|party invitation - ordered from SimplytoImpress.com (I was very happy with them and would totally recommend - reasonable prices and high-quality printing and paper)|
|Ready to party!|
After the cookie fail, I also ran into the dollar store and assuaged my mom-guilt by purchasing three birthday balloons for Zuzu. I should have saved the other $2 and just bought one because "Minnie Mouse!" was all she cared about. (I almost didn't buy Minnie Mouse because I just don't love the character crap like that, but I knew it would make her really happy and, guess what? It did. #momwin).
(Also if you're going to buy helium filled balloons you should totally do it at the dollar store because they cost... wait for it... $1. Seriously, though, that's a steal.)
Anyway, I tied the balloons to the top of one basket. For extra-festivity.
The day was warm but overcast. It got up into the 80s pretty quickly, but there was cloud cover and a breeze, which meant that being outside wasn't terrible and since it looked like it could rain we essentially had the park to ourselves. (I boasted for a while that we'd rented out the entire park for the party, but eventually a few other people arrived.)
The kids started out on the playground where Zuzu swung in big-girl swings
|"I two" and therefore ready to swing like a big girl|
We were slightly disappointed that the little sprinkler thingies that pop up at random intervals were not working. Evidently they're broken, because they weren't running the day before during the Farmers' Market either. So I felt like that was a bummer, but the kids didn't seem to care.
They ran in and out of the fountain, tossed beachballs around, tossed splash balls around (those soft little ones that you can get really wet), and periodically ran over the food table.
We had a total of 8 kids ranging in age from 18 months to 10 years, which was actually really nice because the older kids were sweet about playing carefully with the little ones and even among the toddler set, there wasn't any squabbling (I didn't hear Zuzu shout, "NO, MINE!" even once, which is a small miracle.)
|Hanging with her girlfriends|
|Bea grants the parents a wave|
|It does appear that she is, in fact, part sea lion|
|Not every toddler wants to stand directly under a fountain of water!|
|Fountains are so much fun!|
|Zuzu and Bea on a beach ball mission. I think this picture is so cute (note that Bea prefers to keep her hair dry).|
At Zuzu's first birthday, I felt like there were so many people and so many "things" to do--cut the cake! open the gifts! play the future-prediction game!--that I was overwhelmed and exhausted by the time it was over.
This time, I requested no gifts and skipped the cake so it really was just like hanging out at the splash pad with friends, which was so much more fun and relaxing for me. The best part was that Zuzu appeared to have a great time, and we didn't have to drag her away from splashing. She took a short break to eat some yogurt and blueberries and have some juice, and then she was back at it.
When we finally packed up and left, it was close to 12pm. Zuzu kept saying, "More plish-plash!" but her heart wasn't in it--she was sooooo worn out from having so much fun.
|With the 'rents|
|Heading back to the car with Daddy|
So I asked if she wanted to get her binky and take a nap and she said yes.
As far as I'm concerned, there's no better proof of a successful party than a toddler who is ready to take a (3 hour) nap afterward!