With only 18 minutes to spare, Hadley came into this world four years ago right in the middle of the world’s biggest party and we celebrated by watching the ball drop, ringing in 2015. Every year since, she has had a party to celebrate her birth. A party that the rest of the world is invited to join and eagerly obliges with champagne and fireworks. At least that’s what we tell her. The truth is she’s never had an actual birthday party. New Year’s birthdays are hard to celebrate with others when you are a kid. Everyone is still in the thick of the holiday haze, adults are typically wanting to spend the day with other adults and the weekends before and after are just as complicated. While we have gotten away with skipping the party in the years before, I was committed to making it happen this year and it had to be magical.
My kids love a park so we decided to use that as a location rather than an overpriced venue or our home. We chose a park that had both a playground and a bike path and invited all the kids to bring their bikes and scooters.
A party isn’t a party without a stellar cake and this beautiful unicorn cake by Casey Cupcakes did not disappoint. White cake with a fluffy, whipped raspberry cream filling, it tasted just as good (if not more) than it looked.
Finger (and plate) licking good.
It may have been four years in the making, but this party was worth the wait. That night as I tucked Hadley into bed she gave me a hug and thanked me for the party. Then she said, “It was my most favorite day ever.” There’s no doubt that she has enjoyed each of her birthdays. The ones with just the four of us and this one with all of her friends. But, this one? This one might have been one of my most favorite days ever also.
Happy birthday, baby girl.