Invitation: I found some free images on the internet. www.deviantart.com is good place to find free images, the creators usually only want to be credited or want a link to what used their art for. I went to www.dafont.com and downloaded the Etch A Sketch font that I used. I used Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to create the invitation. Once it was done, I saved it to my flash drive and had them printed at CVS in 5×7. They even had envelopes to go with them too!
Cake: They Toy Story image on the cake is an edible image that I bought from Ebay. I used Wilton icing dye to color the icing. I used Red, Royal Blue, and Leaf Green colors. I also used M&M’s and round sprinkles to decorate the top and sides.
Fun & Games
Message in a Balloon: I started a tradition last year where I write a letter saying that it was Luke’s second birthday and he was letting these balloons off to see how far the go. I included a self addressed stamped envelope and asked whomever was found the balloons if they could please mail it back to us, letting us know where they found it. I put this in a plastic baggy and tie it to the balloons and then Luke lets them go. I never did get anything back for last year, I really hope we do this year, I’d love to see how far they go!
Sponge Relay: You take 4 buckets, fill two with the same amount of water and split the kids into two teams. The goal is to see which team can fill up their bucket with the most water by dunking their sponge in the bucket of water, running to the empty bucket, wringing their sponge out into the empty bucket and running back and passing the sponge onto the next person in line. This is a kid favorite and even Luke loved playing this game.
Balloon Relay: Basically the same only the kids are putting a balloon between their legs, running up the bucket, and then running back and passing it on to the next person in line.