It's wonderful but ever-so-slightly exhausting that birthdays seem to last for a week or so for my children.
The few days before the actual day are characterized by breathless anticipation, parcels arriving in the mail, and inability to sleep for all the excitement. The actual birthday starts with a family pile-up in the big bed, and frantic unwrapping of presents, then pikelets for breakfast, and a very special day at school filled with all sorts of birthday specialities (sitting in the special chair at news time, etc.). Later in the day there's the dinner of choice (Harry's was macaroni cheese, self-saucing chocolate pudding, and cake) with special guest, Grandma.
But it's not over after that, oh no, because there's birthday money to be spent and the party as well! I'm constantly learning new things about parties. One of the best things I learned this year was to consult the 7-day weather forecast over at metvuw. Then you can plan an outdoor party, even in winter, knowing that the weather is going to be good. This year we had Harry's party at the Tahunanui trains, which are a whole lot of fun and a snip at only $4 per child (6 train or boat rides).
My party cakes have got a whole lot simpler now that I go for the lollies and props method of decorating...
And as well as all the beautiful cards and the lovely presents that were brought along for Harry, one of the lovely mums brought me some flowers.
I smile every time I look at them.
Oh! I must add, the day after his birthday Harry said to me "Mum, I really like my new robot". But you know what? It doesn't trouble me whether he likes it a lot or a little, since I make them because it's something I like doing. It's fine with me if he's into other 6-year-old boy things.
Have you got any tips for making parties easier and more fun?