Howdy Strangers! Boy do I have a lot to catch up on; it's been the best, most miserable summer and I have a lot of excuses for my long absence. The most pertinent at the moment being: Roman turned 2 on September 2nd! You know what that means?! Golden birthday! Obviously it had to be extra this year. Roman has shown a lot of interest in animals ["shown interest" is a loose term for having been brainwashed] and we go to the zoo at every opportunity, so I thought a jungle theme would be a lot of fun. But I'm also a literal person and really needed to throw gold in there somewhere, so I landed on a Jungle Explorer theme, I mean Indiana Jones is always finding gold and stuff in the jungle, right?!
I Pinterested the shit out of this party. Randi and I spent every available weekend this summer cutting out leaves, making flowers and vines, and coming up with interesting ways to develop our theme. She made it a total blast! I love crafting, but I would have been completely overwhelmed if she wasn't there to help me process all of the ideas and make me laugh a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Like so much I almost peed my pants in Frey Meyer at one point.
All of our hard work paid off in the end! My house was transformed into a toddler-appropriate jungle adventure complete with animal paw prints on the floor, a (paper) waterfall where my fireplace should be, vines and flowers strung across my ceiling, and some cool old-worldly touches to give it that scientific explorer vibe. I loved how it all came together! I wish I had more pictures, but I was busy, busy on party day and didn't actually take any until after everyone had left.
The party itself was a smashing success. I felt honored to have so many people show up! My biggest apprehension going into it was that Roman would be overwhelmed and cranky with so many guests in our house (there was about 40 people all told), but he handled it like a champ! In fact, it was a really great because with so many people to help keep an eye on him I didn't have to chase him constantly like I normally do, so I got to relax and socialize with adults, and he got to feel independent running around like a big kid (at least I imagine this is how he felt, he didn't specifically communicate his experience). He loved having everyone sing to him almost as much as he loved eating his cupcake frosting!
He was also way more into opening his presents which was fun, but he did want to play with every toy after opening it. I can't blame him! He got fun stuff! Luckily a couple of his pals helped speed it along.
Most importantly I think everyone had a good time hanging out. We had a golden egg hunt for the kids, and plenty of stuff around for them to play with. Since I had more folks than usual, and a lot of them didn't know each other, I was worried that the adults would be more awkward to engage, but every time I was able to glance around it looked like everyone found folks to chat with. My friend, Trish, really elevated the entertainment factor with her T Rex costume!
Overall I think it was a pretty epic 2nd birthday party, and I'm incredibly grateful for everyone that helped me pull it off. My Nana for cutting out paw prints, making chocolate jungle animals, and scorpion fossil peanut butter cookies. Troy for beautifying our house and making all of the cupcakes and cheese fondue. My mom, Sue, and Nancy for bringing extra food and drinks. My Aunt and Uncle and fam for showing up early to help with finishing touches. And obviously Randi for everything! I'm doubly grateful for my little boy whose adventurous attitude is what it's all about! Dedicated 2 year old post on him coming soon! <3
Hey Strangers, what is the most memorable party you have had or been to?