Sunday 27th April.
Although Keilyn isn’t officially one until Wednesday 30th, we decided to have her 1st birthday party early, so that more family and friends could attend. Keeping it a surprise from both Keilyn, who had no idea what was going on, and Erin, who had heard the word party a lot lately, was difficult, so, we waited until they were having their lunch, before putting up the party banners and balloons.
Keilyn sat transfixed as I blew the balloons up and Emma put up the banners, only getting startled when one of the balloons popped. Erin thought it was all good fun and, finishing her lunch, wanted to help. Emma had already cooked the party food, so that all we had to do was clear the dining table, cover it with a plastic Minnie Mouse tablecloth, put the food out and get the girls into their party outfits.
At just before 2 o’clock family and friends began to arrive, beginning with Emma’s family; mum, dad, brother Christopher and his girlfriend Ellie, sister Rachel with two of her kids, Freya and Noah. Then our friends Len and Emma arrived, followed shortly after by our daughter, Alysha, and my mum and granddad.
Once everyone was settled and we were all ready, we decided that it was time for Keilyn to open her presents. I sat on the floor with her and helped her to open the cards and unwrap the presents. Erin helped, too, and was more interested in some of the presents than Keilyn, who was more interested in the bubble wrap, wrapping paper, empty envelopes and the boxes.
After a quick tidy-up, Keilyn and the rest of the kids disappeared to play in the garden, while we all started on the food. Then the kids had their chance to eat, before we brought out the cake. The cake had been made by Denise Cox, of Tapestry Cakes, and was in the shape of a number ‘one’, with light pink icing and a purple bow. The icing was then dotted with iced dots and hearts. Emma had added a sparkler and some candles which, when lit, produced specific coloured flames. With Keilyn in her high chair, looking bemused by all the attention and fuss, I brought out the cake and we all sang Happy Birthday, before a few of the kids got together to help Keilyn blow out the candles. I then took the cake back into the kitchen, where Emma cut a piece for everyone, and I distributed, with a little help from Erin.
With time getting on, family and friends started to make their departures, leaving Emma and myself with two very tired little girls. So, that we could tidy up in relative peace, we put Sofia the First on the TV, and did a quick clean up. It wasn’t long before Erin went up to bed, followed closely by Keilyn.
All in all it was a fantastic first birthday party and I cannot wait until Wednesday, when we head to London for Keilyn’s actual birthday.