On Friday our little "Bud" turned 2 years old! He loves watching the deer in our yard, so this year I decided to give him a "Deer in the Woods" themed birthday party. We had such a fun day with a reindeer themed pancakes, presents for our little dear, and cake! We even finally found a Christmas Tree, which tied in with the O Antiphon for the day and made a perfect gift for O Root of Jesse.
.: A Birthday Banner :.
Even though I did need to simplify my original plans, I still was able to make a little banner! I don't think his godmother would have let me get away with not having one for him! ;) It came together so quickly with my Cricut. I used the Winter Woodland cartridge for the deer, squares and circles, and the letters and number 2 were cut with the George cartridge.
.: Reindeer Pancakes :.
When I saw these rudolph pancakes I knew I had to make them for Bud's birthday! I wasn't able to make them for breakfast so I served them for lunch instead. They were easy to make and all the children loved them!
While I made the pancakes, Twinkle Toes cooked all the bacon for the antlers and Chiquita washed the strawberry noses!
Bud's favorite part, of course, was the whipped cream and chocolate chip eyes and he kept pointing to the whip cream bottle and asking for "MORE, pleee!"
That big lunch tired him out and he snuggled up with his favorite dear for a nap while I got busy decorating his birthday cake.
.: "Deer in the Woods" Birthday Cake :.
I really wanted to make Charlotte's White Chocolate Cream Cake, but after burning the white chocolate in the microwave and not having enough left to start over, I simplified and just baked a yellow cake and topped it with a can of Fluffy White Frosting from the cupboard.
For the decorations I used the same method I used last year for his Snowman Cake, and made candy deer out of Light Cocoa Candy Melts using some silhouettes of deer that I had found online, resized, and printed. I also made some trees with the leftover cocoa candy melts and some green melts as well. I made those freehand and they all turned out interesting! ;) Over all I thought the cake turned out really cute!
.: Birthday Gifts :.
December is the perfect time of year for a deer themed party! It was so easy to find deer decorations, wrapping papers, fabric, candles and more! (And most of it was 70% off already!)
Bud also received a few books (My Wonderful Christmas Tree, Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek, and That's not my reindeer... ) as well as a pair of pajamas and a few more toys including a Woodland Wooden Puzzle, a Forest Friends Block Puzzle, and this Tree Finger Puppet Play House! He also received a card and gift from his grandparents and some adorable Forest Friends Wall Decals from his ever thoughtful godparents!
.: Two Candles on the Cake :.
The cake ended up being perfect for Bud and he LOVED his little deer!
Happy Birthday Little Man!