Today we hosted Babess’ birthday party. Six of her closest friends came bouncing down our driveway, parents in tow, to be greeted with squeals and laughter. There is nothing more exciting than seeing friends you normally only see at daycare come to your house.
When everyone had arrived, presents opened and ooooohed over, The Dad took them all outside with a bottle of bubble mix each. Thank goodness it was a lovely day! We’ve had a few shockers recently, but we got sunshine and no wind when it really counted. The neighbourhood was awash in bubbles in no time, and there was – again – much bouncing and squealing of laughter.
Bubble mix exhausted, they came inside and tumbled over each other to wash their hands and sit up for afternoon tea. I had made a “caterpillar cake” – about 20 cupcakes in a row, with gummy-snake “legs” on each one except the head, which had marshmallow eyes and a drawn-on smile. Each segment/cupcake had a letter of Babess’ name, a “4”, or a heart/star/swirl design. I was quite proud of it. I did notice that most kids ate the lollies but not necessarily the cake part though.
Apart from cake, there were chocolate crackles, chippies, fruit, milky-way racing cars, sausage rolls, cheerios (cocktail sausages), fairy bread and juice. Much too much food. Never mind, fairy bread for dinner won’t kill our family! Attending adults were well-fed too, and a couple of large pots of coffee went down well.
As the sugar took hold, we shooed the kids outside again and my wonderful niece set up a “tattoo table” so all the little ones could choose temporary tattoos for arms and hands – and even legs. Then there was much running around and exploring the house and playing with toys, as the adults chatted and enjoyed a bit more than the two-second “oh hi, nice to see you” conversations that you tend to get at daycare drop-off and pick-up.
Eventually, things wound down as kids got tired and were taken home before reaching meltdown. I did not do “goody bags”, and no-one missed them (huzzah!). I did threaten to send extra chocolate crackles home with anyone whose present contained more than 100 pieces, but it was all good-natured fun. Even the ones who gave Babess a huge beading kit laughed.
Babess thought it was a great party, and Fainjin enjoyed it too. I’m pretty sure the guests had a good time, and we didn’t set fire to anything, spark any allergic reactions, or have any accidents drawing blood. I think we can call it a success.
(I still want to be invited to a Lego Robotics party at Stimey’s house, though!)
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