We had to rethink the idea of a party at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens. The weather forecast was gruesome. Littlest was saddened – she adores scampering there but her second favourite place is the wood behind our house. After a hasty rethink on the morning of the party we hatched a new plan, made ever so slightly more stressy by a double baking fail. With an hour and a half to go and some forgotten baking powder I was gnashing my teeth. Deep breath….
I texted everyone, hung the strings of vintage fabric flags that Nicky had made for me in the trees bordering a clearing, nipped back to the house, gathered the dried cuttings I’d taken from the willow wigwam last autumn, picked a pile of daisies from the verge in front of our house, packed picnic rugs, Pom bears and moshi monster cupcakes and off we went to the woods.
It was good. We made daisy chains. We built fairy houses from the willow twigs and decorated them with buttercups and our daisy garlands. We played pass the parcel.
Then there were cries of alarm as one or two raindrops fell. The sky looked threateningly grey. We sheltered under the trees and had a small (quiet) disco – there was no one around to disturb, except perhaps a few yellowhammers and the odd squirrel. This was our favourite track, despite the cloud.
I’d decided to eschew the usual plastic party bag fodder and dug out the watercolours and Cella machine to make some personalised magnets. I’d attended one of Gina’s embroidered book-making workshops last week and the origami she had taught us came in handy to make some tiny notebooks.
I’m hoping she enjoyed turning five.
Magic Bean says
Five! Already? That looks like a fabulous party. Much more fun than the Botanical Gardens… There are far more fairies in the woods.
Sara Beth says
I'm so glad the rain stayed off for you. The best kid birthday parties I've been to have been outside ones.
My birthday is in November so inside was definitely best for me. 🙂
The personalised magnets are gorgeous.
Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher
Always so much nicer when the kids can play outside on a birthday party. I think your daughter will never forget her fifth birthday. This looks and sounds like a wonderful party.
Pink Milk says
Whatever your previous plans were I think you pulled an absolute blinder and hosted the best party EVER! It looks completely charming.
I dearly wish I'd given more thought to birthdays when I had my two children in October and December!
Ooh, we've got a birthday coming up. But perhaps an enchanting woodland glade is not an ideal venue for an 18 year old boy. Or should that be man -god help me!
JUST LOVELY! What a magical party : )
Happy Birthday sweet 5 year old!
Gasp — Little Lad and I didn't even recognize her!! What a grown-up girl. Happy happy birthday to our dear friend Not-So-Tiny Pebble! xoxo
What a magical idea for a party, hope they all had a lovely time. it's my nephews brthday on Sunday and I in the planning stage for making hime a rice crispie cake robot.
What a magical birthday you made for your sweet little one, much better than having plastic things from shops too.
Congratulations to your beautiful daughter! The party looks lovely.
by Teresa says
*H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your adorable little daughter.. I'm sure her party filled all her desires and will be a treasured memory. ((hugs)), Teresa 🙂
It's looks like it was magical 🙂 how lovely with the bunting in the woods! I'm sure she must've enjoyed it 🙂 safxxx
What a beautiful gathering. My littlest boy was five a couple of weeks ago, and it made him so very happy. It is a lovely age to be I think.
Emma, you brand new five-year-old daughter is such a beauty! I am sure that she and her party guests will all have lots of lovely memories of the unique party you gave them.
What an imaginative mother you are. You did make me smile with the reference to the baking. Always something. Yet, clearly the party was a grand success!
Best wishes to all.
Celia Hart says
Looks like the best party ever! Little P2 has the looks of a scientist in the making by the way she's studying that flower.
I would have loved a woodland party when I was a little girl. I am sure your little one and her friends will have magical memories from the day. x
The Coffee Lady says
Good grief, but this is proper bintage if ever I saw it.
What a perfect sounding party. I can't believe that she is five… happy birthday little pebble!
oh my. will you come and host birthday parties for my children please. 13 year old boys and 15 year old girls.
Happy belated birthday to your tiny Pebble and ingrates to you fr that inspired party. You wrote about it o beautifully I felt as if I was there too
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