Happy 1st Birthday Kaila!

Thank you for all the support and great birthday wishes as we celebrated Kaila’s 1st birthday over the weekend. It was tremendous success and totally worth the time and effort. However, I have to say that I’m glad that it’s over. Planning a party for 200 guests is not an easy thing to do. The goody bags, favors, kid’s party supplies and centerpieces were probably the hardest part of the party planning but it all worked out in the end. I just wished I had taken more photos. I didn’t even get one of our family!

party favors

I’m not sure how the tradition started but here in Hawaii families celebrate their child’s 1st birthday by hosting huge luaus for all their family and friends to enjoy. Now, being that I’m not really an outdoor kind of gal I opted for a more comfortable, air conditioned environment . . . the Hawaii Okinawa Center.

party room

We had a menu of various Hawaiian foods – Kalua Pig, Lau Lau, Lomi Salmon, Haupia, Poi, Pineapple, Chicken Long Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, and others. The great thing about HOC is that they’ll pack up all the extra food for you to take home. We had the guests make plates to take home but it still looks like we’ll be eating Hawaiian food for a while. It’s a good thing that I love Chicken Long Rice!

party long rice

The entertainment was great! We had air brushing tattoos complete with sparkles and glitters by Aloha Clowns,  a self-serve ice cream bar complete with all the toppings, and a jumper house. I also put together a slideshow of Kaila’s first year with us using my muvee Reveal program.

party bouncer

However, the highlight of the party was Chris the Clown.

party chris

Chris has performed at all my daughter’s birthday parties and is always a big hit. His games are fun for the kids and his humor is entertaining for even the adults. He really knows how to get the audience involved even if they’re sitting at a table in the last row and will have everyone laughing hysterically.

party pig

However, the best part was being able to see our family and friends.

party friends

With everyone’s busy schedule it’s so hard to get our kids together on a regular basis. In fact, a lot of the guests have never even met Kaila before. This was the perfect opportunity to hang out, talk stories, and just catch up with everyone’s lives. And I couldn’t believe how big all the kids are getting. I remember when I went to their 1st birthdays and now they’re graduating from high school. Where does the time go?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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13 Responses to “Happy 1st Birthday Kaila!”
  1. 1

    Gorgeous photos and again Happy B-day to Kaila :) So glad to hear that everything worked out in the end. I have to admit that I love the clown with the Hang Loose. Ah, the memories of a long ago trip to Hawaii.
    .-= TheAngelForever´s last blog ..Fun autumn day at the amusement park =-.

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    yoshi says:

    That long rice looks just like korean chop chae, is it similar? That looks really good. Looks like you had a bit of fun too!

    and happy birthday to Kaila :D
    .-= yoshi´s last blog ..I ain’t Superstitious =-.

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    xenia says:

    Happy Birthday, Kaila! We just had my daughter’s 4th birthday party this weekend for around 3 dozen people and I was exhausted so I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into a party for 200! It looks and sounds like it was a blast though, when you have Baby #4 can I come to his/her first birthday? :)
    .-= xenia´s last blog ..Bing- Our School Needs Contest =-.

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    Mighty M says:

    Oh, wow. What an amazing party! I didn’t realize throwing a huge 1st birthday bash was a Hawaiian tradition! I think you did a GREAT job!!
    .-= Mighty M´s last blog ..October 18th =-.

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    Christina F says:

    Congrats Kailani! Looks like the party was a success!
    .-= Christina F´s last blog ..Apricot Balsamic Glazed Chicken =-.

  6. 6

    Looks like a beautiful party!

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    Freda says:

    happy birthday
    .-= Freda´s last blog ..The Happiness Project =-.

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    Lauralee Hensley says:

    I’m so glad you got to enjoy all your family, especially ones you haven’t seen in a very long time.

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    Chrianna says:

    kaila is adorable! i would have chosen the HOC just based on the take-home-leftovers policy alone lol. glad to hear it all went off without a hitch. makes all the planning and work worth it, doesn’t it?
    .-= anna c´s last blog ..Winner of The Definitive Guide to Twitter by Shannon Evans =-.

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    Krista says:

    You survived and had a good time, congratulations Mama! :) Happy 1st birthday to Kaila!
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..7 Months =-.

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    See? I TOLD you the party would be a smashing success. :) I can’t believe your baby is a year old. It seems like yesterday that your middle bug was a baby, and now they’re all growing so quickly. You have a beautiful family, Kailani. You are truly blessed. :)
    .-= Desert Songbird´s last blog ..An Homage – Redux from October 2006 =-.

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    Maria says:

    What a fun time. Your friends and family are so beautiful. I bet the birthday girl was beyond excited. The color scheme is really nice.
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Piggy Paint Makes Goddess Smile A Giveaway =-.

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