I absolutely can not believe my big girl is 8. Her birthday fell on a Saturday this year so it made sense to hold her party on the actual day, even though her besties were going to be out of town.
We didn’t have a ‘themed’ party this year as we have in years past. Last year we were in Raro for her 7th birthday so it’s been two years since she’s had a birthday party. She ummmmed and ahhhhhed over what to do this year to celebrate. She nearly settled on a movie and dinner date with a couple of friends, but at the last minute (as in the week before) decided she wanted a party at home. Home, the one that’s still pretty much a building site. Yep, that home.
So we invited 10 little friends to come join in our celebrating this precious girl turning 8. She doesn’t have a big group of friends at school, but she’s a well loved little lady and her guest list came from far and wide. I was so impressed by how well they all got on and how confident they all were despite some of them being only known to Tahlia as they were dropped off.
The party ran from 4-8pm and started with the gathering and introductions and present opening. Shane and I had laid in bed after Tahlia opened her gifts in the morning and looked at the weather forecast, saddened that there was rain on the horizon and that this was the first year ever that she wouldn’t have a brilliantly sunshiny day. But turns out that the weather gods were shining on us because by 3pm the sun was out and the rain was gone for the rest of the night. Yay!
As always, I set Daddio on games duty so with a bit of organisational assistance from yours truly, he led them in playing Pass the Parcel, Musical Cushions and The Chocolate Game which was a good old flashback to childhood birthday parties of the 80’s. Who remembers that!?
As these kids are older now, I made use of our new island to set up a “Make Your Own Hot Dog” station complete with Frankfurters, Mini Rolls, Ketchup, American Mustard, grated Cheese and Gherkin Relish and also offered freshly blanched broccolini & beans and corn on the cob too. I was impressed by how many kids said “Yes” to the veges.
More games, more running around, more trampolining, the start of Home Alone in the new kids playroom (the talking wasn’t cool according to the birthday girl so they canned that idea) and then suddenly it was time for singing Happy Birthday, blowing candles, cutting cake and making Ice Cream Sundaes. We put out three different flavours of icecream, a bunch of sprinkle options and several sauces including Passionfruit, Chocolate & Caramel, Wafers and piles of lollies and let them go nuts. I did only offer water as a drink so that’s pretty good balance right!? haha
Most kids left at 8pm, but half the crew stayed and put on a hilariously wonderful fashion parade in our back yard at 9pm, complete with chairs set up for the adults, a torchlight to illuminate the runway and a trampoline show. It was a big night. And then it was time to get my big girl and her little friend from outta town who was sleeping over ready for bed. But guess what, the valve on the airbed was broken so 10pm bed set up didn’t go as smoothly as planned. It never does right!? Adventures though, turn them into adventures.
It was such a relaxed party and not having a working phone (thanks Apple) meant that I was much less inclined to capture it all and just to be in the moment. Everyone had a wonderful time and even the two little boy guests had a great time.
Happy 8th birthday to my darling mini Diva. I love you immeasurably and I hope this party was all you hoped and dreamed.
All party supplies from The Pretty Baker
Cake by Me
Dress by Tutu Du Monde from Beau Monde Babe
Hair Clip from Little Trelise