Really? He's two already. Although I didn't cry, this birthday seemed a bit more surreal than Nash's first. I feel like I was all, 'Yay us, no hospital for a year' on his first birthday. On this, his second, I felt like I was mourning the loss of my baby boy...who is no longer a baby. So yeah, a bit emotional but it was so busy and fun that I didn't even have a second to get all teary eyed about it.
We decided to do Nash's party on his real birthday, which fell on a Thursday. Since a majority of Nash's closest playmates are also children of stay at home/work from home parent(s), I thought this would be our best option to celebrate. All week we slowly decorated in the evening, after Clover went to bed. And yes, holy tired. I also prepped much of the food ahead of time (more on that later) too.
The cutest thing ever? Nash would ask me every morning, as his little sleepy eyes would light up at the new 'additions' around the house, 'Is today my birfday party, Momma?' It was awesome to finally say YES on that amazing Thursday morning.
No big prep getting everybody ready that morning, since we asked everyone to come wearing their jommies! Except I forgot to have Nash try his striped jommies on (he was going to match the decor theme and Clover) and when I put them on him that morning...too big. Wah wah wah. So thankfully we had a plan b in his little puppy dog and frog jommies. And guess what else? My other gargantuan child grew out of the jommies she was supposed to wear. So yeah. See what planning ahead gets you? Nothing, ha!
Easy, peasy and fun morning party where I served breakfast finger food, in addition to cupcakes. Read on for the numerous details from Nash's Jommie Jam 2nd birthday.
The entrance to his jam! The sign was from Dollar Tree and the blog up birthday cake is from Garden Ridge. We also used the birthday cake for Nash's first birthday party (more on that HERE) but he was super scared of it last year.
A great way to keep a toddler busy while you finish up last minute tasks? Give him an un-iced cupcake and show him that if he smooshes it on a flat surface covered in sprinkles, he'll have a sprinkle covered cupcake. Seriously, he sat in his little chair for almost 45 minutes playing the sprinkle game.
I ghetto rigged a little friend wall of fame/memories. I just took some Dollar Tree wrapping paper (you'll notice the same paper was used as our table runner and mod podged onto my T-W-O for our breakfast table) and taped it onto the front of a large frame. Then I used some washi tape (my newest addiction) to attach the pics. It literally took 5 minutes to create and was a super inexpensive way of sharing memories from the previous year.
We just put a TON OF TOY BASKETS out all over the house. Each room had a few baskets and toys so our guests could spread out and play, play, play. It really worked quite well.
Another score from the Dollar Tree, this birthday banner. I just didn't find the time to make one for him so I took this banner and cut it up, punched holes in the top and ran some twine through it. The original banner was about 15' long and this worked perfectly for shrinking down the size.
You can see we hung another original banner above the couch (above) from the Dollar Tree. For $1 a piece, they totally added to the decor.
I made Nash's cupcakes and the only reason I was able to do this is because I did some research. I had no idea that cooked/cooled cupcakes actually freeze really well. So I made them a few nights before hand and froze them in gallon size ziplocs. I used my piping kit to add the icing, the morning of the party, to half frozen cupcakes. By the time we were ready to eat them, they had thawed and were a perfect consistency. I got a ton of comments on how yummy they were. I had been saving these adorable wrappers and toppers (a kit my cousin gave me last Christmas) for the perfect party. This was it! LOVE THEM!
The food table. We served breakfast finger food and it was super yummy. Bananas cut in half, craisins, apricots and oatmeal raisin squares cereal are in the yellow bowls. We had healthy mini banana bread muffins and some mini frittatas (that I also made ahead and froze) in the crockpot. The biggest hit on the food table? The kolaches from Costco. They come in a pack of 20 and we cut them in thirds (thank you Amy for your help with that) and the kids/adults looooooved them. Go figure. The one thing I didn't slave over, ha!
I also framed two of my favorite pictures of Nash on either side of his 'T-W-O' display. Similar to last year's O-N-E display HERE, I just covered three canvas's with fabric, mod podged the letters with that same striped wrapping paper and attached them with some green ribbon. Seriously, beyond easy and super cute!
Juice boxes. Always have juice boxes. And how perfect is this serving tray that I already had? Love! And I had coffee and warm apple cider for the adults.
Here are the party favors. The animal washcloth's are from Dollar Tree and are one of Nash's favorite things. They are folded in half and inside are some stickers, Yummy Earth gummy snacks and a Yummy Earth lollipop. I attached a small stamped 'thank you' square to each bag with washi tape. And tied them up with baker's twine.
Here's the multitude of party favor choices to thank our guests for joining us in celebrating our Nash.
Some backyard fun! Laying out quilts helped because it was a super chilly morning. And we borrowed some tables/chairs from friends which also added to the outdoor appeal. And how about that chalkboard that Walt made for Nash? Isn't it precious? We also had this Dollar Tree flag bunting all over the inside of the house and stairs. It was a really festive atmosphere and I highly suggest these primary colors because HOLY SMOKES, you can really decorate on the cheap, ha!
Here's my birthday boy digging into his plate. See, I told you. Kolaches for the win! We obviously opted for paper plates for easy clean up.
And here we go, it's all about the cupcake. I swear I was hearing about cupcakes for weeks leading up to his birthday. I think he had THREE the day of his birthday and a few for days after. It was all about the cupcakes for our two year old bubba. I love the little set of candles (also Dollar Tree) that I scored for him. We were actually thinking about NOT doing cupcakes but in hindsight I'm so glad we did. It's all he's talked about when we mention his party and turning two.
Nashers certainly loves him a cupcake grin. Oh I could just eat him up! He was the best little birthday host/party animal!
And another snippet I absolutely loved from the party. Here are the only two men in attendance. And check out their twinkie attire. I swear they didn't call each other and plan this, but we were all certainly laughing.
And last but not least, some of my fave shots of our adorable pint sized attendees and their amazing parents! What a blessed party we had celebrating an awesome second year of Nash's life. Although this is a party he will likely not remember, he certainly had the time of his life and enjoyed seeing all of his closest play mates. The only thing I wish I would've done? Snapped a group picture of all the precious kiddos rockin' their jommies! Doens't get much cuter than these little nuggets of love.