Monday, June 6, 2011

We Argghhhh Exhausted

It's over. The fiasco that was a one year old's birthday party is over and done with and I'm happy to report it went off without a hitch.

Party #1 consisted of 13 adults and 12 children ranging in age from five months to three years (most were almost one) and held in my parents' back yard because a) it's a bit more child-friendly, b) it's actually got plants and not weeds, and c) there wasn't a massive dog that weighed three times as much as the children.

It was pirate themed and the whole yard was decked out in bunting, pirate flags and streamers, and it was great to see most of our guests getting in to the spirit of things with stripey clothes, eye patches and bandanas... plus lots of arrgghhhhh-ing.

The kid and the cake - both awesome

My Mum was suitably attired in a waistcoat and fake beads while my Dad rocked the Commodore look in Map Guy's jacket (that I sewed fringing a shit heap of buttons to a few years ago - Martha Stewart eat your heart out)!

I was so so so proud of the cake I made - well the three cakes I made. I'd never worked with fondant before so made a trial cake about a week ago and then two more for the two parties (once again, Martha Stewart eat your heart out*). I've never eaten so much sugar in my life!

Party #2 was at our house because it was after dark and the weeds don't show up as much then. It was a grown up affair (read BYO) and most of it took place after the guest of honour had gone to bed... it was the party for us to celebrate surviving the first year and of course, it had to be pirate dress up too - partly because this family dresses up at every opportunity and partly because I wanted a little more value for money from my $2 headscarf.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!

I'm so glad these things only happen once a year. I'm so freakin exhausted from all the cooking and baking and cake decorating. Add to that an extremely over tired and cranky-pants birthday boy who, for the entire weekend, has refused to go to sleep unless he's being snuggled, and it's a recipe for a mood-swingin' Mama.

But a little bit of perspective always helps, so after the last of our guests had left in the wee hours of Sunday morning, I de-pirated and laid in bed reflecting on our massive year; I read his birth story, all the Letters to Tricky and every single post about his surgeries, then watched his montage for the 100th time with a tear in my eye.

I realized that a weekend of cleaning and cooking then cleaning again is a piece of cake compared to what we've been through over the last year as new parents. Our boy is growing up big and strong and I'm proud that I'm becoming the Mama I hoped I would be.

*Am I the only one who thinks that's the weirdest saying in the world? It's a tad cannibalistic for my liking

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Special thanks to everyone who came to the parties, for their lovely cards, the fabulous gifts and especially for dressing up! Also major thank yous to those who sent birthday wishes (and birthing day wishes) to us via Twitter and the Where's My Glow? Facebook page - you made the day extra special!


  1. You do realise that from now on you don't get to choose the birthday party theme? That's Tricky's job! Birthday parties are exhausting - but sounds like you all had a fun weekend :)

  2. whiningattheworldJune 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    I must admit we had first birthday parties mainly to celebrate the fact that we had survived.
    Great work on the cakes and the oufits, hell on everything!  I hope you managed to enjoy yourself a bit particuarly at the evening event.

  3. Happy Birthday Tricky. Looks like you had an awesome time and what a ripper of a cake! Congrats on making it through the first year too.

  4. Well I'm impressed! Great cake and I love the idea of an adult party to celebrate making it through a roller coaster year.

  5. Is it wrong to think my only comment is that your husband is hot?

  6. Map Guy says we can move to Sydney if you keep telling that

  7. Glad it went well. Looks like you all had a ball! Wow, three cakes? What a lucky boy and clever mummy - well done!

  8. I know I'm exhausted because I just read 'hitch' as 'b*tch', and your mum's fake beads as 'fake beard'. Aarrghh ... looks like you had a ball. If it weren't for all that sugar, you probably wouldn't have gotten through it! Happy one Tricky!

  9. Glad everything went so well!


  10. Having your own celebratory party is genius!!  I like and may well have to steal that idea to help celebrate making it to 10 years in October!

  11. The cake looks awesome; very clever! Congratulations for surviving the birthday extravaganza and your first year as Mum.

  12. It looks like you've had an awesome party. Well done! You can get some rest now ;)

  13. So glad you had a great time. And yayyy! on surviving that first crazy year! Happy belated birthday to Tricky too. :D

  14. Looks like you had a great party. I so love the costumes and the cake is totally awesome! Great job Mum! N x


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