Last month I threw a 2nd birthday party for Eli at the Southern California Children’s Museum in Pasadena. It was so much fun to get all our friends together and celebrate him! I have to be honest though, I had been planning on throwing a banana themed birthday party for his first birthday, and that never happened. I felt so guilty that he never got a big birthday party, so I decided to just go for it for his 2nd birthday.
I found the cutest banana print wallpaper from Walls Need Love, and the print was almost identical to some banana print moccasins from Freshly Picked I had seen, and I couldn’t get the idea of a banana party out of my head. To create the banana backdrop, I just stuck the strips of removable wallpaper onto a giant piece of thick muslin (it was about 6×10 ft). It was so easy to apply. I hung it with some string and a few command hooks to the wall, and it made for the perfect backdrop! I found Eli’s cute banana tee on Amazon so he could be totally decked out in bananas. For the food I ordered a tiny yellow cake from a local grocery store, grabbed a giant box of uncrustables PB&J sandwiches from Costco, a big bag of chips and veggies, juice boxes, and called it good! I wanted to keep it very easy and very kid friendly.
The best decision I made for the party was to have it at the Southern California Children’s Museum. It’s super close to us, and I love taking the kids there on hot summer days. I reserved it for a big group of friends, and it was the most stress free party I have ever thrown! They had two amazing workers there to help me with set up, take down, and anything the kids might have needed while playing. The play space is huge, and they have so many fun play stations for the kids. They have a giant slide, a big ball pit, a “lemonade stand,” a small stage with buckets full of costumes, a pretend grocery store and dinner table, pretend snow to play with, and so many other fun kid stations that let them have fun and use their imaginations. If you are in the LA area and want a fun place to take the kids on a hot day, or are looking for a great party venue for a lot of kids, I highly recommend this children’s museum.