A mouse party for our little mouse
We’ve been spending a lot of time recently talking about children’s birthday parties. Well, I have been talking, Jacqui has been doing some head shaking. And some muttering under her breath. But I think secretly she is obsessed as I am. Because I am a little bit. I think it’s the cake. And maybe the idea of bunting – I do love a bit of bunting. But mostly the cake. Oh, and umm of course, the delight on small children’s faces.
Anyway – I have become obsessed with party blogs. For those of you not up with it – beautiful children’s party websites are full on arty/styley/designy web p*rn for people with children. I have spent waaaaay too much time looking at these sites. They are full of divine looking angelic children in floaty outfits and parents with good hair, photographed with artfully placed looks of wonderment as they gaze upon dessert tables of such spectacular magnificence, one couldn’t imagine any child daring to take an item from the table. There is not a sausage roll to be seen – instead cloud marshmellow treats, rainbow coloured macarons and pastel cake on sticks adorn square white platters, surrounded by tissue paper garlands. I secretly think some of these people just set up the parties and the tables, take the photos and then dismantle the whole thing. Because where is the rain that inevitably pours down on party day? Where are the pictures of the birthday girl having a temper tantrum right before the guests arrive because she doesn’t want to wear the outfit you ironed for her? Where are the photos of the table when it has been drenched in pink lemonade after a party guest turns on the tap to the drink dispenser? And are the hosts handing out slaps to any child who dares to touch the table before designated eating time? Because I’ve hosted these parties, and there is a reason they used to hand out the food rather than have it all set up – those bloody kids want to EAT it when they see it. They get to your platters and TOTALLY ruin the carefully styled mini meriengue rows. There is none of this in the photos. Oh no. Between them, Amy Atlas and Martha Stewart have created thousands upon thousands of wannabe party stylist monsters creating stunning looking parties.
And goddamit, I want to be one of them. Unfortunately I am lacking a few things: an endless budget upon which to conjure up these parties, a supportive husband to help create said budget (‘it’s a TWO YEAR OLD’S PARTY’. WhatEVER husband.), any artistic bones in my body, and a large open plan kitchen and beautifully manicured garden in London. Oh, and angelic looking children.
But try I will with what I have, and thus I give you The Mouse Party. Details below for anyone who is interested.
Invitations by Sparklehen
Drink dispensers available widely in the US. In the UK, try eBay.
Stripey straws from Hey Yo Yo
Calico party bags from Celestial Gifts. Images created on computer and printed/ironed on using transfer paper.
Bunting based on details here (no sewing machine required)
Balloons from Party Nite