My daughter turned one this week. For me it's bittersweet. I can't believe her baby days are going by so fast. But on the other hand, she is learning so many new things and is just so much fun. I am truly looking forward to all the "big girl" things we can do together, and those days will be coming soon - play-doh, chalk, board games, arts and crafts. These things I have been looking forward to doing with my kids for a long, long time... years before I had a child or was even married. But I can't help but be a little sad about all the things that are already over - nursing her to sleep, being able to hold her easily in my arms (she's so big and squirmy now!), the first smile, first laugh, first word, first tooth, first food. I know there will be many, many more firsts... but it is still hitting me hard just how quickly it goes.
Another event that I've been looking forward to for a long, long time is hosting birthday parties for my kids. Growing up, my parents always planned the best parties - streamers and balloons and well-organized games with prizes... they are such happy memories. I've always looked forward to planning parties for my own kids someday. And that day was Sunday!
I may have gone just a teensy bit overboard... since I know a 1-year-old can't really appreciate it anyway, but I am willing to admit that the party was mostly for me. And Pinterest is so full of temptations.... I blame Pinterest. :)
The theme was "You Are My Sunshine" so yellow was the color of the day. I sewed my girlie a yellow Geranium Dress a few weeks ago and it was absolutely perfect. I made a quick farfalle hairbow, paired it with white tights and gold shoes from Old Navy, and her outfit was good to go. Oh, and I can't forget her special bib!
I set up a sweets table with a homemade angel food cake - and I just had to buy these mini pans off Amazon so that my baby girl could have her very own mini cake! Sunshine and heart cookies (glace icing recipe here), kettle corn, chocolate coated sunflower seeds, yellow rock candy, yellow sixlets and pretty yellow sodas rounded out the spread.
My husband grilled burgers for us and both sets of grandparents and a beautiful great-grandmother. We had a lovely lunch followed by cake and ice cream. Baby girl wasn't too sure about the cake at first, but after I cut her a piece to try she was all about it. Then gifts and lots of playtime.
Such a wonderful day and so filled with love. I have read many times that children multiply love and I completely believe that to be true. What a happy, fun-filled celebration for the sweetest one-year-old I know. She has brought such joy to our lives.