It is hard to believe our little guy is two already! We had so much fun planning a party for him. Rather than having a big party like we did for his first birthday, we kept it a small family party. He is going through a shy phase, and we wanted him to enjoy his own party!
Last year, he wasn't sure what to do with the candle. This year, he loves to blow out candles. He tries to blow them out even when they aren't lit! We had sort of an old fashioned theme going, though I didn't go out of my way to make it obvious. A vintage milkshake maker, some old fashioned cake recipes and cookies in the shape of "Jax" were some of the hits. The little guy loved all of it!
We made a peanut butter sheet cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting. It was a hit!
I ordered a custom cookie cutter so he could have "Jax" cookies.
We had a milkshake bar. My brother Collin (who is being a goof below) has this vintage mulitmixer milkshake maker. You can make 5 milkshakes at once! We had cheesecake bites, chocolate cookies, homemade hot fudge, homemade strawberry puree, whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles for the milkshakes. I ordered milkshake straws that have an extra large diameter so you could get all the goodness up. Jax loves drinking through straws (and ice cream!), so he was pretty happy with this part of the party! Chloe kicked off the milkshake making, but everyone else jumped in soon after.
Two of Jaxon's uncles at the party.
I kept the ice cream and whipped cream cold with frozen balloons. It was a fun way to have ice in the bucket without having to worry about the water getting everywhere as it melted. Those balloons stayed frozen for the whole party and into the night. We eventually just put them outside to melt. The next day, Jax had fun throwing them at the driveway until they popped!
The rain finally went away and we were able to move outside. Jax shared his new ball with everyone, but threatened to hose them if they didn't give it back ;-)
Another shot of the milkshakes... yum!
The overflow station... extra utensils, cookies and some snack mix.
Jax and daddy reading a card.
Jax's betrothed watching him blow out his candles.
The big moment! He got those candles, but it took a couple of tries.
This seems like a very serious card!
Jax's daycare treats. He thinks he needs "treats" all of the time now. That wasn't the best word to teach him!
My milkshake. Pretty darn good, if I do say so. Vanilla ice cream with cheesecake chunks and strawberry puree. Topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and of course some sprinkles. It was a party after all!
The big buffet full of treats. Pumpkin pie cupcakes, cookies and two kinds of cake! After all of the sweets we moved outside and lit a fire. We grilled up a bunch of pizzas and had a good time. It can't be all sugar all of the time (or at least that is what I have been told)!