Your special day started brilliantly after a perfect (for you) night’s sleep, some mummy and daddy time in bed with lots of play and cuddles and then a birthday breakfast followed by some card and present opening.
I had spent a bit of time decorating the lounge for your special day but the balloons I bought in town didn’t last long. However, they lasted long enough for your birthday breakfast (blueberry porridge, as usual) and the look on your face when you first saw them was priceless, which more than made up for my disappointment in their droopiness half an hour later (I won’t use Box of Secrets again).
We spent the morning as a family, opening cards and presents and getting ready for your party.
We had planned your birthday party to run from 12 until 3(ish). Firstly, apologies for not throwing you a massive party my darling. Due to lack of space and the fact that you are still so tiny we decided a play date party would be the best all round. We would have loved to have invited every one of the babies that mean something to you, and us, but we just don’t have the room this year.
Despite numbers dwindling due to hand, foot and mouth, colds and prior commitments your very first birthday party went pretty well. In actual fact it was probably a blessing as space was limited with just the four of you and it all becomes a little overwhelming for you all.
The first guest to arrive was Coral and the two of you had some fun with some gloop that I whipped up before everyone else arrived. After this Samuel arrived, shortly followed by Mila. We had the paper, crayons, blackboard and chalks out along with all your new (and old) toys.
It’s pretty safe to say that you all enjoyed yourselves playing with each other (and on your own 😉 and all enjoyed the food very much. Daddy, who’s never really seen you interacting with others, was amazed how everything just stopped when you all got your food and watched as you all sat on the floor with it. There weren’t even any tears!!!
The rest of the afternoon was spent opening the rest of your presents and enjoying some family time.
It was a perfect day, finished off with a nice bit of cake…
(Also present were the mummies, your Daddy and myself)
Organix Sweetcorn Rings
Organix Carrot Sticks
For the mummies:
Four Bean Chilli with Nachos and dips
(Lots of) Prosecco
Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins
After much investigation I ended up adapting an American recipe and made you a sugarless Banana and Blueberry Cake with cream cheese frosting decorated with fresh strawberries and raspberries. I have to say, it was a bit of a hit and, considering it was sugar free, tasted really quite nice.
The Party Bags
Ella’s Kitchen Treats
In no particular order…
That’s Not My Dinosaur Book
Colin The Cloud Book
Disney Christmas CD
From: Uncle Dan & Auntie Sam, Ella and Tommy
Activity Tents and Tunnel
Wooden Shape Sorter
From: Uncle Simon and Auntie Jacqueline
Nights Before Christmas Story Book
Click Clack Car Track
Silver Money Box
From: Mummy and Daddy
From: Gemma, Ryan and Evan
London Bus T Shirt
Spot Goes to the Farm Book
Eric Carle My Very First Book of Colours
Eric Carle Touch and Feel Book
From: Auntie Caroline, Simon, Thomas and Grace
Lion Bead Frame
From: Granny and Grandad
From: Katie C.
‘Noah’ Tree Ornament
From: Auntie Katie F.
From: Auntie Ann and Uncle Brian
From: Grandpa and Andrea
From: Great Nanna
Radio Flyer Tryke
From: Grayson, Mila, Samuel, Roo and Corey
Even the cat got into the spirit of things…