The grandmas couldn’t make it this time, but we were very excited to have Aunt Ashly in town for Julie’s first birthday party. On Friday we visited the High Line together and ate lots of yummy food – vegan ‘sushi’ fresh fruit popsicles, fried beet risotto balls and fancy pizza.
The weather was perfect on the day of the party. We invited Julie’s friends, who are mostly the younger siblings of Max’s friends. The older kids were excited about the butterfly piñata.
Julie took a whack.
The piñata was still intact after each kid took a swing, so then they all took turns pulling ribbons (including a few party crashers like the girl in the purple vest, don’t know who she is).
We ended up having to release the candy manually, and the scrum began.
We kept Julie out of the fray, but Max filled up a treat bag for her.
Blowing out the candle.
Not interested in the cupcake. She was tired and just wanted to nurse.
Max trying to convince us he’s only had one cupcake.
Julie got a second wind and decided to try some cupcake.
The other day Max and I were talking about things babies do and he said ‘make messes with cupcakes.’
Styling info: My friend Corinne, who has a custom t-shirt company http://nestingproject.com, sent us this cute onesie. The tutu was a present from a dancer friend Jessica when Julie was born and Max bought her the tights for Christmas. Julie is not a fan of wearing shoes (though she does like to eat them). Her newly arrived curls get lots of compliments.
The best part of the party – snuggling with Daddy and Max
Daddy’s good for sweet cuddles and crazy swings.
We wish we could have more of our family there, but we were happy to celebrate with Mark’s Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Stan (and their cute dog).
And Mark’s cousin Greg, his wife Mary Beth, and almost 2-year-old kid Andy (who, like Julie was ready for a nap by the end of the party.
Aunt Ashly was a huge help, preparing, shopping and setting up for the party, taking photos, playing with the kids too early in the morning, and helping Max get untangled from kite strings.
Max was too enthralled with this butterfly fan party favor to pose for any more photos.
Partied out and ready for a nap.
We opened the presents the next day. Julie loved this wooden toy from Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Stan. Lots of adorable clothes and fun things to play with, all of which Max tried to claim as his own.