Fox started playing soccer when he was 16 months old and instantly loved it. From there on out, it was soccer, soccer, soccer in our house, so we decided to celebrate his second birthday with a soccer party!
This was his invitation, front and back.
I loved having his party at home last year and wanted to do the same this year, mainly because I wanted to have enough time to set up and decorate, but Katie really wanted to have it somewhere else, and in the end, I'm so glad we did just that, although they only gave me 20 minutes to set up, so I really had to cut back on decorations!
The Party was at his Soccer Training Class Location and it worked out perfect.
I designed his birthday chalkboard myself and I'm still in love with his life-size photo cut out!
All of the pictures were taken by our photographer. It was such a relief to have her there and not have to worry about taking pictures, but instead to enjoy every moment of his party. So get ready for a lot of pictures! :)
They had a separate room for the food with tables and benches to eat, which worked great as well!
I designed all of the decorations, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, etc. myself, which was a pain in the butt, but I love how they turned out and I'm pretty OCD when it comes to party planning and wanted everything to be just PERFECT!
Grandma Sandie made his cake, and just like last year, it was gorgeous and tasted delicious!
We had everyone sign this plate and it's now displayed in his playroom!
The party favors consisted of a reusable water bottle with the kids' initials on them and a soccer whistle inside.
Here comes the birthday boy!
You won't notice by looking at the pictures, but Fox didn't take a nap that day and he was very overwhelmed by everyone and the situation. He kept asking to go home, didn't want to participate and wanted to be carried. He got a little better after a while, but overall I don't think he enjoyed his party and we will probably have a smaller party next year.
The soccer place also provided a T-Shirt that everyone could sign for him.
The party consisted of a one hour soccer lesson for all the kids and while I was really nervous if all of the kids would like to play soccer (because there weren't any other toys to play with), it looked like everyone had a blast and all the moms I spoke with told me that their kids loved it.
Warming up! Fox would not let go of his granola bar...ha!
All of us got Soccer Mom Shirts (well, Hannah got a Soccer Nanny Shirt) with Jones on the back and the number 2!
We tried to line up all the kids for a group shot, but some would not cooperate for the picture (and I have no idea what Fox is doing with his tongue there, we have about ten pictures like this and they are all the same)!
Most of the party guests, Katie's family had already left at that point.
After the soccer class, they blew up a huge bounce house, which was the highlight for everyone.
Fox kept doing somersaults over and over in there.
And then it was time to sing Happy Birthday!
We had prepared him for this moment and hyped it up and he was super excited when everyone sang for him and he could blow out the candles!
He didn't want to eat a piece of cake, he wanted to dig into the whole cake. It's his birthday after all, right?
We are so grateful for everyone who was able to celebrate our boy with us and made his day special. He is one loved boy!