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7 Details about Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes’ 1st birthday party for Esmeralda

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Ryan Gosling became a dad to a baby girl with longtime partner Eva Mendes.

But the couple celebrated her birthday just this past weekend — her official birthday was Saturday, Sept. 12 — and we’re not even going to pretend our invite got lost in the mail. The event was super exclusive and definitely not your typical Hollywood bash.

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1. There were about 20 guests in attendance

Us Weekly described the event as “low key,” according to sources.

2. Esmeralda celebrated like a normal baby

Rather than go all out with vendors and fancy decorations, Mendes and Gosling opted for the simple life, according to sources. It was more about being with family and celebrating their baby girl rather than an excuse to throw a big bash.

3. Most of the guests were part of Mendes’ family

Mendes’ mom and sister even arrived to the party early to help set up, sources report.

4. Gosling’s sister made the birthday cake

There is nothing better than a homemade cake. And it just makes us love the Gosling/Mendes clan even more that they appreciate those moments and want Esmeralda to have them, too.

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5. Her “Happy Birthday” serenade was almost guaranteed to be awesome

In a recent interview with Glam Belleza Latina, Mendes revealed, “Ryan sings to the baby. He loves it. Sometimes he’ll make up his own songs and include her name in them. It’s very sweet.”

6. Some of the gifts included a rocking horse and balls for a ball pit

The selections seems pretty random but, then again, what do you buy a kid who probably has everything she could ever want? And while we doubt Mendes and Gosling are the types to spoil their baby, onlookers reported several colorful packages, as Us Weekly reports, so you know there were some good presents in there.

7. Mendes gave a good idea of what the get-together felt like

Also in her interview with Glam Belleza Latina, Mendes joked that her family likes to take over when they arrive for get-togethers. “They take my baby! They start cleaning everything. They sound like a bunch of hyenas, yelling in Spanish, English, Spanglish. They sing [my daughter] all these Cuban nursery songs that I forgot my mom used to know… I’m so happy that my little girl gets to grow up with this.”

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Now that sounds like a party worth having.

Happy birthday, Esmeralda!

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