Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Schwartz's vs the Pink Icing

To go overboard or not.  That is the question new moms face when baby's first birthday rolls around.  I've been to a number of 1 year old birthday parties and most of them have been pretty extravagent affairs.  And  I have nothing against that.  Honestly, if Sarah's birthday was in a warmer month, we may have had more people over and done a cook out.  But our house is cozy and so we kept this party simple.  I have a lot of anxiety over Sarah's birthdays.  I actually worry about them regularly and have since I found out the due date.  I really want to make sure that Sarah's birthdays are special and separate from Christmas celebrations.    So we waited a few weeks after Christmas and I asked everyone to make sure they wrapped the gifts in something other than Christmas paper.  Which was really a reminder for me because we have wrapped other people's gifts in Christmas paper before because that's what's always in the house.

Since we were actually at Disney World for Sarah's birthday we decided to go with a Minnie Mouse theme.  Laura at Sew Joiner made Sarah's birthday hat and matching shirt.  Megan from Draper's Catering made the cake and smash cake and they were delicious!  For party favors, I stole the idea from my friend Laura to make magnets.  So I took a picture of Sarah with the princesses and had some wallet size pictures printed, then slapped them on some magnetic backings and called it good.  Oh, and for decorations we went simple.  I bought Minnie Mouse plates, cups, etc. from Wal-Mart.  I toyed with the idea of making a happy birthday banner like I've seen on cute crafty blogs but decided I didn't have the time, so I just bought one of those.  But I poached an idea for photo garlands from Alyson's Pink-a-licious party she threw for her Lyl Bug when she turned one.  I'm glad I did those and I made them so I can easily take them off the garland and slap them right into her baby book.  That's got to be at least 10 pages done!
The Details

Present opening time came and since we just did that at Christmas I thought she'd be a pro at it.  But alas she has just recently decided 2:30 is her new nap time, and I didn't know this before I planned the party.  So she needed a lot of help and coaching to get them unwrapped with daddy.  I should have taken a picture of all the presents on the table.  It was so cute to see the explosion of pink wrapping paper.  Rather than have you scroll through pictures and pictures and pictures I thought I'd do a collage.  But I would like to point out a few of my favorites.  Top left Sarah LOVES the ride on lion Grandma and Grandpa Schwartz gave her.  4th on the top, Chris is working hard trying to figure out how to install all the stickers on the Little People airport we gave her.  2nd on the top, we gave ET an airport for Christmas and got one for Sarah.  I thought it would be nice for play dates if they had one toy they both knew from their own house and could play with together.  I like how it looks like Sarah and ET are already discussing how awesome this toy is and what they are going to do together.  And bottom right, that's a Belle baby doll.  I saw the My First Disney Princesses back around Thanksgiving but my friend I was out with told me they were creepy.  Then I saw them again at Wal-mart the week of the party and there was more of a variety and I liked about 4 of them.  So I called my mom and asked her to get it for Sarah for her birthday, not because I was being too cheap, but because I couldn't choose between Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, and Belle.  Sarah loves the doll.  I came in the room last night and she was handing her to Chris for him to hold while they played together.
The Presents

Time for some yummy cake.  Sarah's never had even a bite of cake.  I was saving that for her birthday.  Plus, I figure if she doesn't know about it then she can't want it or miss it.  I know these things are coming eventually but I'd like to put it off as long as possible.  So we had a plan in place and I walked Chris through it, strip her down to her diaper, put a big bib on her and hope she doesn't get it in her hair. We sang happy birthday and then let her lose.  She loved it!  She mostly just ate the icing, and more icing, and then a little more icing.  She was very excited.  It reminded me of that scene in Elf.  I was thinking to myself a little conversation like this:
Mommy: "So Sarah, do you like sugar?"
Sarah: "Is this pink stuff made of sugar?"
Mommy: "Yes."
Sarah: "Then YES!"
I was eating my slice of cake next to her and she started doing her "uh uh" and pointing and actually wanted a bite from me!  I told her she had her own right in front of her.  Silly girl.  Here's the photo collage of Sarah and her smash cake.
The Cake

Since then, I'd like to make an official statement that I can neither confirm nor deny that Sarah has had cake for lunch these past few days.  All I will say is that cake is huge and someone has to help me consume it.


  1. love the collages! a happy day for a happy girl.

  2. Thanks for the shout out and it looks like Sarah had a blast! The Minnie Mouse cake is adorable! Happy 1st Birthday Party, Sarah!