Varun’s One Year Party
We celebrated Varun’s one year birthday today with our dear friends here in Seattle. I have been looking forward to this day since the day he was born. For the past 3 weeks I had a blast planning Varun’s one year party – decor, food, drinks etc.
We had locked in a Mod Monkey theme early on with this Save the Date that was sent to all friends and family about 2 months ago so that they could make travel arrangements.Those who could’nt come -we missed you all!
We timed the party for afternoon since Varun typically took 2 naps when we sent the invites out- one late morning and another in afternoon. But for the past week, Varun has switched to one nap a day and slept through part of his party. Luckily everyone could stay till he woke up and we could cut the cake!
We delibrately chose our backyard as the venue so that Varun could sleep and be comfortable and not get anxious as so many friends and family gather together and generally create a ruckus that we are famous for! I think that worked out perfectly since with his last min ‘2 nap to 1 nap switcheroo’ we could simply take him upstairs to his room to sleep and come back down and be with friends.
Back to the actual party – for once, I will shut up and let the pics do the talking.
I wanted something that is simple to make and says ‘party’ without being too themish. Well, nothing says party quite like Martha Stewarts pompoms. A handful of pompoms in our theme colors floated and swirled gently above us and instantly elevated the mood in the room. The Queen of entertainment sure knows what she is talking about.
A handmade banner added to the decor without being too themish or babyish. I plan on reusing it for furture birthdays!
The deck and patio were cleaned and we set out balloons to add to the party mood. These helium babies are fun to watch and play with but are a pain to drive home with. I somehow shoved 20+ balloons in the back seat and drove home with no rear view visbility. Luckily there was almost no traffic in the morning when I picked them yesterday. Oh, they were lined with Hi-Float to help them last more than 8 hours.
We set up a little photo booth to take everyone’s pics – a fun way to capture the theme and photos.
We deliberately kept food simple so that Vipul and I could mingle with the guests rather than fuss with the preparations – cheese and olive platter, artichoke and spinach dip, chicken meatballs , tomato -boccocini salad and veggie pasta (everything from costco) followed by Garlic Jim’s Pizza. Since it was warm we had water, tropical punch on hand along with some home made kumquat vodka – which was a big hit!
The simple food and drinks let the star of the day shine – A monkey themed cake! Designed, baked and filled by yours truly and decorated by none other than fab Athika! The mango filling complimented the elaichi cake perfectly and was a touch of ‘Indian amrakhand’ dessert in a modern American way.
After Varun’s nap we cut the cake and he seemed to like it as well.
Simple goody bags customized with kids initials and home made banana bread as party favors kept the little kids and the little kid in everyone happy.
And I think it turned out to be a great party – something we will remember for a long time.Thanks everyone for joining us and making our day special!