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First Birthday Parties in Hawaii. Part II

First Birthday Parties in Hawaii. Part II Jolene Kaneshige PhotographyLast week I gave a brief overview of First Birthday Parties in Hawaii. We discussed why we celebrate, the venues, and got side tracked talking about the food involved.

What to wear?

Aloha casual wear is usually the staple unless you are going to some place fancy. I do enjoy themed parties because it makes outfitting so much easier. If you have children it’s always recommended to bring a change of clothes for them. Kids are kids, they play hard and run into everything possible! That’s what being a kid is about! Ohh and hand sanitizer! It’s always a must in my go bag.

What to bring?

You won’t need to bring food unless it’s potluck. Come hungry and be ready to eat (or it maybe be considered rude). Bring a card or gift for the birthday boy/girl. Sometimes the parents have a registry, but if in doubt monetary contributions and gift cards are the way to go. I’m actually not very good at giving gifts so if I’m not working the event, I always try to talk to the hosts in advance to see if they need help with anything. Maybe they need help with set up, table centerpieces, designing party invitations, or managing the sign in table. There are lots of creative ways to help the celebration run smoothly.

What to do?

Sometimes the hosts have activities planned for attendees such as: scavenger hunt, craft table, or lawn games. First, sign-in and say “hi” to the hosts, get your selfies now! They will be busy, but will appreciate the photos later. Then enjoy the activities and food.

Recollections:

Recently, I attended Zoe’s first birthday at the Pacific Palisades Community Center in Pearl City, Hawaii. It was a fabulous time with a very welcoming picnic set up. This community center features a large park area with a playground and pool area. It’s an awesome place for kids to run around! There was a bubble machine, bubble station, lawn games, giant jinga tower, and craft table.

The birthday girl looked stunning in her blue party dress and Mom and Dad busily greeting friends and family to welcome them! My inner child was mesmerized by the bubble tornado machine! I snapped a few shots as the kids came up to capture bubbles and run through its seemingly endless colorful bubble jet stream.

Bubbles make everything more magical! My partner, being a chemist, undertook the task of perfecting the bubble formula and proceeded to make giant bubbles!

It was a fabulous time of celebrating and mingling with family and friends. There was live Hawaiian music playing in the background as the buffet line opened, serving up delicious Hawaii foods. I definitely had seconds. So glad to have been party of Zoe’s first birthday! Looking forward to celebrating many more!

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