Smith’s Construction-Themed Second Birthday Party

 

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Our little rump roast recently turned two and we celebrated by hosting a small party with Smith’s grandparents and aunts and uncles. Since he loves all things diggers, trucks, and dirt, I chose a construction theme for this year’s shindig.

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The decorations were straightforward. Construction balloons, construction garland, and some bulldozer temporary tattoos.

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In a moment of impulse while on a Target trip with my sister, she and I thought a bull piñata would also be a great, albeit completely unrelated, addition to the party. Unfortunately, we never got around to the candy-filled bull; but it was probably a good thing considering the birthday boy is just learning how to successfully shovel food into his mouth independently. Why not give him a stick and tell him to hit a floating object repeatedly? Bert just loved this part of party prep. This picture makes me laugh.

IMG_8924The menu was pretty simple and was mostly a reflection of some of the foods our little engineer of destruction loves most. It included:

  • Grilled bratwurst and (uncured) hotdogs with various toppings
  • Baked three-cheese macaroni and cheese
  • Tippy’s tossed salad
  • Grandma’s fruit salad
  • Great Aunt Khaki’s birthday cake cookies (recipe coming soon)
  • Chocolate cake with fluffy chocolate buttercream icing
  • Ice cream

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The grill master.

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I had so much fun making Smith’s cake this year. The lad loves chocolate. I couldn’t be prouder.

Construction Birthday Cake

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After lunch, Smith opened gifts and I assumed my role as the family creeper by snapping candid pictures of everyone without their consent.

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After capturing lots of fun, I whipped out my tripod and forced all of us to take a few group shots. Childhood birthdays make me sentimental and nostalgic and documenting it with pictures of the ones I love the most is a way of keeping those emotions in check.

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Smith’s construction-themed second birthday was so much fun. Both for Smith and his family. These past two years have flown by and I am so thankful for the gift of motherhood that I have been given. I would be dishonest if I were to say parenting is all sunshine and lollipops, but it is without a doubt the most fulfilling adventure I have been on. We love you, Smith. Thank you for filling our lives with laughter, joy, and unbridled energy.

  
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It’s not a party until someone brings out the (unfilled) tea kettle.

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14 thoughts on “Smith’s Construction-Themed Second Birthday Party

  1. I loved these pics! It looks like you pulled off a very successful 2nd bday party for your little lad! Also, I just love reading your writing! So well written and always makes me lol! 🙂

  2. Wow what a cute party. You did such a fantastic job! Nobody knows how to do parties like you do.There’s nothing more enjoyable then spending time with family. Thank you!

  3. Had so much fun. You did such an amazing job on everything. I still think that bull pinata was a phenomenal idea. Maybe we can bust it out at the lake this summer. Later in the evening after we got home Jack said “Smee is my best friend.” 🙂 🙂

  4. ok,first,loved each and ever picture,can’t believe how much Smith looks like cousin Jack in last picture! Love cousin Jack picture on the chair,so chilling…Looks like a perfect day..sigh…wish I was there..

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