Yesterday, we gathered with family to celebrate Violet’s golden first birthday! We went with a gold and mint color scheme for the occasion with some hints of rainbow throughout the party as a nod to our journey to this moment.
First let me tell you, my husband is amazing. He worked for fifteen shifts straight leading up to the party, coming home at two am and going out to his workshop to build Vi’s projects (despite me repeatedly telling him that he shouldn’t).
While he did the woodworking and painted various things, I crafted all the decorations. Every tassel was handmade, even the bean bags for the games were stitched up quickly during naptimes. We tried to pour as much love as we could into the party and it was hectic trying to get everything done in time.
I stayed up until three in the morning the day of her party and then woke up again at seven- realistically I should have woken up at six. My sister and brother-in-law came by 9:30 to help finish making the food with me, but by the time we got to the park we were already running an hour and a half behind so decorations had to go up hastily- some didn’t get put up at all- and some were kind of disheveled. BUT I still think it was a lovely party for our little Queen Violet Angeline.
My two favorite combinations were seltzer with blueberry and strawberry mint. The lemonade stand was a hit with all of the different combinations available to personalize your cup.
Try out her favorite recipe yourself! I use the asiago cheese recipe found here but I add a teaspoon or two of garlic powder. I left it plain for the party but usually at home I add some mozzarella pearls once I mix the cheese in with the noodles, maybe add some bacon or prosciutto, and then top it off with some more mozzarella pearls and bread crumbs then broil for a short time in the oven. Mmm mmm, bellissma!
It was set up wonderfully. My eldest niece in attendance took charge of the prizes and dutifully handed them out to the younger kids. There was enough games spread out that the kids didn’t have to wait long for their turn and there was no fussing. The adults were able to sit at the tables nearby visiting and looking on.
Soon Vi was starting to tire from all the excitement, so we decided to go for the cake and presents while she was still excited and awake.
Violet fell asleep shortly after, being worn in her baby carrier by her papa. Blissfully asleep, happy and surrounded by love of family that traveled far to celebrate her turning one.
Thank you to everyone who came to the party, to everyone who wished Vi a happy birthday, and to my sister and brother-in-law for helping save me with the food preparation. It was truly a special way to celebrate our golden girl.