I woke up in a panic two days before Pip’s 4th birthday party. ”What if nobody shows up? What do we do then?”. Such are the anxieties of a family still setting down roots in a new town. I needn’t have worried. It was a lovely party. We kept things pretty low key, with a camping theme.
Finally, the Ikea easel proves useful. I had to buy it 2 years ago and neither of my kids have every shown any interest in it. We parked it outside to welcome guests.
We moved all the furniture out of the way and set up a tent in the sitting room. And check it out, it’s the birthday banner! I also made a few garlands of stars (they were just foam stars from Michaels, some wrapped in aluminum foil.)
The food was very simple. The highlights were fruit kabobs and ham and turkey sandwiches made in the shape of squirrels and porcupines thanks to these Ikea cookie cutters (which get a remarkable amount of use in our house). And of course, a rainy day version of s’mores, which were marshmallows dipped in melted Trader Joe’s Belgian chocolate bars and rolled in crushed graham crackers. I ate all the leftovers, I couldn’t help myself.
We played Pip’s favorite birthday game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, we did the limbo, we waited patiently while the children gently tapped a pinata until C decided to help move it along (Seriously, how long do you think it would take for 7 4 year olds to break a pinata? 4 days? 5?) We painted birdhouses, which turned out beautifully.
And of course, we ate cake. Pip’s worn this birthday crown every birthday of her life, by the way. Isn’t that cool?
The verdict from the birthday girl? ”It was exquibit!”
“No! I didn’t say exquisite! I said EXQUIBIT!”