Last Saturday, Nov. 22, we had Noah's first birthday party. We invited a few families we have met during our time here and a co-worker of mine stopped by too. We had a family from Sweden, New Zealand and the States. Mom and Dad spent the entire Friday preparing to make this day as special for Noah as we could. He could definitely tell something was up and was running around excitedly enjoying the new furniture arrangement and the balloons.
The party menu included: Spring Rolls, Bacon wrapped Goat Cheese stuffed Dates and Chips/Dip to start, Pulled Pork, Swordfish in Coconut Cream, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Chicken Nuggets and Mac'n Cheese for the main course, and Cake, Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Oreo's for dessert.
We had a little bit of an owl theme with the cakes, that's Noah's personal little brown owl. Mom did the baking and Dad did the decorating. Lots of kids were at the party and Noah was delighted as people began to show up and he got lots of attention. Things got pretty crazy as the house filled and Mom and Dad working on the food so we didn't pick up a camera again until cake time. We all sang Happy Birthday to Noah, at first he was a little startled by the attention but then a big smile came across his face!
Just prior to dessert we performed a Polish tradition of placing a bible, coin and shot glass in front of the birthday boy and seeing which is picked first. The items represent the child's future behavior as follows:
Shot Glass - Outgoing (Great socializer, people oriented)
Coin - Prosperous (Ambitious and driven, business-oriented)
Bible - Religious (Spiritual, awareness-oriented)
Noah picked the Bible and coin almost simultaneously, but he touched the Bible first. We only had video of the pick, but he examined the shot glass afterwards.
I wish we had a great picture of Noah covered in his little cake as he greedily ate it, but like his cousin Noah barely touched the cake and when he did he wanted us to wipe the frosting off his hand! After dessert it was present time!! Noah loved it and was opening his own gifts which was pretty cool.
You may have noticed the big number one on the table, that's a pinata that Mom made. After presents we went outside to smash it. The party went great and we are still eating left-overs.
Most importantly of all Noah felt HAPPY and LOVED!!
The Jaskowiak Family
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