By morning we were busy hanging green, red, and white streamers, testing out our Italian soda recipe, and getting the birthday girl in her party clothes. A cute "Everyone Loves an Italian Girl" tee, skinny jeans, and gold sparkle shoes. It only seemed fitting as this was her golden birthday - turning 2 on the 2nd.
Max snoozed the morning away in his future uncle's arms (future uncle seems easier and nicer to say than sister's boyfriend who feels like family) while our guests arrived and dug into the scrumptious meal. Most of us were up to our elbows in sauce as we sipped either salted caramel or strawberry/raspberry Italian sodas. Did I mention we had a gigantic Caesar salad and gelato for dessert too? Yum! I'd say we were stuffed for days, but we managed to save enough room to have seconds for dinner later that night!
Have you ever seen a two year old try to open an assortment of gifts? It isn't very peaceful. Jemma would open one, get entranced with what it was and be ready to play. We kept having to coax her to move on to the next one. When Max turns two I think we'll save gifts for after the party and let him open one at a time and spend time playing with each gift before moving on to the next one. Jem absolutely loved all her new treasures! She was blessed with puzzles, coloring and art supplies, shoes, building pegs, and much more. I'll brag and say I hit the jackpot with a Caillou and Rosie figurine set. Yes, Jemma is still obsessed with her darling TV friend, Caillou.