A Birthday Celebration

November 27, 2007 by Kailani  
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This past weekend we went to my niece’s 1st birthday party along with 200 of their closest friends and family members.

There were air brush tatoos

A magical bubble show

Great food

Beautiful decorations

A bounce house, live entertainment, caricatures, and balloon animals. Needless to say, we all had a great time!

Update: Yes, it does seem crazy to have such a huge party for a 1 year old. I’m not sure how or why it started but in Hawaii it’s a pretty common thing. It’s almost expected. There were more guests at Baby Bug’s 1st Birthday than at my wedding!

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Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.
Kailani

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41 Responses to “A Birthday Celebration”
  1. amy says:

    I’m just jealous that you were wearing a tank top when I am sitting in my apartment and I’m cold. I need to come to Hawaii!

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  2. Irreverent, Barefoot Ragamuffins says:

    Looks like a very fun time!

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  3. Erin - ExpectingExecutive says:

    You and the children look lovely. But, a 200 person party for a one year old child’s birthday party? Seriously?!?! I humbly suggest that the event might be a little bit extravagant.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Just curious, is it a Hawaiian tradition to have such fantastic parties for little ones? I thought that 30 guests was crazy for my sonn’s first birthday but 200 – wow!

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  5. Pamela says:

    is that broccoli that baby bug is chewing on???

  6. Carrie says:

    Wow, That is one huge party for a 1 yr old!! To each his own I guess!
    Kailani, this is totally off topic, but have you ever made manapua? What recipe do you use? I LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE manapua and would love to make some for christmas, but the recipes I’ve found seem either too complicated or not like the real manapua from the factory we got ours from in Honolulu. Any tips to make it a bit simpler, but REAL!? Thanks, Carrie

  7. witchypoo says:

    I was amazed to see a little one munching on healthy food at a party. Refreshing!
    I hope the child’s parents are loaded, because there isn’t any hope that she will remember it in years to come. At that age, the party is mostly for the parents. I bet they loved it, though.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Handsome Henry

  8. Baby Advice says:

    Wow now that is what I call a party!!! It sure makes the one I gave Alex look bad!!

  9. Melissa Markham says:

    Wow…we only had about 40 people for my husband’s suprise 40th birthday party…. Looks like everyone had a blast!

  10. JessicaK says:

    Whoa. I cannot believe that was a one year old’s party! It looked like a wedding reception! Did you do it up like that for your girls, too?

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  11. JessicaK says:

    Oh, and btw, you are absolutely gorgeous! Now I see where your girls get their beauty.

    JessicaK’s last blog post..I make somebody smile!

  12. Summer says:

    Wow! That party was for a 1 year old? I can’t say I’ve ever had a party for any of my 1 year olds.

    Summer’s last blog post..It?s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

  13. Karen (Pediascribe) says:

    I agree with previous commenters….that’s quite the party for a 1 yr old. I’m not even sure my kids will have that many people for their weddings!

    And no pictures of the birthday girl!! Was she napping throughout the whole thing?? (grin)

    Karen (Pediascribe)’s last blog post..PINK POODLES FOR ERIN H.

  14. Jen says:

    It looks like so much fun!!! Your daughter is so cute, and you look so nice! Glad you had a good time!

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  15. Desert Songbird says:

    I still can’t get over how big you all in Hawaii do up first birthday parties. It’s amazing.

    BTW, gorgeous photo of you and Girlie Girl. I’m sure she’ll treasure that one for years to come. See, you took my advice!

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  16. Cathi says:

    It looks like a good time was had by all! You and your sweet family are beautiful. Isn’t the 1st birthday in Hawaii a big hoopla event?

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  17. tracey says:

    Um, WOW. That’s some party! Sounds like fun!

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  18. Waya says:

    Ahhh, the kids are so cute and you are one hot mama Kailani!!

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  19. Jill says:

    Holy crap! That’s one heck of a party for a one year old! Looks like you guys had a great time though :-)

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  20. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Wow, I think that party was fancier than my wedding reception was… :) Looks like everyone had a great time though!

