A few babies, a few kids, a ton of friends, some family, some great music, homemade food, and a lovely little cake = a perfect party. I really feel that Biet's first birthday party was a smash hit. It was such a cheerful and relaxed afternoon. All of our friends and family who came were nothing short of wonderful. We listened to records and caught up with old friends, munched on tea sandwiches & watermelon & cookies fresh from the bakery, sipped our lemonade as the kids ran around the apartment, and sat back and enjoyed the afternoon.
I was a bit worried that we wouldn't have our home together in time for the party, having just moved a few weeks prior, but somehow it came together just enough. There may not have been curtains hung or pictures on the walls, but my sisters and I managed to pretty the place up so that no one really noticed (I am so grateful for those two lovely crafty ladies!). On the morning of the party we found out that all of the streets around our apartment were closed for a big music festival in Prospect Park, and that traffic was backed up for hours all throughout Brooklyn! It could have spelled disaster, but all of Biet's guests toughed it out and figured out how to make their way over. It means so much to us that they went through all of that hassle for baby girl's birthday party (it really does. some of them traveled for hours. thank you so very much for making it out!). By the time everyone arrived and the party got rolling, it was a couple of hours past when we had planned. But it ended up being a blast nonetheless.
Biet took turns opening gifts with her Mama and her Papa. Each present we unwrapped was so thoughtful- she has a slew of amazing new books and toys now. She was ever so delicate blowing out her candle and tasting her cake. No baby face covered in frosting for this little girl, oh no! She preferred to dip one finger and one toe in the frosting, and that was it. She was so funny. After the celebration, we walked through the neighborhood with a few friends and stopped in for coffee at a little cafe. Nico lounged in the sun and a violinist played on the sidewalk outside. We thanked all of our friends for making the day so memorable and let Biet eat a chocolate croissant as the music drifted in through the open windows. It was such a nice way to wind down after all of the festivities. It was a beautiful day (for a beautiful one-year-old girl).