Planning the food and beverage of a party is one of my favorite parts! I love to incorporate the colors and theme into the food. For J's party, I decided to keep the food New York themed. For the "main course" we had a hot dog bar, catered by our local favorite, Papaya King. They were wonderful to work with (Thanks Wayne!) and the price can't be beat. We asked for ALL the topping and our guests enjoyed fixing their dogs up the way they liked them. (Choices included chili, nacho cheese, shredded cheese, tomato onions (their specialty), sauerkraut, relish, Sneaky Pete's sauce, different types of mustard, mango relish, and raw onions.) One of J's favorite foods are hot dogs, so it really was the perfect choice for his 2nd birthday party.
We ate leftover hot dogs for dinner! Yum!
I kept the other foods simple and mostly kid friendly with New York cheddar (complete with NYC toothpicks from etsy seller Senorpicklesworth), yellow peppers, black olives, New York's Red Jacket Orchard apple slices, New York's North Fork Potato Chips (with onion dip), taxi cookies, traditional NYC Black and White cookies from Fresh Direct, Ella's Kitchen "the yellow one," and yellow bananas. I also made NY pretzels with yellow wilton chocolate and black sprinkles. J and I had a blast making those together and they were a hit with guests.
I had to use every inch of space in our tiny apartment!
I wish I had taken some pictures with the blinds closed, so many of them did not turn out. Oh well, I was kinda busy!
J's "tradition" is a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting from Two Little Red Hens. He had one for his 1/2 birthday, his 1st birthday and now his 2nd birthday! If you are ever in NYC, you have to stop by and try their red velvet, it's the best I've ever had! As an extra treat, my blogger friend Summer made J the most beautiful taxi chocolate cupcakes complete with taxi fondant decorations with his initial. If the cupcakes weren't cute enough, they have to be the best tasting I've ever had! WOW! You can see pictures on her cake website here. She is amazing and I can't recommend her enough to all of you local New Yorkers!
And just because I know you were wondering if J decided on a cupcake or a piece of his cake....he had both! You are only 2 once!
Oh, and a black and white cookie!
Drinks for J's party included Adam and Eve apple juice, New York's Fizzy Lizzy, Yellow Taxi Punch (with a little champagne on the side to spike your own punch if you so choose), New York Beer from Brooklyn Brewery. We also had New York Water (straight from the tap!) with sliced lemons in our new fruit infusion pitcher. And my personal favorite...what taxi cab party is complete without a couple of bottles of Big Yellow Cab wine! I'm so proud of myself for finding that! For the record, there is Taxi Cab beer, but it is only sold in kegs. I had to draw the line somewhere, right? =)
Wish you had been there to celebrate and have a cold one with us a slice of red velvet cake! Stay tuned tomorrow for details on the invitations and paper products!