Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Garden Party

We had so much fun yesterday!  I had a ball planning this party and trying to come up with ideas that didn't involve purchasing heaps of stuff!


First I dropped in to our local recycling company and asked if I could go through their skips (dumpsters).  I found three big boxes and set them up as change rooms.

Then I scoured the local op shops for 'lovely lady' clothes, shoes and accessories. 


I separated the party into three areas.  There was a table for the little ones......


A table set with a table cloth and pretty china for the 'little ladies'..........

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the table all set up for the girls.
And an area for the adults to sit and chat...........


All on our tiny grassed area!  I had huge plans of making Mr Grass Heads and the girls potting up a pansy to take home but they were having so much fun with the dressing up that we never got around to the other activities!



An effort at puckering up and looking like ladies.  Or did they suck a lemon?!!!

Belle's puppy received lots of attention!

It was a great day with friends whether we we young.......

Or a smidgen older...........


I was very happy with how the day went.  Belle was delighted with her new puppy and I was pleased to have baked everything for the kids.  We had little wholemeal cakes, muffins with raspberries and white chocolate, home made Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs (toffee coated popcorn) and a fruit platter.  The birthday cake was a carrot cake.  A highlight was the giggling from Belle when the Collingwood Theme Song melded on to the end of 'Happy Birthday'!

I didn't manage to make everything for the adults platter but every time I entertain I learn how to do it a little bit better!  There were no lolly bags, instead the girls took home their dress-up outfit.  Hopefully I can organise for the girls to visit again soon so they can pot up their plants.

7 comments:

simplelife said...

What a great idea, sending them home with dressups. It sounds like a fabulous party. Now I wish my youngest was a year or two younger so I could do something similar.

cheers Kate

Busy mum of 3 said...

What a wonderful party, I wish I could have one of those! Well done on making and baking everything for the day, good old fashioned fun for all!

My son turnns 7 next Monday, we normally have a party at home, but this year he asked to go ten pin bowling with his friends, so they are, and the bowling place provides the food, so I have very little to do for this party which feels rather odd. I just have to make the cake and turn up. No mess even!!!!

Melissa said...

I love this! What a great idea. I'll have to keep this in mind for when mine are a little older!

dixiebelle said...

New puppy! What an awesome present... and the girls (and boys and ladies) look like they had a great time!

Christine said...

It all looks gorgeous, Linda! You put so much thought into it and it looks like the guests had a ball. How nice that the weather cooperated, too!

Linda said...

Hi Kate, I'm not sure how old your youngest is, but couldn't you do something similar anyway. They're girly from 7yrs through till forever!

Thanks Busy Mum! And our children share the same birthday!!! I hope he had heaps of fun.

Thanks Melissa! I think I had as much fun as the kids while I was planning the party.

Yes Dixiebelle, the puppy was special and NO wrapping paper required! And I can see that you get the gist of a rural party. Everyone knows everyone (Mums, kids, siblings...) so we always have partys for all ages! So much fun.

Hi Christine, It was great fun and the weather couldn't have been better. It makes me think I should socialise more often instead of getting bogged down by the day to day!

Evi said...

Aaagghh, I meant to pop in earlier to tell you what a great idea you had!! Just brilliant! The girls must have loved it! My youngest turns 10 this year and this would be perfect except a winter birthday here in Tas doesn't lend itself too well to dressups and our house is too small. I'll have to put my thinking cap on.....!