May 27, 2009

Jack is (almost) two

Jack's birthday party was so much fun! I was afraid that he would be tired and cranky by the end, but I'll be honest . . . I was crankier and way more tired than he was by the end! He was so well behaved and it was such a great day.

It was so much fun on the day or two leading up to the party to see him getting excited about it. He had been with me when we purchased most of the decorations for the party and knew that his birthday party was coming.

This post has more photos of party decorations, but you can see all of our birthday party photos here.

We decided to go with a "numbers" theme, given his propensity to count from one to ten at random times (often leaving out four and five). He's actually started adding eleven and twelve, but usually skips to eighteen from there.

So, to incorporate numbers as much as possible, the invitations that went out announced his birthday in seconds, rather than years . . .

I know it looks like i have dirt under my fingernails, but it's actually the chocolate cupcake I had just consumed. Gross, I know.

And here's the back . . .


We put matching numbers on the wall . . .



And I made a banner for the fireplace (of which I am quite proud) . . .




On the tables, we had blue and orange table cloths and we had jars of candy and the guests (who were mostly adults) guess how many pieces were in each jar. The jars, of course, were the prizes. We scattered number cut-outs around the plates on which the jars were displayed.


Maria once again made her amazing cupcakes . . . honestly, you've never had cupcakes this good. I glued a bunch of tiny little card stock pieces shaped like a "2" onto toothpicks. This is something that I will NEVER do again. Or if I do, I'll find a better way to do it. It was miserable.





And here's the birthday boy himself . . . in the t-shirt that we painted following this tutorial.


We served sandwiches . . . egg salad (Kyle made it with this recipe and it was great), chicken salad and peanut butter and jelly. We also had fruit, chips, lemonade, iced tea, etc. Perfect for an early lunch.

I helped Jack open his gifts . . . which, of course, means that I opened his gifts while he tried to play with everything that I just opened. He got some really cool toys and has had a lot of fun playing with them. He also got some great clothes and I'm pretty sure he's set for the summer!


We're so grateful for everyone's generosity and for their willingness to come to his party and celebrate with us! Jack is a lucky kid.

When we got home, Kyle finished putting together our gift to him . . . his new swing set.


P.S. If you're interested in throwing a number themed birthday party (especially for a two-year-old) contact me . . . I saved all of the number cut outs and the wall numbers for the "number of seconds" old that a two-year-old is. Just contact me and I can send them your way. Already claimed. :)

9 comments:

rachel said...

oh my gosh, you are too cute.
that picture of jack that you used for the card is seriously to die for. :)

Crystal said...

Love it all! :)

Emily said...

happy birthday Jack!

The Giffen Family said...

I'm IN!! I've got a soon to be 2 year old...Seriously July 3 is SO close. How is it possible we have 2 year olds :)

heresthediehl said...

so glad you liked that egg salad! that sounds good...i'm going to have to make it again soon.

it looks like the party was a huge success!

Kristi said...

Did you end up making a video?

Sara Luke said...

Actually, yes. At the very last minute. It's a little sloppy, but I'll post it sometime. I think you'll be happy with my song selection. :)

Smith Family Blog said...

Love the theme! And that pic of him in the tie-- TOO CUTE.

Beth said...

sooooooo, cute!