24 September 2011

Little Lumberjack 2nd Birthday!

Whew! What a day! All the planning and stressing, and new etsy sellers totally letting me down, all came together for a great day for our little guy. Lots of family and friends and a whole lot of sugar!
Sharing a few pictures tonight, but I think my friend Stephanie, memoriesbystephanie, who is amazing with a camera took some that I am sure will be awesome! But I did take a few before all the craziness started so I could share tonight!

Details, details
Burlap and Paper Banner
I used some branches to make a wannabe tree and used the pillow box owls for some toddler treats, since there would be a couple little ones who are too young for all the good stuff. I just put some of the little yogurt melts in there for them.

When I thought about Lumberjacks, I thought they probably would use an old style lunchbox. I was able to find one for a great price so I used it to hold the S'mores pops! If I had a little more time I would have covered the Styrofoam.

We've had this truck for a few years, it was in the yard decor section at Michael's, it's been re- painted a couple times and almost made it's way to the garage sale pile a few times too. So glad I kept it, it tied in perfectly with this theme! The little "logs" are tp rolls covered in shelf liner and card stock ends. They are filled with little baggies of trail mix!

I tried to find some themed candies too! Harder than I thought!
So I have some black and red candies, not licorice, but it would have worked. Was trying to mimic the buffalo check that lumberjacks wear. And the little brown ones are some kind of maple candy. Lumberjacks and pancakes go together (I don't really get it) and pancakes make me think of maple... soo that was as close as I got!

And I don't have a good picture of them, but also in the front was a red bucket full of the little wafer cookies, they look like little round logs, which is why I picked them up!

Our local bakery has THE best frosting, and I really didn't feel like baking anymore yesterday, it was too hot. I had them make a little mini cake and just leave the frosting plain. I just used a little fork and made some bark lines, nothing too fancy, it's for a 2 year old who doesn't care much! And the F in the back, I am loving the monograms done on tables! I just used a paper mache letter and some moss and glue. Easy and I like the way it looked with everything.

And the big white stand, I just added some ribbon to the edges with hot glue,
 it came right off when the party was over! 
On the top and 3rd one down is Marshmallow Axes

I made the marshmallow axes with the flat stackable marshmallows, I cut each one in half then trimmed to this shape, stuck the pretzel through the small end and covered in red candy melts! Easy and yummy.

The second one down had these little mini cookie chocolate things. I hunted online for days and days to find something I could use. Finally found a flickr page with a picture of these, I had NO idea what they were called though. Thankfully Kim, at frostmeblog.blogspot.com is a super sleuth, she helped me find the name, not that I could say it, or spell it anymore. And I called all over town, found it at the Japanese grocery store!
Aren't they just the cutest?! And they are pretty tasty, they taste like the chocorooms kinda, but better.

The bottom one was cookies, just sugar cookies I spruced up a little. I didn't have a lot of time so I wasn't going to do too much detail. All I did was make the dough, chill it in the freezer, slice it and rolled the edges in coco powder before baking them. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I was hoping it would look like the darker bark. I used pb frosting for the swirls!

The whole thing

And the cupcakes, I did super simple decorations, but I did make a little funkier cupcake than usual.
I made vanilla, chocolate and also pancakes and bacon. Kinda weird but super tasty!

And I had a few activities planned for the kids! One was to decorate a planter and plant a little sapling, I was so bummed when the new to etsy seller didn't get the memo on how orders worked and couldn't get them to me in time. So instead I had hubby make some wood slices from a branch in our scrap pile, drill a hole in each one and made it a necklace for the kids to color and put a few stickers on. Wasn't my first choice but it turned out fine and the kids all had fun.

I also made a pinata to look like a log, out of an oatmeal box. But I didn't get any pictures, because I was busy making sure no one got hit with the big plastic axe they were using to hit it! But I think the little ones had the best time with it! Some of the girls especially! I love how excited they get!

The other thing I did, but most kids were not so interested in it, was a little photo op. The big plastic axe and a tie on lumberjack beard my aunt helped me with! I knot nothing about knitting or crocheting, she made me the main part and I added the "hair" I tried to get Finnley to wear it a little each day and he just wasn't having it :(

But a few were willing (or forced, or maybe even bribed!)

The party was fun and I can't believe he is 2 already!
We got him a cabbage patch kid, with glasses, since he JUST got them. I love how he loves it already! And it's so pasty and white haired, just like him!

I was just about to say that we have no more kid parties until February (Wonderland for her, Baseball for him) but now I am thinking maybe I should do a Halloween one, since I will have NO time to plan/prep and that seems to work well for me!
So watch for MORE Halloween party stuff!


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