Birthdays are special. They are all about…
Inviting friends (and their bears) to share in the fun. I chose these fun invitations and thank you tags from Nomie Boutique Stationery. (I kind of left ordering the invites til the last minute, but Naomi had the invites ready in less than two days, and offered express postage. Phew! I was delighted with the service I received from Nomie.)
Opening presents. One year olds don’t really get the whole present thing, but two year olds? Bring it on! We hung a green mosquito net to create a jungle present tent for the party.
Party food. Jelly in jungle colours, fruit skewers, banana lollies, fairy bread and teddy cupcakes. The jelly was a hit with the adults too…
Cake!! I think I’m improving. Yes, I baked the cake from scratch. Yes, I made the icing from scratch too. Yes, I did it all by my own self. Yes, I was a teensy bit proud.
Blowing out candles. Despite practising ALL week, he needed a little help from big sis to blow the candle out. She was only too happy to oblige, of course.
Individuality. I think a party should reflect the person being celebrated. It’s not about putting on the best show for the guests. It’s about saying “we love the things that make you unique and special.” My son loves his bear, so bears were part of the jungle fun. Kids could make their bear some morning tea out of playdough, and give their bear a ride in the shoe-box swings. We didn’t have games, because it’s not his style. Instead we had balls to kick around, the bear activities, and jungle vines (crepe paper with leaves) hanging for decoration. He loved it.
Learning to say thank you. This is really important to me. Receiving gifts shouldn’t be an expectation, and thanks shouldn’t be dependent on the size of the gift. Every gift is appreciated and my son hugged everyone after opening their gift. We also gave out party boxes to kids as they left. We decorated noodle boxes with jungle vines and attached the swing tags from Nomie.
Celebrating together. I was able to enjoy this party too, because it was so low stress. (Nothing worse than a party where the mum is stressed out!) Simple decorations, simple food, simple activities, but so much fun.
Yes, you’re 2! Happy birthday my little man.
Disclaimer: I received my invitations from Nomie Boutique Stationery free of charge. Thank you Naomi!