Last weekend we celebrated Sebastian’s second birthday, crazy how fast time flies. I still can not believe my baby is a big two year old. Sebastian was really sweet as he knew (I use that term loosely) that it was his birthday. But he did know that the balloons and presents and fuss was for him. He was super excited about seeing his little friends and when we sung him ‘Happy Birthday’ in the morning when he woke up he started to blow out candles. Mummy had of course been talking about it just a bit in the week leading up to his birthday.
I love birthdays and as you can imagine I was a tad excited when the time came to start planning Sebastian’s second birthday. Yes, I may have started thinking about and planning it way too soon and yes, I was sad in the knowledge that my baby was growing up (way to fast for my liking) but the fact I get to see and watch him grow every day makes it all the more worth while.
This year I choose to go with a Thomas the Tank Engine theme. Sebastian LOVES (yip, all capitals), LOVES Thomas. Anything Thomas, from toys, to shoes, you name it if it has Thomas on it, it’s a winner. So it was a give in (and super easy for me) that we would be celebrating with a Thomas Birthday Party this years. Steve and I had decided early on that this years celebrations would be fairly low key, I was going to be 6 1/2 months pregnant and Sebastian is two after all. However, like most Mummies (I am sure) once I got started with the planning I got a little carried away and Steve bless him, knowing what was best just let me go for it.
We choose to do lunch on Saturday and it worked out really well with everyone heading off for afternoon naps post party, this Mumma included 😉 With only 5 kiddies and 8 parents it was a nice relaxed affair. I wanted to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible while guests were there and choose to serve simple finger foods suitable for both kiddies and adults ranging from train shortbread, pop corn, sausage rolls, (quintessentially kiwi) onion dip rolls, fruit, cupcakes, train fairy bread, little sausages, a couple of slices for the adults and of course birthday cake.
As far as decorations were concerned, I followed the K.I.S.S method (keep it simple stupid) heheh… 🙂 A word banner spelling out Happy Birthday (I love how you can change and customize this banner whenever you like), balloons in red, blue and yellow. The yellow ones had Thomas characters on them and as soon as Sebastian saw them all we heard was Thom, Thom, I told you he loves Thomas.
I did get creative and make both the cake and party bags. We had two cakes: the one on Saturday it was my favourite Butter Cake topped with butter cream icing and of course Thomas riding down the track; and on Sunday we had my favourite Chocoholic Chockie Cake (I’ll be sharing both recipes soon), also topped with butter cream this time with Thomas and Percy. I made the party bags to look like Thomas and filled them with home made play dough in Thomas colours (blue, red and green), Thomas bubbles, a couple of balloons and a miniature Thomas collectable.
Call me a bad Mumma but I didn’t plan any activities or games. At two I am lucky if Sebastian will sit for 15 minutes and do an activity so I figured free play was the best bet. Plus, for all the other kiddies the toys are different anyway – there were no tears, everyone had fun and no one was left wondering where pass the parcel or musical statues were (ha, can you imagine playing musical statues with 2 year olds).
From what I could tell everyone had a great time. Happy Mums; happy Dads; happy kiddies; one slightly tired Mumma over here and a very happy Sebastian makes for one successful party in my opinion!
Do you enjoy planning your kiddies birthdays? What fabulous, fun birthday party themes have you had in your household? Share the inspiration, you may even find some great ideas for yourself