So this week is my little lady’s 6th birthday, excuse me whilst I fan myself down, knock back a bottle of gin and lay down for a while, but yes, she is growing up (runs away and weeps). Ok, ok I’m pulling my self together. I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of these packaged birthday scenes everyone seems so into these days, or is that just Solihull? I know the kids love them. in fact I have been to some pretty awesome ones this year. And look life is busy, life is hectic and if it pleases your child and makes your life easier, then go you, in fact, maybe I should have done that, no really *quickly wipes beads of sweat from brow*. However, I really like that I can, just about, still string a home made, home based party together and M will still have an ace time. A couple of classic party games, a bit of cheese and pineapple, a bowl of ice cream and a party bag, you can’t fault it can you? Anyway as always the anxiety has begun, ha ha, I told you I’m not knocking your pre made parties, you seem like fun but I love a struggle! So I’ve pinned, see here. I’ve planned, see mad sleepless night’s mind map below, and I think I’m nearly there.
So to start with, I had plans of buying invites, of course I forgot and ended up having to make (this aint as glamorous as it sounds) and print them myself. Canva is brilliant for this stuff, fling together a background and some text and it looks like you’ve had the invites designed for you, well I hope it did?
So onto entertainment, party games are where it is at, so the plan is fairly simple:
When they (the small ones, beware) get there, whack on the bubble machine, a little inane music and let them run wild, whilst children assemble offer face painting. a skill you may have picked up on Pinterest and now realise is something you could possibly do as a career should something awful occur at work and you be forced to set up your own business, just saying.
Once all the guests have arrived, commence the schedule (there is precision here, I am a teacher you know).
1. Activity – Design your own party bags (previously ordered 10x canvas drawstring bags and 3 packets of fabric pens)
2. Wind it up – musical bumps
3. Classic, can’t be missed – pin the tail on the donkey
4. Treasure hunt – preparation well and truly delegated to Grandma, she did them so well when I was a child it would be rude not to
5. Gather the children for the finale, party would not be a party without, PASS THE freaking PARCEL – it’s always a winner, well it is if you wrap interim presents right?
6. The FOOD – last year we delegated well, again, to Grandad, it was ace but under appreciated (aka he made so much we wasted half of it) so this year we are pairing down and simplifying, the dinner this year is simply pizza and ice cream. Slices of warm cheese and tomato doled out to all, a notional offer of crudites and hummus to make me feel ever so slightly virtuous. And then for pudding, ice cream, I have dreams of going all Pinterest (I know I’m obsessed) and providing individual jars of the stuff with an array of sprinkles but inevitably the paper bowls will be out and the kids will still love it.
7. Cake – candles burning, wax melting, clanging chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’. Cake generously provided by amazeball chef Grandad or bought from local supermarket, equally pleasing birthday girl. Sliced, packed in party bags with essential bubbles, balloon, toys (Amazon has been a hero here with multi buys of springs and finger puppets for bargain prices) and sweeties/chocolates (of course).
8. Children slowly depart. Daughter runs round in circles for next hour on sugar high. Mother collapses, only intravenous drip of wine will revive her now.
Done! Well that’s the plan anyway…
Maybe Mcdonalds wouldn’t be frowned apon for next year? What do you do for your children’s birthdays?