I gotta say… With two kid birthdays under my belt, I think I’m getting better at the whole crafty-mom-DIY-birthday-theme thing.
I’ve never been overly confident in my crafting ability, nor my ability to have a great event vision that I then execute. But dare I say: I think I’m improving.
To illustrate, let’s do a little comparison.
- Theme: First Birthday Fiesta!
This wasn’t really a “theme” so much as an “inspiration” or an “excuse to decorate in bright colors and serve Mexican food.”
- Number of DIY Projects: 1.
My beloved birthday banner, featuring a picture of Ryan from each month of life. I was very proud of that banner. Still am, actually.
- Menu: Mexican food.
Tacos, bean & corn salad, jalapeno poppers, chips & salsa (plus a couple of Coronas to wash it all down). The food was a definite hit.
- Dessert: Cake.
Ryan was totally unimpressed. In fact, Dude still doesn’t like cake, on account of he’s some kind of crazy person.
- Theme: Choo-choo-choo! Ryan’s Turning Two!
- Number of DIY Projects: 4.
A birthday train banner, a “Ryan’s Railway” sign, a “Dining Car” sign for the buffet, and a handmade “Dessert Car” that held toppings for the Sundae Bar.
- Menu: Barbecue.
Brats, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad, spinach dip, chips, etc. Basic and ridiculously easy, yet something everyone enjoys. I am tempted to stick with some variation on this for the next 16 birthdays.
- Dessert: Sundae Bar.
Although Ryan still solidly prefers salty or savory over sweet, we have discovered one treat the kid truly loves: Ice cream. It’s his party, so he gets what he likes. We did it up right with three different kinds of ice cream and a whole host of toppings, including sprinkles, crushed Oreos, walnuts, fresh strawberries and chocolate or caramel syrup. Ryan was in heaven.
I loved his first party but I think the second was a bit more polished. Most importantly, everyone seemed to have a good time; particularly Ryan who wanted each new toy unpackaged and assembled and placed in front of him immediately upon opening like Right Now, hurry-hurry-hurry.
Fair warning: Ryan’s party was Sunday, but his actual birthday is on Friday. Mucho sappiness to come.