Monday, November 14, 2011
weekend : birthday
Luca's birthday party came and went over the weekend. Let me just say that these events are hard work. I'm not quite sure how some parents do this every year. We kept it fairly simple and smallish. I prepared homemade dip, chocolate crackles, coconut ice and caramel crispies (super simple from Nigella's feast) and of course the cake. Of which I was up icing at two in the morning, the night before. It was nothing amazing or creative. Just a rich butter cake with buttercream icing and a stripe of smarties. But everyone seemed to enjoy it. There was bought sausage rolls, party pies and other junk food. Because it was a birthday party afterall. All served on hard wearing old enamel and a few other vintage bits and pieces. Ones that weren't too precious.
We used my brother-in-laws yard at his holiday house property which has the most amazing views. There are quite a few trails there so all the kids did plenty of bike riding. No party games, we just let the kids do their own thing. It seemed to work and there were smiles all round.
The bunting was another thing whipped up after midnight the night before. It was very simply cut out with pinking shears and sewn onto twine. I used a boyish combination of blue and red vintage sheeting, scrap linen and wool.
And yes, this was our very first birthday party that we've hosted. We both grew up in a religion that did not celebrate birthdays. When we were not a part of that religion anymore we pretty much had to learn how to celebrate these things. So it has taken a number of years to work up the courage to actually host one. For the last few years we have just had a cake and present at home with the four of us. Which I secretly prefer. Event organizing is just not really my thing.
But of course the smiles at the end of the day do make it all worth it.