Wednesday, September 25, 2013

O-fish-ally One Year: A fish themed birthday party!

The first birthday weekend was just right! It was not too big and not too small. We had family and a few friends. The birthday boy enjoyed himself and didn't even cry. He played, opened gifts, and tried cake for the first time. He practiced walking and took three steps on his own for the first time. The weather forecast said rain all day and we had beautiful sun. The picnic shelter at Lincoln Park was cozy and comfortable and fun. We had a sensory tub with foam fishies for Micah and his one toddler friend Isaac. We had bubbles. We had fish coloring pages. We had a colorful chevron photo booth area with lots of silly fish props. We had goldfish crackers and blue jellybellies with Swedish Fish. We were going to have fish tacos, but got lazy and served beef tacos instead. ;-) There were blue and orange balloons (just as exciting to the birthday boy as all of the toys and presents!) and a colorful banner (made by his Nana) with photos of Micah from each month in his first year. There was a gorgeous and delicious fish themed cake made by Micah's Gramma Susan (yes, even the little white chocolate fish on top were hand baked!). She also made yummy fish sugar cookies. Nana and Aunt Beth helped with white chocolate under water themed lollipops. The day was so perfect. We were surrounded by love and had a bubbling healthy little one year old boy to celebrate. Hard to believe that one year ago I was under full anesthesia as they tried to save my baby as his little heart rate dropped suddenly! Through the long days and sleep deprived nights, the clusterfeeding, the cribless naps, the pumping, the refusing solids, and everything else it has truly been amazing. Phil and I may not have had much time to grow our own relationship this year, but we have each had amazing moments with our special little Micah Howard. We are lucky and blessed. I can't wait to see what year #2 brings!

The activity table. Fish themed books, bubbles, coloring pages, etc.

props for the photo booth

The amazing birthday cake Gramma Susan whipped up

fish chocolate pops and fish sugar cookies


The picnic shelter at Lincoln Park

table decor and snacks

12 months documented and celebrated

The boys! Cousins Mark and Julien and Caden with Uncle Ben, Daddy Phil, and Papa Jay

The ladies! Great Gramma Jacquie, Gramma Susan, Aunt Beth, Mommy Ali, cousins Diane and Kendra, and Nana Joyce

Micah's friend Isaac and his mom Krista and our friend, Jenni

Micah's McGramma and her hubby (our nickname relates to the school she and I work at)

Let's pretend these were fish tacos ;-)

playing in the sensory tub
so many cute and fun gifts!
love this one! It seems like an ad for BMWs!
Micah loved the interactive felt fish themed play place that his Nana made him!
Our cute little birthday boy in the "photo booth"

Love this one of the three generations. I'm so framing this for Gramma Susan!

yummy cookies

chocolate pops!

Another shot of the cake
hesitant at first

As tired as he was, he still seemed to like the cake! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Christina! It was fun to plan!


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