Well back to the party! My mom helped me a lot with preparing the food for the party. The party menu consisted of:
- Deviled Egg Chicks (made with love by Grandmama)
- Chicken Salad and Egg Salad Sandwiches with the bread cut into a chick shape
- Chick-Fil-A Nugget Tray and Sauce (always a sure-fire hit!)
- Yellow-iced Chick Sugar Cookies
- Chick Cupcakes (which were made with colored coconut and candy pieces)
- Birthday Chick Smash Cake (free courtesy of Harris Teeter)
- BBQ Chicken Wings (we actually ended up making these later)
Chris' mom (Nan) helped a lot with decorating for the party! She creatively organized the chick-themed books that I was able to borrow from several of our Kindergarten teachers at Pleasant Knoll who do a whole unit on chicks in the spring. I was also able to bring home a life cycle of a chick learning center that Riley loved cooking with and opening and closing. The last egg had a miniature chicken in it that he kept in his hand for most of the day! Deb also created little chicken nests out of the Easter grass and tiny chicks. She was pretty handy with the table decorations as well (see pics above). It was so nice to have so many helping hands!
The only real decorating I did was to create a photo book and scrapbook area at our kitchen table along with a simple chalkboard message. Maggie's Birthday book is also displayed on the table and I invite guests to sign and leave their favorite memory or sentiment. I hope to keep this little tradition going for most birthday parties just as a way to have precious comments collected all in one place as she grows. Riley has a book that we started when he turned one as well, so it's one little birthday tradition. The other easy decoration is turning the fireplace mantle into a birthday guest of honor shrine!
We have got to get better at taking more family pictures at these celebrations! This is the best we could do this day and it was a little after the party had started and both kids were distracted. I do LOVE the Birthday Chick onesie and tutu that I was able to find online and Grandmama purchased as part of Maggie's gift. It really made the outfit although I believe Maggie only lasted for about 10 minutes in the tutu and probably only 2 minutes with the headband! :) We were able to get a few really cute pictures during that time though.