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…
So yesterday I went with Nicki who had a baby last week, but was still keen on brunch and shopping in Parkhurst. We headed to a new arrival, In Good Company, which used to be only an online store, but is now a shop where people like us can go and drool, touch, want and take pics – all of which we did. So much of a good thing – decor, gifts, party stuff and odd and ends – in one shop. I bought some gorgeous bunting for my study and our patio, and a bunny brooch. But I’ll be back, without a credit card, to stop me from buying everything.
It’s been over a week since your party, and it went so brilliantly.
Here’s what went down…
– 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.
– 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.