Our sweet boy turned two last week, and we celebrated in style with a Jungle Safari themed birthday party! I chose the Jungle Safari theme because Major LOVES animals, and I thought it would be fun to have a birthday party centered around visiting with some real animals! All the rest of the decor ideas came from there. I loved decorating my house like a jungle– and I actually said to Kyle that it was some of my favorite decor of any birthday party I’ve ever hosted. I think I’m just #basic and love Palm leaves like the rest of the millennials. LOL.
Major was so excited that it was his birthday party, and kept on announcing to anyone and everyone “I’m two!” He loved all the balloons, which I got in a mix of animal prints, and greens to reflect the party’s foliage. We even decorated our garage to look like a jungle with fun animal balloons and palm leaves on all the tables!
The party day turned out to be absolutely gorgeous, and it was so nice to have the ability to play outside and inside! We had the Super Duper Weenie truck for food (a local CT fave), and then we had Critter Caravan come to host a little animal petting circle. I was obsessed with Critter Caravan! Tori is hilarious, and the animal petting aspect feels fun instead of uptight like I’ve seen with a few other animal party companies. She gave us such a great balance of information and entertainment– and the kids were fully engrossed in her presentation. We also got to do some fun things, like letting the chinchilla jump off of our heads in to her arms! Marlowe even got to hold the snake around her neck, and snuggle the little hedgehog in her arms. I honestly wanted her to stay for another hour, but it was finally time for cake!
Confections by Crystal made us another showstopper cake, and some cake pops to match. I love how Major’s cake matched all our decor, and was so sweet just like him. I chose a vanilla cake with cookies and cream filling. The cake pops were chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The thing that surprised me the most about the whole party was when it came time to sing Happy Birthday. I’m so used to Marlowe being really shy during that part of the party, and hiding from the cake and candles. When we turned the lights out, lit the candles, and started singing to Major, I held him just in case he started to melt down. But he just looked around the room smiling, so happy and proud! Then he blew out his candles all by himself! It was yet another reminder (add it to the long list) of how important it is to remember that our kids are different people from each other. It’s so easy for me to forget that sometimes, and to assume they’ll react the same way.
I’m so glad we got to celebrate our special little man with a great party– and I think it’s the last year where I’ll get to pick the theme! I can’t wait to have a conversation next year about what he wants to do for his birthday party…
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Photographs by Stephanie Elliott Photography.