So August 8th we had a party for her, and it definitely felt nice to finally have a little celebration. I mean, I know she won't remember any of it, but it does feel nice to celebrate this sweet little girl who came into the world a year ago with family and friends.
So with lots of family coming from out of state and several friends and neighbors joining us, I was a little nervous and excited to host our first event in our new house. I set a tight budget and was still able to make it beautiful and special.
And am I the only one who refuses to purchase flimsy, cheap paper plates? They were my "splurge" of the party. The menu was:
-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers
-homemade broccoli salad from my mom
-homemade spinach dip with pita and guacamole with chips from my mother-in-law
And everything was followed up with these!
|Victoria playing through the window with her aunt (my sister)|
|The "cheese" face with my husband's mom|
|She sat and played like this for a good 20 minutes|
|The "Illinois" family: my stepdad, mom, brother, and sister-in-law|
It was such a special time sharing our home and celebrating our daughter with friends and family. That night we had 14 people sleeping under our roof, which was an interesting logistical challenge to be sure! Somehow I found myself sleeping on an air mattress in our front room (which doesn't have any furniture in it yet)
We managed to throw this entire party for about $100, which was definitely a blessing. And visiting family did such a great job helping us get everything ready.
People were very thoughtful with the types of gifts they gave Victoria. We got lots of books (you can never have too many), a play shopping cart, a baby doll and baby doll stroller, and some cute fall clothes. But so far the favorite has been this:
Did you have a 1st birthday party for your baby(ies)?
I'm really one to keep birthdays simple, and in the end I left like I did a good job making it special but not over the top.