We had Elise's birthday party at a building owned by the local church that hosts youth clubs, our Sunday evening church meetings, etc.
It turned out to be a great place to have it and we were very blessed to have many Slovak (and a few American) friends attend. Of course we missed our families and other close friends, but we were thankful to at least be able to skype our families in!
I made these "polka dotted" cupcakes the day before her party, but somehow in transit they lost some of their icing and dots...oops. They were still yummy.
I cut out a bunch of dots beforehand and we had those in attendance sign a dot with a little birthday message for her. I'll put them in her photo book and if she so desires, later in life she can read them :)
Mama and the birthday girl...goodness, I love her.
Zuzana made this beautiful cake for Elise as a sweet surprise. It kind of put my poor cupcakes to shame, but it was incredibly sweet and tasty! I'd say she's pretty talented...
(This isn't the greatest lighting shot, but I like it nonetheless)
E didn't quite get the whole candle blowing out deal (but really what one year old does?)...Dad took care of it for her :)
And here come the ever famous child-digs-in-cake-at-their-first-party pics:
I love how in that last one it looks like she's throwing up the I LOVE YOU sign!
Then it was time to open gifts (thanks everyone!). Here is a shot where E actually helped in the opening (she didn't quite get that either...but I have a feeling it will come ;)
She wasn't thrilled to have that big bow on her head...but how cute is she, really!?!? Then we took a mini photo shoot with the kiddos...
And that's a birthday wrap. Happy 1st Birthday, little!