Today I am going to share a birthday party for my grandson, Reid...
We made it! With 2 weeks left before Baby Wingnut is officially due and a few days before the Doc thinks it will come, we managed to pull off the birthday party. Meg felt sure she would make it, but brought everything she would need if the baby came here (or any place between here and San Antonio).
Last year's party morphed into something just a little this side of over-the-top. This year she wanted something geared more towards what Reid would enjoy, inviting only a few 2 year old boys, his best buddies. Reid LOVES trucks, especially fire trucks. The "venue" was a little boy's dream. The Fire Station, and not just any fire station, but Papawfiretruck's fire station. No getting stuck in the community room for these guys, we set the whole thing up in the app room. The firemen moved a couple of trucks out, leaving one on either side, and we had the party in the middle. Tons of fun was had by all. I don't know if I've ever been to a toddler party where not one kid cried. Reid got enough trucks/trains to fill every dirty little hand and there was lots of room to drive them around. Running, climbing and general little boy mayhem was the perfect "party game".
Once the theme was decided, all the fun planning began. I designed and made the invitations, based on what Meg had requested. For favors I designed and made felt appliqued shirts for each of the boys to match the theme. Meg made the cake at home and brought everything here to decorate. There was a vintage fire truck on top, but it didn't stay there long. You can see it in his hand.
We wanted the food to be kid friendly and easy to eat without plates and silverware. We had soft pretzels, cinnamon popcorn, and fudge lollipopsicles. We didn't even mess with chairs or tables. Just something on which to serve the food. I liked the look of the metal scaffolding so I used it as the tables. I just covered a couple of boards with some coordinating fabric to put between them. We wanted to add some color so we tied the balloons onto the ladder and used them as a backdrop for the food table.
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