Thursday, May 9, 2013

Choo Choo, Kaden's 2! {Train party details}

**WARNING: This post contains a lot of pictures!**
Between my camera, and our friend Serena's camera, we had about 850 pics. I narrowed it down to 23. You're welcome!

I was going to break his birthday post down into a couple different posts--decor, food, activities, etc. But let's be honest, I haven't been all that great at blogging lately, so I feel like I should just do it all at once. 

When I started to think about a 2nd birthday party a couple of months ago, it was pretty easy to choose what theme we were going to go with. There's no question about how much Kaden loves trains, and I thought it would be so fun to throw a train-themed party. If I could have, I'd have had a train there, but we all have our limits! :)
I ordered this set of party decor from Etsy. I wasn't sure which set I liked most, but this one was on sale at the time. So that helped me make my decision. I loved that it had everything I needed...invites, thank yous, banners, etc. There's a lot that I didn't use, but I liked having the option to print & use whatever I wanted. The lady that made it for me was super nice & fast too! 

I made this wreath for our front door. We had the party in the backyard, for the most part, so most of the decor was back there.
I did make a couple banners to hang inside. On this buffet, we had the gifts, and a box of wooden train whistles that I ordered for everyone. They were super cheap on Amazon!
Here's a closer look at the whistles. 
I also ordered, super cheap from Amazon, conductor hats for everyone. I didn't do party goody bags. Everyone took home a whistle, a hat & their train that they painted. 

Outside I had a table set up for kids to paint their own train. We actually had more adults than kids, but all the kids that were there did paint. Some more than others! And some got a taste of the paint! :)
Here's our food table outside. Above was a "Happy Birthday" banner. My favorite part was the train food server I made. It's the only thing I really wanted to make, and I had a hard time finding boxes that were the right size. But, when it was finally finished, I loved it. It had 5 cars: 2 produce cars (fruits & veggies), 1 coal car (mini Oreos), 1 log car (long pretzels), and 1 gravel car (Gardettos). We had an afternoon party, so we just had lots of snacks. 
Another "Happy Birthday" banner & balloons inside.
 This is ice tea. We also had a "water tower" inside. 

 My mom made this train shaped cake! It was SUPER cute!!
 Our inside food table. 
 We had kids ranging from 1-6. When I started to think about planning his party, I would never have imagined I would have trouble having a water party in May...especially in Texas. Who would have thought that a cold front would come through the first week of May in south Texas?!? did. We still had the water toys out, but initially it was pretty cool. It didn't keep the kids out of the water, but they were cold. The wind was chilly. By the end of the party, the wind had died down, and the sun was pretty hot. So the kids were in & out of the water the whole time. 
They also played basketball.....
This was one of Kaden's new birthday toys!

 And when they weren't freezing, we couldn't keep them out of the water. 
 And they painted trains. 
 Some just painted the top! :)
 We sang & blew out the candles...
 And opened presents...
 Lots of Thomas presents!
 The kids weren't the only ones wearing conductor hats! Actually, most of the *little* kids weren't interested. But the big kids wore them.
 Kaden loved sliding being slid down the slip-n-slide. 
 For just a few seconds, Cameron rocked his conductor hat so I could take a picture. 
 And I do believe the dad's had fun playing too! They had a friendly competition between who could make the biggest bubbles and who could best throw the washers. 
 And I'm not sure we can call this the favorite present, but it's at the top of the list! His legs aren't quite long enough to reach the pedals all the way around, but he had fun riding it around the yard. He thinks he's big stuff!
I think it's safe to say that his party was a huge success!! We had a great time! I had fun just planning it! Thanks so much to everyone who helped us celebrate!

Even as I write this, I'm in a little shock & denial that we had a 2 year old! It goes by so fast!