Did you see in the news this week the report about a teacher banning party invitations being given out at school unless it was the whole class? Even though Missy has been invited to several whole-class parties, I felt for her it would be too overwhelming (and us too, lets be honest!). Instead I suggested she invite 5 friends from her class. This meant I had to surreptitiusoy give out the invitations - or at least it felt like it - in the playground. I do hope no-one was offended, but if Missy doesn't get invited to a couple of birthdays then I'll probably know why.
Missy had been out of sorts of late and one of the reaons could have been her birthday - not knowing what a birthday means in this house, would she get a present, would it be fun? We found it easier to involve her and not let there be any big surprises so she knew exactly what her cake was like, the games we would be playing, what we were doing on her actual birthday, that we had got her a Birthday badge etc. On the birthday itself we got up a little earlier so she could open her presents - not too many, just one big one from us and close family plus the neighbours. Pizza was chosen by Missy for her birthday tea and I decorated some muffins with icing and stuck a few candles in as I thought it would be nice that she didn't have to wait for her party to blow some out.
Party-day arrived and Missy was brimming with excitement. We had a semi-Hello Kitty theme and the girls wore their best party dresses, which makes a change from Princess or Pirate outfits to be honest. Daddy and my Mum were here and the school gate friend offered to help out as well.
I'd taken a few cues from the party Missy had been to last week plus included a few standard games like Pass The Parcel, Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty, Musical Statues etc. Of course, One Direction figured as well with dancing to said group several times during the afternoon. After games it was time for tea - mini burgers and rolls, home made ice cream and cake. The home made ice cream was a Jamie Oliver recipe and his little ones seemed to love it - not in this house though. No-one really liked it, except of course Missy. Oh well, it seemed a good idea. What was a good idea however was decorating cup cakes. Thankfully not that many hundreds and thousands and silver balls ended up on the carpet as we had forgotten to put a covering down. No sooner were they decorated than they disappeared into tummys. Then it was time for Birthday Cake and candles and Happy Birthday followed by a bit more dancing and then it was 5pm! I breathed a sigh of relief at how well the party had gone and Missy seemed to enjoy herself without getting too overwhelmed.
And, now that's she six, she hasn't hit me or wet her knickers because "six year olds don't do that".