Guys. I tried to play it cool this year for Teddy’s 2nd birthday. Last year I tried to play it cool too with his doggy themed 1st birthday party - but you know how it goes when you’re trying to play it cool – inside you’re SO FRIGGING EXCITED and dying to plan the cutest party ever.
So I’d been asking Teddy what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday party for months. For a not quite 2 year old, he was pretty perceptive to what birthday parties were all about – with five older cousins and lots of pals, there are birthday parties aplenty in our world – and shiny candle-lit birthday cakes make appearances in many of our daily children’s book reads together! At first I was trying to convince/reverse-psychology him into choosing a Pingu cake, because I thought that would be a really cute party theme – but he wasn’t buying it. “Blue bear bear cake!” he would say, giggling at me. I would say, “do you mean… PINGUUUU cake?” and he would say “Nooooo … blue bear bear!” NO idea who, when, what or where the blue bear bear came from but he was pretty adamant!
Blue bear bear cake it was! It was also a pizza and ice cream party, which are two of his fave foods – he also loves to play “pizza stand” where he stands behind his little kitchen set and says “mama order peezza!”The kid loves commerce. So I made a little mini garland out of craft paper featuring the party triple threat – pizza, bear and ice cream! I love how the garland turned out – and it will now hang up in his bedroom as a cute party memento.
Blue bear cake was rainbow confetti sprinkles vanilla cake layers with light blue tinted vanilla buttercream!
To go along with the party idea, and to delight Teddy’s love of commerce and “selling” pizza and ice cream, the sweet hubs made him this super rad DIY ice cream stand! Cheap wood and an old drawing board of mine became the stand, and two vintage striped aprons came together as the awning. I made the Teddy’s Treats sign out of craft paper and letter stickers! CUTE! He loved it!
My little guy waiting patiently for cake time! He also wore an ice cream cone t-shirt – one of our faves by Whistle and Flute!
The big moment!!
His party was a special one – seeing how thrilled he was when those birthday candles were lit, and his eyes huge with excitement when his family and friends sang him Happy Birthday – I loved every second. He blew his candles out with gusto to a round of applause and high fives. My heart is full, blue bear cake was a hit and this casual times party mama is zonked! Happy happy 2nd birthday to my sweet little boy – I love you SO much!
What about you – do you go WILD TIMES on your kid’s or your own birthday parties, or do you try to keep it minimal? Leave me a link of a birthday party you’ve thrown – I love that stuff! xo Lyndsay
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