S turned 2 in December! (Yes, I am just now editing the pictures and blogging…)
He LOVED Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle for about 2 months. It was the only book he wanted to read over and over and over… he would read it to himself, to his toys, to us – it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. So, naturally, I planned a Brown Bear Birthday Bash for his 2nd birthday.
I don’t like to have BIG parties for birthdays. I think it’s important to celebrate with family and friends, but to keep the celebration small and focused on things that make the child happy. I have a goal to have a birthday day for each of my children when they are old enough to choose what they would like to do with just Daddy and Mommy, in addition to a small family gathering. I want to keep it a day focused on them and not overwhelmed with 25 screaming children and 50 frantic adults climbing around ball pits, jumping houses, and whatnot. I don’t want to associate birthdays with stress. 😉 …although I’m sure I won’t escape having a crazy, frantic party or two…..
So, with that said, we kept this “bash” on the small scale. Our guest list was small, the decorations mimimal. We planned a few games and set up a photo booth. I planned it for 2:30 in the afternoon, so I wouldn’t have to serve a meal (awesome for a low budget). S had SO much fun. He tends to get overwhelmed with too many people, so our small gathering was just right for him – he was beyond happy to see his guests!
The favor tags were too cute! I made Cocoa Rice Krispie Treats as favors. They were supposed to be in the shape of a bear paw, but ended up looking like brown blobs of…well, you know…SO I didn’t photograph those too closely 😉
I adored this banner! I purchased red and white ribbon from Hobby Lobby and threaded each pennant onto it. It was so easy and looked adorable. I used the same ribbon throughout the party on other small details.
The cupcake toppers made the cake table look so fun! I printed them and used double sided tape to attach them to colored card stock, and then taped them to these red and white paper straws I found at Hobby Lobby.
My biggest splurge was $20 on two photo collages I printed from Walmart. I chose my favorite instagram photos from S’s 2nd year and arranged them into two 11×14 collages, which I hung above his “gift opening area”.
|his gift opening area 😉 (I’m obsessive)|
|we love this ornery boy!|
Thankfully, my mom is amazing at making cakes (the most delicious cakes). So, we have beautiful cakes on small budgets because we get them for free! 🙂 She found this design on Pinterest and did an adorable job replicating it!
We had LOTS of cake for our small party. No one complained, though! 😉
Finally, I found the idea for the food on Pinterest. We had fruits and veggies of the colors in the Brown Bear book. Our guests pigged out on these! I left this party feeling healthy….with the exception of the 2 cupcakes I ate… 😉 I resisted eating 3
We had a pinata filled with S’s favorite candy: suckers…and this preggo mommy’s favorite candy: flavored tootsie rolls. 😉 We also had a photo booth – a plastic table cloth on the wall with some goofy props – this was a blast!
All in all, we had so much fun! S was showered with love and gifts! I cannot believe he is 2. I feel like he’s grown up overnight. I’d love to bottle up some of this adorable two-ness to savor on days he’s grown and has morphed into a turbulent teen… 😉 But I’ll just soak up the sticky fingers and funny words as much as I can now. 😉