We had Sadie’s birthday party last Saturday and it was so much fun! I think it was the first birthday party of hers where I actually got to enjoy myself. Why? Because we didn’t have it in the house! We decided this year would be the first year we had a kids party and we did it at her gymnastics center.
THANK GOD. We had 20 kids there (Sadie is very popular apparently) and I did nothing except greet parents, mingle and take pictures. A lot of pictures…
They really did such an amazing job. And they handle EVERYTHING. I showed up with nothing. They do the pizza, the cake, the favors, the entertainment – EVERYTHING. Worth every penny. The kids were running around like crazy and having a great time. I went to touch Sadie at one point and she was sweating. So gross.
I wish I could remember where the ice cream cake was from – it was probably one of the best ice cream cakes I’ve ever had. Half chocolate and half vanilla with a rich, fudgy center. Mmmm.
Ok so there’s a story behind this hat. I had this made for Sadie’s 1st birthday and in the midst of all the chaos she never actually wore it for the party. (I was so stressed during that time that I cried once her party was over.) We’ve had it in Sadie’s room ever since and she recently spotted it and said she wanted it for her birthday this year. So a glue gun and two pieces of orange felt later and the 1 became a 4. BOOM.
I’m so glad I remembered to get a family photo!!
After the party was over we headed back to our house to have the family over. I swore that I wasn’t feeding everyone (we both have large families) and would only do dessert but my mother-in-law offered to cook for everyone – how amazing is that? She also wanted to cook for Dave’s birthday, so two birds one stone.
We celebrated with yet another cake. This one was yellow cake with strawberry filling and whipped cream. It was really good! Those flavors were Sadie’s requests along with lots of pink flowers. I think they delivered! She also picked out the candles. Can you tell?
When I went to the bakery to pick up Sadie’s cake I also picked up two little desserts you can see in the photos. Dave’s birthday was the day before Sadie’s and my cousin Samantha’s birthday was the day before her party so I wanted to include them as well.
All in all it was a great day! I tend to get anxious when big crowds of people are in my house but luckily it was nice enough for most of the afternoon that we were able to be outside. Sadie got a TON of presents and the mean mom that I am I hid a bunch from her. She has so much stuff already so when its a holiday or her birthday I will sneak away some of the stuff she gets to bring out at later dates so she appreciates it more.
It was a fun, fun day!