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  21. pinks & blues girls says:

    I don’t think I even KNOW 200 people! ;)

    That looks like quite the celebration! How fun!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  22. Carey says:

    I was just wondering if it was a common thing in Hawaii for these big birthday parties. Sounds like it was a great time. Beautiful pictures.

  23. Twisted Cinderella says:

    sounds like a great time was had by all!

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  24. Naomi says:

    Man, I need to go back to Hawaii so Jasper can have a baby luau! My mouth is watering just thinking about it…

    Naomi’s last blog post..Take a chance

  25. Renee says:

    I think that part of it might come from the 100 day old celebrations that they have in Korea. This is where they would officially give a child it’s name. And I was told that the reason for the party is that so many babies didn’t even make it to 100 days, so if they did a big celebration would be held when everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
    It does seem a bit much though. I know for DD’s early birthdays she would have been much happier if I had just forgotten the entire thing until she turned 8. Every birthday before then she had a meltdown of some sort.

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  26. Marie says:

    When I was ten, we were invited to the home of some neighbors from Singapore for their daughter’s first birthday party. It was not at all typical for us, looked very much like what you show here. The parents were very proud, and told us that a big party for a first birthday was tradition for them. I think now I understand why. I put so much effort into my son’s first birthday that I’ve been tired ever since and each birthday party get smaller and smaller as a result. :P

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  27. groovyoldlady says:

    That’s AMAZING…and she won’t even remember it.

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  28. Fresh Girl says:

    I’m trying to imagine my nephew at a party like that for his first birthday…. mostly what my imagination is cooking up is a major meltdown. He doesn’t do well in a crowd. ;)

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  29. Mommy the Maid says:

    What an awesome party!! Your girls are getting so big.

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  30. Sher :) says:

    How cool!! I think babies first birthdays are mostly for the parents. Great time to get together and have fun!!!

  31. HawaiiVacationGifts says:

    I was born and raised on Oahu but have been living on the Big Island for the past 15 years. Yes, it is common and expected to have a party for your baby’s first year birthday. Most times there a lots of guests in the hundreds, but you don’t have to be rich to have a party like that in Hawaii. Many times your family, extended family, and friends will help with the planning, decorating, cooking, and donating other dishes or services, or can get a discount because they work somewhere or know a friend. You also don’t have to pay for a fancy hall or room. People have the parties in parks, or at someone’s home and set up a big tent in the back yard!

    BTW, you and the keiki look great Kailani!!

  32. Jen @ One Moms World says:

    How fun… I think have big parties for their 1st birthday is a neat idea. Your family is beautiful!!

    Jen @ One Moms World’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday Madisyn Style

  33. Write From Karen says:

    Thank you for explaining the custom, Kailani. I was thinking what the other commentors were thinking at first, but now that you’ve explain it, it well, explains it. *grin*

    It’s hard to remember that not all areas of the world live their lives like we do. That people do certain things and live certain ways, and that that difference should be embraced. I think this was an important reminder of that fact.

    So, let’s look at this way (as if we have to have another way to look at it, but bare with me), having a huge first party for a child that’s not old enough to remember any of it is a way of celebrating that youngster’s life. It’s a party for that child’s potential to be anything he/she wants to be in life. It’s a chance to celebrate with other parents and just appreciate our most precious investments – our children. *smile*

  34. Staceyyy says:

    You’re beautiful Kailani! Who cares why there were so many people, if I were as pretty as you I’d MAKE UP a reason to show up in a beautiful dress! xo

  35. momto3cubs says:

    Quite a party! My niece also just turned one. Too bad she wasn’t born in Hawaii! At least her parents were married there.

    Is that you in the last photo? Wow, you are gorgeous!!

    momto3cubs’s last blog post..Impatient…

  36. Grace says:

    That’s a very big party for a one year old..what would happen on the debut? You and the kids look great, and in pink! :-)

    Grace’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #20

  37. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Wow that’s huge! I don’t know how I’d do with parties that big for birthdays as I’m already pushing back against the over the top ones in my area. But what a fun reason to get together and how fun for the kids!

    Hugs,
    Holly

  38. Dana says:

    That IS one heck of a party!!! You look fabulous!

    Dana’s last blog post..The Writing Is On The Wall (Literally)

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