Taylor was fortunate to have two birthday celebrations. Her actual birthday was Wednesday. That day our trio celebrated by having Taylor’s favorites: pizza, and her new favorite, cupcakes. We bought a couple of toys and had fun playing with her until she fell asleep. Taylor actually had so much fun that the following morning she slept through her diaper change, outfit change, and hair combing and styling! She must have had a lot of fun!
The following Saturday, we had a ladybug-themed birthday celebration. Though I was tempted to go full-out Pinterest-style, I kept her celebration simple. We had a wonderful cookout, with assorted desserts, and a delicious birthday cake from P&D’s Cake Cottage in Grand Coteau, LA. Mrs. Edmond is one of the owners and we have been buying cakes from her for as long as I can remember. When I forgot to buy Taylor’s cake (yes, I forgot!), it was a relief that I was still able to get the best cake in the South for my ladybug!
We decorated with red and black streamers, balloons, and a custom fabric banner, created by Taylor’s personal, novice seamstress, her mommy. My husband and I worked together on a picture banner chronicling her life from birth to one year. He collected the pictures, I cut them, he glued them, and I later configured them. Everyone enjoyed the idea and the team effort. The banners were a hit!
Taylor received many gifts (toys, presents, money). We really appreciated it all. Taylor appreciated them, too. After the party, she played with a few of her new toys until she fell asleep. While she slept, I rested. Throwing a party for a one-year-old is tiring, yet I would do it all again. It was great celebrating her health, life, and how special she is to us. Later when she looks at pictures of the event, I hope she sees the love and hard work that went into making the day special for her.