Second Birthday Party. Er...Play Date

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When I started thinking about Jacob's second birthday a few weeks months ago, I promised myself, and my husband, that I would keep it simple and low key. I decided to have a morning play date to celebrate his birthday NOT a party. There's a difference, you know.

Second birthday party decorations

In my head, labeling it a play date and not a party took all the pressure off so I could focus on doing a few cute things and enjoying the day with my boy.

Second birthday party

Ends up that a morning play date was kind of a good idea. My mom friends were happy to come out on a Friday morning instead of taking precious and limited family time on a weekend to go to a birthday party. Jake loved having his guy pals here to play with him and I seriously wish I could have my friends over for coffee on a weekly basis.

I went with a construction "theme" since Jake has become obsessed with Bob the Builder and any sort of construction equipment. BUT I limited decorating to the cakes and nothing else. (check in tomorrow for printables)

Construction birthday cupcakes

The menu was simple:

Lots of sugar for the kids. Lots of coffee for the moms.

Munchkins, muffins, bagels, cupcakes, and cake.

Coffee, juice, and water.

Playing at the birthday party

All the boys needed was a (former) water table filled with sand and lots of cars and trains to keep them entertained. They didn't stop long enough for me to get a picture of any of their faces.

Of course, my friends defied my request for a present-less birthday play date and brought some cute clothes and toys for Jake. ((thanks guys!)) Oh and you know present-opening is a team sport.

Opening birthday presents

I'm pretty sure this might be my way to go when celebrating my children's birthdays in the future. It was simple, quick, and fun for everyone involved.

Construction birthday party cake

Oh another note... I still can't get over the fact that I have a two-year-old. Phil and I still act like two-year-olds half the time.

The celebration extended into the evening. Hub's birthday is on Friday so our parents joined us for dinner time (take out pizza... I'm telling you: no stress!) We celebrated both my boys.

Strawberry shortcake cake

And as usual, The Pioneer Woman delivered with this delishhh strawberry shortcake cake recipe. It was such an instant hit that I never got a good shot of it. But I promise you that it's really good and you should try it before strawberry prices go up to $10 a pound for the winter.

Construction Birthday Play Date

Cake inspiration from here.

Traffic cones were made out of homemade fondant using this recipe, but replacing marshmallows for marshmallow fluff.

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