Jake is at that neat age now where he notices EVERYTHING and he’s starting to have preferences and favorites. I decided that his second birthday party should be Daniel-Tiger-themed because that is by far his favorite TV show at this point, and it’s a show that I don’t mind indulging in/celebrating.
For those of you living outside of the toddler-verse, Daniel Tiger is a cartoon spin-off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. In fact, Daniel Tiger used to be one of the puppets that Mr. Rogers would go visit when he would take a ride on trolley, along with King Friday, etc. All of those characters have been adapted into cartoon format, and they’ve kept the theme song (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) and a lot of the details the same–Daniel Tiger even has a traffic light and a fish tank in his kitchen like Mr. Rogers used to have. He sings a lot of auto-tuned songs about manners, dealing with difficult emotions, and friendship–with, I’ll admit, kind of catchy tunes. Jake has reached the level of fandom at which he can name all of the characters (and he names Trolley and the giant clock in the town square as characters as well) and attempt to sing along with the songs.
We also decided to host Jake’s party at a local playground. I felt like it would take some of the pressure off with not having to clean the house or worry about lack of space, and it would give the kids a place to play while the grown-ups could hang out. In the end, I probably went overboard with buying decorations for the pavilion that we used (not to mention, we had to get there SUPER early to save ourselves a spot. Saturday in Fountain City Park is PACKED). I’m still trying to figure out how to host a “low-key,” stress-free birthday party for my son, so check this off as another year that I went a little over the top. Maybe next year I’ll get it right…? (Especially since next year, I’ll be focused on Baby Teddy’s FIRST birthday party–Oh boy!)
Get ready for some PICTURES! My very talented photographer sister drove here from Kentucky to attend, and she took some amazing photos of Jake and his party! These are a few of my favorites: