Birthdays. The boy dreams it up what he wants and I try to make it happen.
Crafting together makes the run-up to his birthday fun and i think, him being involved in the making adds a sense of pride and of giving to his friends and family. We're pretty oldschool. It is simple stuff, with the emphasis on being with loved ones and wallowing in that love. I haven't compared notes with friends but i think it saves us money too.
As part of the infamous treasure hunt that has become birthday lore Jed wanted to give his friends some special treasure. 'To say thank you for being a good friend', he said. Mama spent an evening transforming some vintage fabric from the stash and a classy linen tablecloth into 'treasure bags' for his party people.
Inside he added a handkerchief he cut out himself, stickers and a wee notebook and pencil.
The day before the party, he reminded me he wanted a pinata. Oh. Hmmm. Yes. I had forgotten. No matter...some upcycled cardboard and duct tape gave us the bones of a rocket...a bit of paper mache and paint later and we were good to go. Phew!
We found new sugar cookie recipe and used a very strong brew of Twinings strawberry and mango tea to colour the icing. Unusually for me i had planned to buy in sushi from our favourite sushi place but there weren't open that early...so handmade it was.