Popa built a pirate ship in the backyard and reminded me that Che's 5th birthday was fast approaching. A pirate party was absolutely necessary, apparently, so I set about burning the edges of tea-stained paper and sending out scrolls as invites.
I don't think I've ever seen Che as excited as he was on Saturday. It was overwhelming at times and then were many pirate battles on the rough seas (gale force winds). But in between snacking on fairy bread and popcorn and playing a good old game of pass-the-parcel this sweet bunch of kids chatted and laughed and painted their little hearts out.
Che spent days toing and froing between chocolate cake and vanilla sponge but finally decided to go with the firm family favourite. Everyone stayed a little longer to savour the sweets and share heartfelt gifts. Mid-afternoon we waved farewell to worn-out pirates and collapsed in an exhausted heap....ready for a nap we were.
Just before bed Che declared it "....the best day ever." It was truly wonderful - I hope he remembers it forever.
Che wears tin tin pants c/o Udder and Bergstein Gumboots c/o Fawn & Fox. If you are planning a party anytime soon I highly recommend making the fluffiest vanilla cupcakes (I used butter icing - 3tbs unsalted butter, 110g sifted icing sugar, 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest and 2 tsp lemon juice). And for little party favours? - the vintage mini paint set was an absolute hit.