Sorry for the long hiatus. If you are a blogger, I’m you sure you’d know that any form of quietness in the online space just means we are busy doing stuff and living life.
Lots of news and updates to share. But first up, some snippets of Nathan’s big five birthday party bash. I wanted to have a really relaxed, chilled-out party. Just a chance for Nathan’s friends to pop over for a play.
We had the party at the neighbourhood playground just around the corner from our house. Lots of space for the kids to run about, a chance to soak in the lovely summer weather and with minimal post-party clean-up effort.
For the cake, to keep things easy and low-fuss, I put together a ‘doughnut’ cake. We picked up a couple dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. I stacked them up together and added a few birthday embellishments. And there you go. A celebratory cake for our birthday cake! It was terrific because we didn’t have to worry about cutting it up and portioning it up onto plates wit forks and so on. After the birthday candles were blown, everyone could just grab a piece and dig in!
I set up a goodie bag station for all the kids to mix and match their own goodie bag. So it also doubled up as another activity to keep them all occupied. And I think the kids liked having a sort of sense of ownership of choosing the items they wanted to go in their bag.
So far for Nathan’s parties, I always aim to plan one main party activity. Last year it was lollipops. This year it was all about BUBBLES!
I set up a big bubble station with an assortment of bubble blowers and wands, straws, containers, ‘make your own bubble wand’ section with chenille craft pipecleaners, plus a mega-sized tub full of homemade bubble solution for the kids to refill their cups as much as they liked.
The (almost) unlimited supply of bubble solution allowed the kids the freedom to experiment with all sorts of new ways to explore and play with bubbles. Blowing the bubble solution with straws was an especially popular experiment.
I threw in some buckets, spades and scoops on the sand at the playground area and then it was party time! I think it turned out to be the relaxed, chilled out party I wanted. The air filled with bubbles floating all around, with the kids chasing bubbles and running back and forth between the playground, sand toys and bubble station.
My other favourite special touch at the party were these bottled water drinks a.k.a. ‘melted snow’. What do you think? I put them together myself with the help of these lovely stickers from Stickerkid.
So there you go, just a quick glimpse of some of the little things that have been keeping me occupied lately. All for my favourite little guy.
Happy birthday Nathan! Love you always and forever.