When the boy turned eight whilst we were living in the garden, it was only natural to hold a campfire birthday party for him. It seems so long ago now but the evening was fantastic and the boys all loved it.
We had a birthday tent for sleeping…
We had a campfire tea and breakfast. This was cooked mainly by the boys: some had only ever seen a BBQ before so looked quite startled when we told them to make a fire if they were hungry.
They toasted marshmallows on the campfire too.
We went on a night hike with torches. The boys ran off loads of steam and were tired out when we got back and certainly ready for bed.
We had a donut cake tower for supper and everyone was asleep by 9.30pm.
It was a great concept for a party and one we will all remember for a long time. Partly because of the building work, partly because it was so different, and partly because the boys loved it so much.
Last year’s cake had a long story behind it. It was a wonderful creation produced by a lovely friend. This year it was going to be hard to beat it, so I didn’t even try, I just let my daughter decorate her cake herself. She did a wonderful job and the end result was fantastic.
We had bought some food colouring pens that provided the initial idea. We made a chocolate cake and iced it with a plain ready roll icing. The rest was up to her…
She was so careful and creative. It was a wonderful way to involve her in the party preparations and the other children have already requested a decorate- your-own cake for their next birthday!
We have just celebrated a 10th birthday in our house. It was fab and the Big Girl absolutely loved it. She particularly loved getting involved in the preparation for the party. I thought I would share some of our ideas.
These are chocolate chip biscuits with a cut out of ready roll white icing stuck on with apricot jam. They are decorated with some fantastic food colouring pens. My daughter enjoyed making these all herself!
These are the food colouring felt tip pens. I am not a big fan of food colouring usually but as it’s a party, I thought a little couldn’t hurt!
After decorating they were packaged in little cellophane bags ready to give out to the guests at home-time.
Even the rest of the family wanted to have a go…
In fact you could use this idea to make biscuits for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter or just as gifts.
Birthday’s can be a really tricky to get right. I really like a good home party and have put together a list of things we recently did at my daughters 10th party. It was a huge success and we have had loads of requests for a repeat next year. The party lasted two hours and we filled the time perfectly.
Meet and greet over fruit cocktails.
We printed out a menu and the girls enjoyed mixing up their own drinks.
We provided plenty of juice and mixers for the cocktails.
We provided water play in the garden.
We had a water slide that you plug into the hose pipe. This provided endless fun. It was helped along by some washing-up liquid to make it extra slippery!
We ate party food.
After a few savoury snacks we provided all the ingredients for ice cream sundaes. The girls loved inventing their own desserts!
We served the ice creams in my vintage ice cream bowls and used a random selection of glasses too. The overall effect was beautiful and was appreciated by the girls. I think they noticed we trusted them with glass rather than the usual paper party bowls.
We had cake.
We ended with party bags and thank you biscuits.
The party bags contained a tatoo, bath confetti ( from a multi pack I split-up) and a few sweets. They looked great with some printed labelled attached – all put together by my daughter!
I will post separately about these biscuits – they were so easy and can be adapted for any occasion!
I can’t believe my Big Girl is 10. The time has flown by. The children are growing faster than the weeds in our garden.
I made some tiny little cupcakes this week and wanted a quick idea for decorating. I have had some desiccated coconut lying around in my cupboard for ages and came up with the idea of sticking it to the top of the cupcakes with strawberry jam. After fiddling about, I decided the easiest way to do this was to take the paper cases off, dip them upside down into the jam and then into the coconut.
I’m really pleased with the result. What do you think?
The children thought they were delicious and they made a great after-school snack.
Our village is having a Jubilee weekend. The children are very excited and wanted to enter into the ‘best decorated house’ competition. The front of our house is now covered with flags and bunting, all carefully placed by a 5, 7 and 9 year old.
They even decorated my hanging basket and plant pots…
I just hope the neighbours are feeling as patriotic as us!
This Summer we’ve got the builders in to do some work on the house. Rather than waste thousands of pounds renting somewhere, we’re going to spend 6-8 weeks living in the garden. Most of our friends and family think we’re nuts, some won’t even discuss the subject, but we think it’s going to be a really exciting adventure.
Our plan is to turn the garden into a mini campsite. We’ve already aquired a handful of tents: some small, some large, most old. They’ve been given to us by friends and family who know we’re “into that kind of thing”, camping we assume. They include what will be, we suspect, a massive 1970s style frame tent that will hopefully be our main storage tent. The others will form our bedrooms. We have a summer house that will become our main living area – and should provide us with a bit of shelter if it starts piddling down.
The kids are pretty excited about the idea, even though it means no TV for about eight weeks. We think this is a good thing, with lots of time for family stuff and late-night gardening. But, with limited cooking facilities and the threat of a traditional British summer, it could be a disaster all the same.
There’ll be lots to prepare over the next 40 days or so, and we’ll keep you posted on our Outdoor adventure 2012. We’d love to know how you think it will work out!