Ewan’s birthday this year crept up on us, like all his previous birthdays! Somehow we are always into April before we know it. For his first birthday and his third birthday we were preparing for international moves, and found it difficult to focus too much on parties and celebrations. This year, little B’s arrival meant that we have struggled to get out the door in the morning for quite routine things, let alone organise a party. However, he was convinced that he would be having one, so on the proviso that it would be more like a ‘group play date’ we consented to give it a go.
Invitations and bunting were home-made, decorations were borrowed and friends and family helpfully made parts of the birthday feast or willingly got involved on the day.
The theme (if it can be so-called!) was based around the idea of construction – as it is the activity and topic closest to E’s heart and interests at present. We decided that if it was a fine day we would encourage the kids to spend the party outside (less clean-up!) and to that end we organised 3-4 piles of soil to be strategically dumped at one end of the garden. Along with a fresh load of sand for the sand-pit, we hoped that the children would happily dig, tunnel and otherwise amuse themselves getting oh-so-mucky, before the birthday morning tea.
The weather, however, had other plans, so we had play-doh construction inside, loads of construction vehicles on the play mat and plenty of blocks, duplo and other building-type toys set up in the play room.
In the end, the back yard dried out enough for everyone to run around, jump on the trampoline and have a dig in the dirt.
Our day ended with a very tired and happy E, who had spent a few joyful hours with his friends, playing, talking and thinking about construction. And that, in the end, is what he wanted most!