It started with a treasure hunt, through dinosaur den, bamboo forest and pirate hideout; before quickly rolling into pin the tail on the tic-toc croc and find the gold doubloons in the sand. There was blue jelly with orange boats sailing the high seas, a water melon doubling up as ship and a chocolate cake […]
An English Wedding & a reunion of old friends (Part 2 of my trip to the UK)
I have missed so many weddings in England over the past fifteen years living in New Zealand. My dearest friends from school, college and University days have met their sweethearts, walked down the aisle, partied like there’s no tomorrow, all whilst I’ve been wishing for someone to invent instant travel through time. Unfortunately, often laden […]
A blaze of light hit home this weekend
A well overdue BBQ dazzled in a blaze of light here on Saturday night. It was the first non-children’s Birthday party we’ve had since Alice was born (she’s coming up two in February). With summer officially a month away, and our spring being a seasonally typical windy and wet one, we sent out the invitations […]
Crazy, Pink, Psychedelic Gingerbread Fairy House!
Last Christmas we made and built a gingerbread house, which was quickly devoured with friends on Christmas Day. Gingerbread house, 2009: This year, with Sophie’s Birthday Party a week before Christmas (actual Birthday Boxing Day!), she decided a ‘pink’, fairy gingerbread house would be the perfect way to celebrate her Birthday. Unfortunately I didn’t make […]
Alice at 10 months: Party Planner in the Making
Alice is revving up for her big sister’s party! There are balloons bouncing of the walls, streamers and bunting hanging across the ceiling, a liberal dusting of flour a frequent sight on the kitchen floor and the furniture has all been moved to create lots of space. It’s party time! Alice, at 10 months today, […]
Star Wars Extravaganza!
Six year old Birthday parties at home are not for the faint hearted. We had 12 children to entertain (including our own) and with only two parents staying (the rest wisely making a ‘drop and run’) we had our hands full! Preparations started a couple of days before, with decorations to put up, loot bags […]
Counting down… party season!
The Christmas tree is up (with our usual eclectic collection of decorations, added to each year!), the advent calendar doors are being greeted with great excitement every morning (and they’re not even chocolate ones – what mean parents!), parcels have been arriving and swiftly hidden from prying eyes and we’re all looking forward to the […]
Labour Weekend: Party Time!
Labour Weekend in Wellington brought typical Spring weather with four seasons in a day, from wind and rain to glorious sunshine and fun in the garden. The origins of Labour Day in New Zealand can be traced back to the eight-hour working day movement that arose in the newly founded Wellington colony in 1840, primarily […]