This year it was going to be casual. I wasn't going to stress. Just a little party for toddlers. I was feeling great about this plan. With a new baby & a three week vacation prior to Liam's birthday, I figured we would keep his birthday really low key. But then, exactly a week before his birthday, I had yet to decide on a date & the freaking out began! I designed a quick invitation (initially I had decided no formal invitation, ha) & started making to-do lists like crazy!
After much debate, I finally decided on an evening barbecue! It can be a bit more work to serve a full meal at a party, but Conor & I love hosting events so we rolled with it. I like to keep things small (big groups are so not for me), so this year we only invited Liam's friends that are all close in age as opposed to every single person that we know in Salt Lake City. 14 adults, 8 toddlers, & two babies...the perfect size!
The day of the party, Conor & I were far busier than I was anticipating. Cleaning, decorating, and cooking, all while keeping Liam & Finn happy! We got our hustle on! I used decorations from previous birthdays & borrowed a few things from the neighbors to pull it all together. It all came together better than I thought! Ultimately I just wanted Liam to have this awesome backyard bash. Sandbox & water play for the win! And that is exactly what happened!
Liam was all smiles the entire evening! All the kids played wonderfully together, and their giggles were contagious. Especially Liam's. You could feel his excitement all around. Not too long into the party, none of the kids could steer clear of the presents, so we did the most fast & furious present opening before dinner. Liam had help from multiple friends but didn't seem to mind in the least. After barely eating dinner, he quickly put back a cupcake and then proceeded to eat the frosting off at least 2-3 more. I didn't stop him. It was his birthday, so I let him run wild & free enjoying all the frosting he could, while leaving a considerable amount on his face!
One of my dear friends offered to take pictures the whole evening, and this was one of the best gifts! I literally didn't take one photo. Conor took care of all the food once our guests arrived, so I truly got to sit back & watch Liam enjoy his party! Such a treat for me!!! I wish I could share even more photos, but in true toddler fashion... there was a whole lot of nudity! It was a hot summer night & they were all covered in water & sand by the end. So they stripped down & kept on partying!
That night, after Liam was snoozing away, Conor & I rehashed all the festivities. It really was one of the best parties & perfect for our Liam! We were all exhausted by the end of his birthday weekend, but we made so many memories throughout it!