A Fairy 4th Birthday
October 12, 2013 § 1 Comment
I am not a natural host of parties or events. Children’s Birthdays, especially, have me very nervous (ironic, considering I ran a Playgroup for five years!).
Most of it comes down to our home, or more specifically, the cleanliness of our home. So I began tidying and cleaning three weeks before the big day this time, and prepared everything in advance as much as possible. That helped.
I hold a party for my children every second year. Last year we were all recovering from Robin’s illness, so this year it was Zara’s turn for a party. Months ago, she decided on a Fairy Party. And Lily, six, took great delight in being the co-organiser.
We set the scene: hand painted sign in the front garden, rainbow windmills, balloons, bunting (a gift from Zara’s Aunty). On the morning of the party getting dressed was a serious business: party dress, high heels, hair decorations…..only to be discarded quickly when a new fairy dress was received as a present!
We kept our seven little girls busy: pass-the-parcel, pin-the-wand-on-the-fairy, making and decorating wands, and an impromptu outside dancing concert. The fairy cave that Sol and I constructed at 11pm the night before was a popular playing spot, and even Samuel (who is ten and decidedly beyond such little girl fancies!) could be seen having a quiet moment in there with the doorway closed. Everyone went home with a fairy bag filled with rainbow bead bracelets and hand made felt fairies (ok, yes, and a lolly or two).
In the end the day went very well. I wanted Zara to feel special, and I am sure she did. And I am determined to play host more often, not least so I have a clean home again!