My son, Will, just turned 2 and we just celebrated his birthday. Since little boys are made of frogs, snails and puppy dog tails, we celebrated with a Frogs and Dogs party.
Here is the invitation we sent (of course it came from You're Invited).
My 3 year-old, Lillie Claire (who is quite the avid baker) helping me make the frog and dog cupcakes!
This is the sign on my front door that let guests know to come on in.
I had these frogs in each of the windows in my kitchen, and I even put one on the mirror in the guest bathroom. They said things like "Will is 2!", and "Thanks for hopping by!" I found the frogs in the $1 bin at Target. They are meant to be toothbrush holders, but I knew I could somehow use them at my party.
After deciding on a theme "Frogs and Dogs", I decided to stick with primary colors. I wanted to use lots of greens, blues and reds. As you can see from my dessert tablescape, I wanted to keep it simple but fun and festive.
I made a pennant flag banner (I found a DIY tutorial online) and kept with green, red and blue. I sewed the flags and hung them from twine and had my husband string them across our family room. Here's the result:
Here is a picture of the "Frog Pops" I made. They are simply marshmallows on a lollipop stick, dipped in white chocolate and coated with sprinkles. This was probably the biggest hit at Will's party. I wrapped a box in a fun striped green paper and stuck the lollipops in the box.
Pictures of the children's table. I found frog princes and frog princesses on clearance from Orientaltrading.com (they were Valentine's Day frogs) and I used those on the tables. I also had melamine dog bowls to hold animal cookies throughout the table, which I found in the $1 bin at Michael's.
For a fun craft activity, we decorated dog tags with stickers. I covered a board in batting and red fabric and stapled gunned it to hold it taut (similar to reupholstering a seat cushion). I used the board to hang all the dog tags from gold tacks. I then took a fine point Sharpie and wrote each child's name on the dog tag. I covered the "craft station" in a fun dog print fabric I found at JoAnn's. As the children sat down, I handed each one their dog tag and passed around frog and dog stickers. They really seemed to enjoy getting to decorate their own necklace.
Here is a picture of the menu card I made.
It says "Will's Hoppy Birthday Menu "
I divided the menu into 2 sections. The first section is for the children, which I called "For the Tadpoles." You'll notice "Pup"cakes (instead of cupcakes) and Frog Pops. I always try to come up with fun, unique words to describe the party's theme.
Here's a picture of the adult section of the menu, which I called "For the Big Dogs." I also chose to make gourmet cupcakes for the adults. Kids love any kind of cupcake, but I like to offer adults a more grown-up version!
Pictures of the adult's table at the party:
Coffee chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter mousse icing and sprinkled with chopped peanuts with a chocolate drizzle sauce.
The adult cupcakes looked like the children's; however, these were a white wedding cake with a homemade vanilla buttercream frosting. They were delicious, if I do say so myself!
We were going to play some games outside, but due to the weather, we had to keep everything indoors. I had decided to do a duck game, where the ducks are floating in a pool and you have to choose a duck and see if it has a star on the bottom. Due to the weather, I had to change it up a little. Instead, I filled a small galvanized tub with raffia and "floated" the ducks on the raffia. I had all the kids sit in a circle in the floor and we played "Pass the Bucket" and choose a duck. You'll notice that the "ducks" for this game are actually dogs! How cute is that! Orientaltrading.com has some fun, inexpensive items for parties.
Here are the prizes for the "Pass the Bucket" game. All the prizes were found at Michael's, and were in the $1 bin. We gave away frog sunglasses, and wooden paint sets of frogs and dogs.
Picture of Lillie Claire, myself, Josh and Will (Will was over having his picture made by this point!)