May 17, 2010

Reason To Celebrate

Don't ask me how I was able to raise this fearless, adventurous, little boy to the ripe old age of two, nor how we managed to come out of those years relatively unscathed. (Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the walls in my home. He has a great propensity for coloring on them and throwing objects down the stairs, thus chipping the paint.)

Quite an accomplishment deserves a party, don't you think?

Garret loves to play with his GeoTrax trains, so that was the theme we used for our family party. We sent out these invitations that were made to look like old railroad tickets:

We took Garrett up Provo canyon to take some photos to include in his birthday video. Even though it was pretty windy and a little on the chilly side, he cooperated enough to get a few decent shots:

On the night of his party, Garrett was fun to watch as he opened gifts and took time to enjoy each one before moving to open the next:

The concept for the birthday cake kept evolving, as Jason and I talked about possibilities of incorporating the toy trains. The final product ended up being a full table display of tracks, trains, and confections. The actual birthday cake was formed into a tunnel and frosted with marshmallow fondant. Anticipating that not everyone (especially Jason) would enjoy eating the fondant cake, I made a large assortment of miniature cupcakes. As it turned out, nobody ate the tunnel cake, but everyone enjoyed their fair share of cupcakes. The tunnel merely served as a decoration that held the two candles (and later provided entertainment for little boys who wanted something to poke with their fingers) before it was tossed into the garbage some days later:

Garrett knew the drill, and as soon as everyone started singing "Happy Birthday" he was poised to blow out the candles:

Everything for the party went off so nicely, even amid a very busy couple of weeks. Of course, one of my favorite accomplishments for the evening was the birthday video Jason and I put together to commemorate the past year of Garrett's life:

Happy Birthday, Little Gare-Bear!

This post authored by Amber


Mandy said...

Such a handsome little guy!

The Helean's said...

I LOVE that picture of him at the beginning of the post... his serious face is priceless!! I love him! The party was great by the way :)

Karen said...

I love the top picture of Garrett right under the post title. Such a somber face, but the hands in the pocket make him look like he's trying to achieve a detached sort of "coolness." Cracked me up. And your cake looks amazing! Happy Birthday, Garrett! Such a cute kiddo.

Pickle said...

very cute, as always! come to Sara's party for me in July! :)

Liz Adams said...

he is too cute! Your cakes continue to amaze me. I wish I lived closed by and could be invited to all these fun parties!