I suppose Tom had two birthday parties. The main event was the weekend before he turned two,but we also had a little birthday tea and present session on his birthday. Pizza and party rings, very popular.
Of course the problem with presents on your birthday after tea when you're two is that you are generally not very fast at opening presents, and far too excited with the contents to be bothered about the next present for quite some time. This, in turn, means you're quite excited come bed time, and refuse to consider being in your cot until Mummy comes home at about 10 o clock. Still, we enjoyed the first evening of Tom being a terrible two sitting together on the settee watching crime drama.
The main event was a shared party between Thomas, Lewis, and Penny, which we had in the narthex at church. Plenty of space, plenty of toys, meant for plenty of children and plenty of noise. They had a whole lot of fun, as you might imagine.
This is the closest we got to all three sitting down together. Note the snazzy matching outfits sewn by mums.
This is probably the time to point out that the party was circus themed.
So, yes, ridealong toys were involved and a firm favourite. Here's Tom playing with Adair, and then trying to drive through the tunnel. Unsuccessfully, although that didn't stop him trying multiple times.
Having the party at church meant that we could use the toddlers' play equipment, such as the ever enjoyable slide, and the parachute. Tom loved the later although only to watch really, and he certainly helped others to vacate the slide as soon as possible for him to have another go.
Then we finished off with a birthday tea, a big top cake, and a lot of tidying up. Thanks go to Kirsty, Jayne and Elspeth who did all of the organising, and to the various grandmas who commandeered the kitchen. Thomas had a great time.