My sweet baby was born on Saint Patrick's Day two years ago. Two years ago!
Instead of dwelling too much on how two whole years could have possibly passed us by, we planned a party to celebrate.
When it comes to birthdays, I think keeping it simple helps to make it more special - more about the celebration of a life and a little less about the "stuff."
That being said, I love a good theme party and I couldn't resist the chance to use all the fun that comes with Saint Patrick's Day. After all, this is likely one of the last birthday parties I will ever get to plan for her on my own. This time next year, I am certain she'll be running the show.
With the Irish in mind, we had a Baked Potato Bar with all the toppings, and a rainbow of fruit too!
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In keeping with the Green theme, I made a Cilantro Lime Compound Butter that was delicious (and pretty) on whole grain bread. Get the recipe from Good Life Eats.
This Frame Saint Patrick's Day Art is a free download from Eighteen 25.
The Green flowers were just a lucky Trader Joe's find!
And there were cupcakes, of course! To be more specific, there were Mint Lime Cupcakes with a lime curd filling. They were delicious! Get the recipe here.
Ada enjoyed the cupcakes very much, thank you.
She tried really hard to stay clean, despite all the frosting. She's a very tidy girl.
Some of our party friends, however, were more interested in consuming than cleaning. Right on, I say!
Even with all that Green theme business, we still stayed true to our favorite birthday traditions - the handmade dress, the birthday crown, and few simple hand crafted gifts that are certain to become heirlooms.
Okay, maybe the sunglasses aren't heirloom material, but golly they sure are cute!
The mostly simple Saint Patrick's Day Birthday Party was a success. Ada pronounced it a "Happy Day" and I would have to agree.
I can't wait for all that the next year brings for this sweet girl of mine.
What are the Birthday Traditions in your house?