Why I love kids’ parties – and it’s not just about the cake and icing
I often get excited about going to kiddie parties with you where I like the peeps who are going to be there. And yes, I admit that a lot of the thrill lies in the kiddie food table next to which I’m often found – is there anything better than gum sweets and vanilla cake with thick butter icing and artificial colour? In fact, almost every adult I speak to confesses to enjoying the kiddie food table better than the grownup food table.
But another reason I love parties is to watch you interact with other kids, and see how people react to you. I adore watching your party behaviour – how you take a few minutes to settle down, how you reach for the fruit before the sweets, how you wolf down cupcakes and leave a ring of coloured icing on your face, and how, when “threatened” by another kid for a toy or something in your hand, you simply run away with it. Fast. That’s my boy – a clever sprinter in the making. If you can’t beat em, run away from them with the toy.
On Saturday we went to Nina’s second birthday party. The theme was The Hungry Caterpillar, and we all had to wear green. Nina’s mom Vanessa, the awesome photographer who took a lot of pics for this blog, and who has the great http://www.ninasaycheese.com studio shoot business, decorated everything stylishly with green, caterpillar and pretty themes. There were even green apples with gum caterpillars sticking out of holes.
You were ultra cute and can I say how proud I was? You were independent, chilled, and said please and thank you for your ice cream, and also said please and thank you for your second helping too. You were that kid who made people smile – whether it was for your green post-cupcake face, your hugging of another child there, or your kisses, high fives and “sharps” (where you make a fist and touch someone else’s fist).
I am so proud to be your mom. You are the best party accessory ever – and more!
PS: Thanks to Vanessa for the fabulous pics! More about her cookbook coming up soon…