Party time for Mihran’s 1st birthday!

by meleeneh on September 4, 2015

We celebrated Mihran’s first birthday at Memorial Park in Sierra Madre in early August. The park was the perfect venue for this memorable celebration as it had a covered (and reservable) picnic area and playground nearby. Mihran’s family members and friends gathered for the festivities, and several traveled from around California to attend the event, including San Francisco and San Diego.

The theme was “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Mihran’s favorite book. In line with the theme were the vibrant and colorful decorations, cake (by Sweet Escape Cakes), and candy table (table garland handcrafted by my dear friend Nanor) with different flavors representative of the food the caterpillar eats in the book. Simple Little Details helped out as well by providing us with some supplies to go along with the theme. Mihran’s grandmother Evelyn made all of the flower arrangements, and she, along with Mihran’s Mikey Keri, Auntie Christine, and grandfather Rubik, designed and hung up the Very Hungry Caterpillar backdrop made with paper lanterns. The food for the event– mainly salads, sandwiches, and small bites– was catered by 17 Catering and Events, and the display, setup, and flavors were very much enjoyed by everyone.

We also combined his birthday party with his Ahtamahatik celebration, an Armenian tradition to celebrate when the baby gets his/her first teeth. Different objects representative of different occupations are placed in front of the baby, and whichever object the baby picks first represent his/her future occupation. The objects for Mihran’s party were carefully picked out by his cousin Nyra. Out of everything, Mihran picked up a small blue and green globe. We decided it represented a world traveler, environmentalist, or astronaut. Sounds good to us!

After we all sang Happy Birthday, Mihran enjoyed his first piece of cake. He tried a bit from the Pistachio Rose Water tier and loved it! (The other tier was Raspberry Lemonade, which was just as delicious.) We continued with an after party at Argam’s parents’ home where we ate some more and opened presents. It was a wonderful day of celebration and great memories!

I cannot thank everyone enough for their help with this special day, from planning, setup, and cleanup- it takes a village to throw a first birthday party! 😉

Here is a link to the photos from his special day. Thank you Artineh and Papy for your talented shots!

Pictures from Mihran’s first birthday photoshoot are included here as well. Enjoy!

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