That was the theme for my girls’ first birthday party. And it happened by accident.
Cody and I decided to rent a gazebo at one of our provincial parks. We rented this before we had a theme… And really, I didn’t even think we needed a theme! I mean, come on…. Its a birthday party. Anyway, we rented the gazebo and were forced into hijacking everyone’s Father’s Day. We took Mother’s Day from everyone (they were baptised on mother’s day), so when there was no other day available at the park except for Father’s Day, we just went with it.
We decided that having the party at the park was good for a few reasons…. 1 – our house is small and 121 people were invited. 2 – it’s summer, and being outside is nice. 3 – the park is right on Lake Ontario, so everyone could play at the beach, if they were so inclined.
One of my sister in laws suggested the teddy bear picnic theme since we were going to be outside. Once it was put in my head, I embraced the idea and ran with it! Invitations, “chalkboards”, decorations, even their cupcakes! All teddy bears! It was perfect.
The weather was amazing that day as well. Hot, but there was a good breeze.
We had so much food, and the girls really enjoyed themselves. I was worried that we would be in for a horrendous bedtime since they missed their afternoon nap, but they were so good!
This last year has flown by so fast. I cannot believe Apple and Banana are a year old. I can’t believe how big they are, how smart they are, how completely perfect they are. I don’t know how I ever lived without them.
And now they are awake from their naps, so I gotta go. Its also the day of their one year shots and I have anxiety about it. I just hate when they cry, but it’s for the greater good.