Cole’s Trash Bash and Boy Gift Ideas

Cole turned two last week! With Covid still highly prevalent, we couldn’t throw our usual large party. However, we still wanted to have a small celebration with family and a few neighborhood friends. He is majorly trash truck obsessed, so we followed his lead and threw him a trash bash! Read on for the party details and a gift guide for two-year-old boys at the end.


To keep things simple (my version of simple that is) and cost effective, I went with green and black decorations and a few trash truck items I found on Amazon. I hung pinwheels as a fun photo backdrop. I saved a few items of “trash” (egg cartons, creamer bottles, etc.) and used them to decorate with. I also incorporated Cole’s beloved dinosaurs into the decorations and made them festive by adding party hats to their heads.

I always decorate with balloons, but wanted to do something a little different this time. I made my usual balloon garland with balloon tape and different sized balloons. I then hung it from a large rod potted in a bucket with pea gravel. I shaped it with ties onto the rod to make a giant two! I think spacing the balloons out a bit more and using smaller sized balloons would have helped to form it a bit more, but overall I was happy with how it came out.


Given the current circumstances, we wanted to keep all of the food as individually packaged as possible. We purchased bags of chips, goldfish, string cheese, and gummies from Costco. We also ordered individually wrapped sandwiches from Jimmy Johns which were a huge hit.

Since Ella was not able to have a proper birthday party during the quarantine period, I ordered cakes for both her and Cole from The Happy Caker. Shannon was very responsive and created cakes exactly like the inspiration pictures I sent her. Of course, they were also delicious. The trash truck on top of Cole’s cake was one we owned already.

To round out the desserts and stay with the theme, I also made a few cups of “dirt and worms,” the timeless childhood dessert we all still love.


We wanted our party guests to stay mostly outside to allow for social distancing. Because of this, we set up a few water activities for the kids and an extra outdoor table for eating. We had our new splash pad, our inflatable pool, and brought Cole’s birthday gifts outside as well.

With it being a Summer birthday, this worked very well and the kids had a blast with the water!

Two-Year-Old Boy Gift Guide

I hope you all have a great rest of your week. We are headed out for a road trip tomorrow, so if you’re the praying type – say one for us! Thank you so much for following along on our adventures.

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