Celebrate like it’s your first birthday
To start with, get up before daylight and have a good breakfast. The earlier you get started celebrating the better.
Wear your cutest outfit and have another equally as cute in reserve in case there are any mishaps. You must look good all day, there will be many photo opps and many adoring admirers with camera phones. You will be on Facebook before the party is over.
Endear yourself to everyone who comes in the door with your best smile, especially those relatives you’ve never met before who drove 4 hours to attend your party. They got up earlier than you did.
Rearrange all the decorations as many times as you can before they are eventually moved out of your reach. That’s so much fun.
It’s your party, cry if you want to, but not for long and always come back with a smile.
Look at but do not touch the burning candle on your birthday cake. Use your newly learned blowing skills for this Kodak moment. Your daddy will assist you with this required birthday party maneuver.
Look sweetly teased when everyone sings Happy Birthday to you, then clap for yourself along with everyone else. Yeah you!
Don’t be afraid of party horns. They’re just paper that rolls out when filled with hot air and not meant to scare anyone. Your older cousins will love them.
Try to sit still in one place while you open your presents. Everyone will be watching to see you open their gifts.
Enjoy the festive wrappings as much as your presents.
Try out every new toy. Be sweet and share them with friends and cousins who want to play with them too but whose parents told them not to.
Ignore gifts of clothing. This is probably the only birthday party where you won’t mind getting clothes as gifts until you’re a teenager. But, your momma will love them and you’ll look so cute.
Take a nap if you feel like it. The party will continue without you.
You don’t have to like icing, but it’s actually okay to get it all over you on your birthday. Someone will want to take a picture of you wearing icing on your cute outfit or in your hair and ears.
It’s okay to let the dog lick icing off your fingers and toes.
It’s even okay not to like birthday cake, though you someday will. The dog does.
Make sure you pose with both grandmothers for birthday pictures.
When tired with the whole thing find a granddaddy who looks comfortable to relax with for a few minutes.
Don’t worry about remembering who came to your party….everyone signed your birthday book.
It’s your lucky day! One-year-olds don’t get birthday spankings. They get hugs and kisses. XOXOXOXO
Keep smiling even when your parents and grandparents shed a few tears because they can’t believe it’s your birthday already. They’ll want to reminiscence about the day you were born, so bear with them.
Wave bye-bye to everyone when the party’s over.
Recipe of the Week
Crispy sweet little cookie
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ cup sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
Beat eggs with fork; stir in oil and vanilla. Stir in sugar until mixture thickens. Slowly blend in flour and mix well. Chill in refrigerator for 3 hours. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with greased bottom of glass dipped in extra sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and place on paper towel to cool. Store in cookie jar or sealed container. Makes about 3 dozen.