A Very Merry(-Go-Round) Second Birthday Party | Boston Children and Family Photography

I am woefully behind on blogging, but I’m going to take my posts completely out of order so that I can share the adorable photos from my favorite photography subject’s second birthday party.  After slavishly planning every detail of his first birthday party last year, I veered to the opposite end of the spectrum and threw together a party this year with about 6 days’ notice.  And here’s the thing: he loved his second birthday more!  Lesson learned: A toddler doesn’t care so much that there are 7 patiently made layers in the jello cups, or that you ordered the really big balloons from a specialty party shop in Canada, or whether you created a Pinterest-worthy backdrop for the cake table.  Rather, a toddler can’t help but have a great time if you throw together all the things he loves — in this case, carousel, cupcakes, pizza, goldfish crackers, a doting family, and dear friends.

By the way, I highly recommend the Greenway Carousel as a location for parties.  It sits on the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston, straight across from Faneuil Hall and the New England Aquarium.  It is a truly New England experience.  In fact, there is not a single horse to be found on the carousel.  Instead, all the creatures are native to Massachusetts, including a sea turtle, a peregrine falcon, three types of butterflies, and a harbor seal.  And while I love the jangly organ tunes of old-fashioned carousels, I also loved that this one plays a contemporary and fun soundtrack that swung from Springsteen to Bruno Mars.

What I loved most about having a party at the carousel was that you didn’t have to worry about entertainment for your guests: everyone, from the babies to the adults, had a toddler-esque good time riding the carousel.

And there’s something poetic about celebrating a birthday on a merry-go-round, no?

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