Sunday, 21 February 2010

Nathans 1st Birthday Party

So, it was Nate's first birthday is on Tuesday but it is a bit of an awkward day for a party so we decided to throw a party on the previous sunday. In true Juerss family style we only sent out invites only a few days ahead of the party but to our suprise most could make it so we went in to frantic action trying to tidy up a bit.

We had arranged to have lunch at the Golden retriever before hand with the Grandparents and great grand parents.

Pauline et al arrive around 11.30 and everyone decamped for a quick pee etc and we headed off to meet Mum, Dad and Nan. They had unexpectedly got there early so claimed a large table for us all.

Unfortunately, I then put the camera into my bag, where it migrated to the bottom and I then could not find it so I don't have any more photos of the actual party just a small bit of video. (so if any one has some I would love copies pretty please?)

Anyway we left while others were having coffe so we could pop nate down for a quick nap and start getting food ready (not tooo long a job as most was premade so just needed putting on platters). When the others got in from lunch we got our first hint that we may have invited too many people. Once they were all sat down almost all of the seats were gone. Luckily, John had wiped down some of the garden furniture and bought the chair down from Nates room so we did at least have some when people began arriving.

Both John and I thought that people would come in, be dismayed by the lack of room and just stay long enough to be polite and then leave but we were really pleased that people didn't start to make a move until early evening and indeed the last few were sat with us most of the evening. Nathan opened one present and then was bored with the whole thing so we decided we would leave opening more presents and spread them out over a few days... There were three cakes, as John had not had one yet and Mum's birthday is the day after Nates. I stupidly didn't think to get one for Lorraine whos birthday is the same day as Nates, still we are seeing them next weekend and I will have to make amends then.

Excuse the poor lighting and cameramanship as it was a bit cramped and I was filming often over my head so I couldn't see what the camera was pointed at.

All-in-all it was a great day for us - Nathan was mostly oblivious and just enjoyed getting underfoot and playing with the angelic Jasmine and Ashley - and a good excuse to see everyone again after the wedding.

UPDATE: I forgot to say but it really is worth mentioning - John basically did that Lion's share of the work re: tidying/food/acting as host so BIG hug to him - thanks darling!

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