My baby boy is TWO years old today! I can’t believe it has already been two years. His party was last Saturday, so here is a recap. Since I chose the theme for his first birthday (Ocean), I gave Chad the choice this year. He went with a Lego theme. Maybe next year Evan will get to pick out his own theme.
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.
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 (Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Black). 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. I colored small rectangle boxes alternating with white, yellow, white, green, white, red, white, and blue around the edges of the canvas. 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. I colored 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; but 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.
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 this idea for lego cups on pinterest. I drew an assortment of faces on yellow paper cups with a black sharpie. I searched google images to find ideas for the different faces.
I got the banner idea from Delicate Construction. I cut out blue, red, and green triangles. I cut out a scalloped border on yellow cardstock and glued them to the triangles. I downloaded lego font, then printed and cut out the letters. I 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.
For beverages, we served water, strawberry and blueberry infused water, soda, tea, and beer.
I bought lego storage containers to hold some of the food: LEGO Storage Head Small, Boy,Yellow, LEGO Storage Brick 4, Blue, and LEGO Storage Brick 4, Red. It was perfect, since Evan’s legos had recently outgrown his container and we needed somewhere to store them.
Food: 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.
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 looked around for Lego shirts for Evan to wear at the party and didn’t see any I liked. I found this idea for Lego Star Wars shirts on Pinterest and decided to try it. I went to the craft store and they didn’t have any T-shirts in Evan’s size. I had never painted a shirt before, so got one in Chad’s size to test before ordering a shirt for Evan online. For Chad’s shirt, I printed off the template and traced it onto the freezer paper. I cut 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. I actually ended up dying two shirts. The first shirt didn’t turn out as well. I dyed the shirt in a pot of heated water. The directions said to stir the shirt frequently and I apparently didn’t stir frequently enough. It came out really splotchy. The second shirt turned out much better. 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).
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.