So this weekend was my little sweet baby's 1st birthday party. It was such a fun day and she had an absolute blast! She was surrounded by her loving family and friends and it could not have been more perfect.
Sigh. I can't believe it has come and gone. Have you ever noticed after a big event in your life like a wedding, graduation, or milestone birthday that you kind of feel a little bit sad afterward? It's the large amount of time and planning that goes into these things and then it's over in a New York minute.
It's the anticipation, then the after effects. There is always a feeling of loss after a gain.
But what a gain it was! We decided to go all-out for her first birthday party because, well, first birthdays are the most special of them all, besides her actual day of birth of course. First birthdays mark a huge event, that you as a parent survived the first year and your child has made it from newborn, infant to toddler hood. A major deal! We wanted everyone that has been a large part of her life to be able to come and celebrate with us.
Thank goodness it didn't rain because we had a lot going on outside. A pool/ball pit, playground, sidewalk chalk art, bubbles and a pinata for babies- complete with pull strings that did NOT work by the way. As usual the parents had to intervene and get the stuff to spill out of it :)
Luna LOVED being sung Happy Birthday in her high chair as she loves singing songs and the attention, but the actual cake part- Not so much. We got an artificial-free, dye free cake from Whole Foods. Did she like it? She turned her nose up in the air and decided she was not going to have any part of the cake or icing. Which I guess is a good thing. Don't need to start any bad sugar craving, carb loving habits too soon!
My angel was then into meltdown mode after the cake and pinata and was needing a nap. After the guests left we opened her gifts with her and she was delighted at all of her goodies. She received so many wonderful clothes, books and toys and we are very thankful to everyone! She is not going to be hurting for toys to play with anytime soon. Spoiled? Nah.
I'm thinking next year for Bday #2 we will pick a park venue, less hectic and no cleaning. It's all about stress-free and low maintenance.
How about you guys, any first birthday stories out there? How did you spend your child's first birthday?