Saturday, February 4, 2012

Things That Go Birthday Party

My little boy turned two on Friday. It’s hard to believe that the little boy who took almost 34 hours to make his appearance is now a non stop moving and talking two-year-old. He loves anything with wheels—cars, trains, airplanes, trucks… so we decided to have a Things That Go party for him.

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I designed his invitations in Publisher (had to make the tire treads myself using lots and lots of round-cornered rectangles) and then just had them printed as 4x6 photos at Costco.

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My mom spent the weeks leading up to his birthday making all sorts of fun cut-outs on her Cricut. Since it was an evening party we served sandwiches and crock pot macaroni and cheese for dinner. The plates, napkins and cutlery were all bought at Walmart. I put some of my mom’s cut outs on the jars holding the forks and knives.

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Jace’s Tonka truck was used to hold the napkins.

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My mom made a super cute Happy Birthday garland out of a train. We hung it from the bar and then set up Jace’s wooden train around the table. The food later went inside the tracks.

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Since Jace doesn’t like cake we had an ice cream sundae bar for dessert instead.

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An old-fashioned soda shop was the look I was aiming for. We used parfait glasses and pretty plastic dishes I found at the Dollar Tree for the sundaes.

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The toppings were a lot of fun to come up with. In addition to hot fudge, caramel and whipped cream, we also had sprinkles, gummy bears, crushed Oreos, crushed waffle cone and M&Ms.

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Like the forks and knives, the spoons were in a jar with cuts outs on the front. The jars were just a little too deep for the silverware to stick out so I put some paper filler from the Dollar Tree in the bottom of them.

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My sister-in-law and niece are gluten-free, so I also had salted brown butter rice crispy treats to eat. My mom had the clever idea of sticking the cut outs to little wooden cubes to made them stand up on their own. I loved being able to add such fun little touches of things that go all around the house.

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I wanted Jace to have a special spot for opening his presents, so I brought in a chair from his table/chair set that we have outside and loved that it matched the color scheme.

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Balloons and a “Jace” banner also made by mom my topped off the look. The balloons are just tied to a yellow grosgrain ribbon.

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Jace thought his special spot was pretty great and I loved that we finally captured him with “Nowie” his stuffed cat that goes everywhere with him. The kitty got its name from the way Jace says meow. She was first called Now and then he made it more special by calling her Nowie.

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I made his shirt without having to do any sewing! I used a Garanimals shirt from Walmart and then cut the train track pieces from black grosgrain ribbon. After melting the ends so they wouldn’t fray, I used Steam-A-Seam to bond them to the shirt. The “2” was cut out of felt and the pattern used the same font as the 2 on his party invitation.

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Going back and sewing everything on would be cute, but I didn’t want to deal with my sewing machine at this time.

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Party favors were two containers of homemade play dough each. I made red, yellow and blue to match the party. I used THIS recipe and loved the texture! The dough was then put in small Glad containers that come in an 8 pack.

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Each cousin got a bag with their two play doughs. The bags were sealed with glue dots and a 2 cut-out my mom made, and then a train/car/dump truck/plane was stuck on as well.


During the party all the cousins played Pin the Wheel on the Car. My mom drew the car on a poster board and then cut the wheels out of scrapbook paper.


We also had fun flying paper airplanes. I found this site with all sorts of templates and instructions and just printed them off. Then the dads folded the planes and the kids had fun flying them.

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When it was time for the birthday boy to have his sundae I just put a candle in it like it was a cupcake. The party was a lot of fun and we loved having so much family come celebrate with us. Jace loved being the center of attention and I can’t believe he’s two!

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  1. That looks like such a fun party! I was wondering about the cabinet that the sundae bar was staged on. It looks just like the one I have in my home, but I just put scrapbook paper in the space where the mirror is in yours.

  2. I love it! Lot's of great ideas! I am pre-planning for my son's 2nd birthday in April and we are also doing a similar concept! Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. Everything looks adorable! Happy birthday to him!

  4. I LOVE this! I came across it while hunting for truck-themed ideas for my son's 2nd birthday. Would you be willing to share the publisher file you created the invite in? If so - my email is Thanks!

  5. I'm looking around tonight for 2nd birthday ideas and love these! Hope your son had a great time!


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