first birthday

We had Jo Jo’s first birthday party yesterday. It was a small affair, but still, I was wiped out after! My day started with picking up a cake (it was not specially made, I just had the bakery people write on it) and some pops, then going to my grandma’s to decorate. I removed a ton of stuff, including furniture and dishwasher, from her dining room, so that we could have a nice space for cake and present opening. I had some simple decorations and balloons in pink and green, with matching cake and hat. I made a banner that had a photo of her from each month, 1-12, and brought out her baby book so people could browse it and leave a first birthday note. I ordered pizza and sent some home with almost everyone, and I had wallet-sized photos from her first birthday photo shoot for people to take as well. Jo Jo wore a onesie with pink and green writing that says “It’s my first birthday”, a pink tutu made for her by a former nursing student of mine, and rainbow pants.

In the end, there were four less people than expected (due to a baby being born and some illnesses), but excepting those few people, everyone important turned out. Jo Jo got some great presents, but not too many, thankfully. Included was a miniature drum set, a baby doll (not a white one, for all politically correct reasons), books, a winter coat for next year, a tool set with a working toy drill, and a purse that talks and includes cell phone, keys, etc to put inside. There were other things, of course, but you get the idea.

The cake smash was a huge success. The appropriate amount of frosting-mess was made all over baby, and she even put her face directly in it a few times. I don’t think she’s ever had so much sugar at one time before. Jo Jo and her big cousin had a good time with balloons, but only after Jo Jo took a much-needed nap. She slept while my sister and I cleaned up, then the girls played with the new toys and balloons while we had tea/coffee. After my sister left it was definitely time for bed. So what if it wasn’t even dark yet!

I will be putting up faceless photos once I get them all gathered. It was a nice, quiet, simple party that included all the key American traditions of a first birthday.

Author: Mother of All Things

Mother by fostering, adoption, and marriage... wife to my best friend... Bay area critical care nurse... travel in my blood, reading in my bones, clean food on my mind!

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