|Six?! How did that happen!|
So we had a simple party at home. Because although I'm against outsourced parties I'm also against too much planning, preparation and cleaning up!
Abby chose the cake first and that made it easy to choose the theme - Teddy Bear's Picnic. She made the invitations, wrote the guest list (only 10 - phew!), and decided on the food and the games.
The party bags were tricky because I didn't want them to be full of useless plastic crap but I also didn't want to spend lots of money. I sewed the party bags (fabric from Spotlight), we made some teddy bear shaped chocolates and put a few lollies in but I was completely stuck for what else to put in. Fortuitously, I stumbled upon a set of 12 silicone teddy bear cup cake pans one day. We put them together with the recipe for chocolate crackles. Party bags done.
|The party bags|
|The kids are captivated by Chris' story-telling!|
Because we were trying to limit the amount of pre-party parental stress, we didn't serve hot food. Or anything that couldn't be made the day before. Just the usual party favourites - fairy bread (in a teddy bear shape of course!), chocolate crackles, honey joys and a fruit platter. I got out all my little op shop plates and tea cups which the kids loved and the table looked great (bugger no photos).
The cake was the Teddy Bear from this kid's party cake bible. He was very cute.
|The best photo we have of the cake|
Some of the mums stayed and chatted so I made them a coffee and we ducked over to the bakery and bought a carrot cake so they didn't have to eat the party food!
At the end of the party we took a group photo of all the guests and their teddy bears and sent it to them as a thankyou card.
We kept the party short. Only an hour and a half. Perfect. And apart from when Abby forgot her birthday party etiquette and blew the candles out before we'd finished singing happy birthday, it really was stress free. And since I had to ferry Abby to another kid's party straight after hers, I didn't even have to do the cleaning up!