We held Lila’s first birthday party with family up north in Sudbury this past weekend. It was a learning experience, most notably by the fact that we took so few photos, it was a total photography fail.
I don’t know what happened. It’s like we forgot cameras existed, or that we’d want to take certain shots. So the hard-to-source, non-disney character kitty-themed birthday party napkins, plates, and decorations? undocumented. Lila’s awesome pink sparkly chuck taylors? Not a photo to be found. A single family photo of the three of us? Nope. A photo of the wonderful brunch spread, complete with hash browns, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, maple syrup, fruit and mimosas? Not a shot.
Which is interesting to think about- it seems it’s a hallmark of the times that if you did something awesome and didn’t photograph it to death, it feels like a loss. In reality, there are probably only five photos of my first birthday (and judging from those grainy, late 70s photos, I was not having a good time), and yet it is still clear I was wearing a frothy meringue of a pink dress, a party hat, and a look of pure misery.
But here are the shots we did get, either on our camera, or a family member’s camera, or a cell phone snap (subtext: quality will vary!):
I have two uncles with birthdays around the same time as Lila’s, and in my family we tend to batch our birthday celebrations. Although according to Lila’s face, she’s not happy about sharing the limelight. I made Lila a delicious banana cake (recipe here), to look like her favourite toy, a little plush hand puppet kitty (which you can see in the bottom left photo, actually). Lila is normally a great eater, but she just picked at her brunch spread. That is, until the cake came out:
That top left photo is probably my favourite of all her cake eating shots. She ate two pieces! Although there are so many good shots that we didn’t get, here are a couple of Lila playing with some of the decorations. You can see a little of the kitty-theme in them: