We spent a large portion of our Monday hanging out with family and friends, playing in kids-friendly exhibits, eating pizza,
(I had them set up on beautiful silver cupcake tiers and forgot to take a pic. Womp womp)
oh, and making slime! 😉
Today we had our *big* party for Livi’s first birthday at the Children’s Museum here in Tucson.
We had a small dinner at home on Liv’s actual birth date, but wanted to have a larger get-together with all of our friends + the entire family. We decided to do it a few weeks later, after the holiday season.
An outdoor party would have been fantastic, but Tucson January weather tends to be a little cyclical. It was in the 40s last week, and in the high 70s this week! It feels like spring. (And also may be a huge reason why I’ve felt under the weather; when the seasons change, I tend to get the sniffles.)
The Children’s Museum ended up being the perfect venue. It was a large enough space to accommodate a large number of guests, the staff set up tables and chairs with tablecloths and balloons,
there was access to a full kitchen with a food area
(I kept it simple with Costco pizzas, Goldfish crackers, fruit leather, popcorn, veggie tray)
they did two activities with all the kids (made slime and volcanos)
Even so, I think the adults had just as much fun playing as the kids 😉
I’m so glad we were also able to celebrate such a huge milestone with all of our friends and family. I know that chances like this are rare, especially since I have no idea where we’ll be living for her next birthday, so it makes moments like this even more special.
It was a beautiful day to celebrate a beautiful girl. She’s a lucky lady to be surrounded by so much love <3
Cupcake details: inspiration pic here; used Joe-Joe’s (from TJs) for the mouth, orange M&Ms for the noses (madre picked up a pack of all orange at a party store), Elyon brand marshmallows, this buttercream frosting recipe, boxed GF mix for the cakes. To color the frosting, I used India Tree food coloring.
[No affiliation with any of the above companies, only wanted to spread the word for fellow Elmo-loving babies with birthdays coming up]