Here are a few pics from Master J's Kiwi birthday party which happened yesterday. I am still scraping bright red icing off the floor and finding popcorn in strange places, but it was all worth it, as it was a brilliant morning of fun for him and his friends. (If you'd like to read my other posts about the party preparations, please do so here, here, here and here.)
It all started well - healthy even - with a little fruit and...
...some wai (water).
But then we got on to the real party food. Nearly all traditional New Zealand favourites...
The chips and onion dip (don't worry, there were chips), went down a treat which was great considering my mother sent the ingredients all the way from NZ for the day!
All served on a table covered in chalk cloth, with a lovely big NZ drawn on it...
and of course, what would a party be without a little bunting?
I found these fantastic fully biodegradable plates made of palm leaves at my local supermarket, I thought they suited the theme as well as saving on washing up!
The kids seemed to enjoy eating the food "picnic style".
My birthday boy.
We then stripped and wiped the table and it was time for...
Then Happy Birthday was sung, and the cake bought out (more pics of the cake here)..
I think he was a little uncomfortable with all the attention...
... and then the part that almost physically hurts - cutting into that cake that you spent so many hours decorating :).
Here's a few things I've learnt about throwing parties for small children:
* Always have some food available as everyone arrives, even if it's just crackers and fruit. Some kids arrive really hungry and it's best to have something to offer.
* For kids under 4, don't worry about party games - instead try an activity such as playdough, drawing on the windows with special crayons, colouring in, or an easy craft.
* Always have a box of tissues and a box of wet wipes on the table. :)
* Have a rubbish bin under the table where the food is so people can empty their plates into it rather than bringing them in to the kitchen.