I shared the beginnings of the set-up for my son’s firetruck birthday in my It’s Coming…. post, but here are the rest of the photos from the party in celebration of Judah turning 2. We started off Sunday morning with gluten-free bluberry muffins–which we’ve slowly turned vegan over time by edging out eggs and then butter and substituting oil and applesauce. Judah calls muffins “cupcakes” and granola bars “cookies”, so you can imagine his pint-sized delight when he infrequently gets his little hands on the sugary real macoys. He loves to help in the kitchen, and it’s so incredible to me how he is now understanding that certain things are “hot” or “dangerous” or that we have to “wait.” “It’s daengerus, Mommy?” “Yes, Judah, it’s dangerous.” “It’s hot, it’s hot Mommy?” “Yes, it’s hot, we can’t touch.” (Sigh.)
The box of batter makes too many muffins for a tray of 12 minis, so I fill up a few ramekins and we eat the blueberry souffles for breakfast throughout the week.
Even though we’re still in the process of moving in/decorating our new home, we got the gold mirrors up this week in time for the party, but are still waiting on wallpaper/paint. I’m beyond anxious to get the house done and share the final result! Here’s the tablescape for the birthday party and some of the themed red/white decor around our apartment.
We met everyone at the firehouse across the street from us. The firemen were so friendly and accommodating, letting 15 kids stop by to see and sit in the trucks and squeal around. All the kids got hats and they even turned on the truck lights, and, just before we left, the siren. Judah was in 7th heaven–as I’ve mentioned many times on the blog, we stop on the skybridge every morning to check in on the status of the firetrucks. Many times they are “sleeping” and, previously unbeknowst to me, they take many “baths.” Today one of the trucks was backing up into the garage, and Judah insisted on not only waiting for it to park, but watching to see whether it was going to come back out again. Unfortunatley, “Mommy has to get to work” doesn’t amount to much leverage for a 2 year old.
At various points at the firestation, Judah was running in between the trucks while remarking, “Oh my goooooodness! Oh my gooooodness!” and “Woooww!” (The cutest.)
The little girls seemed to enjoy the outing the least, covering their ears when the sirens went off, not wanting to get in the trucks, and generally displaying a state of confusion, disinterest, and bewilderment. I used to feel the same way…until I witnessed my son’s sheer fascination with firetrucks, tractors, and airplanes as soon as he was able to construct a thought. And, trust me, it’s not due to the fact that I haven’t been trying to steer him toward more feminine interests.
We offered veggie burgers, which I bought, reformed into minis, and baked; fries; and a few lighter-colored condiments to minimize the likelihood of ketchup on our off-white chairs. The spread included pickles, arugula, fakin’ bacon, various cheeses, and secret sauce (vegan mayo with a little ketchup and paprika). I wasn’t sure how the veggie burgers would go over, so I decided to set out some mini-soft pretzel bites, croissants, and veggies with hummus, just in case.
And for dessert, these gorgeous creatures were created by my favorite Alexandria Cake Pop Company. We used them for my husband’s 40th birthday, and I am now completely spoiled. Instead of cake pops, though, for Judah’s birthday we ordered these chocolate dipped marshmellows, which I thought would be easier for 2 year olds to eat, and have a little less sugar. I garnished the tray with maraschino cherries–the pops looked and tasted divine.
Besides the cake, we also ordered mini cupcakes from our local bakery. The birthday boy kept grabbing picking them one-by-one off the table. We usually don’t give the little swiper (if you don’t get this reference, feel grateful) sugar, but, since it was his birthday, I let it pass. My guess is that he had about 6-14 cupcakes that day.And, finally, my signature for all my children’s parties (including the upcoming baby shower I am throwing for a dear friend), pink bubbly with a fruit garnish. I included 4-6 pomegranate seeds in all of the ladies’ pink sparkling wine glasses (men, in general, had beer) and everyone seemed to adore it.For the grand finale, one of our friends coincidentally happened to have a fireman puppet and brought it to the party. The show turned out to be absolutely spectacular–the fireman was hilarious (a little cheeky) and he even scarfed 2 cupcakes to boot.
For gifts, we made cookie bags with red M&Ms and gave each child a blow-up fire hydrant that I ordered online for about $3 each. It worked out marvelously to have the fire hydrants to decorate the party with and double as a novelty gift.
We were so thrilled to witness, with friends and family, this special day for our precious little 2 year old, who grows sweeter, happier, and more loveable day by day. Happy 2nd birthday to my darling Judah!