Since we didn’t do a party for Leah’s 1st birthday we decided to do something this year, to celebrate turning 2. It happened to fall on the same day as the University of Iowa Homecoming Game, and since we live in Iowa City, we figured it would only be appropriate (and fair to the parents) to throw a little toddler tailgate. I intended to have the garage and driveway all set up tailgate style, BUT the weather was chilly and drizzly on Saturday, so we moved it inside.
I am a minimalist aka I’m lazy when it comes to most things, and this was no exception. We kept the menu simple and with a nod to the tailgate we served Hot Dogs, Chili and invited everyone to eat either or combine the two to make Chili Dogs. And no tailgate (or party in my opinion) would be complete without dips. The star of the party was this triple dipper crockpot (couldn’t find the exact version for sale, but it’s similar to this Triple Slow Cooker) that I borrowed from my friend Claire. Seriously everyone commented on how cool it was! We made Tuscan Chick Pea Dip (From my favorite Ina Garten cookbook), Artichoke Dip, and Cheesy Bean Dip. All three were a hit!
To round it off we had pasta salad, veggies and fruit, and of course – Birthday Cake! My sister Kara offered to make Leah’s birthday cake and I accepted her offer without hesitation. Remember how my projects usually resemble nailed it memes? Yeah, her finished products are truly works of art.
She made a Carousel Cake Topper, complete with six of Leah’s current favorite things – m&m’s, Daniel Tiger, a dump truck full of balloons, makeup, puppies, and a horse, of course (hehe). The cake itself was rainbow and so delicious. She even made 12 chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting. YUM.
The adults got to snack, watch football, enjoy a few adult beverages, and catch up. We had so many awesome friends and family from near and far. The best part of the day was spending time with so many of the people who we love. And of course we had many special people who couldn’t make it as well, and we sure missed them all!
The kids ran around, got their faces painted, and then I gave all the parents a heart attack when I announced that the kids got to paint their own gourds, and popped open a bunch of acrylic paints. HA!
I should have also provided old TShirts for the kids to cover up with, but the bibs I grabbed after I saw the looks of horror worked out just fine… 🙂 The upside to this activity was that it kept BOTH the adults and kids busy for a while.
Everyone was getting ready for nap time so before we lost any party-goers we hastily ate cake and opened gifts!
All the kids loved giving their gifts to Leah, and she loved the attention and dutifully gave hugs to all the givers after opening each gift.
All in all I think it was a SUCCESS! And it was worth it to get to spend a day with so many of our favorite people.