Sammy turned TWO! As always, I was as excited about throwing yet another birthday party as I was about seeing my little boy growing up. Our theme for his second birthday party was ‘Winnie the Pooh’. We were torn between ‘Elmo’ and ‘Pooh’, but ‘Pooh’ seemed to be a tad bit more of a favorite of my now-2-year-old and that was that.
Before I jump on to the pictures, here is a general idea of what I planned.
Excerpts from my ‘To Do’ list:
General Idea: Entrance Decoration – 100 Acre Woods (where Winnie the Pooh and his Friends live) in Greens and Forest themes. Inside, a colorful palette mainly yellow in color.
Invitations – Pooh’s Tree House
- Balloon Trees
- Balloon Flowers
- Forest Balloon Arch with Crepe Paper Streamers
- Cardboard Logs
- Wood Plank Sign for 100 Acre Woods
- Decorate TV Unit showcases with Sammy’s toys – Toy Story, Teddy, Ann-Andy etc
- Decorate Mantle with Dora Tree House, Garden, Pooh Bear etc.
- Decorate Book Shelves with Framed Winnie the Pooh Quotes
- Kitchen – Pooh Table Cover, Yellow and Red Crepe Paper Table Runner, Pooh Face Plates
Games and Activities
- Rabbit’s Carrot Patch Ring Toss
- Pooh Bowling Game
- 100 Acre Woods Cake
- Sprite/Lemonade with Colorful Ice Cubes
- Chips and Other Munchies
- Main Course – Indian ‘Chaat’ including Potato Tikki with Chhole, Paani Puri with 3 types of Flavored Water, Dahi Puri etc.
- Dessert – Fruit Trifle in Individual Cups
- Candy Floss
- Wrap Pooh lunch boxes and water bottles in golden and decorate with Pooh stickers.
- Make ‘hunny’ pots, place honey jars in them and close with yellow crepe paper for adults.
Unfortunately, not all of this was possible and there were last minute changes and I had to be content without quite some details. But it was a great party that everyone enjoyed.
On to the pictures:
One big drawback in these pictures is that my Nikon D80 is off for servicing and my spare camera simply does not do the party much justice. But I better learn to love these as they are going to stay with me for my life as memories of a wonderful evening!
A Peek-a-Boo invitation. The door opens to reveal the birthday message with a small picture of Winnie the Pooh and Friends.
A Balloon Arch in Woodland colors welcomed the guests. The streamers had to be skipped due to lack of time. The balloon tree sits inside with a couple of logs near it.
The balloon tree and cardboard logs. Needless to say, they are sitting bare now. The kids assumed that the balloons were party favors!
The ‘wooden plank’ according to my ‘to do list’ was forgotten. So, instead of 2 Balloon trees and 1 log, we had just one ‘big fat’ tree and 2 logs which we turned into the sign for the ‘100 Acre Woods’.
My idea of using my kids’ toys was a very clever one, actually. Saves money, plus you can get really creative. I already had more forest themed stuff in there. To the extreme left is a Dora the Explorer ‘snow cone maker’ in the shape of a tree that was a Christmas gift for my daughter a few years back. To the extreme right is another Dora toy. it is Boots’ (Dora’s monkey friend) Tree House. The swing and slide is also from Dora city sets. The little Stuffed Pooh bear is Sammy’s. The bunting and backdrop were purchased.
You are bound to have plenty of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stuff already if your child likes the character enough for you to plan a party, isn’t it? Sammy’s fabric book ‘A Walk in the Woods’ made using a panel from Ebay, served as a decoration and activity for other kids who joined us that evening.
More Decorating with Existing Toys
And more! Sammy’s Winnie the Pooh stacking rings from Hong Kong DisneyLand on the Kitchen Hutch.
My dining table does not give flattering pictures without my favorite Nikon SLR. But the picture does give you an idea. And it did look pretty in person!
That’s what Sameer does when I ask him to ‘Smile’ for the camera!
We printed and framed Winnie the Pooh quotes and gave them to our friends and family (the adults at the party) to take home as keepsakes.
Here’s a closeup.
The gorgeous ‘Winnie the Pooh’ themed ‘100 Acre Forest Cake’! Created by our local Baker Tauby who has made almost all my kids birthday cakes for the last 7 years, except a couple that I made myself. The figures are fondant and turned out really pretty. We included the little boy to resemble Sammy playing in the woods with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It was, kind of, like replacing Christopher Robin with Little Sammy.
Sprite with colored ice cubes (frozen strawberry juice, orange juice and blue curacao).
The main course was all Indian. 2nd birthdays have too many grown-ups (family and other parents) attending and only finger foods and snacks were not an option.
The idea for varying the traditional Paani Poori waters with different flavors comes from one of my favorite blog Ribbons to Pastas. Other food items includes Aloo-Tikki Chaat with Chhole Ragda, Dahi Puri etc., all popular street eats in India. Dessert was fruit trifle and Candy Floss made on my tabletop Cotton Candy maker from Nostalgia.
The popular game of tossing rings to win prizes was played in Rabbit’s Carrot’s patch.
Kids received Winnie the Pooh themed Lunch boxes and Water bottles and their parents received little jars of honey – packaged in pretty clay pots – just like Pooh Bear’s.