I blogged about the centerpieces last week. I used a variety of animals such as birds, bunnies, hedgehogs, and owls.
I also blogged last week about my technique for making this garland. I really love this garland. Probably more than a normal person should love a bunch of crepe paper knotted up on twine. I should string it from the ceilings in my house.
I tried to keep the food fairly simple, since the children never really eat anything but the cake or cupcakes anyway. The food really served as snacks for the adults who were
I made really quick and simple favors for the children at Henry's party. I bought little sticker books from the Irvine Nature Center gift shop, found small magnifying glasses at Michael's Crafts, and then threw in a few packs of gummy bears (I found these small packs in a HUGE bag at World Market). I wrapped it all up in a bandana (you can find at most craft stores and even the $1 store).
We had a fantastic member of the Irvine Nature Center staff lead the kids through story time. Each of the children also had the opportunity to pet a turtle, a hedgehog, and an owl.
|The birthday boy!!! He was very excited about his raccoon shirt (mostly because he liked to say "raccoon")|
|Henry running around in circles, apparently for the entertainment of the other kids.|
|Me and my birthday boy.|
|Sometimes he's a little goofball.|
After reading a story and
Back to the party for cake and gifts. Henry LOVES him some "cakey" (as he calls it). I wasn't thinking and didn't attempt to hide the cupcakes (all 35 of them) when I brought them home on Friday night. So he had one for dinner that night and he spotted them the minute he arrived at the party.
|Henry and other children pretending to eat food that isn't cake.|
|He finally got to eat his cupcake!|
Henry had a great time and managed to survive the day with his sanity intact despite only having a 30 minute nap in lieu of his usual 3 hour nap. I guess it's time to start planning his 3rd birthday party!!!!