This past weekend we celebrated Eli’s first birthday with a gathering of family and friends in our backyard. We had so much fun with a milk and cookies theme. Thanks to Aunt Laura for capturing the fun to keep and share.
The day was made extra special by all of Eli’s family making a different kind of cookie for the cookie buffet. We skipped the traditional cake and enjoyed 12 different kinds of cookies, chocolate and white milk and cookies and cream ice-cream.
I don’t think Eli understood unwrapping packages, but he got the concept of new toys and wanted to play with each thing that came out of the bag or box.
Eli lost interest in opening gifts after the first few so we took a short break to play a few games. We played how well do you know Eli with questions like: “What is Eli’s favorite food?” and “What does Eli like to play with?”. Guest also made predictions as to what Eli would be like when he grew up. These are now in his baby box to keep and look at when he gets older. We also had jars of candies that guests could guess the amount and the closest without going over won the jar.
My favorite part of the evening was the cake smash. Eli has had cake a few times before but without icing. I was expecting him to dig right in and love making a mess (he has painted many times and loved smearing things around).
But he still didn’t seem to interested, so I put his whole hand in the cake.
That did the trick. There was no stopping him now.
Happy Birthday Eli.