Things have been a little quiet lately for me on the craft and blogging front as I have been preparing for today’s 5th birthday party. For many it’s the stuff of nightmares, a hellish mix of active children, far too much processed sugar and a village hall. It was possibly one of my crazier crazy plans, but many of the children in my son’s class seem to have a large party in Reception so it felt appropriate to follow suit. We invited all of his class, our friends from Messy Church as well as family and close friends. A party for around 30 children felt like a pretty huge undertaking, from booking the hall to organising invitations, food, games, a cake and pulling it all together on the day.
The first hitch occurred a couple of days after the invites had gone out. I had not planned for a ‘Pinterest’ party, it was just going to be a standard party with food, games and cake. Then, one day on the way home from school, one of the mums mentioned that her daughter wasn’t sure about having to dress up as an Avenger. This threw me slightly as the invites were fairly generic ones-you know, the type with pictures of balloons on bright primary colours, certainly not themed. It turned out that my darling boy had told all of his friends that he was having an Avengers party, an idea that I wasn’t privy to until this discussion. (Now the post title makes sense!)
Over the course of the next few days I had many similar conversations with his classmates parents, and he and I had a little chat about honesty. After all of this, though, we decided we could have some Avengers features. Naturally the pass the parcel prizes were Avengers themed, and we bought some napkins too. The cake was going to be the star of the show, so we did a bit of research via Pinterest. Daddy liked the look of the Hulk hands made of marshmallows and rice crispies. My 3D art skills are sadly lacking so I let him get on with it, the results were pretty impressive! I baked and iced the cakes whilst he created this, it was a real team effort.
The red icing had to be done twice, because somebody (aged 2 and a half, smaller than a metre tall and who looks like butter wouldn’t melt) decided to take a few pinches out of the first coat and test it out, like a pre party cake tasting. I had to remove it all and try again, much to my horror, as it was beyond repair. Anyway, it was completed in time for the party (just!) I had my first go at using edible shimmer spray on the stars, it works surprisingly well as long as you don’t touch it with wet (or even slightly damp) fingers. It was a good job I made spares!
This photo was taken in the calm before the storm, as I had arrived at the village hall on my own (with a car boot full of food) to set up. All was going to plan, my little list of timings and so on was spot on. Then I received a text, my sister in law’s car had broken down, with my nieces on board. They also had the CD player and the music. At this point a small amount of panic set in, as Mr C had to go and fetch them and they were around 20 minutes away and my timings planned for the games to start within 30 minutes. Oh dear. (I’d just like to point out that everybody was ok, otherwise I’d have been worrying about them!)
Luckily a friend who lived around the corner was able to fetch his CD player and we managed to start on time, with everything else running smoothly. My wonderful friends made cups of tea and organised things in the kitchen which helped immensely! The cake tasted pretty good, my nieces got to the party eventually and still had a lovely time, and my little boy went to sleep tonight a very happy boy after being spoiled rotten and having the (kind of) Avengers party he’d been looking forward to so much. (The mum who alerted me to the ‘themed’ party bought him an Avengers book for his gift too-he went to sleep cuddling it!)
At least this cake wasn’t quite on a par with An Epic Fail! I hope you’re having a more relaxing weekend than I’ve had so far, my plans for tomorrow involve putting my feet up and drinking tea. Back to my normal crafty stuff again now, I’m so relieved that this party is over after all of the planning and preparation.