Anabelle’s birthday was just 3 days after my due date. Her birthday was the 7th, I was due on the 4th. I really wanted to make sure that her birthday didn’t get lost in the chaos of change, hospital stays, and the holiday, so I had a plan and a backup plan. Her birthday party was to be on the 5th, unless I had the baby, which I was desperately hoping I would, then it would be on the 11th. I really just wanted it to be on the 11th, but as we all know, that is now Betty’s birthday, so thank goodness I went with my original plan! We went decoration shopping the week before, baked the cake two days early, and went grocery shopping the morning of. Just in case I went in to labor, we didn’t want to have a boatload of party food for a week!
For decorations, I went with things that Anabelle loves. The colors were blush and gold, with flowers to please mama, and animals and balloons to please Anabelle! I pulled out mason jars, fun straws, the light pink flower decorations from last year’s party and made a pink punch to celebrate.
So I tried to put myself in her shoes when picking out the outfit. She LOVES my little pony and I had recently bought a swim suit that I was going to wrap up for her to open on her birthday, but once I got into planning, I figured why not have her wear it with a tulle skirt! I had found this tutorial which seemed pretty easy, but I didn’t have a reason to give it a try. She loved the suit! Not a huge fan of the skirt. I bribed her to wear the skirt by giving her a balloon. And then I bribed her for a picture by giving her a sucker! She ended up swimming in the kiddie pool while were grilling, so it was a good call, but that left her in a diaper for the start of gifts and led to an outfit change as soon as she opened the brightly colored jewelry from her Auntie. I realized later, that we kind of wrapped up the party in a fiesta theme! Grammie even bought her a unicorn pinyata which we finished with! We taught her how to hit it and then when she tore some of the paper off (she just couldn’t break it on her own!) she said “uh-oh!” and tried to fix it!
I wanted something that was easy to shop for, assemble and cook the day off, but I still wanted to do something kind of fun. Kevin and I love to grill all summer long and it’s especially easy with crowds, and then I keep pinning all these kabobs on Pinterest that I just needed an excuse to try out. So between the two, we opted for a kabob celebration!
Fruit: strawberry, grape, cantalope, watermelon
Greek Salad: cucumber, tomato, olive, feta, red onion
Grilled Veggies: red pepper, yellow pepper, onion, mushroom (these are pictured before we grilled them)
Grilled Meat: purple potatoes, chicken breasts cubed (scissors made cubing the meat easy… it’s not correct according to my culinary sister, but she despises raw meat so she didn’t object since she didn’t have to touch it.)
Oh and as soon as the candy spilled out of the pinyata, Anabelle squatted down and started shoveling the hershey’s kisses! Funniest thing ever!