Every year I'll be taking a picture of her with a giant 36" balloon (I ordered it from Amazon), I think it'll be fun to watch her grow into the balloon's size. Last year she couldn't hold it, and this year I tied it around her waist so she wouldn't lose it since it was so windy. She ran around the backyard with it tied to her waist holding on to it for about 20 - 30 minutes. She wasn't ready to let go of it when I finally took it inside so she could play more freely. The wind was so strong that I made daddy stay within a few feet of her just outside the shot in case the balloon got around her neck. Thankfully it never did, but her daddy sure got a workout.
We put pigtails in her hair for the first time, which lasted all of about 15 minutes. Then out came one side, then the other about 2 minutes later. So I had to wet her hair down and just leave it, but hey, I got pictures at least!
Kirsten loves the Backyardigans, and I really love how it encourages playing outside and using your imagination. So, I loosely based her party around that, with the weather being iffy for the day of her birthday I had revamped to party games inside for the most part. We were still able to do some tin can shooting and a pull-string pinata outside. We had 5 6" cakes that I ordered from a local baker, O' For Heaven's Cakes and More. I ordered her first birthday cake and her baptism cake from them as well. I love baking and decorating cakes, so it seems like an odd thing for me to outsource. However, with everything else I have to do, it just makes sense. Plus, their cakes are DELICIOUS!
I ordered the Backyardigans cake toppers from The Sweets Fairy Bakeshop, Jeana was great to work with and they turned out adorable. We ordered a cake for each character in the Backyardigans, from left to right they are: Tyrone, dark chocolate cake with chocolate frosting; Austin, fun fetti cake with vanilla frosting; Tasha, Vanilla cake with lemon curd center and vanilla frosting; Pablo, vanilla cake with vanilla frosting; Uniqua, strawberry cake with strawberry jam center and vanilla frosting. I fell in love with the lemon and strawberry cakes last year during her pink lemonade party, so I had to order those again. However, I wanted some basic cakes that the kids were more likely to ask for as well.
This is our next door neighbor and Kirsten's babysitter whom Kirsten adores. She's trying to show her how to whistle, it was absolutely adorable. Of course, Kirsten couldn't blow hard enough so she would just put the whistle in her mouth and sort of shriek. Poor girl.
It was a fun day with lots of friends and family, we are truly blessed to have her and them in our lives.