Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Turning One -- The Celebration!

It takes quite a celebration
When a person turns one!

First, there is the real birthday --
the day that you entered the world
Which, usually, for that first year isn't on a weekend
And so you celebrate

With the immediate family
(parents and both sets of grands)
And a cake --
And a candle . . .

And cards

But on the weekend . . . 
parents will pull out all stops

Sarah's table on her deck reminds me of a Pottery Barn ad

For a party for family and friends!

Bright colors and bouquets of garden hydrangeas
And party favors
for dinner will be served buffet style

Vegetables and dips, Lucy's Birthday Tomato Zucchini Pasta Salad, Smokestack Baked Beans (Sarah's version), and son-in-law Andy's fabulous smoked brisket
Pink lemonade for the little ones . . .
Adult beverages for the big ones!

Friends (big and small) filled the deck

And grand girl Lucy enjoyed being the center of attention!

Dessert . . .

Cookies, baked and decorated by her mother and both her grands

And, of course,

A cake
(for their has to be cake and ice cream at a birthday party!)

And just this once . . . 

A wee cake just for Lucy . . . 
Known as a "smash cake", because . . . 

Well, you smash it!

Not so all those years ago when Daughter Sarah turned one!

But what's a little cake and frosting on your face
When it is your birthday?
Because . . . 

It is fun being the center of attention!

And of course, the "gift"

The toy trunk
Which, hopefully, she'll pass on to her daughter
and tell her the stories of the dogs and cats painted on the chest
And stories of the Nana who painted it
All those years ago!

It's Thursday and I'm sharing Lucy's birthday party with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Bernideen said...

What a darling child - her dress is so sweet too and lovely food!

Southerncook said...

What a special celebration for a SPECIAL little girl. I looks like a fun time was had by all.


Suz said...

oh my happy birthday little one!
thanks for sharing your granddaughter's birthday parties with us

Scribbler said...

Too cute! This was a day everyone will remember warmly.

Francie Newcomb said...

Martha, this was a perfect day and I know will be a wonderful memory for all of you! Thanks for sharing this! Happy Birthday, dear Lucy!


Pat said...

What a wonderful re~cap of G'Girl Lucy's 1ST Birthday, dear friend!!!
I adore the photo of her with the card. Realistically appears she's reading it aloud to all in attendance!
Loved seeing traditions carried to another generation!!!
Precious memories!

lindaraxa said...

The resemblance of Lucy and Sara at age one is remarkable. You are blessed!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Ah she's adorable! :)

Jacqueline said...

OH my! That first picture is hysterical. Reminds me of all of their little parties at one - they don't quite know what is going on. We always let them destroy their cake and my second daughter stuck her hands i and tossed the frosting all over. Everyone screamed (in delight) so then she cried in fear!

LORY said...

Omg, there's nothing like a baby with a cake!! Love these pics!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Now that is a birthday party!!!

Lady of the Manor said...

Martha, you planned a wonderful party for your lovely granddaughter!!! Everything looked lovely and delicious! She's a doll!!

Martha said...

It wasn't I who planned it but my DD and SIL -- I was just an attendee and an advisor and a photographer.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Oh my, this party brings back memories of how turning one really is a cause for celebration.
The food looks scrumptious and the little princess is pretty, even while squishing her smash cake.
Out of our 6 grands, only one is left with a single digit age so I enjoy seeing little ones shared on blogs.

Lady Linda said...

My grandson just turned one! It is a very special time, heh? Loved your family photos and all the joy in your blog.

Maria C said...

Oh, that toy chest! How marvelous that you painted it! What a precious keepsake she'll have to pass on to her own kids! This reminds me of my boys's first birthday party: Huge, delicious spread and lots of friends and family. Later on, the parties get smaller and more age-appropriate, but that first one belongs to the grown ups. What a sweet child! She's beautiful!

Sharlotte said...

Happy happy bday to your grand! She is precious, as her mommy! I love all the pictures you posted, they are so cute, I especially love the one in which she's "reading" her card! And that toy chest? What a treasure!!I'll bet you all had a wonderful time!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Lucy! She is a precious one...she looks like her mother!