After two days of rain, we were blessed with some beautiful sunshine for Sienna's Strawberry garden party. The guests arrived wearing something red and before long the back yard was filled with the sound of 17 children playing and plenty of chit chat from the adults.
With Valentines Day in the same weekend, we found plenty of red decorations in the shops to fit the strawberry theme. Red heart shaped balloons were decorated with green crepe paper leaves to become strawberries, and we iced heart shaped biscuits with pink icing - green spearmint lollies cut in to a zig zag shape became the leaves.
JJ delegated the role of cake making and decorating to her hubby, Lucas (very brave!). The smarties were the most popular part of the cake with many of them mysteriously missing before the cake was cut. As most of the children who came were quite young, games were kept to a simple 'hunt for laminated paper strawberries in the garden' and collage using red, pink and green materials. Thanks for all the ideas for food and decorations - we used lots of them!
Party planning, for us, is not a chore. Some people may think that it is a lot of work for a children's party that lasts a couple of hours but we really enjoy brainstorming ideas, working to a theme and getting creative. The truth is we don't spend a lot of money, making most things ourselves. Having each other's help makes a big difference too!