Friday, May 28, 2010

Alligator Birthday Party

For Will's 2nd birthday, we chose alligators. We liked the idea of using an animal with an identifiable color, plus they're just really cute! After looking back at some of the pictures, I realize I didn't have as many of the details as I thought. Luckily, I had some of my favorite parts, though!

One of my favorite parts about Will's birthday were the cupcakes. A friend from church made both his cake and cupcakes. How adorable are these alligator heads made from graham cracker dippers?! What a fabulous idea she had! We had lots of green-colored foods like green apples, green punch, lemon-lime soda, kiwi, honeydew, green jello, green applesauce, and green grapes. You could also serve GATOR-ade as another perfect drink.

We used various shades of green and blue throughout his theme. Another friend found these adorable alligator placemats. We displayed alligator books and puzzles on Will's new IKEA table. We also displayed one of his presents that came in an alligator box from Hallmark. You could definitely add an inflatable alligator or alligator slip-n-slides to go for more of a water theme. Another idea I wish I had thought of for his party would be to fill clear cylinder vases with green water as a centerpiece-very swamp like!

I made the invitations using "swamp" wording.

At the party, we played pin the tooth on the gator and bean bag toss using homemade green and blue beanbags. You could also use green socks to make alligator puppets. You could play a game using the green socks placed all over the floor acting as alligators that the kids need to avoid stepping on to reach the island (using a brown ball or Frisbee) in the middle. Will's green favor bags held a tot-sized stuffed alligator found at Target's dollar bin, a homemade alligator cookie, and I'm sure other fun treats that I can't seem to remember (or have pictures to help me remember! ha!). You could add a book like "The Lady with the Alligator Purse".

I'll be linking to some of these great parties this week. Be sure to check them out to see their amazing creations! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!


Pati @ A Crafty Escape May 28, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

Very cute... I love the idea of having everything be in the same color family.

Tiffany May 28, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

Loved all the green and the alligators! Everything was so stinkin' cute! Such a great party!

Pin the tooth on the gator is too cute! And I would not have thought of the "Gator" ade thing! Love it all!

Patrice May 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

SO sweet! Love the idea of an alligator theme, green is one of my favorite colors.

Anonymous May 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Looks like a great party! I love the little Aligator cupcakes :)


Anonymous May 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Looks like a great party! I love the little Aligator cupcakes :)


Erin A May 28, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

Oh this is such a fun party! You're right about those cupcakes, they're adorable! And I love all of the decorations and the invitations, great job!!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity May 29, 2010 at 7:25 AM  

Great blog you have here! I host a link up party every Tuesday called Tot Tuesdays where you can link up crafts, activities, teaching resources, parenting stories or tips, recipes and things you’ve made for your toddler. I’d love it if you’d stop by sometime & link up!


Erin @ Crafts and Sutch May 29, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

Such a fun theme! My little guy will be turning one in a few months and I'm already thinking of ideas for his big day.

I've been keeping up with your blog for a few months and officially became a follower today! :)

I would love for you to check out my new blog when you

Erin :)

testing 1 May 30, 2010 at 12:59 AM  

Now how often does one come across an alligator party? Love it! I would love to share with my readers.

Amanda June 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

This is adorable! That cake totlly rocks!

Bird June 10, 2010 at 9:34 AM  


This is soo sweet!!

The cracker dippers on the sweets are genius!! :)

Thanks for linking up!!


Gwen July 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

I love everything you did! My son is turning 2 and loves alligators. If we were having a party for him, I'd totally use some of your ideas.

Olivia-hipmammi February 1, 2012 at 12:21 AM  

I love daughter is obsessed with alligators...I don't understand why but she is...I'm thinking of having a pink and green gator party

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