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”