Beertje's first party

As with his brother, Beertje got his first big party when he is about 3 months.  His babyborrel reception was for all our friends and family, to come and have a few glasses and some nice snacks together in a relax gathering.

I had succeeded this week to complete sufficient 'baptism sugar' gift boxes ready to set-up a moose inspired display, after a day of finger hurting box folding, filling and ribbon knotting against the clock.

We had the same location (a local parish hall) and caterer (from our well-loved M-café) as with Kabouter's party but this time we had the advantage of being in summer, so we could enjoy walking outside as well.
The fact of organising a party in the summer had the big disadvantage however that a lot of people's agenda's were already filled. A lot of schools were having their yearly school celebrations, students were studying already, etc.  Much to our disappointment a lot of our friends that came previous time couldn't make it this time.  Even harder was the loss of my cousin and the fact that her funeral was in the morning: I was missing her goodbye and obviously my father's relatives couldn't make it to Leuven anymore. They were all very much missed and on my mind. For my sister and mother who came from the funeral, it was a very odd day with strong emotions.
Fortunately my dad, on the other hand, was good enough to be transported and could come in a wheelchair to join the party of his 3rd grandson together with the other 100 people present. Glad that worked out well as I had not been so certain about it beforehand. 

Our little party animal had a quick snooze before the first guests arrived and later on the afternoon he willingly rested on the arms of his grandmother and several of our friends, taking in all the attention and love. 

For some of the family and friends present there were reunions of people that had not seen each other in years, so that was good fun.  A baby is always a very good reason to get together, don't you think? And plans for new meetings were made :). yeay. There were quite some kids present that seemed to have a good time with the toys around and with the playground outside where they could run outside. Also a lot of our guests preferred to be outdoors and enjoy the nice weather for as long as it would last that weekend. 

It was a fun day and as usual on such events we lacked time to talk to everyone sufficiently.

Pictures of Kabouter's first party are here (find the resemblances and differences)


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