The birthday party was yesterday. It actually went over really well. I was torn about who to invite – it could have been tiny or HUGE – I wanted the invite list to be somewhere in the middle. I decided to invite family (duh) and friends. But what friends do you invite? Facebook friends, friends from a specific place, or friends friends? I really agonized over this decision and went back and forth for awhile. I didn’t want to hurt feelings, but I didn’t want to huge party either. I decided I would invite people that I had a play date with or interacted with in more than one place. Like my friends from yoga that I also hike with. Or my friends from my birth class that I have play dates with now. Unfortunately this meant some of my friends that I haven’t had the chance to hang out with didn’t get an invite. And I sent invites out like 6 weeks ago, so my newer friends weren’t on the list. I know the birthday invite politics just get more crazy as the kids age, so this is an aspect I’m really not looking forward to. It was stressful enough for the first birthday party!
The theme was something that everyone was curious about. Since Remy loves ribs we knew we had to have ribs as the main entree of the party, so we decided on a cowboy theme. The party decorations kind of snowballed. I ordered a John Wayne cardboard cutout for a photo booth, which was really fun! I also made a bunting the displayed a photo from each month which turned out really, really cute. And my awesome mom and dad came down the night before the party to help out – they got tasked with making the bibdanas I procrastinated on.
We asked guests of the party to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal for donation to a local foster agency. I just about cried at the response. I’m so grateful for my friends’ generosity.
The food turned out really good. The ribs and corn bread muffins we had catered in, but I made most everything else. I love cooking, so it was fun to do the party prep. I made mango salsa, cowboy caviar (tomatoes, avocados, black beans, corn, onion, cilantro, and lime juice), mac and cheese with spinach, my favorite quinoa salad from WF, my mom brought some baked beans, and a spinach and strawberry salad topped with goat cheese. I just realized I forgot to put out salad dressing. Oops, sorry friends! I couldn’t have been happier with how the food turned out. I ordered a carrot cake for the party, but made Remy a modified French yogurt cake. Yum! Did I get a photo of the cake I made? Um, no.