Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"My Favorite Books" Themed Birthday Party

My baby big boy turned 2 this week and I wanted to share a few of the elements from his birthday party.  We follow the AAP's recommendations on screen time (no screen time before age 2) so we had some trouble thinking of a "theme" for his party.  Sure, he loves all things Elmo (he's going to flip when he sees Elmo talking on TV for the first time!) and he thinks he likes Dory and Monster's Inc. and Mickey Mouse because they are on his underpants.  None of these are his favorite though.  He's also crazy for tractors but I don't see that trend going anywhere so why have a tractor themed party when we'll have 5 more over the next several years?  So what does he really truly love more than anything?  Books.

Books are the answer.  But how to theme it creatively?  If you've got a reading-loving-kid this book party is easy to put together and personalized just for them!

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"My Favorite Books" Birthday Party

The food was themed to fit each of his favorite books and his *slightly less but still obsessed* favorite books were used in decor around the house.  We also came up with table decorations that served as activities or information about the birthday boy!

Here are a list of his favorite books and how I related them to food.  Of course, use your child's favorites and get creative (Hint: Dips and Punches can be re-named anything you want if you are struggling to come up with a tie-in!)

- A Tale of Two Beasts - "Strange Beast Party Punch"

101 Dalmatians - "Puppy Chow" Chex Mix

Babybug - "Goldfish" (On the label, I quoted one of the lines from his favorite mini-story in the book- 'and a happy goldfish coming home with me!')

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (this is the BEST version of this book I've ever seen!) - "Wiggly Jig Pigs in a Blanket"

-Bear in a Square - "My favorite shapes" Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

-Caps for Sale - "Monkey Business" chips and dip

-Blueberries for Sal - "Sal's Blueberries (and other yummy fruits!)"

Easy DIY personalized decorations too!

It's important to me that birthday parties tell the story of the person who is having the birthday.  It's all about them because well- it's their birthday after all!  So on each table I included the following decorations/activities:

{A special note for the Birthday Boy}

Using the same tutorial that I did in THIS POST I created a dry erase board out of an old frame and asked guests to write the birthday boy a special message that will later be put into his birthday scrapbook.  I presented it next to his Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck (which he loves but calls his "ambulance") with blank cards on top and a stack of pens.

Once guests were finished with their messages they could drop them through the shape-sorting slots in the truck!  I loved how one of his favorite toys could be used as a card-holder!

{Before and After Photos}

On another table I printed off two photos of my son at age 1 and two photos at age 2.  I put them into a small swivel frame (which I think was purchased at the Dollar Store!) so that guests could rotate them back and forth and see what a difference a year makes!

{I apologize for the coloring in many of these photos.  We have the darkest house in the universe which is exactly why I have to stage so many of my craft projects!}

{"My Favorite Things" List}

Sure the party is about his favorite books, but what are his other favorite things?  Using a tutorial (which I'll share next week) in how to make this frame in under 5 minutes I simply wrote in all his favorites at age 2!

{Mantle Decoration}

This was initially going to be the backdrop for photos of my son blowing out candles but again- my house is insanely dark and I didn't think they would turn out.  Nonetheless it made for nice decor. (Again, sorry for the terrible lighting!)

Then on each side I stood up some of his other "favorite" books that didn't make the "very favorites" list for food.

The "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" is very easy to make.  Here's how:

Step 1: Find empty glass jars in varying sizes (some were large Mason jars, some jelly jars and some salsa jars)

Step 2:  Cut your letters from cardstock (Recollections is my favorite brand.  They come in a variety of color packs and cut like a dream on my silhouette!)

(optional) Add stickers to the "holes" of the letters if you didn't cut them out.

Step 3: Using hot glue, apply thick globs onto the top of your jar.  Quickly stick the bottom of the letter into it and hold upright until the glue dries (it doesn't take long!)  Apply more glue to help it stand if needed.

{Hot glue is awesome on glass because it holds up as needed but is also *very* easy to remove.  Once you're done with this project just pull the letter and glue right off with your hands to reuse the jar!}

Step 4: Crumple up tissue paper and shove inside the jars.

Step 5: Set up across your mantel or table and enjoy!

{Balloon Garland}
This is so easy and was my son's favorite part.  The morning of his party he saw it and stopped dead in his tracks, looked up and it and said "wow... wow...." over and over!  Toddlers are so easy to please!

Those are the clear confetti balloons from the Dollar Store and I made the tassels out of the same tissue paper from the mantle craft.  Easy peasy.

{Personalized Shirt}
Are you still with me?  I swear this is the last thing!  Of course we had to get Russell his own special birthday shirt!  After asking around online a friend suggested the phrase 'Tickled to be Two" and I loved it! Perks of owning your own t-shirt business is that you can make your own shirts last minute. (Downfall of owning your own t-shirt business- you wait until the last minute and realize the only raglan style shirt you have on hand is a 3T- oops!  He'll grow into it... maybe).

What a cheesy little grin! If you love this shirt, feel free to message us on facebook or request a custom order in our etsy shop and we can make one up for you!  It's not listed yet because we're working on a whole series but we'd be happy to dress your little one for their upcoming birthday so please just ask about it!

{Wow... that was a lot!}

I threw a lot of information at you there.  This was actually a pretty simple party with a few special elements that made it fun, unique and personalized.  What do you think about a "Favorite Books" theme for your little one?

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