Last weekend, I went to Dothan with my parents for my niece's first birthday and dedication at church! I got back Tuesday night and am still trying to catch up on life, hence the quiet here on the blog. There's a lot to talk about, but I think the birthday party deserves its own post.
Debra planned this Little Miss Sunshine party for months, and her work definitely paid off. It was the perfect theme for happy Niecy. :) The party was held at the church gym. Most of the congregation's kids were invited, in addition to Lance's parents and extended family, me and my parents, some relatives who live in Decatur, and my grandma, who flew in from Miami.
Because so many kids would be there, Debra planned lots of themed activities like a bean bag toss, coloring area, Play-Doh area, and sensory station (a bucket of uncooked rice with some rubber ducks in it). I was amused as kids fought for a chance to get their hands in the rice. My educator sister just nodded knowingly.
To me, the most impressive activity was a memory game with covers of the Mr. Men and Little Miss books. Debra made the cards herself!
She also printed Mr. and Little Miss nametags for everyone.
There was a wall of Niecy's monthly photos all the way through her first year. It was fun to see how much she's already changed! People loved looking at these.
When it was time for presents, all the kids wanted to sit in a circle around Niecy. It was really cute.
A friend made the adorable cake and Niecy's smash cake. She says she's just getting started with cakes, but this looked like a professional job to me! Debra got the cupcakes from a grocery bakery and printed out the Little Miss Sunshine toppers herself.
Like most one-year-olds, Niecy wasn't sure at first how she felt about cake, but eventually decided she liked it. Later, fueled by sugar, she took TEN steps! And "danced" with Debra and me!
It was a great time. More trip recap to come.