Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Car-Obsessed Boy Turns 2!

So, Rock's birthday party last year was rather crazy. I went all out 'cause you only turn one once, right?
But I'll admit the matching t-shirts were a bit much. So this year I thought "Let's go simple." But then as I got into planning mode I realized that you only turn two once, right?!
I ended up making car cupcakes (yes, those strange bug-like gummy blobs are cars)...
And I made a banner that was also a game -- the car symbols were each numbered and the adult attendees competed to see who could correctly name them all...
And I made a cheeseball in the shape of a 2.
And Fix made little cars out of candy for each of the kids to take home.
And then we invited 46 people. Actually, we invited more, but only 46 were able to attend! It was crazy. So much more crazy than his one year old party. Buttttt.... it was FUN!
Fix cooked the burgers and dogs.
While Rock and I entertained the guests.
They spread out into all corners of our tiny townhouse.
Thankfully it was a nice day so we could move the present opening chaos outside.
I suggested on the Evite that people bring a matchbox car for the birthday boy. He got cars of all sorts and he was THRILLED.
My favorite gift was the cross stitch my mom made for him. I'll post a better picture of it soon.
Appreciate the belly.
Back inside we played the classic birthday game "pin the license on the car."
Unfortunately, only two of the kids wanted to play so it was kind of a bust.
As things began to wind down, Linus and Clip helped Rock break in his new train set from Uncle Jason and Auntie H.
These two are always good for a laugh.
Align Center
When it was just the Hathaways and family left, we got the kids to play the "pin the license" game.
It got a little crazy when the adults started playing.
I'd like to point out that my license plate is VERY close to the correct spot.
All in all, it was a great day. Although it was crazy, as the birthday boy was going down for his nap he said "I want to keep playing with my friends." So I think it was a success. And now I can start planning for next year. You only turn three once, right?


Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness!?! Are you serious, 46 people? Well, I guess we weren't really missed but we still would have loved to be there to celebrate. Think of all the kids Caleb could have been beating up on.

And yikes! What is my Dad (and some mystery person) doing to poor Stephen?! I'm thinking he would have been in serious need of a chiropractor after that.

The cupcakes and candy car party favors are awesome, by the way. Looks like a it was all a great success.

Beck said...

What a GREAT party! Looks like such a sweet celebration for your little man. I heart him! Oh, and watch out - the birthday party planning can become an illness. I already have her 3rd birthday planned out and it isn't until March! Love a good party, and you do them so well!

Lynn said...

Now I'm REALLY sorry we had to miss all the fun. You really are a party planner extraordinaire!