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Why I love kids’ parties – and it’s not just about the cake and icing

Dear Max

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…

An awesome birthday party

Dear Max

It’s been over a week since your party, and it went so brilliantly.

Here’s what went down…

The highs
– The venue, Serendipity, which really is like our home away from home. It was a beautiful day and everything was arranged gorgeously (plus all your “family” was there)

– Wonderful decor by the brilliant Marc at Concept Spark. From hanging jars to the chalkboard tables and cars, it was not only visually superb, but a winner with the kids.

– The food!!! From green-icing cupcakes, and cake pops to macaroons (the best I’ve tasted since Laduree in Paris) and mini quiches, Linda of Belle’s Patisserie made every kilojoule worthwhile and added a stylish and novel twist to usual party fare.

– The cake, also done by Linda, in two layers of chocolate heaven with delish fondant icing. It’s not often you find a cake that tastes as good as it looks, but this was divine.

– You were so happy, and surrounded by old little faces, and new. No meltdowns, no dramas – just pure kiddie joy.

– I was chilled and had a great time yakking to friends while from the dim corners of our eyes, we watched our little ones eating, climbing, drawing, looking for treasure and licking icing off cupcakes.

The lows

– Seriously, the only one I could think of here was that it had to come to an end… Lame, but true.

A massive thanks to Nicki for taking such stupendous pics, and allowing me to eat more macaroons and really do “nothing” on the day. What made Nicki more of a trouper is that she was on her feet snapping away while 36 weeks pregnant – thank you!!!

Max, it was a great day, and I look forward to celebrating more parties with you (and this has nothing to do with the cupcakes and butter icing). I know you will never remember the day, but it was important to celebrate this year, and surround you with the love you deserve.


Why today rocks…

The happiest day of my life

Dear Max

Happy second birthday dude!!! I am full of tears and smiles and memories of that best day of my life. The day my heart became bigger, and my learning and growing began in earnest.

The last two years have been amazing with you and you’ve opened me up to new ways of seeing things, plus I got to work at a parenting magazine, and connected with some of the most gorgeous and amazing moms. I have lost sleep, I have laughed, I have wept, I have agonised, I have stumbled, and I’ve erred. I’ve felt guilt, confusion, conviction, pride and happiness, and this feeling that I have the greatest child.

I wish you a year of growth, smiles, fun and learning, and that when you fall, you’ll get up in good time, and that the hurts won’t override the thrills. I wish you continued health and security, and hope that you will continue to be embraced in love by your small family and larger extended one.

You have made my days for the last two years, and my greatest privilege is being your mom. Happy birthday dude, and many more great ones to come.

I love you, my two-year-old.


Two years later... perfection still