For the first time in her young life, Mira got to have a birthday party with her friends. When she was one, she couldn't talk yet and she had just started at Suzuki, so we just had a family event. By the time birthday two rolled around, she was very vocal about who her friends were, but she spent that birthday in India.
The parents were just as excited as Mira to finally have a kiddo party. It was long overdue.
Mira and Noah in the dance warm-up, (with a little cameo from Asa)
Getting treated to a little birthday puppet show
We decided to have her birthday at My Gym. We attended a party there a few months ago and had a blast. It's the perfect environment for a toddler party. I've learned that there's nothing little kids love more than to run around and act silly. Having obstacles, a ball pit, and a trampoline is a plus.
Mira getting sassy at the ball pit
Lots of great activities for the special guests
Mira's been interested in Princess Sophia lately (and her parents are getting a little sick of Elsa), so that was the theme for this party. We invited her best friends from school along with some of the other kids we know that her age, whose parent's Sonali and I miss seeing.
One of Mira's BFF's, Sam
Mira being super cute in the ball pit
One thing that I really like about the My Gym birthday experience is that they intersperse little group activities between the free-for-all play. They had a little puppet show, the jumping air mattress, some dancing, and a little bit of gymnastics.
Mira getting instructions on how to use the rings
Decided the rings weren't for her and went for the bars
Another thing they do really well is change it up every time and find ways to make the birthday child feel special. Mira loves her princesses but she also loves her cars. For first birthday song, they pushed Mira around in a car. She couldn't have been more excited.
Making a lap in the car around the gym
Once her lap was complete it was time for the cake! Sonali has been in love with the idea of a pull-apart cake, which looks like a cake but is really made up of cupcakes. Or rather it's really made up of icing with a little bit of cupcake in between.
Patiently waiting for the cake with reestablished BFF, Noah
The Sophia pull apart cake
Ready to blow out the candles
Devouring the icing on the cupcake
If we're going to be honest, there was only one reason we picked My Gym: the Zipline.
Action shot of Mira on the zip line
Everything has to come to an end and Mira's party was no different. Mira insisted on personally making sure that all her friends left with a goody bag, even though it meant cutting into her playtime. That little act is something that I'm very proud of as a parent.