Saturday was my babies 7th birthday. It doesn’t seem possible he’s 7, but he will always be my baby!!!
We had a family day. He was up before 5 to open his presents, but was so happy with them all, he took the rest of the morning looking at them, and deciding what he wanted to play with. He received a set of Star Wars Lego, which he sat so patiently with for a good hour, until he had finished it – it was great to see as with his dexterity problems, he finds fiddley work very difficult, but Lego is a great way of exercising his fingers! Little did we know that Lego Star Wars would become the theme of the rest of his birthday, but I will get to that!
Hubby took the boys to their dancing class, so I could get on and get his cake decorated. He was having a small football for his actual birthday, and then a Lego cake for his party.
This isn’t quite the finished article, as I didn’t take a picture when it was totally done!!!
In the afternoon, he went to play with his two best friends, and they had an energetic afternoon. Hubbys Mum then arrived to have tea with us, and bringing presents – Lego Star Wars!. D had asked if we could have take-away as a treat, and who could deny the birthday boy when he wants Curry?
He went to bed totally shattered, but happy that night.
Sunday though was the big day. It was party time. I spent the morning organising the food, and making sure we had everything we needed. We had hired a community centre hall with 2 bouncy castles – D had decided it had to be a bouncy castle party! We arrived about 20 minutes before the guests and set up the crafts on a table – we thought it important to have something quiet to do as well as the bouncing!! I had also bought a huge collection of temporary tattoos and taken along a couple of flannels to soak them to apply. They were the biggest hit of the afternoon with the kids getting covered, and trying to out do each other to get the most – one child ended up with 15, and ran out of exposed flesh at that point!!!
The kids all seemed to have a great time, screaming and running around. D had asked for the food to be served as a picnic so all the kids sat on throws on the floor and demolished sausage rolls, and crisps!
The cake was a huge success, and I was really proud when asked about making it! The biggest laugh of the afternoon though came when as soon as the candles had been blown out, D grabbed Yoda, and rammed him into his mouth!!!! I did at that point have to stop the rest of the kids from grabbing the decorations before I could cut it up!!!!
I think the biggest thrill for D though was when about half way through the party his beloved teacher popped in to wish him a happy birthday. He had told me he had given her an invitation, and I had been trying to give him a million and one reasons why she probably wouldn’t make it, never believing she would actually come! She stayed for a short time, and I think it says so much about how all the kids love her that they were thrilled to see her! She even had a tattoo on her hand so as to feel part of it!! D gave her a party bag when she left, and as we hadn’t cut the cake at that point, he promised her a slice which he took to school with him today!
As the afternoon drew to a close, there were 25 kids who went home shattered as none of them stopped for the whole time! There were also shattered parents who had been wonderful helping out, with watching the bouncy castles – I believe we only had one pair of knocked heads, passing out pencils and stickers at the craft table, and or course taking turns putting on temporary tattoos – I do believe if any of our kids ask us to do them for them in the near future there will be a lot of screaming – from the kids when we scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
D came home with a huge amount of presents, he is such a lucky boy! As he opened them it became clear how well his class know him, as everything was either Lego, and/or Star Wars, and what is better is that there was only one duplicate and it was a ship which D tells me they always fly in pairs anyway!!! I now know what he will be doing every evening for the next week!!
He went to bed that evening knowing he was a very lucky boy, and I think feeling very content that his friends had all had as good a time as he had!
I found it the least stressful of all the parties we have ever done, and that is totally because of all the kind helpers we had on the day. But, thank goodness it’s just once a year!!!