The beginning of March is a busy time around these parts. Late night baking and early morning celebrations abound.
Betsy’s party was an afternoon tea and dancing party. Nothing fancy, no trying to get one and two year olds to play games just a gentle gathering with lots of cake.
Monty’s party was held in our favourite woods. They climbed trees, followed a Gruffalo trail, built dens, ate a good deal of yummies from the barbecue and went crazy for the pinata.
Yesterday we took ourselves off to the beach and Oceanarium. We met up with good friends, dug holes, marvelled at marine life and ate noodles. Lots of noodles.
All that partying takes its toll. If you need me I’ll be having a snooze on the sofa too…
because I know there will be questions: check my Wanties post last week for party gear. Betsy’s hairclips are from Peanut & Pip, Rainbow coats are from JuicyTots and Monty’s orange sweat pants are from Boys & Girls.
There is nothing quite like the blind excitement of a day all about you. Monty has been looking forward to his birthday party and the big chocolate cake he would have since before Solstice.
Do you recall the parties you had as a child? I do and I think I’m influenced by what stood out for me; not the children’s entertainers but the simple pleasures of running around, playing silly games and the party tea. I embrace these memories when I’m planning my children’s parties and stick to simple activities with lots of time for free play.
This Saturday we followed a Gruffalo (who had stolen our jammy dodgers), played in the park, ate sausages, got covered in chocolate cake crumbs and crowned a crazy-dance-musical-statues champion. Afterwards the family rode scooters and bikes and sang happy birthday to our youngest member.
A gathering which is almost a cause for celebration in and of itself. Family and friends taking time to show how much they love each other. Creating memories of sunny days which were so much fun you thought you might burst.