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.