George turned “2” on Friday, October 9th, and we celebrated all weekend long. On Friday, we kicked off the day with a birthday zucchini muffin. George loved that we sang to him and kept saying “again, again!”
We took mini Sprinkles cupcakes to George’s school and his class celebrated during snack time. We also made little party favors for George’s classmates — bubbles and play doh. They were a hit!
That evening, my parents and John’s parents came over for a family dinner. I made baked ziti and garlic bread and we had a little salad on the side. Of course, the main event was George’s cake. He was in heaven!
On Saturday, our friends and family helped us celebrate our “Wild Child” with a party at the Houston Zoo.
We booked the Yellow Pavilion in the Children’s Zoo area and it was the perfect venue.
Because we were the first party of the day, they let us set up at 9:00 am (30 minutes before party time). We tried to keep things pretty simple again this year — we wanted to have good food and drink, as well as an environment that fostered fellowship, fun and a fabulous time. Mission accomplished!
We had the majority of the food and drink catered, but we provided a bunch of pre-packaged snack and breakfast foods too. Some may think that we took the easy way out by ordering in almost all the food…and you would be right! Because we were bringing everything into the Zoo (except drinks – the Zoo catered that), it just made it easier to have it all prepared. Besides, Whole Foods always does a great job and they have lots of healthy options that make parents happy and kids healthy. Win, Win.
The centerpiece of the food was a delicious cake with a tier of white cake with lemon filling and a tier of chocolate cake with fudge filling. Both were amazing, although my favorite was the white cake/lemon filling tier. So delicious.
When we initially booked the party, I was worried that our guests might be bored. Boy was I wrong! During the party, our guests explored the Children’s Zoo area, rode the carousel, helped themselves to food and drink, and visited with each other. After a while, we gathered in the Pavilion and had our cake celebration.
Then, a zoo keeper came in with a rabbit and a lizard for the kids to pet and get to know. The keeper was nice, very knowledgeable and got the kids excited about the animals.
John, George and I had a great time visiting with family and friends at the party and we greatly appreciate the effort our friends and family made to join us. The laughs, smiles and memories made last weekend will stick with us for years. We have great family and friends and the party was a great reminder of that fact.
We love you, George! Special thanks again to our friends and family for helping us celebrate this milestone, especially those who traveled from far away.
Since some folks will ask, here are the vendors we used for the party. To be clear, we paid for all goods and services, and opinions expressed here are our own.
- Cake: Three Brothers Bakery
- Cake Topper: Amazon
- “2” Sparkler Candle: Emerson Sloan
- Food: Whole Foods Catering (Bellaire location); Houston Zoo (drinks)
- Cookies: Made by our dear friend Laura
- Birthday Banner: Etsy via Krafting Krystle
- George Birthday centerpiece: Etsy via Crafty Cards
- Favor Bag Tags: Etsy via Boise Tickets and Tags
- Invitations: Etsy via LingsDesignStudio
- Animal print party napkins, plates and decor: Amazon
- Photos for Banner: Social Print Studio
- Animal figurines and stuffed snake: Houston Zoo Gift Shop