The funny thing about a child’s first birthday is that they don’t really care. Benjamin wouldn’t have even noticed if we had just let his birthday pass on by. The first birthdays are really for the parents, it’s all about getting the right photo so you can one day look back and say “look Benjamin that was you on your first birthday.” I may sound cynical, but I know every parent wants to make it just right for their child, which of course we worked to do the same for Benjamin.
There were a few things we learned on his birthday:
1.) Envelopes and receipts make much more exciting gifts .
2.) Don’t sing to the birthday boy if you don’t want him to cry .
3.) Sweaters are too hot for an active one year old on his birthday .
4.) Not all babies like to dig into the cake. Some need to be spoon fed (yes, our child is a bit spoiled).
We tried to keep the party simple with family only and a spaghetti dinner, and yet my version of simple can still mean complicated.
We ordered a cake from out favorite bakery, Corina Bakery. We had our wedding cakes done there and go there for every birthday, anniversary, engagaversary and every other excuse we use to celebrate. They have always done beautiful cakes and the one they made was awesome, but it looked like it was for Benjamin’s 16th birthday (I did a lousy job communicating what I wanted). In my pregnant irrational state I begged my husband to go back and ask them to change it to look sweet and Christmasy. They were so gracious and fixed the cake. It was perfect. That’s one of the reasons we love them so much.
This was my slightly failed decoration idea. Half the idea was my own, half was from Pinterest. Pinterest had the idea of displaying a picture from each month of the first year. I thought to put it the photos in Christmas balls. However, it was hard to get the pictures to fit and the backsides didn’t look super since it was just the back of a picture, hence the compensating green B’s. Adding glitter to the bottom of the balls and painting the red numbers really brought them to life. Even though they didn’t turn out exactly how I thought they would they looked really good hanging off the chandelier over the birthday cake.
One day Benjamin will love his wagon, but for now at least his cousin Perla liked it. Thank you Mimi and Boppa!