A few things really made it a hit.
1. I did one very big thing right! I hired Kathy Sisk to make his cake. All I told her was that we were doing a cars/trucks/trains/planes "theme". Benson LOVES all things that move and I just thought it was extra fitting. Well, she went ABOVE and BEYOND! The cake was AMAZING! As you can see from the pictures. She asked me if Benson has any nicknames and the only one he has is that his Lolo calls him Tarzan. She really did think of everything. The headlights even really lit up!
2. We had a BUNCH of balloons all over the room (thank you to Monika for coming over early and blowing them all up). They were not hanging or anything special, just spread all over and he was in heaven! He was literally falling all over them, laughing and smiling. He was so happy. He loved piling them into the tent we got him and then going in there with Hailey and Addy. As you can see from the videos, he LOVED the balloons.
3. We put together a cute picture montage to music on the PS3. We had it playing in the background and it was just perfect to have adorable pictures of our little man's 2 years of life up on the screen while we celebrated his birthday.
4. We put up a coloring collage on the back wall and he got markers (washable, thank goodness) as one of his presents. He and Addy especially loved coloring "on the wall".
It really was such a great party! We have so much love and support around us and Benson LOVES his family and they love him. He got lots of fun presents, including his tent, coloring supplies, a grocery cart with play groceries, snacks, books and so much more! Most importantly though, he just had a blast!
After everyone left I just sat and watched the photo montage and was overwhelmed again with the blessing Benson is in our lives and the amazing opportunity we have to be his parents. I wished I could call or skype or text his birth mom and have her share in our beautiful day, but all I could do was just pray that she knows how loved and happy he is and how grateful we are for him.
For his actual birthday we called and skyped with family members from out of town. He got a video or Aiden and Regan saying "Happy Birthday Benson" and he played it over and over again. He loved showing everyone his tent and the balloons!
Happy Birthday little man! I cannot believe you are already two. It feel like yesterday that we were holding you for the first time. We love every second with you and love to watch you grow!