If it ever goes quiet around here chances are I’m probably planning a party…and that’s exactly where I have been (I like leaving everything to the last minute). On Saturday the 23rd we celebrated our little Shaney turning TWO! I now understand why parents always see their youngest as their babies. In my eyes I refuse to believe my little guy is growing up, so he will forever be my baby.
Shane you are anything but a baby these days though. You are a spunky, smart, curious, funny, dancing, laughing, sweet, and energetic carbon copy of your big brother. You LOVE to follow Nathan’s every move and copy each little thing he does. You two are inseparable. I must say Shane, you are one tough cookie and can easily pin down your big brother, and give out bear hugs that will bring you to tears. You love to do everything by yourself, and if I so much as reach out a helping hand you swat it away. It always makes me giggle because I love how independent you are.
Aside from Nathan, your favorite things are garbage trucks, trains, playgrounds, books, puzzles, Nemo, music & DANCING, shoes, and animals. You are completely obsessed with anything that barks, meows, tweets, oinks or moos and that is why we decided to do a barnyard theme for your big second birthday. It was such a special day with all your best buddies. You floated around the party just smiling, playing, painting, taking pictures, hitting the pinata, and eating endless PB&J sandwiches.
Happy Birthday Shane, Shaney, Baby Brother, Big Chubby, Diaper Baby! You are so loved!
Some photos from his special Day:
With Nathan’s birthday being right in the prime heat of the Summer, we thought a Splash Bash would be a fun way to keep the guests cool this year. I had originally planned a big party at one of the local splash pads but as the date approached I just didn’t think I could pull it off. We have always had help in the past years, but this time I knew it would just be me and Greg trying to make 10 trips back and forth to set things up and it just didn’t seem possible with the two boys in tow.
We ended up deciding to have a smaller party at home this year with a few of his best buds, and make the most of the space we had. It ended up being the best decision. It was stress free, easy to set up and take down, comfortable, convenient and so much fun!!!
I set up the front room with a dessert and snack table that had cake pops, jello swimming pools, donut inner tubes, Nutter Butter flip flop cookies, fish food, cupcakes, and lollipops stuck into flip flops. In front of the table I had beach buckets filled with squirt guns, bubbles, sunglasses, sidewalk chalk, swirly straws, flip flops and frisbees for each of Nathan’s friends.
In our dining room I put all the food that included chicken croissant sandwiches, turkey roll ups, buckets filled with snacks, a veggie platter with dressing that you could “take a dip” into, watermelon beach balls, and pasta salad. I also made bagged lunches for the kids that included PB&J sandwiches, apple sauce pouches, string cheese, yogurt and apple juice boxes.
The beverage station was outside, as well as the kids’ table, water play area and a giant palm tree bounce house. We opened up the back door of our garage that leads to our lawn and had the bounce house in our driveway facing into the garage. It worked out great to have the kids all contained between the yard, garage and bounce house. It felt surprisingly spacious too considering the small amount of space we were working with.
The water play area had a pool with squirt toys, water balloons, a water table, bubble machine, sponge balls, frisbeees, extra towels, and sunblock. The kids just ran back and forth between the water area and the bounce house, while the parents ran back and forth between the food and the beer and wine. :) It led to a really fun day for all.
Nathan was in birthday heaven and couldn’t believe this whole day was for him. I loved this year so much because he really understood that it was his special day. He was so excited the night before and jumped out of his bed at 6:00am because he knew it was party day. He spent the whole morning staring out the front window asking when his friends would be over.
Although the invitation said the party was from 11:00-1:00 the last of our friends trickled out around 4:00 and the bounce house kept going until 6:30pm. Nathan ended his day with an evening swim with Daddy and the neighbors, and came home one happy but exhausted Birthday Boy! Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us…it was a splashing good time! xo
We celebrated yesterday with friends, family and neighbors! I think I tried every version of corned beef and cabbage known to man, and had my first Irish Car-bomb since college! This mama still has it (not really, not really at all!).
I made this easy, fairly healthy, and festive rainbow fruit platter! Within minutes it was attacked by all the kids, and I was happy to see they went for the fruit before the “clouds” and “gold”.
I used strawberries, Cuties, pineapple, kiwi and blackberries. You could definitely use cantaloupe, honeydew, green or purple grapes, blueberries, and mango as well. The marshmallows were clouds but whip cream could also be fun, and I used Rolos as the pot of gold!
I hope you all have a lucky and SAFE St. Patty’s Day weekend!
Shane has always been our little monkey since the day he was born. The first morning they met, his big brother Nathan had placed his gift of a sock monkey doll into Shane’s isolate at the hospital, and we have loved those little iconic monkeys ever since. We had so many cute photos of Shane with his beloved sock monkey that it seemed to the be obvious choice for a theme for his first birthday party!
I went with a color theme of red, white, light blue and brown and tried to incorporate a monkey theme into as much as I could. We had a build-your-own sock monkey puppet station where the kids could make puppets and play with them in the little door theater I made. There was also a sock monkey photo booth, a Pin the Tail on the Sock Monkey game, sock monkey coloring book pages and of course tons of sweet treats to keep the kids entertained. The monkey themed food included “Monkey mix”, banana chips, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Jungle Juice, and Monkey vine licorice ropes.
Each little guest got a party hat that I made for them as well as a sock monkey stuffed animal with their name on them! They could also stock up on treats from the candy buffet One of my favorite parts was having a sign near the photo booth with our own party hash tag for our friends and family to tag all their Instagram photos to. After the party was over it was so much fun to look through all the photos that everyone posted! Especially the ones of Shane devouring his entire smash cake handful by handful!
There was also a surprise guest! For our other son’s first birthday Daddy surprised everyone (including me) by dressing up as Elmo. This year he fooled us all again and came dressed in a giant turkey costume! I know you’re thinking that has nothing to do with sock monkeys, but Shane was born the day before Thanksgiving so we all thought it was pretty funny!
Shane was all smiles his whole party and was so happy all his friends and family were there to monkey around on his very special day! We had such a memorable time celebrating our Little Monkey’s first birthday!