I've left you hanging, really, haven't I? It's been a busy couple of weeks, and this is literally the first time I've fired up my PC for over a week. Time to share the fun of a party for four year olds. Go get yourself a cuppa, slosh in a sneaky nip or five of kahlua and prepare to bask in the glow of my special brand of crazy.
As per a previous post, my Little Miss loves Tinkerbell. I love the combination of green and pink, so that's where we headed. Mum was unceremoniously given a tinkerbell colouring book and a slab of black card and in return gave me a ton of beautiful silhouettes. Three dangled off a tree in our front yard welcoming people to the party, three were (and still are) dotted on the mirror in our entrance, where The Man had written in gorgeous disney-esque font 'Do you believe?'- the mirror looked so lovely that two weeks later it's still intact and I have no plans to remove them. Love a little whimsy in an entrance!
The number four in the background there was supposed to be my brainwave solution to my usual pinata nightmare where I spend two weeks gluing myself and a ton of newspaper to a blown up balloon, watch children spend 20 minutes trying to whack the crap out of it whilst not-calmly waiting for a small child to either knock themselves out with the broom handle, or get my husband in his manly parts. More on that later, but The Man made the giant four out of cardboard, and the Little Miss and I put four rolls of crepe paper through the sewing machine on the longest stitch with highest tension, which created a gorgeous ruffle. This was then glued to the four, and I also glued them to the paper template The Man had used to create the four- this I stuck to the front door as a hello, yes, the party is here gesture.
Here's the Little Miss on the morning of her birthday, having woken at 6.30am to a transformed house. Here she is checking out the dessert table. This was covered in a pale pink plastic party table cloth I've had since BabyG's first birthday, and then by sheer green soft tulle-type fabric. The Little Miss and I bought half a metre of artificial turf two weeks prior at Bunnings- the lady serving us asked what we wanted it for, the Little Miss told her, and she was so charmed she cut us just under a metre, charging us only for the half (the minimum cut). I cut the piece in half, and used them as runners on each table. Floating above the table is an interesting shaped stick BabyG and I found on the nature reserve out the back, and tinkerbell fluttered from here. Again, two weeks later this is still in place in the playroom- it's just too cute to pull down at the moment.
It didn't take long for the rest of the family to come to party central for some present opening- here you can see I made a curtain/screen of sorts across the bookcase, having learnt my lesson at previous parties that 3-4 year olds and open shelves full of toys do not mix. The fabric for this I actually bought for BabyG's mermaid party a couple of years ago- at that time I used it to shade the outdoor area. It's actually a curtain fabric that's as ugly as sin (I bought it because it looked like a fishing net) but it has a ready made casing. I cut it in half, threaded through some fishing line, and et viola- no chance of having my house unnecessarily trashed and no possibility of playdough being trekked through my carpet. Three and a half years and I'm still bitter... But back to the party.
BabyG was desperate to help out with her sister's party. She helped her dad and I hang the curtains and the tinkerbell silhouettes, she helped me set the tables and at 8.30pm the night before, she decorated the cupcakes and did a gorgeous job of them:
See the cake pops in the background? Easiest ever. You may remember my whinge about making them for BabyG's birthday in January where I stood like the statue of liberty shrieking for a colander whilst melted chocolate dripped down my arms? These are so easy the cherubs could do them alone. Melt some chocolate (yeah, ok, maybe an adult should do that part), dip a stick into it, stick the stick into a marshmallow, leave it for a couple of minutes, dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, then plunge it into a bowl of sprinkles or hundreds and thousands. Give them a little prod to ensure they're covered evenly, then place them on a tray covered with baking paper. Done.
Below is a better shot, and with the cake, which BabyG also helped me decorate. The bottom layer is my bog standard vanilla and the top is a chocolate cake. Both recipes came from the Crabapple Bakery book and are failsafe. I generally bake them during the week of the party, put them in the freezer, decorate them straight from the freezer, and they are perfect.
I didn't actually end up getting much of a photo of the dining table: