My little girl turned 8 years of age on Friday just gone and she had decided that she only wanted two of her closest friends to celebrate her birthday with her. Its only taken me 8 years to realise this but I wanted to keep birthday celebrations as simple as possible. Less work (and stress) for me but full on celebration for my daughter. And what does that mean? A few lollies, cake and making their own fun with music playing in the background (Taylor Swift got a good workout) and some finger nail painting.
In the lead up to her birthday, I also had a cooking competion to attend on Friday so wanted my week to be as stress free as possible so all I had to do for this party was open a couple packets, set the table and ice the cake. The cake I had made a couple weeks before when I made 60 cupcakes for the school birthday celebrations (my son's birthday is on the 25th of this month). It was iced with a simple buttercream and decorated with Smarties for the number 8 and fruit flavoured stick candy, chopped in thirds and stuck on the side of the cake. You could tie a ribbon around it if you wanted to but I just left it like that.
Flowers were recycled from the bunches I'd bought from the markets the weekend before and the matching creamer and sugar pot to the teapot were filled. My daughter decided to go through my flower brooch stash and threw them on the table. Paper doillie bunting was tied on the timber blinds (8 for the birthday girl) and that was it.
Tableware and linen - all from personal stash except for 4 piece teaset which cost less than $5
Cake - 70 cent packet mix decorated with candy which cost about $5
Cheese and Vegemite sandwiches - used pantry supplies
Other food - Twisties, crackers, cupcakes, cookies, drinks and candy cost around $10
Flowers - recycled from 3 bunches I purchased the week before for less than $10
Loot bag - $5 manicure sets and $2 notebooks with a pen wrapped in brown paper bag
And I've got to do it all over again in a couple weeks time. This time with a few extra little munchkins running around but it's all worth it. Its all about them. Hopefully they might organise something for me for my 60th birthday in return. Here's wishful thinking.