If we lived closer my son so would have crashed this terrific party. Moms and dads of construction fanatics take note of all Jennifer's ideas: The theme for this year's party was inspired by our son's favorite picture book, "The Little Dump Truck". Ezra loves ALL things construction!
My husband is a graphic designer so he was able to design the invites, decorations, and details (like the names on the construction hats) with one common theme. If you look closely you can see that the four different trucks spell out our son's name (E bulldozer, Z cherry picker, R cement mixer, A excavator).
We decided that a room full of two year olds is not conducive to organized party games, rather we set up "stations" where the kids could stop and play interspersed with comfortable seating so that the adults could remain close and chat. The "sand pits" with playground sand, construction trucks, plastic construction workers, and shovels, were the biggest hit. Next, we set up and art area complete with poster board taped to the floor, washable markers, crayons, and stickers. The poster boards were COVERED in artwork by the end of the party, we're going to hang them on the wall in our hallway for a while.
We set out bigger trucks in a play area near the couches, which the kids could push around and be loud with. And, luckily, it was a beautiful day, so a lot of time was spent on the porch playing chase and just generally being two.
We wanted to keep the food "kid friendly" but adult appealing. We went for peanut butter and honey triangles, cheese sticks, clementines, mini pretzels, fruit leather, granola bars and juice boxes. Nothing required a plate or utensils, which was fabulous.
Our son hates candles so my husband decorated each cupcake with it's own "Ezra" button. I made the drawstring goody bags from Michael Miller's "Dig It" fabric and filled them with anything construction related I could get my hands on, including stickers, a truck, playdough, suckers, and crayons. Most of these I was able to find at the dollar store and then embellish with stickers my husband created from printer labels.