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When it was time to plan our song Kingston's 2nd birthday party, we wanted to come up with a party theme that represented his two year old hobbies. Among his most cherished of toys is a train set my husband and I gifted Kingston for Christmas. We also really liked the train imagery, so went with a train theme.
The design of the party was anchored around the printable decoration pieces that our friend and designer Eva Black for our company Paper Cow (http://www.papercow.com). Eva is an up and coming design talent who is really making a mark in the Los Angeles area and did a phenomenal job bringing our vision to life. Our good friends Matt and Carrie were gracious enough to host the party for us. We decorated their backyard with a welcome sign, balloons, custom birthday hats, a “happy birthday” banner and a “I am two” high chair banner for the birthday boy.
We put together the cake and party favor table according to our train theme as well. My personal favorite design touch was the “luggage tag” style thank you tags which we put on our party favors.
I put together a delicious summer inspired BBQ buffet. I made BBQ chicken, a potato and green bean salad in olive oil dressing, baked beans and a mixed fruit salad. The chicken preparation was something I learned from my dad.
We decided to go with cupcakes for dessert which allowed us to offer our friends a variety of choices which we really enjoyed doing. I personally enjoyed the chance to try out new recipes! I discovered 2 recipes on food blogs which caught my eye. One was a lime-coconut cupcake which stood out because my husband and I love anything coconut. The other was called a chocolate malt cupcake. Both flavors were very well received. My husband loved the lime-coconut cupcakes saying they were the best cupcakes ever. The recipes were a bit of work they turned out amazing and were well worth the effort! We used our custom designed cupcake toppers and wrappers, which came from our party decoration set designed by Eva. The cake table was one of my favorite parts of the party. It looked pretty amazing.
For party favors, we gave away soy hand-poured candles to our adult guests and wooden train whistles and to the kids. We used our custom party favor tags designed like luggage tags as thank you notes on all of our party favors.
The truth is that the party was a lot of work but it was an amazingly rewarding effort and was a really big hit. Hosting a memorable event, especially for someone you love, is completely worth the blood, sweat and tears!