Hot party mama

I’m a little freaked out.

Weather reports for the eldest’s 11th birthday party tomorrow range from 39 to 43 degrees.


And we’re holding it outdoors at a harbour pool from 11am to 2.30pm.

That’s going to be pleasant … sooooo not.

I have NO idea how I’m going to keep the icing from sliding off the sandcastle birthday cake. Let alone prevent 16 girls from expiring from heat exhaustion/burning to a crisp.

I woke up waaaaaay too early this morning fretting about the logistics ahead. Today will be a whirl of searching $2 shops for 90cm swim rings (because the 60cm ones I bought are too small), testing icing sustainability in extreme temperatures, setting jelly, attempting to carve a watermelon shark, making cones for serving snack-food fish and chips, pre-baking cupcakes for school on Monday etc etc.

So I’d better get cracking. But I thought I’d leave you with a reminiscence of the eldest’s birthday parties past that have appeared on the blog …

2013: Doctor Who Party


The food: Dalek cupcakes (top left); Tardis blue corn chips with alien slime (guacamole); jammy dodgers.

The cake: Bowties are cool (bottom right). It was a replica of the cake from the previous year because the eldest was so jazzed by it.


The fun: We kicked off with a fill-your-own loot bag treasure hunt for mini Milky Ways and Mars bars, blue lollipops and glow-in-the-dark stars; played pass the Tardis (bottom left); did some Ood racing; then it was time to introduce the eldest’s friends to an iconic episode of Doctor Who:The Eleventh Hour.  


I made it an interactive experience. There’s a scene were the Doctor is hungry after regenerating, but can’t find the exact food he craves. I’d pause the scene each time he tried a different food and serve it to the kids. The highlight came when the Doctor said: “I know what I need! I need… I need… I need… fish fingers and custard!”

So I served … fish fingers … and … custard. It horrified several children, enchanted most. It was generally agreed they … weren’t too bad … And it was talked about with much wide-eyed delight for weeks afterwards.

For the full 2013 party blog click here.

2012: Mad Scientist Party


The food: candy sushi (geez that was tricky to make), giant cake “sandwiches”, olive bugs, homemade party pies.

The cake: “Bow-ties are cool”

The fun: A nice bloke called Mike from the CSIRO entertained 19 kids for 90 minutes with science experiments. They LOVED it, especially the ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen.

For the full Mad Scientist party lowdown click here.

2011: Gross Party


The food: wafer Band-aids; severed finger sausage rolls; stuffed date “bugs”; tombstone cupcakes.



The cake: gross cauldron (bottom right)

The fun: Ben from Fizzics Education made chocolate liquid nitrogen ice-cream. He made sherbert. He made vomit bombs. His finale was fake blood wounds. They were quite something. They included authentic-looking swelling and drippy blood bits. I don’t think Ben was accustomed to working with eight-year-old girls, he expressed surprise that no-one poured the fake blood over their heads. The girls were far too worried about staining their nice T-shirts for such shennanigans.

For the original Gross Party blog click here.

Wish me luck for steamy Sunday!

Song of the day: Glenn Frey “The heat is on”

7 thoughts on “Hot party mama

  1. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again: There’s a great little business opportunity there, “The Awesome Birthday Party Company”!
    Good luck with this one and the plans sound fabulous. At least the partygoers have plenty of pool space to cool off in.
    Oh, and Happy Birthday to Sprog 1!!

  2. Wow…those parties look fantastic. I agree with Geoff…you really should do this as a sideline business…good luck for tomorrow…I’ll be reading just to see the shark…no pressure : )

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