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!
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.
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!
The entertainment was great! We had air brushing tattoos complete with sparkles and glitters by Aloha Clowns,Â 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.
However, the highlight of the party was Chris the Clown.
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.
However, the best part was being able to see our family and 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?
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