“Where the Wild Things Are” Birthday + Cake Smash

It has been two years since I entered this kind home to celebrate Brendon and Amandeep’s daughter’s first birthday. (You can check out Neelum’s Cake Smash here!) Now, there is a little ‘WILD ONE’ on the scene ready for his own cake smash! Friends and family gathered to celebrate Harlok (Loki)’s first birthday with a fun “Where the Wild Things Are” cake smash, incredible food, and nature themed backyard games. I think the photos pretty much capture it all so enjoy scrolling through! Keep an eye out for the raksha ceremony and an explanation of what it represents near the end!

CAKE SMASH TIME!

It took a little bit for Harlok to get going but with a little help from his mom and sister, he began pulling chunks off and taking some big bites!

FIRST GAME OF THE DAY!

HOPPING RACE!

WHAT DO YOU SMELL?

Don’t worry, its all essential oils!… well, almost!

CAKE TIME!

RAKSHA BRACELET

The raksha – traditionally a red string – is tied by a sister onto a brother’s wrist. It represents the affection and protection between siblings. Neelum tied one on all her extended ‘brothers’ wrists. She needed a bit of help at first but easily caught on and began to pull the knots tight on her own. Lastly, but most significantly, she tied a raksha on Harlok’s wrist, followed with a sweet kiss. You can see that beautiful moment in the photos at the very end!

BEAR BUM

Pin the tail on the bear was sketched by Harlok’s dad! (I think he also sketched the “Wild Thing’s” photo-op boards!) WOW!

THE RAKSHA BRACELET CONTINUED…

Harlok’s extended sisters tied raksha bracelets on his wrist. Hold on for just a little longer to see Neelum take her turn!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARLOK!

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