I procrastinated too much on a few things, but overall, it was a pretty awesome party.
I originally was thinking of a Bob the Builder themed party, but ended up generalizing it to a construction type party.
I'll break down the party into multiple posts so that I don't run on forever in one. This post is about the day in general. One of the biggest questions for the day was entertainment. I was going to have a lot of toddlers running around for about 4 hours, and they needed to be kept busy.
The biggest purchase I made was a bounce house. I got the idea from a neighbor of mine who owns one. She whips it out randomly when the kids wanted to play. It is a great way to get them moving and burning some energy. I managed to find one on Amazon for less than the price of 2 rentals. I know they make the rounds on Craigslist too, so if you're in the market for one, keep your eyes peeled. I think it will make our place extra popular for playdates!
Little Tykes bounce house
Since we had a lot of small children at the party, both the bounce house and sandbox were huge hits. We borrowed some old school metal Tonka trucks from my in laws for the sandbox.
Sandbox with trucks
It was heavily used pretty much the whole time.
Our packed back yard. We had an awesome turnout!
The kids enjoying the bounce house.
I chose not to do any official party games since most of the kids at the party were between the ages of 1 and 3. They played to their heart's content, and the parents didn't have to deal with making toddlers cooperate with specific activities.
We even had a puppy at the party courtesy of my sister-in-law!
Noooo she isn't ours!
Despite our "no gifts necessary" invites, our Little Dude was spoiled as usual. All the kids had fun helping him with the gift opening:
The birthday boy was very excited to have all eyes on him when the time came to sing Happy Birthday!
My little boy is such a ham!
He needed a little help from his momma to blow out all the candles.
Oh, and mommy wasn't the only one that was completely pooped out:
Happy birthday my love!
Other posts about this party: