Due to certain family member's busy social and work schedules, we decided to celebrate Gracie's birthday last weekend with a Teddy Bear's Picnic at the park. I wanted this birthday to be really special for Gracie. I wanted her to have so much fun and to know how much we love her and treasure her.
Now given that we've had next to no rain over the last month, I thought surely, we'd be pretty safe to bet that the weather will be fine for our picnic in the park. However, the whole week leading up to the weekend it was forecast showers for Sunday. Great. Of course it is. Oh well, not much we can do but wait and see (and stress incessantly about whether we would be having a Teddy Bear's picnic inside). It wasn't until about 2pm that afternoon that I looked outside and saw quite confidently that there would be no rain that afternoon. As it turned out, it was the most glorious afternoon, with absolutely PERFECT weather.
So in hindsight, I really needn't have worried at all. But I have a confession to make. I did spend the whole week leading up to this party feeling very stressed about it and worrying about all things from the weather to Gracie's health to having enough food. So Silly. I have realised that when it comes down to it, as long as there are people that Gracie loves and who love Gracie, plus good food (there must be food), Gracie will always have a wonderful time. And that's all that matters. I've realised I put far too many expectations on the day, wanting it to be perfect for Gracie (and lets be honest, for me too) but all the things I was worrying about really didn't matter to Gracie at all. Lesson learnt (although can't promise it wont happen again).
I made Cupcakes for birthday cake, thinking it would be much easier to handle at a park than having to cut a cake and they were a huge success (if I do say so myself). Gracie loved the bears and they were really yummy.
So after all the unnecessary stress about the rain, the food and Gracie, we ended up enjoying a wonderful afternoon with all our dearest family and friends. Everyone brought their favourite Teddy to join in the picnic fun and it really was, Fun. Just as I had hoped it would be.
So Happy Birthday to my Gorgeous Gracie Girl. I'm so excited to see what the next year holds for you!
Love Mummy xoxo
Our Oma had brought along a calender Steph had made when she was really little. It had old pictures of us from when we were kids and we had a good laugh looking through it.
"Bike!" Gracie knew exactly what it was!
P.S. Special thanks to Chris Ingram for taking some snaps whilst I was otherwise occupied with birthday cake and other such shenanigans :)