My son's second birthday was December 27. I did not make a huge deal out of first birthday because he didn't really understand what was going on, so I wanted his second birthday to be a fabulous event.
After going over a few different themes I finally settled on a Little Man theme. When I found this invitation on Party Box Designon Etsy, I knew it was the perfect theme.
I wanted my son to look like the Little Man that he is, so I found the cutest necktie t-shirt at Jam n' Jelli on Etsy. During the party though he wore a necktie t-shirt I made to match Daddy and Mommy.
I called around to every party store in the area looking for a giant mustache balloon or pinata, but no luck. Instead I made one out of foam to hang from the ceiling.
I made the necktie banner using my handy dandy Silhouette SD. (If you're into the cutting machines, like Cricket, you totally need to check out the Silhouette. It does the same things as the Cricket except you don't need to buy separate cartridges for each new shape.) Do you like the mustaches the birthday boy is sporting in some of his photos?
I made Mug-staches for the favors and filled them with hot cocoa mix and cookie lollipops. I found a great tutorial for the mugs at See Cate Create. I was so surprised at how easy they were to make and how little time it actually took. I have no idea why anyone would spend $15 a mug to buy these on Etsy when I made 27 of them for $30.
I found the cookie lollipop recipe on Cookie Madness. I used the Michelle Bommarito recipe. The dough was very crumbly which made it very difficult to work with and I wasn't super thrilled with the taste either, but the birthday boy was a huge fan of the finished product, so I can't complain too much.
My favorite part of the favors though was the necktie ribbon I made to close the baggies. I'm pretty proud I thought of that little detail.
I also made mustaches out of felt served in beer mugs for our party guests. Everyone had a blast picking their perfect 'stache and modeling it for the camera. Even my unborn niece joined in the fun. As you can see all the guests came appropriately attired in their neckties!
I made Chocolate (Root) Beer Cupcakes for the cake smashing event. (Last year, I made vanilla cupcakes for my son's first birthday and I got in trouble for not making chocolate which is better for photos apparently. I didn't want to make the same mistake again...) The cupcakes turned out nicely and everyone, especially the guest of honor, quite enjoyed them. I forgot to get a good close up shot of them, but I decorated them with neckties, mustaches, and "2"s.
I didn't take pictures of the rest of the food, but we served what I called, "Man Food." My husband made his soon-to-be famous hot wings with his signature hot sauce and a honey BBQ sauce. We also served up sliders, chips and dip, cheese and bologna and tator tots. Everything a man needs to fill himself up. I also had bottled (root) beer to cool down mouths after scarfing down the wings.
Another little detail I was especially fond of was the napkins. I found these cute necktie napkins that went perfectly with the Little Man theme.
And of course, every Little Man needs his hat! While the birthday boy wouldn't wear his hat during the party, he was all about modeling it for Mommy and Daddy later in the evening.
And just a FYI, chocolate cake makes a huge mess and if the birthday boy wants to help clean it up, you might as well let him because you know by his 12th birthday party he'll refuse to go anywhere near the vacuum.