Saturday, December 13, 2008

I Survived Another One!

Another children's birthday party that is.

I have to admit, a bit shamefully, that I don't love hosting birthday parties. In fact, I rather dread it. Personally, I would put them in the same category as passing a driving exam and having teeth pulled; not quite as bad as natural childbirth, but definitely worse than your common cold.

It's not the preparation for the party that I find upsetting. The preparation I can handle and, if I wanted to admit it, quite enjoy. No, it's the party itself. Once things are underway. I'm pretty certain it stems from my deep-seeded fear of having too-many-to-count children staring at me, waiting for me to come up with some fabulous idea that will entertain them. You see, I fear other's children when they are bored.

I don't have this problem with my own children. There my theory has always been that a little boredom is a good thing. Children don't tend to let themselves stay bored very long and when they've had enough, they will find something to do. Thus in my mind and in regards to my own children, boredom leads to creativity (which of course can also be a dangerous thing, please refer to June 2007's Who Dunnit story). But this only applies to my own and boring children in the name of education does not apply to others. Not that other children aren't capable of being creative. That's not it at all. It's simply the fact that when I've invited others into my home, I feel the duty to keep them entertained for the duration.

Unfortunately, I'm more of a behind the scenes kind of person. Definitely not a ringleader. That's why I have hubby. He is much better at playing games with them, leading activities and overall acting silly. And he pulled through again today, through many rounds of Jaques a dit (French Simon Says in case you're wondering), musical statues and various other party games. We didn't even have to resort to a single round of dead lions( although it's a game I would highly recommend when you need a few minutes peace from all those little people).

The games finished at goƻter (snack time) which in France is most usually and precisely at 4pm when we presented the birthday girl's special cake. She insisted on NOT having chocolate as our little gourmet is "so tired of chocolate." And so I made my very first Victoria Sponge. But decorated it perhaps a slightly different manner than is traditional. Four rounds of Happy Birthday each sung in a different language - French, English, Chinese and Spanish - and our Very Special Pink Birthday Float topped it off.

And everyone went home with a smile. Whether due from having passed a fun afternoon or, as is more probable, to a huge sugar high, I can't really be sure. But it's over for another few months until the next one comes around.

Pssst - you can download a recipe card version of the Very Special Pink Birthday Float right over there on the right. I'm working on a sharper version which I hope will be up soon. Thank you for your patience!


ingermaaike said...

Exactly my sentiment! Luckily here in Norway, as I have discovered, no entertainment but a sturdy trampoline, a big yard and loads of food is provided. Just my kind of party!

Star of the East said...

Glad you survived the day :D

matchstickgirl said...

hehhehe...i think i might enjoy kids parties more now than when i was a kid... as long as they all go away after ...when the sugar rush kicks in...:)

Swirlyarts said...

Urg - I now what you mean! I gave up on party games at Anya's and just let them play with the toys - they loved it!!

BackwoodSophisticate said...

Oh, I feel your pain. I figured it up not long ago, and between my three kids, I have put on 18 birthday parties, and I have noticed a trend of declining innovativeness over the years. I believe I am partied out, LOL!
Sounds like your daughter had a fabulous birthday! The cake is beautiful!!

SoBella Creations said...

I'm glad you survived. My girls have yet to request a birhtday party with friends yet. We usually have just family. I'm sure the day is coming soon since my 5 year old has been going to quite a few parties lately.

ArtMind said...

I love kids parties! I used to dress up and entertain my sister's kids parties! The kids just loved it! :)
I might have to hire you as a cake baker though! :)

Cupcake said...

Happy Birthday to your little princess!

It is birthday month in our house with both the man of the house and the son of the house celebrating. No parties though - both feel they are too old for those kind of festivities (LUCKY LUCKY ME!)

Oh and I did I tell you I added your blog to my blog-roll. Hope you don't mind.

Polka Dot Moon said...

I just love your work and featured your Lollishop on my blog :)

High On Craft said...

Lovely cake and float! I'm not a fan of throwing childrens' parties either.

Tiff said...

I don't like hosting parties either. Glad you survived!

Help a family very dear to my heart have a memorable Christmas. It only takes a stamp!