We decided to have an open house instead of an actual party for Alyssa. Figured it would be easier than having 25-30 people in our house at once. Yes, you read that correctly, 25-30 people (we only had 18 show up). We have A LOT of cousins and we can't invite some and not the others.
At 11 my friend Ellen, her husband, and their daughter (who is a month younger than Lynden) arrived and hung out for an hour before jetting off to another birthday party. Lynden had a blast playing with the pretty pink purse and accessories they got Alyssa.
After they left we managed to have lunch and get Alyssa down for a nap before the bulk of people arrived.
We had already decided cupcakes would be after nap time, so a lot of people planned on coming then to watch Alyssa have her first taste of sugar (I'll get to that in a moment).
About an hour after the birthday girl's nap was over we had 11 squish into our living room getting ready to watch Alyssa "open" gifts (this involved a lot of help from Lynden).
|reading her card|
|I love this dress, even though it's pink|
|opening her gift|
|frowning in her new chair, which she loves|
|once we sat her in it she sat there for 10 minutes|
|What's in here?|
|checking out her presents|
|what about this one?|
|Pretty pink cupcakes|
In typical fashion: they looked pretty but didn't taste great
|"Eating" her cupcake|
Alyssa was unimpressed with the cupcake, which did not break my heart. I think a year is too young for sugar. She liked the icing, a bit, but would not budge on trying a second bite of the actual cupcake.
As the crowd dwindled down my cousin Nicky, her husband, and their 3 kids, who are around Lynden and Alyssa's age, arrived. All 5 kids played for almost 3 hours, non-stop. It was probably the highlight of the day, for me; to see all the kids play, for the most part, very well together.
It was a really great day and I am so happy we were able to have family and friends spend the day with us.
|Sporting the track suit Aunty gave her|
|Reading in her new chair|