My friend Loraine’s little boy and Beanie were born hours apart. They look so similar we casually call them “the twins”. They are such good friends that we always have a joint birthday party. This year was no exception.
I love planning parties with Loraine! I was in charge of invitations, balloons and party bags. Loraine did everything else. She had even managed to set up the hall single-handedly when I arrived (late)! Her lovely mum, as always, kept cups of tea and tummies full.
Beanie and her friends had a fantastic time. They played, danced and jumped around. Balloons were inflated, and then shaped into swords, dogs, flowers. Crevette sang on the microphone. A few others did, too.
Whenever one of her friends was coming to say hello and give her a present, Beanie would tear the present and card open. You might think it was a rude thing to do. Despite my slight embarrassment at such an “un-British” way to do things, I thought it was rather sweet and showing how excited she was to receive presents. It also gave me a chance to thank her little friends straight away!
Loraine had plated the children’s food and set it all at the table, which made it a lot easier than letting them help themselves.
After singing “Happy Birthday” and cake, the piñata (tutorial here) provided us with a very entertaining finale for the party. I might have been over enthusiastic with the number of papier-mâché layers. The minion was not going to break with the children’s gentle bashing. We ended up putting it on the floor and Crevette jumped on it. When the piñata was lifted in the air again, all the sweets fell on the floor, to the children’s utter delight!
As they were leaving, our little guests were given their party bags. I forgot to take a photo, sorry! Each bag contained an age-appropriate book, anti-gravity serum (bubbles!), a fruity snack, a Despicable Me mini figurine and a balloon. Some of the children also took a helium inflated balloon home.
Brilliant party, fabulous company, tired family.
The “party rules” sign can be found here. If you are planning a Despicable Me party, you will certainly find lots of inspiration in Rebekah’s post!