|Patiently waiting for her party to begin. And yes,|
of course I made her a tutu. You can't resist
these things when you have a little girl,
no matter how much you think you will.
And I hope you will forgive how long it has taken me to get to this post, but I wanted to make sure all the details were included (read: I had time to get the pictures off my slr).
Like all parents, I am confident that my kiddo is an overachiever so of course we had way more firsts during Year One than I ever expected, and what better way to commemorate all our learnings than with a fun birthday party.
|Bugga's first initial decorated with a year's|
worth of faces was hung over the main
Bugga was born in that wonky time period between holidays (well right behind Thanksgiving) so this adds a little wild card to who might be expected to attend birthday events between holiday travel, flu-season, and end-of-year budgeting.
The theme for this momentous event, was....wait for it..."Sydney is ONE!". I know, so far off topic. I saw a few fun ideas on Pinterest (of course) that got my brain churning, and it turned out to be a great way to incorporate all the fun pictures we had taken throughout her first year.
|The food spread!|
|Cupcake "cake" decorated|
with M&Ms in the shape
of a 1 (in case it isn't obvious).
The biggest challenge was the "entertainment" for the party. It is not lost on me that a 1 year old could not care less what happens at her party as long as her basic needs are met (food and getting attention, of course). So I was torn as to what to have planned for the kids to "do" while the parents mingled and talked everything kiddo. Add to that the range of children's ages - we had 3-month-olds all the way up to 7 years. How the heck do you entertain this crowd? Off to Pinterest I went to find ideas.
|I decorated with Bugga faces wearing party|
hats all over the party space.
|Bugga faces everywhere!|
Anyway, enjoy some photos from the big event - maybe someone out there can use this for some planning inspiration! *OK, I really thought we had taken some photos of the cardboard tunnel setup, but I can't find them anywhere...I will update the 'ol blog with some pics should I ever dig them up. ** Update (10/6/2013): Found one!
|She was very hesitant in giving her |
cake a try. This is the before shot.
|This is the after-shot! Not too|
much damage, actually.
|Here's our "dining room" - you can see the cardboard tunnel|
around the back, with multiple doors, skylights, etc. - the kids loved it!