What I am most excited to share is that my little nugget (Haven Joy) turned one!
How does this fact coincide with learning? Well, I must say that her party was VASTLY different than the first birthday party that I threw Selah. If you have never read about the disaster that was her first birthday you can do so here, but suffice it to say - I tried to be SUPER mom and failed miserably.
With Selah I spent months scouring Pinterest and I did my best to show the world that I was a success as a new mom. In essence, Selah's party became an exercise in trying to show off my mothering prowess and it was not until I burned the food, found my pinterest crafts falling apart, and had the disposal back up that I finally gave up and remembered that the day was not about me at all. It was a day to celebrate the bundle of joy who had completely wrecked my life (in all the good ways).
With this lesson stilled seared in my brain, I determined to keep Haven's soiree low key (also, I kind of forgot that her birthday was coming until we were less than 2 weeks out- sorry, second child). So, what I learned while I was away is that you can still have a great (even cutesy/Pinterest worthy) party without the undue stress that I find far too many mothers placing upon themselves.
Here is what we did to celebrate little nugget's special day:
|Simple Table Decor focusing on the Little Nugget|
I decided to purchase bubbles for the bigger cousins to play with and the girls had fun blowing and chasing the bubbles around the yard.
I didn't worry about any other type of entertainment - we just laid out quilts, let the children squeal as they chased one another in the yard, and chatted over juicy burgers and hot dogs - simple. I'm learning that I like simple.
The only thing that I did spend time on was the cake. I had just watch The Pioneer Woman make the most delicious looking cake on her show (can you say Nutella, Chocolate and Strawberries), and I determined that I must give it a try. I have to confess that I was PROUD of myself when I finished this beauty.
However, by the time the party started the whipped cream has partially melted so my creation was less than stellar...but that's okay!
|I also learned that I'm quite expressive when celebrating my little nugget.|
|And by "expressive" I mean frightening|
And then the main event occurred. We stripped down the baby and let her have some cake.
It was a special evening, a night filled with laughter, great food, the toothy grin of our sweet Haven girl. Happy Birthday Haven Joy!