A few days ago I was at Alfie’s swimming lessons, sitting on the sidelines next to my friend Sally. I asked her what she had planned for the weekend and she told me and then asked what I was doing. I told her we were having Alfie’s birthday party. She looked at me with a really shocked look on her face and said, ‘How can you be so calm? Why aren’t you stressed?’
And I was so glad she said that. Because finally I knew I wasn’t alone and that there was someone else out there who also dreaded ‘the child’s birthday party’. I’ve been doing children’s parties for 19 years and although I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, I’m still not in a state of calm when the day of the next one rolls around.
I’ve hosted a few parties that have gone quite well but there have also been some horrors like the pool party for Archie’s 12th birthday where there was a near drowning, the beach party where it rained like Noah’s flood, the party that had to be cancelled because Archie ended up in hospital, but probably the worst was the clown party where the clown failed to turn up.
Although I was dreading this weekend’s party, it was a huge success. We held it at the beach in a club house that we hired for the occasion. The weather was beautiful, a couple of mums stayed around to help and we did a lolly scramble which is something that in 19 years I have never done and the children loved it. All the children got along beautifully, there were no accidents or injuries and the parents arrived on time to collect their children – and that’s always a bonus!
When you finish hosting a child’s party, you feel so much relief that it is wonderful to have a night at home and just relax with a glass of wine knowing it’s all over for the next 12 months.
And that’s exactly what I’m doing tonight!
The cake can be found in the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Party Cookbook.
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