Today is Evan’s 2nd birthday! Here is an overview of the cake, food, and decorations.
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My baby boy is TWO years old today! His party was last Saturday and we celebrated with Lego themed party.
For the invites, I bought plain greeting cards and used scrapbook paper to decorate them. I used a hole punch to cut out the small dots and small scrapbooking pop dots to make them stand out.
I enjoyed the look, but punching out the tiny dots became a pain after about the 15th invite.
2nd Birthday Chalkboard
I loved the birthday chalkboard from last year and wanted to do something similar this year. I bought a canvas and sprayed it with two coats of chalkboard paint. The markers from last year were still good: Uchida Chalk Marker Set.
I printed off a large 2 on Microsoft Word as a base and drew with a red chalk marker around it. For the border, I alternated small rectangle boxes in white, yellow, green, red, and blue. Also using Microsoft Word, I wrote out the words and set them to the fonts I wanted to fit inside the 2. I printed off the fonts and clip art on thin (need to be able to see the letters on the other side) computer paper, cut, and arranged them on the board to make sure everything fit the way I wanted.
After coloring in the letters on the opposite side of the paper (not the side with the ink) with the markers, I laid the paper in the desired spot, marker side down, and colored in the font with a pencil. This transferred a thin layer of chalk marker onto the board. I filled in the layer with the marker and repeated with the rest of the letters and images. If you mess up a section, it is easy to redo by erasing the area with a wet cloth.
Once everything was dry, I printed off my favorite photos from the past year, cut, and arranged them on the board. I initially used mini glue dots to get them to stick to the board. The day before the party, the photos started to fall off the board (gotta love Florida humidity) . I reapplied the loose photos with stronger, larger glue dots and double sided tape.
2nd Birthday Lego Decorations
I surrounded the chalkboard with paper blocks. I used a Fiskars Squeeze Punch, Large – Circle to cut out the circles and glued them to the larger pieces of paper with large scrapbooking pop dots.
Measurements for the blocks: 6 circles (7 inches x 4 3/4 inches), Square (4 1/4 inches x 4 1/4 inches), 4 across (8 inches x 2 inches), and 2 (4 inches x 2 inches).
I found the idea for the Lego cups on Pinterest and drew an assortment of faces on yellow paper cups with a black sharpie.
I got the banner idea from Delicate Construction and cut out blue, red, and green triangles. After cutting out a scalloped border on yellow cardstock, I glued them to the triangles to create the base.
I downloaded lego font, then printed and cut out the letters, punched holes on each side of the top of the triangles and connected them with ribbon. I taped the banners to the wall and covered the tape with the 2 circle blocks.
Lego Birthday Food
For beverages, we served water, strawberry and blueberry infused water, soda, and tea.
It was perfect, since Evan’s legos had recently outgrown his container and we needed somewhere to store them.
For the food, we served: Chips and Salsa; Fruit, Pretzels, and Graham Crackers with Nutella and Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip; Vegetables with French Onion Dip; Dakkochi (Korean Chicken Skewers); Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers; Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Almonds; Manchego Cheese Straws; and Lego-shaped Peanut Butter and Jelly (Strawberry or Grape)/Honey Sandwiches.
The biggest hits were the Nutella and Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip, Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers, Lego Sandwiches, and Dakkochi.
Lego Birthday Cake
My mom made the cake and drove it down the morning of the party. She and my brother made the fondant blocks a couple of days ahead of time, stored them in Tupperware containers, and placed them on the cake once she got here.
For favors, I made lego crayons again. I put 6 alternating crayons in each sandwich bag, stapled cardstock over the top, printed out lego crayons in lego font, and glued it over the cardstock.
I found this idea for Lego Star Wars shirts on Pinterest. The craft store didn’t have any T-Shirts in Evan’s size, so I picked one out for Chad to test before ordering Evan’s online.
For Chad’s shirt, I printed off the template and traced it onto the freezer paper. After cutting out the characters and a rectangle around them, I placed the shirt on an ironing board with a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt. I put the rectangle and characters where I wanted them, waxy side down, and ironed them to the shirt.
Check to make sure all the edges are ironed down so no paint seeps through. I painted two coats of black fabric paint over the area and removed the freezer paper once dried.
I couldn’t find a 2T bright yellow shirt for Evan, so I ended up buying yellow dye from Amazon and dyed one of his white Hanes shirts. After soaking in the heated water and dye, I placed the shirts in the drier over high heat.
I traced a 2 and the same Lego Star Wars characters onto freezer paper, cut them out with a scrapbooking crafts knife, ironed the freezer paper onto the shirt, and applied two coats of fabric paint (green, white, and black).
Happy 2nd Birthday!
It was so fun to see how much Evan has grown since last year. He was much more into the party this year and had a smile on his face all day. He still seems to hate cake. Just like his first birthday party, he refused to even try it.
Poor Sophie was so tired by the end of the day.