Its been all stations go around here lately!
We are in the Birthday season and its a Party Year.
My Children get to have a Birthday Party, where friends are invited, each second year and alternate years are celebrations at home with family.
My Boy has turned another year older and after attending a Bithday Party at AMF bowling that is what he decided he would like to do. "Mum I want to take my mates bowling for my Party"
Prior to that declaration I had been planning for a Mario party, and had a pin board with lots of great ideas, I kept some of these in the works for the party.
|Mario Party ideas Pinboard|
The day of his Birthday Super star cupcakes went off to school.
These are shortcrust pastry stars with yellow icing :)
We didn't actually book a Party package, instead I called and booked the lanes and asked if it was Ok to take some food and a cake, they were more than happy for me to do that which was great. We had the party in the afternoon and I set up a few bowls around the back of the seating for the kids. One with Natural Confectionery Company snakes, one with tiny teddies and another with Choc chip shortbread squares.
|Cheese plate for transport to party|
I took a plate for the grown ups too.
I was able to prepare all of this in advance, I put the kids treats in containers with lids for transport and simply removed them for serving, the serving containers are of no concern to the children, its the contents that matter :)
I have real issue with 'party bags'. I seem to have a pile that have been bought home, they sit in my fridge, full of 'treats' that my kids will never eat but that they also don't want to relinquish. I try to make our bags with minimal waste, minimal expense and activity as well as treats. We try keep our number of guests equal to the year of age the child is so for example turning 8 would get to invite 7 friends + a sibling. so preparing this kind of bag is manageable and this year he actually did most of the bag preparation himself. :)
This year his bags were transparent pencil cases. In each pencil case was 2 chocolate frogs, one Big tedz, and a pack of 3-Dees Mario jellies. A tiny tube of pencils, a little monster notebook, and a bouncy ball.
These were a big hit with his closest friends and most of the mums complimented me on them, which was really nice.
His Birthday Cake was Chocolate.
A round cake cut to form a One up Mushroom which I iced as appropriately as I was able, he liked it which was the main thing.
|One up Birthday Cake.|
All in all it was a no fuss, easy party but I was still exhausted afterwards!
We have another one coming up too so there will be a second Kids party post in the next month or so!
In other news I am frantically trying to sew for a Blythefest trade table which I secured at the 11th hour. Hence, I feel largely unprepared for this in terms of stock levels. I still have the best part of 4 weeks to sew so will just have to see how it goes :)
We are heating pretty much all day and night now, there was a really good frost this morning, partially freezing the surface of the fish ponds and solidifying the water in the bird baths.