at last, the party …

… and oh what fun we had!  The day bloomed bright and hot and as I stumbled sleepily into the early morning kitchen,  needing to bake and ice the birthday biscuits, the beauty of the world outside my window filled me with such anticipation.  I LOVE birthday parties :-)

By the alloted time,  a friendly fellow stood by the porch, waiting to greet the guests … why it’s Turnip Head! Gigglingly crafted by Abby, Emma and finally, because of his extra whacking of the stake into the ground skills – Julian.

Then it was off to the back garden …

… where the early arrivals garnered the shady spots, the birthday girl (trickily disguised as Totoro) finally took her place upon her birthday “throne” …

and even the iced biscuits sweated on a hot, hot, hot afternoon …

Wonderful, silly party games were enjoyed by all … there was “goldfish” catching – a traditional Japanese game in which we substituted grape tomatoes for the goldfish and chopsticks for the nets …

Another Japanese favourite was accompanied by hoots of laughter and shrieks of horror … blindfolded watermelon bashing …

the end result of which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the fluffy and the feathery …

Then, as the heat intensified (serious Melbourne heat folks with that scorching, dry, wilting wind tumbling in from the north west) these gorgeous girlies settled on the picnic quilts under the oak for the less rambunctious games – guess that quotation (all from Studio Ghibli films) and celebrity heads (ditto!)

After prizes were won and eaten before they too could melt, the girls headed back to the table for sushi …

… and finally, admitting defeat, into the relative cool of the house.  Origami was folded, the birthday cake was lit sang to and gobbled up,  studio ghibli films were watched, eight girls and two excited doggles slept on the floor of the family room – chattering and laughing well into the wee hours of the morning.

I stood in the kitchen, their merriment filling my heart,  No-Face and the spirit statues observing me quietly from the garden …

Oh  I was hot and weary but there was a second, icy cold beer in my hand, my husband and mother by my side, and nine very happy teenagers in my home.  The birthday party that took so long in coming had been very very well worth the wait.

4 thoughts on “at last, the party …

  1. I love the posts about your daughter. I had a boy first and couldn’t have anymore children, so I kind of locked away all the “girl stuff” I knew and learned about lots of boy stuff! 4 years ago I was shocked, surprised and blessed with a baby girl. I love seeing what she becomes interested in and sharing with her the things I loved as a child.

    Great Party!

    1. It WAS so much fun – and terribly hot! The hottest day in December for 15 years and we have a party in the backgarden :-) The popcorn was inspired by Spirited Away – the boiler man, Kamaji, feeds his soot ball workers what looks like coloured popcorn. We discovered – after googling – that they are specially made sugar cubes that take months to make – drip by drip to achieve the crystally shape – not THAT party focussed I’m afraid :-)

  2. I’m so pleased it all went well. The pics are great and oh the memories you have given to Abby and her lovely friends. Now after all that work and excitement I think you deserve a restful weekend.
    And that chair looks fabulous. Well done.

    Blessings Gail

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