Theme for the kid's second birthday party: "Lord of the Flies".
Oddly enough, my efforts at googling inspiration for said party turned up very little. I think people take this whole parenting gig far too seriously sometimes.
I was going to try to pull off a pig roast but it turns out that those things are stupid-expensive. So we went with a Southern BBQ menu and I made a couple of salads and several batches of pulled pork in ye olde crockpot. The husband whipped-up a layered devil's food cake that we topped with a couple of conch shells from Dollarama. Add some crepe streamers, a handmade pig head pinata, a few balloons, a couple of inflatable palm trees and the mise-en-scene was complete.
I dressed the kid up in a frilly pink party dress, dropped a Halloween necklace made of plastic skulls around her neck, slapped some war paint on her face and let her lose in the backyard with a pack of stray children. She had a blast.
By the way, if anyone needs a couple of free, semi-abused, 3 foot and 6 foot inflatable palm trees for any reason, please let me know.
I'm also available for all your future quasi-sarcastic, budget-friendly, themed party and custom pinata needs.