Name: Kingston, 2
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Our son Kingston just turned two. When it came time to start planning his second birthday party, it was important to us to come up with a theme that was something he would love and something that represented his two-year-old interests. One of his favorite toys is a wooden train set we gave him for Christmas this year. We loved the aesthetic of vintage locomotive imagery, so we decided to go with a vintage train theme.
The look of the party centered around the custom printable decorations that we created with our good friend and designer Eva Black for our printables company Paper Cow
. Eva is an extremely talented designer and did a phenomenal job bringing our train theme vision to life.
We hosted the party in small backyard, decorated 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 designed the food and party favor table to coordinate with our vintage train theme as well.
For food I put together a summer style barbeque buffet. I made barbeque grilled chicken, a potato and green bean salad in olive oil dressing, baked beans and a mixed fruit salad.
For cake, we decided to go with cupcakes. Cupcakes allowed us to offer our guests a variety of choices, which we really enjoyed doing. I personally loved using the opportunity to find and try out new cupcake recipes. I found two recipes online that looked amazingly delicious. The first was a lime-coconut cupcake because my husband and I love all things coconut. The second was a twist on a traditional chocolate cupcake called chocolate malt. Both flavors got rave reviews. These recipes were a bit of work but the flavor is well worth it! We used the custom cupcake toppers and wrappers from our party decoration theme, designed by Eva, on each of the cupcakes. In the end, the cake table was one of my favorite elements. It looked amazing.
We gave out hand-poured soy candles to the adult guests and wooden train whistles and conductors hats to the kids as party favors. All favors were tagged with our custom party favor tags. We found this to be a super cute and fairly affordable way of saying thanks to all of our guests.
Overall, the party was a pretty good amount of work, but it was an absolute blast and a big hit. Hosting a really special and memorable event, especially for someone you love, is totally worth all the effort!
(Images: Melissa Fischer)
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