This past Sunday, we celebrated Lenny's first birthday with family and friends. We wanted to keep the gathering informal. It was, after all, a baby's birthday party. That said, The Robeau did a lot of work getting the backyard in shape and I cooked up a storm. Some of the decorations are homemade, but most are from Dollarama, every mother's best friend.
I wish I could tell you that we spent a lot of time lounging under that lovely canopy in the back garden, watching our younger guests chasing each other and blowing bubbles. But, no, there was a MASSIVE thunderstorm as evidenced by this picture of my mother, the drowned grandmother rat...
Now I ask you, is that a dedicated grandmother or WHAT?
The rain was so heavy I assumed that most of our guests wouldn't make it. I thought the power was going to go out and that the six of us that were there would be sitting by candlelight, brainstorming uses for the obscene amount of potato salad I was sure to have left over. But NO, our friends and family are a hearty bunch and they all showed up to celebrate Lenny and her birthday. It was so lovely!
On the menu, we had a picnic-style buffet with all the staples and few new ideas to keep people guessing!
|The Robeau's ever popular bbq chicken!|
|Super yummy Pulled Pork Sliders (recipe to follow)!|
|A new favourite of mine, Green Bean Quinoa Salad (recipe also to follow)|
|Tomato Watermelon Salad|
|The obligatory Potato Salad|
Later in the afternoon we stuffed ourselves with cake and cupcakes, which were prominently displayed on this amazing Elmo cupcake stand that Annette sent us for the party. Don't you just love it? Lenny sure did!
I was worried that it might all be a bit much for Lenny, having so many people in her house wanting to spend time with her and all the noise and fuss that comes with parties. She took to the whole thing like a fish to water though. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that my little leo is a social butterfly.
I'll be back tomorrow with some photos of our lovely guests, snapped by Aunt Mo, the official family photographer.