Monday, July 18, 2016

The Last First Birthday

We celebrated a first birthday for the last time. I sort of can't believe it. Last week, on Elliott's actual birthday, we dressed him in a brand new birthday suit (that I finished in the nick of time the night before), and helped him open a small pile of presents (I got carried away. He's my last. And my favorite...Which explains how I paid dollars for toys that make noise...).

I know what my buddy likes and was glad to see that he really enjoyed all of his gifts, but was actually kind of surprised at how much he loved his new sippy cups, and thrilled to see how much he loved his Hungry Caterpillar jack-in-the-box.
His sisters LOVE jack-in-the-boxes as well, so they've been playing with it as much or more than Elliott. Which is fine, because they can entertain him with it, and they all get a big kick out of it.

He's SO thirsty.

Then he fell off his racing snail (or is it a slug?) and clunked his head on the fireplace tile surround. And then the party was over!
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...
He went down for a rest and the girls went to swimming lessons. We had to stop at the grocery store afterwards, so we picked up a birthday donut for dessert since he wasn't going to get a cake until his little party on the weekend. He thoroughly enjoyed his half of a plain cake donut.

The girls were very excited to help me bake treats for the party. First, we made some cupcakes and some cupcakes baked into ice cream cones. The cones turned out adorably, but we baked them a few days in advance of the party, and the cones got limp from all the moisture in the cake. So, if you need cupcakes that look like ice cream cones, you'll probably want to bake and frost them day of...
All my helpers.
Elliott really enjoys the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And I really enjoy all the food in that book, it always makes me want to sample all of those snacks. I've always thought it would be so fun to throw a Hungry Caterpillar party, and since Elliott is such a voracious and adventurous eater, I thought this was a perfect occasion. We sort of planned it last minute, but we needed some friends to come over and help us eat all those treats! So I whipped up a little invite and sent it out.

I had to use the book to make sure I got all the food laid out properly!

The chocolate cake was way too tall and totally precarious, but it lasted long enough to take a good photo. I just noticed that I forgot to put cherries on top of two slices!!

I made a hungry caterpillar out of the party plates and a #1 out of washi tape.
And I whipped up a Hungry Caterpillar romper just in time for the party, because that's how I roll. There was a bit of a snap malfunction, so I ended up holding it together with safety pins at the bottom...

He got an awesome airplane rocker from some of our great friends, along with a bunch of other fun things that he loves (a football! an airplane! a xylophone!!).
 We'd had lunch a bit earlier, but he was definitely interested in all the snack offerings. So we sat him in his chair and fed the hungry caterpillar. He ate some sausage, a plum, and lots of watermelon. Lots.
And then we let him have his birthday treat! He LOVED us all singing "Happy Birthday," and he loved the flame on his #1 candle. He giggled and grinned the whole time. I blew out his candle, and he went right for the frosting.

 It was an adorable little party for an adorable little guy, and we were so happy to celebrate with some of the great friends we've made. I know Elliott was happy to be the center of attention, and to get some fun new big boy toys to play with!

He is just the sweetest, funniest, most fun little buddy and we love him so, so very much. I could never have imagined such a little character, and now we could never imagine life without him. I could listen to him chuckle and watch him sleep, and eat food like a person literally all day long. Happy Birthday to my sweet, sweet boy.