As I’ve noted on recent posts, I’m literally going back in time, writing about past birthdays because they really are worth sharing! Because my kids were younger, I always hosted the parties at home, so I made sure there was an abundance of food, drink stations, and favors galore- both for adults and kids. The parties had no definite duration, and just lasted until they lasted.
When kids were younger, of course they didn’t know how to pick a theme, but each time, I really wanted to pick one that fit their personality or their current interests at the time. Ethan has always been a foodie. I bake all the time, and my 2 older just have always been around it and don’t care for it much, but Ethan- Ethan was different. He loved helping me in the kitchen, and tasting my sweet creations. And a boy after my own heart- he LOVED cookies! We would call him cookie monster, thus- the theme for his second birthday!
Some people shy away from character themes because it can become cheesy. For me, I wanted to create a Cookie Monster party that was different and stream lined, but wanted to bring a rustic feel to it. Here’s what I came up with:
Yes that backdrop was EPIC and it was made by my ever-so-talented younger cousin, Sonia!!! We actually re-did our fence and I saved ALL the scrap wood. I knew it would come in handy!!!! My husband put together the panels and then Sonia, hand painted it. The design was inspired from the invitation:
We made a sign to welcome guests, and Ethan waited anxiously to get the party started:
I kind of went nuts on the cookies and cookie themed desserts. I know for sure, I wanted a cookie bar. I included chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, m&m cookies…..all the goods, including my decorated cookies:
I also made “cookies and cream” and “chocolate chip cookie dough” cake pops and adorned them with cookie crispies cereal:
My friend Anna, made me those cookie monster macarons- aren’t they awesome?!
I also found a recipe for red velvet cookie bars but changed it to blue velvet to fit the theme. Yes, cookie overload!
I wanted to incorporate the cookies and milk combo as much as possible because its so classic and just so cute. I had these little jars that I’ve used for jell-o in past parties, but I wanted it to resemble milk, so I thought of making panna cotta and topped it with dulce de leche:
I styled it with blue and white striped paper straws and stuck more of those cereal cookie crispies in there. I loved how they turned out!
For guests to take home some of these goodies, I provided paper milk cartons that I labeled as “2% milk”……see what I did there? ha.
Of course, I also had to have a milk bar to go with all the cookies:
So earlier, I mentioned abundance…….. aside from juice boxes, and milk, I wanted to offer a refreshing drink station because his birthday is in July after all. I decided to make an Italian Soda bar complete with instructions and various flavors:
It was a big hit! And of course, I couldn’t just serve them in regular cups! I purchased these cookie decals from Andrea of Mac Creations- aren’t the just adorable?
I also mentioned cookie overload, and not only did I have a cookie bar, I offered cookie ice cream sandwiches as well. I mean, we really brought out the monster in cookie monster!
I decided it was way too hot for a jumper this time, so I seeked another form of entertainment. Ethan was a fan of balloon and bubbles, and he still is in fact. In the backyard, I had a bubble machine running the whole time, he was so amazed:
We also had a balloon twister which was a hit for kids of all ages:
I love favors both for kids and adults. Aside from the cookie bar, I also made cookie jars for guests to take home and bake later, ya know, in case they didn’t have enough sugar that day lol
I loved pre measuring these and filling them with blue m&m’s and even including the mini whisks.
For the kids, we made favor boxes to resemble the Cookie Monster and adorned it with coordinating ribbon. Big brother and Sister were a great help!
Birthdays are exhausting for 2 year olds! It was one of the reasons why I hosted at home because we didn’t have to be on a tight schedule. If he fell asleep, we let him sleep. We ended the day with him trying to blow his candles…….
Look at his heart eyes!
And when the party was over, he didn’t have to drive far…….lol I just love this Cookie Monster so much!