My son turns 2 this week! Last year, we threw his birthday party at my parents' house since they had more space for entertaining, but this year, we bought a house and we wanted to throw our son's birthday party here since we had the space and a lot of our friends and relatives had not been up to see our new house yet. We invited all of our friends and family, a few of which have kids, so I wanted the decorations to be fun, but not baby-ish and I didn't want to have to throw away a bunch of plastic and paper decorations.
So I ordered a half yard set of Snorkel fabric by Cosmo Cricket and picked out some solids to go in between and I sewed about 26 feet of bunting and two large table runners. I figured we could use these decorations again for more summer BBQ's and parties, or I could take them apart later and make my boy a birthday quilt!
I also made a Happy Birthday banner which I had been meaning to make for awhile to use at all of our family and friends' birthday celebrations.
For the tablecloths, I bought a set of full size sheets on sale at Kmart for about $15 and took the elastic out of the fitted sheet and cut the edges clean so I would have two large flat sheets to use for table coverings.
The favor buckets I got at the dollar store, and using Word, I made a graphic similar to the life preserver graphic on the fabric I used and printed up the stickers for the outsides of the bucket. I then found some sand toys, bubbles, glitter balls and candy, also at the dollar store. Each favor bucket cost a total of less than $5. I actually forgot to hand them out as the kids were leaving so I've been making special deliveries this week!
It turned out to be a really fun party, and my son sure enjoyed it!
(I also made the shirt my son is wearing, out of the same fabric I used for the table runners and buntings.)
Although making the buntings was really easy, it was a bit time consuming, I spent many an episode of Law & Order SVU, cutting and pinning. Since it was a party for two year olds, we just filled the sandbox with sand, a water table with water, and set out the other outdoor toys and just let them have at it, I think next year they'll be a bit more ready for party games.
Thanks for enjoying our party with us!