Today at 2:02 this morning, my sweet son turned TWO years old! We celebrated our big boy last weekend with a construction-themed birthday party because I knew he would “dig” it 😉
The week of the party, I used markers and construction paper to make some fun signs to hang as decoration. Also had a “Children At Work” sign downstairs in the playroom, but no photo of that. For the “Hammer Time” area, I wrapped florist foam blocks in woodgrain contact paper. Turfdaddy brought home some golf tees from work, and I found some cheap toy hammers. It was a hit (literally!) and usable again and again.
I put two lines of yellow duct tape down a black tablecloth to make a road for our snack spread. With signs like “Dig In” and “Build-A-Bun”, guests knew to help themselves. I personally enjoyed the cheese balls in the dump truck called “wrecking balls” and donuts as “truck tires”. We also had “veggie beams”, “spare parts” and “tools” on hand. Reece said after the party, “I need more wrecking balls”…and thus began his love affair with cheese balls (see, we’re not always healthy)!
I baked one cake, but decorated two for this party. I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be like the first birthday where the little one gets their own cake. Plus, I thought he would finger it all up or spit on it when blowing out candles, so I went with two. The round construction cake is the easiest thing you could ever “decorate”. I just dug out a big chunk of cake from the side and plopped it on top. Add an excavator in the hole and a bulldozer to push the pile and you have a yummy construction site! It still looked great even after we cut and played with it, since the messier the better.
I ordered the larger cake for everybody from the grocery store. They said they couldn’t decorate something like this (I think I just asked the wrong shift), so I ordered it with plain icing. On the day of the party, I added jimmies to form the number two and tried my best at lettering his name on. Whoppers made an excellent pile of rubble, and I placed two cheap Party City trucks, and a candy corn (since I couldn’t find orange cones anywhere). I was really thrilled with it, and they were both delicious cakes!
Yellow, orange, and black balloons were strewn about and hubby/daddy even brought real cones home for out front. I also made this shirt for the birthday boy (part peace fingers, part “I’m two” fingers). Here’s a tutorial how I hand-painted it with the help of freezer paper! It really was a special day. We had a lot of fun with our friends and family, and mommy even got a gift with a kiss below!
I made a matching Thank You template to print out and mail. I just added a sample text here of something similar that I may say.
And with that, my big boy is TWO! Two much fun and growing much two fast. I’m so proud of him and madly in love. This year, I tried to remain focused on his birthday instead of his birth day, which doesn’t have me down like it did last year. This year’s construction birthday party came together surprisingly smoothly, was super cheap, and LOADS of fun! I think we NAILED IT. 😉