Eli’s 3rd Birthday Party
This is Part II of Eli’s birthday party blog posts. Check out all of the handmade party decor here: YOUNG, WILD & THREE. Eli was born just after the start of the biggest expat summer migration period. Many families leave for good at the beginning of June, and others are away for trips home, or abroad. Thankfully though, we still have Eli’s closest friends here in Qingdao this year, so he was able to have a few little friends at his party. The adults definitely outnumbered the children, but that is okay too. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and there was much laughter.
Here are some snapshots from the fun had at Eli’s 2nd Birthday Party…
The Cake Battle
Elijah is not overly social. He doesn’t mind crowds, and he is not shy… but much like his Mama, if forced to be the centre of attention, he wants to run and hide. Of course, I am an adult so I can disguise these feelings. But Eli CAN run and hide, and this is exactly what he did at his party. At one stage we found him hiding in a little metal crate, and another time he was under a table upstairs, playing with some toys. This might sound ODD-BALL, but trust me, he does what I OFTEN want to!
Knowing that he wouldn’t want to be force to stand up in front of everyone and then feel awkward as they sang to him… we had to get creative!! You see all these pictures of him by his cake – it was ALL practiced!! Throughout the week leading to his party, we sang to him over and over again. We lit candles, and got him to stand next to them and watch them until we stopped singing. We even had to practice blowing them out. he has the cutest blow… but the air goes UP, instead of out.
Slowly but sure he got more and more excited about the Happy Birthday song, and the sight of the candle. By the time Saturday came, he knew EXACTLY what to do. And because we had practiced so much, he didn’t try to run and hide. As soon as we lit those candles and started singing, he was MEMORIZED!!!
We also used magic re-light candles because we love his face when he blows out the candles. We wanted that to happen a few times so that everyone holding cameras and phones could get some cute pictures. It is quite difficult to relinquish “photography” power when you want to both be in the pictures, but want to make sure they are taken well too.
Joshua waited A LONG TIME to eat some cake. A few guests were late so we waited longer than we thought we would to dig in. We wanted to make sure that everyone was there, but poor Joshua was losing hope that this cake-eating business was ever going to happen. Sweet child!
There he is – alone and reading. Hahaha… I really do get this boy!
“Let’s take a Group Photo”
We tried to take a group photo of all of the kids together, but Eli was not impressed that we took him away from his books. In fact, he eventually started crying because he just couldn’t understand why we were forcing him to sit on the stairs. Justin tried to sit with the kids, in an attempt to persuade Eli to join him. Believe it or not, this (above left) was the best photo of the kids!
A big thank you to the helping hands, to the staff at DejaVu, and to everyone who came to share this special occasion with us. I am especially thankful to my husband who goes along with all my craft and decor ideas – he is truly a gem! Our schedule is about to change, and the next school year will be very different for us. We might never be in China during the middle of June. Who knows where we will be for Eli’s next birthday. I sure am happy we got to do the first three years at DejaVu cafe!
Happy Third Birthday sweet boy ?