The week after Easter my little (not so baby anymore!) boy will be 5. Nooooooooo! It has gone tooo quickly.
I made the mistake of asking him what he wanted to do and he announced "I want a party with lots of my friends in the garden with my trampoline and bouncy castle."
There are several issues with this:
The first is the weather, early April is very unpredictable. The day he was born I can vividly remember the gales and the snowstorm the day after, yet in 2007 I have photos that prove it was one of the best days of that year!
The second is the trampoline has not yet been built. We brought it last year when our garden was still a work in progress mud pit (we only seeded the grass last October!) and so we need a nice day, preferably with a few dry days before hand so the ground has chance to dry out, to make it up. Not looking good so far!
The third is the bouncy castle is quite small and one of the seams is giving way; it is fine for my two but not too sure it will withstand twelve 3 to5 year olds!
I delayed sending out the invitations for as long as I dared in the hope I would be able to find a long term weather forecast telling me we were going to have a fantastic Easter Week, it hasn't happened but I couldn't wait any longer. I also couldn't think of a cheap alternative.
I was quite concerned, and I explained this to an old schoolfriend of mine. She laughed when I said I was worried about having twelve children in my house for a couple of hours, and she reminded me of our childhood birthday parties.
And she was right. (Thanks Susan)
When I was young our parents thought nothing of having our parties at home, in fact the concept of hosting a party at a venue wasn't even an option. Most pubs didn't want children anywhere near them, or we were hidden in 'family rooms', and places like Wacky Warehouses just didn't exist. I am only going back to the 1970's so not so long ago really, but my how things have changed. Every party now seems to be a 'bowling party', 'a wacky warehouse party' a 'soft play party', a 'mcDonalds' party or even near us one place is offering a 'cake baking party' (10 children can bake and decorate a birthday cake for just £175 - don't think that includes food either!!).
So as much as I am keeping my fingers crossed for a gorgeous day so my son can have the party he wants I now also have an alternative plan.
We will have a traditional party full of party games:
Pin The tail on The Donkey,
Pass The Parcel
Dancing and any others I can think of!
A pinata (didn't exist in my day!!),
and set up football in the garage!
So with food and Birthday cake hopefully that will be enough to entertain them all if it rains.
I also have another cheat though - I think I am going to hire a bouncy castle. Not only does it come with a raincover it means we don't have to build a trampoline and it will save our bouncy castle from getting destroyed.
So thanks to my friend Susan I am now looking forward to the party; especially the glass of wine I will have on standby for once everyone has gone home!!!