{real party} G's first birthday party - the food & fun!

Before we continued with the last post about G's first birthday party I'd like to share this party got featured again in the amazing party website Spaceships and Laser Beams. You can see it here. I'm so honored all the work {and love} I put into this party is recognized by fellow crafters and bloggers. I had so many great pictures of G's first birthday party to share I had to do it in parts. But this is the last {promise}. And we'll talk about the food we served and the fun we had!
We kept the food simple, brunch style since we had a morning party: fruit, wraps, cheeses, veggies, muffins, and of course with some finger and easy foods for the kids.
The dessert table. Oh the dessert table. It all happened thanks to my amazing sister, G's godmother. She baked everything. Yes, everything! From the cake pops, to the mini cupcakes, to the cupcakes, to the smashing cake. Did I tell you she's amazing?! I just need to convince her to move here!
There was also a mini candy buffet table with some Peruvian treats my mom and sister brought with them. It was nice to be able to serve some of my favorite candy from my childhood.

We had a piñata, handmade by my sister and me. I was inspired by this idea from Oh Happy Day. I used a paper lantern from the Dollar Store and some crepe paper. After my sister finished covering the lantern with the creppe paper streamers, we felt it needed something else. I didn't want it to be just a "ball" piñata. We considered transforming it into an "ice cream" piñata, or an "elephant" piñata. But lastly I decided on making it an "air balloon". The kids had fun with it.
We also had an Ice Cream truck made a stop at the house. I have to credit M for this idea. He came up with it, and was in charge to set everything. It was a hit, not only among the kids but also the adults!
For favors, I wanted to do something Summer related: beach pails with beach toys and bubbles. My intention was to get all yellow pails, but after visiting three Targets in the area with no success, I finally gave up. I filled up the pails with bubbles and some water toys.
I know what they say. Kids parties are all for the parents. Kids won't remember, kids won't care. All I have to say is maybe, maybe, maybe. But I truly believe in making all celebrations special in any way we can. In my particular case is creating, designing, making beautiful {at least to me} things for my kids parties. It doesn't matter if it's a huge party or a small birthday play date, if it's within my possibilities to spend a couple of hours {or maybe a couple of sleepless nights} making a cute banner or a fun piñata, I will, no doubt about it.  It's one of my ways to show them how much I love them and how special they are to me.
G may not  remember, but I have tons of pictures and videos to show him. And I could see myself spending lazy afternoons telling him about this special day, and how all the people that loved him got together to celebrate with him. And I could see myself remembering stories from that day and retelling them over and over again. My baby turned one and it was an incredible, unforgettable, special day that no matter how many years go by, I'd always be happy to remember and talk about.
{all images via elkin cardona}

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