birthday partay!

I am SOOO unbelievably glad that Saturday is OVER! Man was that a busy, stressful day as we rushed to prep all the food and put up all the decorations for Noweo's party. It was so worth it though. The weather was perfect, all our family was there, the food was awesome, the music was happy, the decorations screamed springtime birthday girl. It was like a dream - one of those heavenly moments were all is right with the world.

I wasn't very good at taking pictures, mostly because I was running around, feeding Noweo, talking to people and blah blah blah. BUT I did manage to take pics of the decorations and some of our festivities. Enjoy!

Noweo's b-day sign was super easy and fun to make. The lettering was done in Picnik and printed on photo paper. The paper flowers were SUPER easy and added some fun color and pattern. Don't you think? Check out a tutorial here.

My playdough centerpieces were a big hit! A bunch of people ended up taken them home so I only have one left. The playdough was really easy to make and contrasted nicely with the table cloths for a nice pop of color. Remember how I said I was gonna make 70 of those fabric flowers? Well, I decided to go easy on myself and only make 30. With 6 tables and 5 flowers per ball of playdough, it turned out to be J-U-S-T R-I-G-H-T!

These pendant flag streamers really brought the place to life and added movement and color to the pavillion. I couldn't stop smiling when they went up.

My original thought was to clothespin these pictures to the streamers, but it was kinda windy, so my Dad thought they would be easier to see if we taped them to the posts. Best last minute idea of the party! Everyone was surrounded by images of our birthday girl during her first year. It made for a nice personal touch.

Here's a not very good picture of how the whole place came together. You can't even see the streamers, but you get the idea.

I didn't take a picture of the food, but we had A LOT and it was delish. We had teri burgers, big juicy hot dogs, lots of fruit and veggies and pasta salad and a bazillion cupcakes with lilikoi (passion fruit) cream cheese frosting - courtesy of my grandma and of course...

....the all important birthday cake! I gotta give Safeway the credit on this one, but I picked it out...that counts for something right? Aren't the ladybugs cuties?

Sooooo we ate, and we played and we danced and we just sat around and talked and laughed. It was definitely one for the books. Noweo had a fabulous time running around on the grass. Here's the evidence:

You know you have a KID when their feet get dirty. LOVE IT.

My cute cousin Sachi

All the old folks stayed parked on that table talking the.whole.time

Frosting face

My Dad and little bro playing volleyball (of course, you'll just have to take my word for it). Noweo wanted to be in the middle of the volleyball circle. I was worried at first, but everyone managed to play around her and I eventually stopped caring.

I'll finish this post with this cute video of Noweo dancing with my Mom. She's developed this "Happy Feet" routine recently and it is one of the CUTEST things she does.


Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make Noweo laugh by pretending to sneeze.