There were about 30 people here, but since we had it in our backyard, Zibing seemed to feel very comfortable the entire time - even allowing some people to hold her for the first time.
We had a swinging and...
...sand-filled good time.
And no presents. Yes, that's right NO presents. The invitations requested our guests just come celebrate our precious children with us - because our children need new toys like they need holes in the head! Zibing, of course, just thought we were having a big playdate and didn't know she was missing out on anything. Noah was mostly o.k. with the no presents thing, and understood the reasoning in his very grown-up, just-turned-6 way. Of course it didn't hurt that he did receive presents from mama and daddy, and grandparents, and aunts and uncles on his actual birthday the day before!
One funny story that I just have to share from the party:
This picture below would have been a whole lot funnier if I could have taken it about 10 seconds earlier, and caught the boys in the act. See, this is my non-sweets-loving Noah sitting by his buddy Benjamin. Benjamin apparently does love sweets. So what is a true friend to do in a situation like that??? Well, Benjamin stepped up to the plate, made the sacrifice and scraped all the icing off Noah's cake with his fingers. "Noah said he didn't want the icing!" It was too cute!