Everyone was very generous and there were lots of presents to open. And Maddie was actually pretty interested in the opening presents part (with the help of her cousins, of course!).
After we finished opening presents and Maddie got a chance to play a bit (and the grownups got to eat a bit), we moved on to cake! We stripped Maddie out of her party dress, down to her diaper, for the cake eating event - there was no way I was letting that pretty dress get ruined by the red icing!
I was pretty happy with the cake, and it was so worth all the work it was to see Maddie's face when I showed it to her. She loves her Elmo!
We let her get a taste of icing before giving her a piece of cake with most of the icing scraped off (yes, mean Mommy) - she liked the cake, but not as much as the icing!
She had a great time at the party - and when everyone left - slept for almost 2 hours that afternoon!
Thanks again to everyone for making the drive up for the party - it was definitely appreciated!
PS - I can't believe I forgot to tell you how she looked like she was going to cry while we all gathered 'round and sang Happy Birthday. She just kept staring at me the whole time, like "what the heck is happening mom? please make it stop!" ... I guess it's hard to understand what really is going on at that age - luckily she got her mind off the attention by digging into the cake as soon as the singing was done ... here's a video of the action...