Our girl loves to be outside and all things nature, specifically rocks. Her love of rocks has been going on for awhile and when it came time to pick a second birthday theme I knew rocks had to be involved. When I began to plan a rock themed second birthday party I had a few ideas in mind, but I went to Pinterest for inspiration. A lot of the ideas I found were geared towards older children. However, I did find a lot of great nature themed party ideas so I decided a “nature rocks” theme would be perfect for Charley.
We rented a pavilion at a local park. I decided on this park because it has a large field to play in and a creek perfect for playing in the water and rock collecting. To make the pavilion pretty, I strung twine across it and hung various balloons and paper lanterns, fans, & globes.
My mom and her spouse brought to life my vision for a food table backdrop. It turned out beautiful. They used lattice, natural vines, plants, bird nests, and flowers to place behind the table. I put up a birthday banner, a large gold 2 balloon, and an old window with photos of Charley. For the food I wanted to keep it simple, but still keep the theme. The main entrees were pizza we ordered and nachos Steve made and kept in slow cookers. For sides we had a veggie tray (with rainbow baby carrots!), watermelon, pretzel sticks (twigs!), and trail mix. I kept the trail mix toddler friendly by mixing a multigrain Cheerios and dried fruit. Then I added in some chocolate rocks.
My dad made Charley’s cake stand and cupcake stand. I love how he personalized her cake stand. So sweet. I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes (dyed blue per her request) with chocolate frosting, chocolate rocks, and bird decorations. I added a faux moss #2 on her cake.
I also made rock cookies using this recipe. I also made a brown glaze and used a brush to flick black food coloring onto the cookies to make them speckled.
Our party favors doubled as an activity for the kids. I got some buckets and we all went to the creek to go rock collecting.
I also made treasure rocks for the kids to smash open. I used this recipe but doubled it using used coffee grounds in one batch and coarsely ground coffee beans in the other. This gave them a marbled look since the doughs were different colors. They looked like real rocks and it was fun watching the kids beat them with mallets to see what was inside.
By the gift table my mom put out some balloons and I added a chalkboard with photos of her & rocks.
We had a great time celebrating our girl and the theme fit her perfectly. She had a blast dancing to her party playlist, eating almost her whole cake, opening presents, and seeing her family & friends. To see where I purchased everything visit my Pinterest board here. You can also look at my other board for some inspiring posts for nature themed birthday parties.