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party party party


i had three xmas meals last week.  and a non-xmas lunch.  and a 50th birthday party.  all excellent stuff


chocolate party

esther and kezia went to a fancy party yesteday which involved creating lots of chocolate confectionary.
how cool is that !

jane looking stressed

kezia’s party was at our house and kezia had a great time. here is jane, looking a bit like she’s having a breakdown.
but actually, she’d leading a game of ‘simon says’

party food

kezia had her 4th birthday party yesterday. here’s the usual party food
cakes made by the party guests
and of course the birthday cake itself (made by jane)

esther’s birthday party

esther turned 6 on saturday and had her party yesterday. fantastically the miserable weather of the last few weeks had turned in to beautiful sunshine so they could have the party tea outside.
quite lukcy if you’ve got 19 kids at the party !

parachute games

more parachute games today.
i’m under there somewhere.

pin the spider on the spidey

this is the modern version of ‘pin the tale on the donk’. it was very suspicious that the birthday boy scored a direct hit on the target …

kids entertainers

kids love slap stick comedy. i usually find this sort of antic anoying, but this chap was very excellent.
and it was great watching the kids concentrating on his show, and watch them watching him telling jokes that the grown ups had heard thousands of times before.
but for the kids it was the first time they’d heard them and they reacted accordingly

the cake

cake built by jane:
and extinguished by esther:


many party games involve music. and the choice of music is very important at a party. we got the party going with Lou Reed’s Transformer. once the masses arrived i upped the funk with Supa Funky Vol 1
for the games we had a Boney M compilation. the kids loved it. and so did we.

blutack the tail on the donkey

pin the tail on the donkey is a classic game. this year we decided against hammer and nails, and used blu-tack to stick the tail on. esther managed to stick the tail on our coat rack rather than the donkey, which was quite impressive as it’s on a different wall.

official archivist

our friends tony and tanya helped at the party along with jane’s mum so there was a good ratio of kids to growned-ups. tony agreed to be the official moving images archivist. i remained still-image archivist and as far as possible maintained artistic control over the proceedings.
tony wasn’t that bothered about our furniture as can be seen here (he’s standing on the arm of a chair). it turned out he wasn’t too bothered about the carpet either as later he chucked a cup of tea on it.
we’ve yet to see if his footage was any good so i don’t know whether to thank him yet or not.
UPDATE: we watched it and it was quite amazing. especially the top of the pops 360 degrees rotation bits during the musical games.

cake decorating

cake decorating was another activity at the party which everyone enjoyed. some of the designs were amazing:
(click cakes for bigger version)