We had the party. I think it was a success. Zuzu seemed to enjoy herself (except when she caught me holding other babies--jealous!) and a lot of the food got eaten, so those are good signs, right? I was emotional for the whole week leading up to it, and exhausted by the time it was all over, but so, SO glad we were able to celebrate our little punkin.
I don't have the brainpower to formulate a coherent narrative about the party, so I'm just going to do let the pictures do the talking. Prepare yourself for the onslaught.
We started out with a twelve-month-old, a gorgeous morning, and a rainbow theme.
|Twelve months! (And not very cooperative for this photo session).|
|It was such a beautiful morning.|
|We hung the birthday flag.|
|And lined the front sidewalk with pinwheels|
The party was scheduled to start at 3pm. At exactly 3pm, we got a torrential downpour.
|Happy Soaking Wet Birthday. Good luck finding a close parking spot.|
|One of my favorite projects! 12 months of Zuzu faces wearing party hats. Photo credit: my friend Kristin.|
|I had planned to make a balloon wreath like this one, but then I cheated and borrowed this from David's school. It's cute, isn't it?|
|A package of 12x12 rainbow colored scrapbook paper was my major party-supply investment. I printed these letters in Word and cut them out with scissors. (Not to brag, but I do have mad scissor skills.)|
|This was another monthly banner of Zuzu. I used mini-clothespins to hang them on baker's twine, and clipped a rectangle of scrapbook paper behind each picture. Super easy. Photo credit: Kristin.|
|Party favors were beach buckets, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, stickers, and a balloon. Photo credit: Kristin.|
|My friend Gina made this sign--isn't it gorgeous? Photo credit: Kristin.|
|Thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration for the simple cake decoration.|
|The cookies I outsourced to a friend with a steadier hand, more artistic eye, and nine years of birthday party baking experience. (Thanks, K!) Aren't they amazing? Photo credit: Kristin|
|Grammy was in charge of the pretzel coating. She laughed because a lot of the kids ate the top half of the pretzel and threw away the plain pretzel bottom. Guess we should have doubled up and made them sprinkle batons.|
|Funfetti cupcakes - also Grammy's project.|
|And Grammy provided the adorable birthday onesie. (David and I provided the baby.)|
|I ordered plastic milk bottles and paper straws for the kids because I could not resist the adorableness. Can you blame me?|
|We planned ahead by scooping ice cream into muffin tins the night before--made for very simple serving during the party. And aren't they cute?|
|This game was based on a Korean tradition (fun fact: Zuzu's Uncle Bubs was living in Seoul, South Korea when I was pregnant with Eliza and we visited him. You can read about those adventures starting here.) The idea is that you put out a few objects on the floor and see which one the baby chooses. That object is then a prediction of the baby's future career.|
|Party guests write their name on tickets to vote for the object they think the baby will choose. Our objects were: A calculator (engineer); a tiara (pageant queen); a dollar bill (entrepreneur); books (scholar); baseball (athlete)|
|This was the prize for the ticket drawn at random from the winning bucket. This book is kind of a tear-jerker. We may have to invest in our own copy.|
|Zuzu checked out the tiara, but bypassed it for the calculator. Our future engineer! Just like Gramps and Uncle Bubs.|
|She also grabbed the dollar bill, so we decided she'll be a financially successful engineer. And it looks like she's walking here, but she's not quite there yet--she can take one step and then she loses her balance.|
|And then it was time for cake!|
|First bite of refined sugar.|
|She LOVED it.|
|GET IN MAH CAKE HOLE.|
|Mommy & Daddy & Zuzu|
|Showing off her straw skills. In retrospect, I should have invested in a birthday bib.|
|Then it was time for presents. We were fortunate to have an excellent gift-unwrapping assistant in the form of our good friend, F. Here she is presenting us with a present from Grammy.|
|It was a tea set!|
|Another gift from the grandparents. (Zuzu's not spoiled AT ALL.)|
|There were just enough leftovers for a couple complete breakfasts.|
|12 month check up today--my baby seems to have literally turned into a toddler overnight. Maybe that had something to do with turning one?|
Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes. It means so much to us to feel the love from people who have followed our family's story. It's hard to believe that we've had an entire year of this rainbow baby lighting up our lives.
Happy Birthday to our little Zuzu. And many, many more.