So, today we are all recovering from a sweltering hot day and a pink sugary high to top all others. The Peppa Pig party was a resounding success, and hopefully the amount of pink involved was satisfactory for Miss Liongirl. Surprisingly, it seemed that Peppa's eyeballs were the most coveted item on the cake, our deck did not collapse and seven little girls can bounce for an extraordinary length of time when they are being hosed on the trampoline.
Now before I share the party theming can I mention that my idea of a good party is one that involves maximal impact for minimal effort ( hence the excessive use of lurid lollies on the cake), and trying to pull it off using what we already have lying around the house. Luckily, I have a very large milk glass collection, and several pink vintage sheets, perfect for the goodies table. I even managed to use my wonderful punch bowl set, picked up from the oppie over a year ago for $10.
Peppa pig bunting was essential.
Miss Liongirl and I made it ourselves, using a carved potato stamp for the head to start from.
We also used these to decorate the party boxes which were a few dollars for a pack of eight.
And for the take home box, everyone got their own homemade Peppa biscuit. I managed to get the biscuit cutter on ebay and I will post the recipe shortly as they were scrumptious. (Of course, like everything I make they were a little wonky but I think that just shows they were made with love).
We made the most of our garden for a treasure hunt, pass the parcel and dragged a scraggly assortment of chairs and stools out on the lawn for a game of musical chairs ( which most of the kids had never heard of but thoroughly enjoyed, especially when our three legged stool kept tipping over for whoever sat on it).
After a good hosing on the trampoline, and long swings with mates on the tyre swing, the last stragglers were sent home and it was time to enjoy the prezzies. A gorgeous hand knitted Peppa from my mother in law, complete with a matching handbag.
And using this lovely girl's birthday gift mantra -
something you want
something you need ( actually what small child "needs" anything other than love, cuddles, a warm bed and healthy food) but I need her to stop pinching mine
something to wear
and something to read
And to sum up,
Of course in true Liongirl style, before the day had ended, she had already placed a request for a pool cake and a treehouse just like this one for her next birthday. Thank goodness I have a whole year to recover.