Thursday, July 25

A Tale of Three Parties

Phew, it's been a busy few months in Shepherd Towers, as we have not one, not two, but three - three! - birthdays within six weeks. This means that every spare minute seems to be taken up with party planning, and no time to blog about the lovely times we've had.

First up, Gwen turned six with a bouncy castle and a BBQ in our garden. Thank goodness the weather was on our side because we had 18 six-year-olds say 'Yes' to the invites (being the first Saturday of half term, we thought not many would come) and I didn't really have a contingency plan. There was face-painting, lots of bouncing, veggie hot dogs (converting the meat-eaters one sausage at a time - mwah, ha, ha) and ice creams with flakes, sprinkles and popping candy, a lollipop tree, and a Lego brick cake which was made at midnight the night before, involved a lot of swearing and was a bit wonky but Gwen seemed delighted with. The children on Class 4 were an absolutely delightful lot - what a lucky teacher hanging out with them all day.

Three weeks later, it was Miss Molly's turn with a wicked witch and wizard party. It was all indoors with lots of our favourite friends, and involved more face painting, a witchy chocolate cake and an epic game of pass the parcel. I also introduced some small children to Black Lace's kids party album (thank you, Spotify) with some kitchen disco dancing to Superman.

Three weeks later, another party as the mister turned 40. We had lots of friends over for afternoon tea with tea, scones and lots of cakes. It was hot, hot, hot and the adults chatted in the garden, while the tiniest tots played in the paddling pool and the bigger kids made dens upstairs. It was relaxed, informal and totally stress-free. It started at three and was still going on at 9pm so I guess people must have been enjoying themselves.

On Monday our beloved hairy hound turns eight, but we'll keep the celebrations simple with the now traditional (and slightly gross) tuna, cheese, garlic and spaghetti cake with hot dog sausage candles.

And after all that lot, I am totally partied out.


  1. Those first two parties combined sound somewhat like my hen party! We played Black Lace then! They all sound great! I hope you had a well deserved sit down and cup of tea at the end of each! x

  2. Oh my word, three birthdays in six weeks! That is a tall order. You totally rose to the occasion though, the cakes look amazing. x