I didn't do much outside because it was supposed to rain that day. I stuck a balloon on the mailbox and made this quick DIY sign for one of our garden hooks. I really wanted to do duct tape train tracks on the sidewalk but the tape wouldn't stick. It was a total Pinterest fail. How sad!
Here's a few of the banners I made. The photo banner is a picture of Carson every month from months 13-23. Scroll down to see a college of the photos!
Here's another DIY sign I made using a cardboard cake base and streamers.
I decorated the mantel with a Carson banner and some of Carson's photos.
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I decided not to buy a cake this year for two reasons: 1.) I didn't know how many people were coming for sure and 2.) it saved a lot of money! I made homemade cupcakes instead and I think it was a success!
These snickerdoodle cupcakes are the bomb.com. I'll be sharing the recipe very soon!
Since I didn't have a super fancy cake like last year, I decided to dress up my cupcakes with some homemade toppers! These Oreo cupcakes were pretty good, too. They had a hidden Oreo in the bottom!
I stole this food train idea from Pinterest. The Thomas toy was actually a hand me down from some cousins and it worked perfectly!
Beverage station! I made strawberry lemonade by making strawberry ice cubes and everyone seemed to enjoy it! The ice cubes are super simple: puree strawberry, pour into ice cube tray, freeze! I added a little extra sugar and water to my strawberry puree.
My mother-in-law bought this little name train for Carson about a year ago and it was perfect for the party!
The birthday boy! I love his birthday shirt because he can wear it again and even pass it on to his brother. I loved having a custom "Carson" shirt for his first birthday but didn't think it was necessary this year.
Here's a closer look at the pictures I included on the banner:
Here's a look at the thank you notes I used. I used a photo card last year and it was a big hit so I wanted to do it again! I took the photo myself and ordered the card through Walmart!