We had such a great time celebrating Cove’s second birthday. We decided not to do big parties until our kids were older and they requested them because we try to have more of an emphasis on experiences and time. For the past two years, we’ve just done something intimate and small with both of our families. I still love to include special details to make it memorable for him.

Last year, we did a Wild Animal party because it was a big Zoo year for Cove. Animals were a huge hit and he visited the zoo here in Atlanta and in San Diego, so we thought it would be fun to remember the year that way. This year, we decided on National Parks theme because for one, Cove’s name was half inspired after a state park, and secondly, he visited more state and national parks this year than Ian and I have in almost six years of marriage. I know – lucky duck. But like I said, experiences are so important to us, so I am thrilled he had the opportunity and we were able to take him.

We did all our own branding for the party which included Cove’s own national parks adventure sign and little signs for the special trail mix that Cove’s Grandma Schneider makes. It was special to have something that Cove’s Grandma Schneider makes, and that we eat frequently, to be a part of the party. The sign also sat on rocks that we collected from each of the parks we visited. Cove is rock obsessed, so I thought it was a special accent to have those as part of the decor.

I also played on the fact that his birthday is in December, so we had live Christmas tree scraps for table decor, along with indoor snowballs. We also used our new Airfort upstairs in the playroom to create a tent with tiny trees and a campfire for the kids to play in. Cove has been obsessed with the Airfort since it came in and it only requires a box fan to set up. It worked perfectly with the theme.

We did a chocolate cake since we are big chocolate lovers and I put powdered sugar for snow, little trees to make it look like a forest along with tiny wildlife and a sign that said “Entering Cove’s National Adventure”. The cake was probably my favorite part, and Cove’s too. We did brunch foods – quiche, hash brown casserole, fruits, and s’mores bars, along with some coffee and juice. It was perfect for a morning celebration.

This year was so special because Cove recognized what was going on, and had so much joy with all the details and having his loved ones there. It made it so worth it and honestly, was even more fun than last year because of how much joy he had. It makes me so excited for Christmas this year.

I linked some of the things we used for the party down below. The tablecloth was some old fabric I had lying around, and most of the pinecones were things we had on hand from Christmas decor too.

I hope you enjoy the images and smile a little bit when you think about this ray of sunshine blowing out the candles and diving into some chocolate fudge cake!


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