I love to plan parties. When I was single and childless I would regularly have friends over for every possible occasion. If there wasn’t a reason to have a gathering, I would create an occasion that we needed to celebrate. I just love the whole planning, creating, and cooking tasks involved. Call me nuts, but it’s true. I tend to thrive under pressure.
I haven’t been having many parties or planning much of anything lately. Now that Jack is 2 and Jude is heading towards 1, I am coming out of my baby blur. For me the first year of both my boys' lives have been all about survival.
So, when it was time to plan Jack’s 2nd birthday party I was MORE than ready to dust off my party planning skills. He had a lovely little party last year, but with being 8ish months preggo with Jude…it didn't meet my normal standards as a hostess.
This year was a tad different…
If you read this blog regularly, you are very aware that my Cracker Jack is obsessed with robots, or “bobots” as he likes to call them…so we had a Robot Party…
I found this darling shop on Etsy, Love the Day. She has A.DOR.ABLE custom printable parties. Not only does she have totally cute Robot Party package, but she also has a nice selection of parties for many ages and celebrations. Check out her really cool blog to get other great party ideas.
The signs, cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, goodie bag decorations, etc. are all from the printable package I ordered from Love the Day. So pleased with how they turned out!
I have always wanted to make these tissue paper pom poms to decorate for a party. You can find instructions HERE…these took hardly any time to make. I put them up a week early in efforts to space out my party planning tasks. The kids were in LOVE! I don’t know if they will ever let me take them down. The star garlands are just diecut stars sewn together. Again, super easy to put together!
We had about ten children in attendance…all age 6 and under! To prevent complete chaos with so many young ones, I had a few activities set up in various stations around the house. There wasn’t a set schedule, I just let parents help the kids choose what they would like to do.
Robot building with marshmallows and pretzel sticks…
And a robot craft made from self-adhesive foam pieces. These were all precut and packaged in freezer bags…
I also had some basic coloring pages downloaded from free printable websites.
I ordered barbeque from a local place and made mini pizzas for the kiddos. I like to wrap up plasticware together in napkins so that everything is easy to grab when my guests are making plates for themselves and their little ones.
A drink and snack station were set up to make sure everyone stayed fed and watered!
I think my favorite part of the party was putting together the goodie bags. Sounds silly, but I have always looked forward to the whole goody bag making event...so much fun! Everything was ordered from Oriental Trading. They have a large selection of robot goodies. I simply had a ball putting these together!
I also labeled some basic lunch sacks for the kids to take their goodies and crafts home.
Jer surprised me by decorating our walkway with sidewalk chalk. It was his special party planning touch. SO COOL! This is why I call him my Prince.
What a great day! Everyone had a great time, especially the birthday boy. How could you not with all that sugar! Just look at all of it!
Now on to dreaming up something just as exciting for Sweet Baby Jude!