A Transportation Themed Birthday Party

Holy shitballs, guys. I officially have a two year old. How the eff did that happen? Yes, I realize how cliche this statement is, but for reals the past two years have flown by. Where did the time go?!?!? God, I sound old. Originally we weren’t going to do any sort of big party for Squirt’s second birthday, but then we figured, it’s our first weekend of summer (and my first weekend as a FORMER teacher) and we decided to just go for it. I didn’t get to spend as much time planning this party as I would have liked since I was also in the midst of cleaning out my classroom and wrapping up end of the year school stuff, but I think it turned out pretty cute. Squirt is seriously into all things transportation these days (don’t know where he got that from, definitely not Matt or me) so we went with the car and truck theme for the party. Side note: I already was feeling the pressure (totally self-imposed) to throw an awesome party since that’s, you know, MY JOB now, and I was still teaching the whole time I was planning. I can only imagine what that pressure is going to feel like as the years go on.




But I digress. As usual. On to the party details. I was tempted to go with some sort of online invitation for this party, and I probably should have since very few people RSVP to paper invites these days (myself included). But I went for the traditional invite anyway, probably for the last time. I purchased a set of transportation themed clip art from Etsy and put these invites together using Microsoft Publisher:

transportation themed birthday party

I made a couple of other decorations for the party, my favorite being this sign that we hung on our front door…

transportation themed birthday party

And these cupcake toppers…

transportation themed birthday party

I also printed out this sign to direct guests to the bathroom…

transportation themed birthday party

On the day of the party, we had our first 90+ degree day of the summer and since the entire party was planned for outside, it kind of put a damper on things. Luckily, Matt’s parents were able to bring some umbrellas and my aunt brought us two EZ Ups, so we had some amount of shade. But it was still hot and uncomfortable and I waited until the last minute to set up the tables, which meant I didn’t actually get a picture of them before people came (lame, I know). But I used black tablecloths on the tables and attached small yellow rectangular strips down the middle to look like a road. I used a bunch of Squirt’s truck toys as centerpieces. One of my favorite details was at our beverage station and I’m really mad at myself for not getting a picture of it. I took one of the biggest toy dump trucks we had and filled the dumper with ice and used that for the kids’ juice boxes. It was super cute, you’ll just have to trust me. We also had drinks for the adults (I’m a firm believer in booze at kids’ parties).

transportation themed birthday party

But we also had lemonade and sodas and lots and lots of waters. We ended up renting a bounce house, which was an awesome decision since it gave the kids something to do (despite the fact that it was super hot in there). As a bonus, they left it at our place overnight, so Matt and I had some drinks and watched The Sandlot in the bounce house once Squirt was in bed. We might have to make that a tradition! Overall, despite the heat, Squirt had a great birthday and I was (mostly) happy with how everything turned out. Now here’s hoping that terrible twos deal is just a crazy myth…


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