Let me give you a tip for party at home success with lots of kids - hire a jumping castle. That thing was worth its weight in gold. The kids had a ball and I didn't have to organise any games or activities. They came, jumped, ate, jumped, ran around and jumped some more.
Ashlea absolutely LOVED the castle and spent pretty much the entire day in there.
Audrey loved ripping through all the presents - she had that down pat this year (last year she was a little overwhelmed by it all). This year she was a present opening machine.
The best-preschool-teacher-in-the-world came to the party - in her dress ups - and jumped on the castle with Ashlea. We love her! What are we going to do next year???
This year I didn't make the girls cakes. Usually I love letting them choose which cake they want and then making it, but I just didn't have time this year. Secretly when ordering their cakes I was hoping for a cake wreck but sadly it wasn't to be.
Ashlea made it all the way through Happy Birthday and even blew out the candles before losing it. I think we can call that progress. Last year she had to retire indoors for a bit of therapeutic In The Night Garden viewing.
After the morning shift we had just enough time to tidy up and have a cup of tea before the afternoon crew arrived. The birthday girl...
We made party no. 2 even easier on ourselves by ordering pizza for the kids followed by another shop bought cake - sadly it was not a cake wreck either...
It was a great day and the children all had a wonderful time. That jumping castle was money well spent.
Of course Ashlea's first words this morning were....
Can I go on the jumping castle?
[All photos by Aunty Carolin - I didn't have time to pick up my camera all day]