Time to Party Thursday: a Chutes and Ladders 2nd Birthday!

I am so excited to share with you The Buddy's birthday party! He is turning 2 and loves nothing more than climbing on everything and sliding on his slides. This had me searching for a party theme that would fit his current personality. Chutes and Ladders is near and dear to my heart as a favorite game growing up and a fabulous theme to portray our little guy! Plus, I haven't seen it done before and I love a challenge :o)

We started with the Invites/logo. I contacted Pen & Paper Flowers to create something for us. She was seriously great to work with and worked hard to capture exactly what I wanted. I would recommend her a thousand times! My favorite part is the working spinner :o)

We then stumbled upon this perfect party location: Celebration Park in Allen, TX
Although I will never plan an August party outside in Texas again, this location was a lot of fun!

Here are the party details:

Cake made by Cakes by Auntie M
Beyond what we were expecting!

It is a family tradition to have cutouts at our parties!
These are to mimick the mover pieces
of a Chutes and Ladders game.

Boxed Lunches were super easy and the kids loved them!

Favors: Chutes and Ladders game per family and personalized bubbles. We also started a tradition last year to choose a book with the party theme for everyone to sign for Cohen's library. It is great to look back at what friends and family wrote.

Snack Buffet

We had a lot of fun!

I couldn't have pulled it off without the help of all our family and friends!! Especially this guy:

And we would do it allllll over again. Especially to see this face:

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Marissa said...

I had to show this party to my husband just now...its AMAZING! Seriously think it might be the cutest theme/decor for a party that I've ever seen! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Wow, I bet your kiddo did love it! I would have loved it and I'm 30!

swankychicfete said...

i love everything! great party details! happy bday cohen! (im seriously loving the cake) :-)

Rosie said...
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Rosie said...

The details of this party were AMAZING!! I loved everything about it!! You went above and beyond girl. And, that last picture of Cohen's smile....priceless!!

Jill said...

Oh my word! That is PRECIOUS!!! I love it! I will say it made me tired just thinking of all the work you did. Great job!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

WOW!!! It turned out FABULOUS! i love all of the party details and the cutouts are AMAZINGLY cute!! I can't wait to share with my readers!!! (if i didn't have family in town i'd post it this weekend)...it's ADORABLE and unique and you really brought everything to life! SO cute! You did an amazing job!!! The back drop for the table turned out adorable too! WOW!

Kristy {the purple pug} said...

What a charming & original party! I love the backdrop for the table. The little ladder touches are too cute for words! Beautiful presentation:)

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

Super job! Love the 'snack mix' station & the cutouts are too cute!!
Found you from Frost Me.

Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

LOVE this theme! And that backdrop--so precious!!

Jennifer said...

Oh my!!! That is the cutest party ever!!! I love all the special touches and I really love the book signing idea!!!!

Take care!

Frog Prince Paperie said...

Love! Such a creative theme!

Jamie said...

how did you do the cut outs? did you paint them? what kind of board are the on and how are they standing? if you dont mind me asking! i love them and my son is about to turn 1. i have been wanting to do some but i have no idea how!! lol

brookie said...

What a really unique party! I love the colors! And what a great theme. Very clever. Did you make the cake balls with the rainbow sprinkles?

balaniz said...

WOW!! I found your blog via Kara's Party Ideas, this party is absolutely adorable!! Very creative! Love the party and love your blog as well!

corrie said...

what a fabulous party! i loved everything you did. please share how you made the cut outs. we are using a minnie mouse theme for my daughter's first birthday and i think this is a perfect idea. we were considering candyland for her 2nd bday, but after seeing your great ideas, i'm having second thoughts.

Tiffany said...

Thank you for all the kinds words!! Here are the steps to creating the woodcutouts:

Wood Cutout supplies

1 piece of 1/4" inch plywood

transparency paper

color printer

overhead projector



jig saw

Black paint pen

Find your graphic and print it on transparency paper. We printed the invitation as well as some game pieces. We then used an overhead projector to project the design onto the plywood. I suded a pencil to trace the design onto the wood. We then painted the background white and filled in the rest of the paint to coordinate with our print out. Once it was dry, we outlined all of the pencil lines with black paint pen. The last step was to use the jig saw to cut the shape out and the circle for the face.

It takes us several hours to complete, but feel it is always well worth it. If you have any other questions, let me know and I would love to see pics of you final product!!

Jenn Erickson said...

WOW! I saw your party featured over at Pen & Paper Flowers and just had to come by to pay my compliments! What an incredible, creative, and original party! What a lucky little boy, and what lucky guests! You did so many amazing things with the theme! I'm looking forward to following your blog and your creations! Warmest wishes, Jenn

Angelena said...

Oh my what a awesome Party.I love every detail so colorful and bright!!Just made my day when I saw it!! I also love Celebration Park,as I'm a fellow Texan by way of California!! again a really cute party!Love it!

Lorena Cagnotti said...

You did an amazing party for your kid! Congrats!
I featured it on http://www.sueniosencantados.com/blog/2010/08/chutes-ladders/

Hope you like it!

Cami said...

Wow! What a great Party and i LOOVE all the details. I found you through Kara's party ideas. And funny enough i am a boy mom to 3 little guys and my oldest just turned 5 and his name is Cohen! I love throwing parties and one day one of my parties will like this....one day!

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts said...

Love, love, love this! You are very close to us too and we love Celebration Park!

corrie said...

Hi there! Our party is quickly approaching (December 11) and I can't find those cups with lids and straws anywhere. Please help! I will be sure to send you pics of the Minnie Mouse cutouts when they're finished. Thanks so much!

Tiffany said...

Here is the link to the ones we used: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=57/9106&mode=Searching&erec=13&D=color+your+own+cup&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntk=all&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&N=0&Ntt=color+your+own+cup&Dx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&sd=12+Design+Your+Own%21+Cups+With+Lids+And+Straws
Good Luck!

Julie said...

This is an adorable party! I love celebration park. You did a wonderful job. That cake is just stunning and I can't believe all the detail you pulled off for an outside party. So wonderful! I will be bookmarking this post for sure to refrence when I do Laci's next party. You know Chutes and Ladders is a great idea. I know I am going to do Candy Land for 5 and a carnival for 6 but I am stumped at 4... This will definatly be high on the list... I love it!

Christen said...

this is an insanely cute party -i am going to use several of these concepts - what book did you end up using for the sign in? i was going to do a photo book and i still might, but was just curious


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