Sunday, 17 August 2014

one down, three to go

Birthday parties that is. Today was the day of James' Birthday party. His Birthday was over a month ago but it is always difficult to get all his little friends together during the holidays and we usually have his party after schools are back.
 
Annie was in charge of pretty much everything. Richard and I were the responsible adults on the premises, and the cleaners after the event. Sam was hiding in the study. The cats were nowhere to be seen. Alistair and James simply enjoyed themselves.

Here some highlights from before, during and after the party:

....... I baked number 7 biscuits to eat and animal biscuits to decorate




....... Annie baked an amazing Maltesers cake and monkey cupcakes



....... Annie wrapped a box of colourful chalks in twelve layers of paper for pass the parcel


....... Sam and Annie filled party bags with small gifts and some sweeties

....... Annie hang up the bunting she made specially for James


....... we all danced the conga

....... the children decorated biscuits with all sorts of sugary things



....... and played wrap the mummy with toilet roll


....... and then spent a long while having "snowball" fights with the shredded tissue




....... the hungry hordes gobbled down party food

....... and then played pass the hot potato (well, pass the parcel)

....... we all sang Happy Birthday


....... then some jumped on the trampoline and others danced some more

....... after everybody had left, we tidied up and cleaned the house


....... James opened presents


....... and finally, we collapsed on the sofa

It was a good party! Amazing how much fun there is to be had with 9 rolls of economy loo roll and good old fashioned party games.
 
Have a lovely Sunday evening. Cx
 
 
P.S. It was amazingly difficult to find photos that are suitable for publication on this blog... most have laughing, recognisable children on, which I didn't want to use.

33 comments:

  1. This looks like my kind of party. I loved pass the parcel when I was little. Our birthday season is just starting up; my husband's was this weekend and both kids are in September. We have a lot of partying ahead of us. :)

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  2. Looks lots of fun! That is a great looking birthday cake too. X

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  3. Looks like a brilliant party.

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  4. What a fabulous party, it looks like the perfect day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. Oh a perfect party, well done both of you! No doubt James had a wonderful time. I hope you have a good week. CJ xx

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  6. It looks like a fun time was had by all, and I love the party food :)

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  7. I love children's parties like these. So much fun to be had with a loo roll! And Annie is amazing, what a clever young lady she is xo

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  8. Happy Official Birthday James! That all looks very fun. Do I get the impression Annie likes organising parties and having little brothers to make things for? The monkey cakes were genius, so simple but effective.

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    1. Annie is a bit of an organiser, she really is. She does get upset if not all goes exactly to plan.... :)

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  9. This is a gorgeous post of a happy family! I've never thought of loo paper as a party entertainment before, great idea. However I was a little concerned when you said wrapping the mummy!! I had visions of you being wrapped by giggling children...maybe next time you could be the star! xxx

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    1. I was indeed wrapped up in a roll of loo paper (the perfect mummy) but nobody bothered to take a photo :)

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  10. Good old fashioned parties are always the best, a great party with lots of memory making.

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  11. You throw great parties!! I love the cookies! They are awesome! And the cupcakes!!
    We have 3 birthdays in January, so sometimes we would strreeetch out a birthday or two! So that they all could have their own special day, because otherwise we would be having them all at once or a get together every weekend!
    I hope you have a fantastic week!!
    Tammy x

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  12. A perfect party. Good old fashioned fun... You can't beat it. And it's obvious the children all had a brilliant time.

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  13. What a fabulous party. Children don't need expensive entertainment, just good old fashioned fun! And I am very attracted to that heart cookie with the purple icing.. I've just started following your blog, Christina and wanted to say hello.

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  14. I love a good kiddies party. I enjoy getting them all hyped up! The toilet roll idea is genius Christina. I'm remembering that for Olly's first birthday party next year. Lots of fun and mess, and super easy to clear away. And I think the decorate your own biscuits is pretty cool - I would have enjoyed joining in with that one. Bravo to Annie for the fabulous cake and bunting too, what a star she is. A party planner in the making maybe?! Happy birthday to James!!
    Leanne xx

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    1. Annie is an organiser. She actually had a little notebook with plans and timings!

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  15. Those bakes look awesome, Christina! You sound very relaxed; I always get very stressed out about children's parties. I do the same as you, though: simple games, simple fun. Works well every time. xxx

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    1. It is much more relaxing to write about children's parties after they are over :)

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  16. Looks like a wonderful time had by all.
    I love how much the other children in the family all enjoy the birthday as much as the actual birthday child. We've a birthday in this house next week, and excitement is rapidly building among the masses.

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  17. Looks like a wonderful birthday party. I am most impressed with the very yummy looking cake, though I don't know what a Malteser is. I assume something like a malted milk ball?

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    1. Yes, chocolate covered malted milk balls sounds about right.

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  18. I can feel the energy of that party from here. I forgot about that mummy game, I must remember it for another time. Great to catch up Jo x

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  19. Fantastic!!! It looks as though it was a great party!!!!!! What fun you must all have had. xx

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  20. What a great party- the biscuits are such a great idea! It really looks like you all had a super time.

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  21. Looks like a great party and the decorated cupcakes and maltester cake are impressive. Your Annie seems like a very thoughtful big sister. Also your front room is lovely and light and welcoming.

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    1. Thank you, I do love my front room! It is south facing and the view from it is amazing (we are nearly at the top of a hill).

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  22. I miss children's parties! Such great fun and I love filling party bags most of all. Annie is a very talented cake maker I shall have to put her on the cricket tea rota, she'd be very popular! ;-)

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  23. Looks like the perfect party. You were brave to entertain so many little ones but they obviously enjoyed it. And you have a talented baker.

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  24. I just love children's parties and cakes. So much fun. This looked perfect x

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  25. That is just like me, one down two to do! We had James's birthday the other day too, he is 7. The party looks like lots of fun and so do the games. The good old fashion ones are always the best. Nothing will beat pass the parcel! I think Annie did a great job of the cake. It's slightly scary having a 7 year old isn't it...! it's juniors for James in September, so I think school work is going to get a lot harder. And he also seems to have grown up all of a sudden. :)

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