Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hope's Party

My son set up tents and tables. My DIL and her Mom decorated.

Soon the tent was full of friends and family.

The wading pool area was the place to be for the under 3 crowd.

The "Grill Guys" did a great job.

Hope hung out by the pool with her best friend Daniel. She said his name which delighted everyone. He's a sweet, gentle, incredibly smart little boy who adores Hope.

I think the birthday girl is happy.

Cake time!

The look on Hope's face is priceless. She's a bit overwhelmed by the very loud and rambunctious version of the Happy Birthday song.

Mom and Dad assist in blowing out the candle.

The next morning Hope was thrilled to have all the balloons to herself.

She opened her gifts later that morning. The ABC train was a big hit but I love the fact that she kept going back to all the books she received.

On your next birthday, party like you're ONE!!


Trisha said...

Hope knows what is important - books!

It looks like a wonderful party. Happy Birthday, Hope!

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful party! Love all your photos and Hope gets more beautiful by the day! Glad she loves books, my kids were the same way. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Dianne!


DJan said...

Wow! She is just a beautiful child, perfect in every way, and to have an admirer already! Shades of things to come. What a great birthday she had. The first of many, many more.

Anonymous said...

She's such a pretty girl! I'm glad she had a wonderful party :-) The cake was beautiful, too.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Very sweet and dear; all of it!

Happy birthday to my fellow Cancer! My birthday is July 1.


Sparkling Red said...

What a lovely party! Hope is all smiles, which makes me smile too. :-D

HermanTurnip said...

You guys really know how to throw a party! Looks like you have one very happy toddler there :-)

Linda said...

She's such a pretty child it's always fun looking at her pictures.

Betty said...

Hope and Daniel are so cute together!

Arkansas Patti said...

Daniel has excellent taste. What a really great party. The first party I recall, I remember being pouty the next day when it all went away.
I love "party like you are one". Should be a bumper sticker.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Now that is some birthday party!! Party girl Hope!!! Love you baby!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a sweetie! Such a happy girl. Looks like everybody partied like they were one! Love it.

ds said...

Yippee, she likes books! And clearly enjoyed her party. Love the shot of Hope among the balloons. Priceless!

Akelamalu said...

What a great party for a one year old! She's a sweetie. :)

Matt-Man said...

Looks like a great time. Were brats being served? I like brats. Cheers Di!!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

How GREAT, my dear Dianne. GREAT Pictures and HOPE just exudes Happinss...Such a special Celebration! And the BEST Part is that you have documented it with such FABULOUS Pictures.

And I took your advice, before you gave it...And I "PARTIED" like I was One Years Old, though in actuality, I turned 79.

HOPE is truly sublime in every way. Very Very Beautiful and Very Very Special.

A YEAR has gone by already????

I cannot believe it.

Reb said...

Wow, that was some party! Great pictures and Hope looks like she enjoyed every minute.

Ron said...

Okay, I know this may sound silly, but I'm sitting in Starbucks right now reading this post and crying.


These photos have touched me so deeply. It's like I can feel the LOVE in them.

OMG, Dianne....what a FAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS party!! And what FUN it looked!

And I have to tell you, the photos of Hope and Daniel are so precious. You can see the glow of happiness on Hopes face when she looks at him. It's like they're having their own like private conversation.

Thank you for sharing this day, dear lady.

Soooooooooooooooo enjoyed it!

X to you and Hope!

CrystalChick said...

Looks like a great party! And it sure is 'fun to be one'!
Great pics.

Daryl said...

WOW .. thats some big celebration, she must have thought it was Christmas all over again ... how will they top this next year?

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

So Cool indeed!!!!

Linda Reeder said...

You said it was going to be a big deal, and it certainly was. I've always been skeptical of big parties for very small children - like it was really for the parents. And yet Hope appears to be just joyous. Lovely.

Nessa said...

Hope is so beautiful and the party looks amazing.

I love your closing line.

Linda said...

Looks like it was quite the bash and that Hope had a wonderful time in spite of being overwhelmed by the rambunctious rendition of Happy Birthday to You!

My goodness but you folks know how to party hearty in New Jersey!

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Omg, Dianne, I'm savoring this post and feel right there! Hope is the most adorable Belle of the ball. She is absolutely precious! *laughing* If I were there, I'd be sitting with the children cooling off at the pool. So refreshing!

Thank you for sharing the pride and joy of Hope's first birthday! She is blessed to have you!

Hugs and kisses to Hope! :))

Bob-kat said...

Wow, it's hard to believe that Hope is one already! Happt belated birthday to her! It looks like she had a fun time and I would have loved being left with all the baloons too : )

Just popping by (way overdue visit I know) to say hello and catch up on your recent pots. I hope all is well with you and your family and those wonderful kitties of yours :)

Hilary said...

I can only imagine what her sweet sixteen might be like... ;)

I don't remember my kids' first birthdays being all that interesting for them but Hope sure seems to be involved in every part of the day. She's a doll.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

DELIGHTFUL! What a Bright Light that little dear "Hope" is....! And wasn't that a GREAT Party? You are right. We should all "Party" as if we are One Years Old. I do!

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