Party prep for the big ONE started well in advance of the set date of 01/07/12!! Godmommy Chrissy and I had been plotting and planning, deciding to venture into FONDANT territory (a first for us!). The cake took "only" about four hours to do, made QUITE the mess of my kitchen, but was totally a labor of love well worth it!!
The day had started out like any other for Katy... that's why it came as such a SHOCK to her system to wake from her nap and have a house FULL of people who wanted to dote on her!! She was NOT impressed (thus launching her first bout with stranger anxiety)!
She did eventually unglue from John and I, but for only short bursts of time! Luckily our family is so girl-starved that the sweet little Rose can do no wrong, really!
The best part of her party, as with any family milestones, was that it was such a great opportunity to catch up with our extended family. Even though a most of those who came live locally, it is so hard to keep up with everyone given the demands of everyday life!! A majority of time was spent casually hanging out while, of course, munching on too much food. I, well-raised in true Italian fashion, had made (and, yes, ordered, too... can't do it all!) entirely too much food... in addition to the two three foot long subs, I'd made several appetizers and a HUGE vat of Mac n' Cheese... worried that it wouldn't be enough, John picked up some wings at BJs! :)
We were eating all of the above for the next week... I'm pretty sure we'd be happy if we never saw a single noodle of mac n' cheese or a deli sub again! ;) But I digress... We got to the traditional cake time (Chrissy and I had made Katy her own little cake) and although she had posed
for several pictures quite willingly, she was in NO mood to make a mess of herself in front of a large group (we did, finally, get around to letting her smosh and smash a cupcake on video... think it was actually a couple days AFTER her birthday in the privacy of just us!)... so we moved on to presents... In true girl-starved fashion, the theme of gifts from the family seemed to be ANYTHING girlie... from, of course, absolutely adorable dresses, to even her own purple cell phone... it was fun to unwrap them all and Katy was quite content since she had mommy and daddy right there with her!
|Nathan wanted to help |
move things along...
|A picture says 1,000 words... |
who LOVES the girlie stuff? Who,
after a year, is over it??! ;)
|Post-party bliss... off for year two! |