Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Camden's 1st Birthday!!
I cannot believe it, but my little boy is now 1. He turned 1 on Feb. 17th. Since we just recently moved to Brazil, I had my mother-in-law and sister-in-law be in charge of it, because I had no idea what a birthday in Brazil was like. Well, I soon found out. Birthday's are a BIG deal here. I felt like I was preparing for a wedding instead of a birthday at one point. :) There were lots of decorations (100 balloons to be exact), and lots of sweets, and lots of people.
Lets start with the food. My mother-in-law made the cake, which was awesome. But in the U.S., cake and ice cream is about it for most simple birthday parties. Well, not only did we have a HUGE cake, but candy on every table, then we wrapped these coconut candies all SEPERATELY (yes, people, one-by-one!), there were about 75 of those. We wrapped them in this thin fancy paper...........just to make them look nice. (Brazilians are all about the details and how things look----unlike my personality, I really don't think about details all that much.) OK, then we had to make these little balls of frosting type stuff. There were 2 kinds, chocolate and coconut. The chocolate ones were rolled in sprinkles, and the coconut ones were rolled in coconut. Then placed in individual little cups (like miniture cupcake cups). There were about 325 of those little things. Then we had to buy other cookies and then my mother-in-law made sweet rolls. YIKES!!!! Yes, we all had sugar highs and overloads after the party!!!!!!
Now lets move on to the people. Renato comes from a large family, so we had to invite everyone in the family. Thank goodness that my mother-in-law was busy and wasn't able to call everyone until a day before the party, so many already had plans. So thankfully only about 35 people showed up............yes, I said ONLY. It could have been a whole lot more!!!
And of course Camden was oblivious to it all and just was happy to clap along when everyone was singing to him 2 different birthday songs with different languages. He did get to dig into his little cake, but he doesn't like stuff on his hands, so he really didn't like it. He did enjoy licking his hands though.
It was a great birthday that my mother-in-law and sister-in-law did a great job with. I'm just thankful I wasn't in charge, because I had NO IDEA that it was going to be this big of a deal. And it was super special because my parents are visiting from North Dakota, so Camden was able to celebrate with both sets of grandparents, and that's what was most important.