When a baby turns one year old, as grandson Nicolas did on April 2, the ensuing birthday party is really for the rest of the family. All the one-year-old wants to do is rip the paper off the gifts, play with the empty boxes, and smash the cake with his little fists. Fancy bakeries even offer to sell a “smash cake” for that purpose along with the “real” cake.
We said no thanks to the smash cake, but the carrot cake that we ordered from Yummy Mummy in Westboro was beyond delicious and, for some of the Greek relatives, their first encounter with carrot cake.
Mother Nature pulled an April Fool’s trick of producing a snowstorm the night before the party, leaving everything looking like a winter wonderland. Meanwhile the blossoms on my magnolia tree froze.
While Mommy and Yiayia were decorating, Papou entertained the birthday boy by showing him photos on his I-phone.
“Tell me a story about that one!”
“You expect me to believe that? Do you think I was born yesterday?”
The decorating theme of the party was “It’s fun to be one”, with a jolly group of circus animals including a huge balloon of a lion that became the star of the show (because it was both terrifying and fascinating to Nicolas, who, by the end of the party, could imitate the lion’s imaginary ROAR.)
Here’s everyone ready for the party, including Amalia in her gold and white dress.
People came and they got food buffet-style, and then it was time to blow out the candle on the cake.
Nicolas didn’t understand the protocol, so Amalia moved in to help.
After cake and ice cream, according to Amalia, it was time for the PINATA. (She also insisted on making goodie bags for the three kids at the party: herself, Nicolas, and five-month-old cousin Stone.)
Amalia tried valiantly to smash the piñata, with Papi’s help, but no luck.
When Papou took over, the piñata was soon in pieces.
Amalia and helpers scooped up the loot.
And after everyone left, Nicolas still had hours of fun with that scary lion balloon, creeping up to it and then pushing it away. Just like it said on the napkins, tablecloth and balloons, he concluded, it’s fun to be one!