It’s September, and although it was 98 degrees outside today, I just know cooler weather is around the corner. Fall gets me thinking about our sons second birthday coming up next month. Last year he dressed up as a gnome for Halloween, so we continued the theme to his first birthday party. Here’s the invitation Mark made last year:
He drew the gnomes and cupcake, scanned them, and colored in photoshop. Oh right, the reason our son even dressed up as a gnome for Halloween is because Mark has a crazy Tom Clark gnome collection, with too many to count, I’m talking like a hundred too many. Check out the top of our bookshelves. And this isn’t even 1/4 of them.
Seriously, they’re everywhere. We have two sitting on a windowsill above our front door and I thought we had a bird in the house for a month whenever I’d see them out of the corner of my eye…
But no, I love the gnomes really, i just think they’re also hilarious. So back to last years birthday party… We put our son’s gnome Halloween costume that I made on a stuffed lion to greet the guests at the front door.
We had some games set up in the backyard for his little friends, garden games if you will. We made a cardboard box tunnel with fabric strips hanging through that we spray painted to look like a fallen log.we also made a bean bag toss, the target was a tree painted on foam board with a couple holes in it, and the bean bags were gnomes. I wish I had taken more pictures, but we still have the bean bags. I just filled them with dried pinto beans.
So I guess now its time to think of a theme for his second birthday… Probably will be kind of low key with just a few little friends over to play I hope. First birthday is kind of a big deal to me, but I don’t thin it needs to be extravagant every year, especially when he’s too young to even remember it. Growing up I was completely happy to have a couple friends over to swim (yey for summer birthdays) and blow a candle out on a cake. But at least the cake/cupcakes/cookies/whatever I decide to bake can be themed without going overboard, right?!
Have you thrown a birthday party for your kids lately? What was it like? What was their favorite part about it?