The timing of Clara's birth was awesome – I had the whole summer off and didn't have to participate in some of the more stressful parts of my job. Unfortunately, that also means that this year (and from here on out) Clara's birthday fell during the most busy and stressful time of the year for me. By the Thursday before her birthday I just had a bad attitude about it… her party was just one more thing I had to plan and make lists for. Granted, my family helped me out a ton – my parents hosted the shin-dig, so I didn't have to clean my house, and my mom made Clara's outfit, and picked up the cake. There were plenty of things on the "nice to have, but not necessary" list that just didn't happen. Overall, I was satisfied with how it all turned out. Most importantly, we have a healthy, happy, and thriving 1-year-old and couldn't feel more blessed!
Once we got to my parents', we unloaded the car, got the food going, and decorated. I didn't go overboard by any means, just a banner and a few balloons – it was enough to give a festive flare without going crazy. We had an owl theme, with brown, green, and pink accents. For lunch, we served pulled pork sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, lettuce salad, fruit salad, and of course… cake!
Guests at the party!
Playing with balloons
Clara had no interest in opening gifts. She was completely distracted after opening one, so her cousins helped her out. She got lots of fun gifts! We used http://www.mygiftlist.com/ to share some gift ideas with the guests.
The cake went well – Clara dug right in with little prompting. It was fun to see her being able to smoosh it around and try to eat it. I had gone with white cake to minimize the staining potential J
I still can't believe we have a 1-year-old. A year has never passed so quickly. I'll admit I was sentimental all weekend, thinking about what we were doing a year ago at that time… I also spent time looking at pictures of sweet baby Clara – how much she has grown and changed and how much Paul and I have grown and changed over the past year. It's pretty amazing.