Elena’s First Birthday

Next in line is Elena’s 1st birthday party, which was in mid-November 2018! Janine helped me host it at the rental space at her apartment complex, which is lovely for parties. We had our baby shower here!

I ordered this cake from Whole Foods, which was amazing. (Thank you for picking it up, Ron!) Highly recommend. They don’t do decorated cakes there (which I didn’t realize), and though their chocolate cakes sounded amazing, I had at least one friend coming who didn’t like chocolate (I KNOW), and the Berry Chantilly cake got great reviews online, so I went with that. It was SO good. Highly highly recommend. It was expensive, but I overbought on the amount of cake. But we froze it and it all got eaten over the next few months.

They put Elena’s name on it for me at least and it was nicely decorated with berries.

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I had spent some time on Amazon shopping for Moana-themed party supplies. Since Elena is obsessed with Moana, I thought she would like that. We also shopped at Trader Joes for ginger foods and Janine made her chocolate chip pumpkin bread (so good) and Ron made sandwiches.

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I tried to buy tropical or flower or ocean themed things food-wise. :D

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I gotta say, the tablecloth that came with my Moana party supplies was an odd choice. The graphics running around the edge were of Maui and Moana, like, screaming. I don’t know.

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I asked our friend Beth, who makes amazing cakes, if she would make us a smash cake. So that was her present to us! I just wanted Moana themed and I let her run with it. She made this, which was SO gorgeous! (Print was a gift from Janine)

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Eating Pumpkin bread with Auntie Janine:

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Hanging with her godmother, Auntie Gloria:

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I did stick a Moana candle on her cake:

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Elena is presented with the cake. She cautiously plays with the graham crackers on top.

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And my favorite picture:

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There were two other little girls at the party, a little older than Elena. They enjoyed the cake.

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With Auntie Janine and Stephanie, who watches Elena for us sometimes and used to watch her full time when she was a baby!

I mean:

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One of Doug’s co-workers and his son gave us this hand-me-down stuffed peep. Elena enjoyed it!

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And some video – the cake smash! She was not put off by the large audience of adults watching her:

And singing happy birthday!

P.S. a few extra pics from Beth:

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