We celebrated Oliver's first year with a lovely beach party at Golden Gardens. We had a great time playing in the sand with friends and family, and although Ollie wasn't a huge fan of his cake (what?), he handled all the attention that was heaped on him pretty well.
I had considered BBQing for lunch but it seemed too complicated (you know me, I only do simple and easy!) so instead we noshed on a delishious spread of summer salads, marinated chicken and steak, and fresh berries for lunch. Instead of cake I opted for portion controlled cupcakes (ha) with my mom's famous lemon frosting. I don't know what Ollie was thinking, they were delectable!
When we talked about getting pregnant we thought it would be nice if he was born in the summer since Alex would be off work, but we never thought about the other perk of having a summer baby; outdoor parties in the sunshine! It's a little extra prep to get everything together and down to the beach, but once we were there the water and sand took care of the entertaining for us. Plus, no clean up!
A highlight of the party was a surprise visit from our friends visiting from Japan, Curtis and Terumi and their two boys. How many 1 year-olds get to have international friends at their birthday party?! Ollie is one lucky lad!
Happy Birthday Ollie!