We’ve seen a lot of first birthday parties go awry…like, terrible-tantrum-cake flinging awry. So, when Jack turned the big ONE, we decided to keep our celebrations low-low key and didn’t thrown him a party. We still had cake and presents, but no audience really and none of the other party stuff. (By Jack’s very own definition; a party isn’t a birthday party unless there’s a piñata and balloons.) It was wonderful, so when Cadence’s first birthday rolled around we decided to do things exactly the same way. Except, we did throw in some balloons…Jack insisted.
We woke up last Saturday and opened presents at our house with just our little family of four. Jack was a wonderful helper to Cadence. She was mostly not interested anyway, but he loved it! She got new clothes, a stroller for her baby Stella, books, several new toddler toys, and a play kitchen. I thought she might be a little young still for the kitchen but the height is adjustable and the lowest stage is perfect for her. She’s been having a ball putting away dishes in the cupboards, hiding the leftovers in the back of the fridge, and slicing up pizza.
After presents we piled into the car and headed to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. There we met up with Diane and Bryana, two of my closest friends from high school. Diane had her entourage with her, baby Alice and Andrew, which made things even more fun! We explored the museum, chatted and played. Jack had a GREAT time. He was the perfect age for many of the activities. Cadence and Alice were a little young, but still seemed to enjoy taking everything in. There was a lot going on in the sensory department.
Our last stop was the Embry’s house. Jason hadn’t seen their new house yet, so we went on the grand tour. The kids had fun playing, Alice was a gracious host and offered a perfect example of sharing.
All that was left was the cake. I was really excited for Cadence’s birthday for this one primary reason. The girl loves to eat. I do mean “loves”…if it was between me or a brownie, she’d act like she didn’t know me. And she’s a mamma’s girl! But first and foremost, she’s a foodie. I decided to make her a two tier mini-ruffle cake with swiss meringue butter cream. I had to go a little overboard, because food is so important to her. We placed the cake in front of her after we sang “Happy Birthday” and waited for her to dig in. A day earlier, as I was icing her cake, I envision her face planting right into all of the delicate pink ruffles I had just created; coming out on the other end with heaping amounts of cake in her mouth and a huge grin on her face. BUT no such thing happened…in fact, a good 20 seconds went by before she even touched the cake. Finally, and very delicately she touched the cake with her index finger. She looked at the icing on her finger and then licked it off. This was how she proceeded to eat her cake for the remaining time. I was a little bummed that there would be no feeding frenzy like I had imagined but at least she didn’t get very messy!