Planning a birthday party around the holidays is never an easy task. As someone born three days after Christmas myself, I know just how important it is to make a child feel special on their very special day, no matter when it falls. Kolton was born November 29th, which happened to fall two days after Thanksgiving, which was on a Saturday this year. Around this time of year, you just never know how the weather will be, even out here in the sunshine state, so we have to plan for anything. Last year, it happened to be one of the sunniest days of the year, while this year it was pouring rain. Luckily we were able to make some last minute adjustments and it worked out very well.

Kolton is very into trains right now, in particular wooden train sets he can play with, so we chose this to be the theme of his second birthday party.

We chose to hold the party at my in-laws house. They have a beautiful open floor plan, and a nice backyard for the kids. Unfortunately, due to the rain, we had to keep the party indoors. We did, however, rent a bouncy house that was just the right size to fit inside the garage, and was perfect for the toddlers to play in!

For food, we set out appetizers of fresh fruit, tossed salad, a veggie platter, pretzels, and some other snacks for both kids and adults to pick at until the pizza and chicken wings arrived.

The cake we ordered turned out so beautiful! I didn’t want to cut into it, but it tasted delicious! The bottom layer was red velvet with cream cheese frosting, the middle layer was vanilla cake with lemon filling, and the top layer was chocolate chip cookie cake with chocolate fudge frosting. I was surprised that a cake so appealing could taste so mouthwatering!


At the end of the day, the party seemed to go off without a hitch, except that Kolton apparently does NOT like people singing the “Happy Birthday” song to him (dually noted, Kolton). Other than that, the kids were all happy and were able to leave with a train themed goody bag with lots of fun treats.

-Danielle 🙂

most photos by  Jaime Hayes.