The guess list included: Papa, Grandma & Granpa, Aunt Becka & Uncle Tim, Great Grandmom & Great Grandpop, and my dear friend/surrogate mother Gram & her new hubby, Gramps. Unable to attend were the Crooker family (Riesling's godparents) and the rest of the Aunts, Uncles & cousins in Ohio.
I already had a few red hearts hanging up for Valentine's Day so from there the decor was born. I picked up a pack of red, white, and pink streamers at the dollar store, some cute napkins on clearance at JoAnn fabric, and ordered a few balloons. Everything else I pretty much had on hand. We had the party at lunch time (between her naps) so I just did a simple menu of egg salad sandwiches & a batch yummy gluten free butternut squash "mac n cheese" in the crockpot along with chips & guacamole, and veggies & hummus.
Zulily. I love that she will have her own little plate to use each year to make her feel a little extra special.
This was followed by a brief period of crying when Mommy insisted on a diaper change and new clothes before opening presents. So mean Mommy, so mean. I think she had the hang of the whole gift opening thing due to and extended Christmas. It seemed like we were opening random gifts from extended family and friends for the whole month of January. She set right to it.
It was so cute to watch her. She so much more stable and confident on her feet now so she was buzzing around to looking for new gifts and sharing her excitement/confusion with everyone.