I think that my husband and I were able to do it, we pulled off what we considered the most perfect first birthday for our little one. We arrived early in Waterloo Park to grab some picnic tables and set-up. One of our friends and my sister and her girlfriend came to help. We made pulled pork and beef brisket for lunch, laid out with some buns (toppings included red onion, tomato, pickles, mustard and BBQ sauce). We had the new Lays flavours of chips, courtesy of my mom, taco salad, courtesy of my mother-in-law, and potato salad, courtesy of my aunt. All of it was delicious! We had rainbow cupcakes for dessert, with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles, Oreos dipped in white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, Oreo cookie bars (from my husband's brother and sister-in-law), fruit (courtesy of my mom); and, of course, the rainbow dotted cake for our little baby to smash to pieces for photos (which her dad and I painstakingly perfected the day before). She was so dainty with it, when we finally let her have at it, she would pick little pieces and eat them. She was very angry when her dad picked her up to clean her and set her standing in the cake, crying at being made so dirty. We also made sure to have balloons and loot bags for the kiddies, common party courtesy (and I loved making them).
The most important part of the day, though, was having our family and friends there surrounding our babe and showing her how much they love her. Some of my favourite moments included: all of the babies massing on our picnic blanket, the kids helping our little one open her gifts, her cousins asking to sing happy birthday to her (which I wish I had caught on camera), and the mess of the cake, which all the kids and babies dug into. It was an amazing day, reminding us how much love we have in our lives. We have, in my opinion, the best family and friends. I was lucky to marry my husband, and just as lucky to become a part of his amazing family, and I know that he feels the same about my wacky, lovable clan. And our friends, what can we say, they are our family too; we could not live without them.
When I look back on the photographs I see the little babe smiling continuously. So, even if I forgot to put her purple headband on for the cake smash, it doesn't really matter in the end. The pictures are the proof that happiness prevailed.
The after party included inviting our friends to our place, for our Fantasy Football Draft. We had a great time, eating leftovers from the party, drafting our teams, and then playing Cards Against Humanity (some of the cards were so offensive that we all agreed they went a bit too far). It was such a nice, relaxing time; and we were so happy to have two of our friends, that live in Thunder Bay, visit (we miss them all the time here).
Tomorrow I will be off the gooey, mushy, emotional stuff and on to the 25th Anniversary of the Waterloo Busker's Festival. Be prepared for some pretty crazy photos.
My baby is a year older, and I am a year wiser through motherhood.
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