I love a party.
I love to plan them.
I love to make lists for them.
I love throwing them.
So when the opportunity came to help plan my nephew’s 2nd birthday I jumped at the chance. A party, time with my sister, and a trip to Texas, yes please. What does every two year old boy want for a party? Choo-Choo Trains.
Things you will need:
- Fantastic Invitations
- Festive Decorations
- Yummy Food
- Treats, Treats, Treats!
These invitations are done by Nickel Design
. The are easily customizable and really set the tone for the party.
Nickel Design also designed these sets of labels. They add a lot of WOW and personalization to the party without a lot of extra work.
We used the color pallet of red, blue and white that was used for the invitations throughout the party. We also tried to keep the decorations simple and clean with lots of balloons.
We set up train sets all over the house for the kids to play with. We also had several ride on trains for entertainment because lets be honest it is hot in Texas.
For the food I always find it best to go with things that are bite size, fun and you do well. Party day is not the day to try new things.
I always like to do a dish two ways. These are pigs in a blanket two ways: one with a simple hot dog and one with a gourmet sausage. I wrap them in puff pastry to ‘class’ them up a bit.
I also made pizza balls. These were a HUGE hit with the kids at the party. There were a take on a recipe I found from Industrious Justice. I did find that the clean up was much easier if you baked them on a cookie sheet instead of the muffin tins.
Spring Rolls. They are beautiful when plated and best of all can be made in advance. I have made no less than a thousand of these for baby showers, birthday parties and dinners. Trust me, when I tell you they will never disappoint. You can add almost any combinations of veggies and/or seafood (grilled shrimp are my favorite).
- Rice Paper Wrappers
- Shredded Carrots
- Julienned Bell Peppers
- Julienned English Cucumber
- Thin sliced Red Onion
- Cilantro Leaves
- Julienned Mint
- Grated Ginger (I use a microplane so it is more like a paste)
- Place the wrappers in warm water to make them pliable
- Place Cilantro leaves down first (this will make for a nice first layer as you will see it when wrapped up)
- I spread a small amount of the ginger on the wrapper
- Then layer the carrots, bell pepper, cucumber and mint
- Wrap them up like a burrito
- If not serving immediately place them under a damp paper towel in the fridge.
- Cut on the diagonal and plate.
You serve with a dipping sauce. I did a Peanut Sauce and a Thai Chile Sauce.
Sweets, Sweets, Sweets.
I love favors that are small and edible. These cake pops fit the bill perfectly. They were done by a amazing friend who owns Bite of Cake. The cake pops were loved by parents and kids alike.
We also made sugar cookies with my mom’s never fail, always turns out just right sugar cookie recipe. Per usual they were amazing. To frost them this time we used something new, Wilton’s Color Flow Mix. We simply outlined the cookies and then used the color flow to flood the cookies. It worked great and after a few minute they all settled to a nice even coat.
What party would be complete without the world’s most perfect food, the cupcake. I did a simple swirl and topped them with another personalized touch.
And a good time was had by all.