…AKA SUNDAY THOUGHTS…
You may not have noticed, but Thursday Thoughts just didn’t happen this past week due to Little C’s first birthday party yesterday (even though her birthday isn’t for another couple of weeks…). But now that May 25th is a thing of the past, I can finally breathe again! You’d be surprised how much time and energy throwing your baby’s first birthday party actually consumes. And yes, I was methodical for
months weeks in advance, but even so, that last week of party planning implementation is a real time sucker. Thankfully I had a lot of help from some wonderful friends (and from my husband!…who is also my friend. duh.). And of course, the effort expenditure all depends on what expectations you have for the little guy/girl’s first birthday party. If Daniel had it his way, he would have had a couple of close friends and family members over, bought a cupcake from the nearest bakery, stuck a candle in it and called it good 🙂 I wanted a little more than that…including (but not limited to): fun decorations, an outdoor setting, large group of friends/family, a theme (beach/under the sea), finger foods & cupcakes, cute birthday hat, balloons…I think those were all the crucial details my little heart desired.
Here’s what my “to-do” (i.e. to bake/prepare/buy) list looked like about a week and a half ago:
- Banana cake (for Little C’s smash cake)
- Cream cheese frosting for said smash cake
- Sea creatures (make from candy mold) – also for smash cake
- Cupcakes (including filling & frosting)
- Sprinkles for cakes
- Marshmallow pops
- Veggies & dip
- Orange slices & watermelon
- Pink lemonade mix & pitchers, ice
- Tissue paper pom-poms
- Photo banner
- Party hat
- Tutu (thanks, dollar store!)
- Plates, napkins, plastic serve-ware, cups
And then on the night before the big day, you have to think of extra small details (small, yet important!), like tape for securing the tablecloths, garbage bag to put Little C’s messy post-cake clothes in, camera, etc.
|Photo banner (monthly photos of Little C – Polaroid style) designed by Hope and created by Daniel. Nice work, team 🙂|
Needless to say it was a busy, yet wonderful day! We had so much fun singing to our sweet baby girl for her first birthday and watching her poke her curious little finger into the frosting and take a sample lick. She maintained a slow yet continuous pace as she munched on her first taste of cake…and frosting…and marshmallow….