A few weeks back, I sat down with my big girl to discuss her cake. Thinking she would choose a novelty one, I was surprised when her choice turned out to be a simply decorated cake, iced in her favourite colour... orange. And so, orange became the focus for a simple birthday celebration. I designed an invitation for her while she sat with a handful of envelopes and painted bright blooms on all of them. Pearly orange balloons were bought, along with a bunch of beautiful deep peach-coloured roses and party favour bags were decorated by Grace with flowers drawn on the front.
Waking on Saturday, the air was chilly and the sky overcast. Sipping my tea in front of our fireplace, glancing out the window, I feared our party would have to be an indoors one. However, we decided to chance things and in the end, the clouds cleared up and we were welcomed by blue skies and sunshine... perfect morning tea weather and ideal for little ones to be able to run around our backyard.
Being a small celebration, we didn't organize any games. Much fun was had instead playing 'What's The Time Mr Wolf?' and riding around on bikes and scooters. When I asked Grace what the highlight of her party was, she told me it was being able to play with her cousins.
On Saturday night, as I looked back over photos from Grace's party, I realised how often, it is the simple, good old- fashioned get-togethers that are the best... not too overwhelming for little ones, not too big to cater for food wise and not too much to have to organize... and from a child's perspective, so long as there is cake, good company and goodie bags, that's all that matters...