, and play with them too!
For food, we are keeping it simple and doing pulled barbeque beef sandwiches and my favorite white cheddar potato apple soup (I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!). Comfort foods and a few simple snacks on a cold, winter day is always a good idea. Plus, both options are crock-pot friendly and the place where we are having the party has outlets right behind the food table. It’s a win, win!
Since we have so much family close by, birthday parties are a great excuse for the kids to run and play together. We decided to have the party at a local business in our town, since there isn’t much inside space in our house. Tiny house + 15 little kids = major chaos! I hope you enjoy the pictures of our birthday party and if you have any questions or comments, please share!