When I put together my son’s first birthday party, I picked a theme that I thought would be fun for me as the party planner. Sure, my baby enjoyed Eric Carle books, but I was the one ooooohing and ahhhhing over the Hungry Caterpillar-esque finger foods and decorations. (If only Gymboree’s Eric Carle Collection had existed back then!)
All my one-year-old cared about was smashing his hands into that caterpillar cake’s frosting-covered head, and rightfully so!
But for my son’s second birthday, I wanted the theme to better reflect his interests and personality. I wanted the celebration to revolve around something he loves.
This gave me no other choice than to throw a ball-themed bash!
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My husband put together this adorable invitation. Because my kiddo is obsessed with balls, we had trouble picking a single photo to include. (This epic shot was also in the running!) But ultimately I loved how this picture looked with the design.
This year I didn’t bother with a lot of traditional decorations, especially since the party was outside.
Instead—to the absolute delight of our toddler guests—I focused on littering my yard with every type of ball imaginable. I filled our Radio Flyer wagon with all the balls I could find in my house, and also set up a baby pool overflowing with beach balls and plastic ball pit balls. The latter was a huge hit with the kids and adults alike!
About a half hour into the party, balls were scattered everywhere—a dream come true for my two-year-old!
We were so lucky to have my sister-in-law agree to make the cake again this year (yes, the same baker extraordinaire who created last year’s Very Hungry Caterpillar cake and cupcake scene). This year she envisioned a ball-themed layer cake for Luke to dig into—topped with a Rice Krispies Treat soccer ball.
Considering the only cake I make comes from a box and looks like it was iced by my toddler, I was amazed when she walked in with this!
The cake was specifically for Luke to devour (which is exactly what he did!). Everyone else got to choose from this delicious display of baseball, football, basketball, and soccer-themed cupcakes.
The baker and the birthday boy!
I’m not sure what he wished for when he blew out the candles, but it was probably for his aunt to make his birthday cake every year!
I skipped the traditional goodie bags and instead sat out a basket with brightly colored wiffle balls and sports-themed temporary tattoos. Way easier and just as fun!
I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that my little boy is already two years old. I’m so thankful we could celebrate his special day surrounded by family, friends, and his all-time favorite toy!
What was the most memorable part of your child’s last birthday party?
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