party like a five year old




Over here we've always maintained that for a fun party you just need people you like, not so many that you can't find them in a crowd, some good food and some table top dancing. 










Rainbow theme, can you tell? I was going to make the jelly in individual glasses and five levels of colour but discovered the night before that all but one of our smaller drinking glasses had been smashed this week, and that jelly takes up to three hours to set. Three colours then. In a big bowl. 

We did some rainbow bead-threading.










And we did a treasure hunt that perhaps would have benefitted from a little more thought.

The clues were all wrapped in clingwrap as the weather was unpromising. I ran around and hid them during the bead threading. I revved the kids up and gave them the first clue with eager anticipation, 'what is something you do TRICKS on?!' and they all looked at me blankly. I thought the fact we were standing next to the trampoline made it an easy starter. Played that wrong. 

But after an uncertain start they came good. There were some tears when not everyone had a turn finding the next clue (and the tiny bag of rainbow jellybeans enclosed – each had a name to make sure everyone got one but the last couple were looking watery eyed). I don't know, that's what I hate about pass the parcel and why I refuse to do it. Do we really want to teach our kids that everyone wins all the time? Way to set them up for disappointment. Jeez.

Anyway, the whole exercise entertained the parents present and I reminded myself that in ten short years these girls will all be fifteen. Hip hip hooray.








There was some 'musical statues' to some vaguely inappropriate rap music provided by my five year old neighbour which was terrific.

And I don't really go in for lolly bags. There were the jelly beans in cellophane which got added to these little brown bags. Plus my sister-in-law Rachel and I made up rainbow ribbons the night before and everyone got two.







And of course there was cake. 

What I really wanted to make was this cake which I first saw over at Maxabella's (whose version I reckon is better than the original!) But I ran out of time, and I didn't have enough cake pans to cook more than two layers at once, so I divided a double butter cake between five bowls, added food colour, then poured them all back into the pans. Did a bit of a swirl. Hello rainbow cake! Tilly loved it. Maybe we'll try the layers next year.




You have to love a party that doesn't take very much work but is a barrel of laughs. And ESPECIALLY one where your friends do the piles of washing up afterwards. So awesome.

Hope your weekend had a rainbow or two too.




14 Comments on “party like a five year old

January 16, 2012 at 1:02 am

Ah, the treasure hunt….time and again foiled by the eagle-eyed child who spots the tucked away clue out of order and leads the thronging masses to it. As a kid we did peanut (in the shell) hunts. Impossible these days and I suspect peanuts would hardly be considered a special treat. Your party looks and sounds lovely.

January 16, 2012 at 1:33 am

Those cakes and biccies look absolutely yummy! Ha ha, I hear you with the treasure hunt, we have had our fair share of funny moments during these(having to practically point to where the treasure is hidden), but the kids usually enjoy them in the end.

I totally agree that the pressie in every layer pass the parcel is pointless – the kids usually look bored as they pass it around, waiting for their turn (which they know they are going to get) – where is the excitement in that?

I really love your idea for the rainbow hair-ties – were they hard to make? ( I know a six year old girl who would really love them in her hair).

January 16, 2012 at 2:21 am

Love the rainbow cake and rainbow ribbons. Looks like a good time was had by all!

Leah x

January 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

Happy B’Day Tilly! When did 5 happen to our middlests??!!! Had Finn’s 3rd BDay party yesterday too. Will I PROMISE call today! xxx

January 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

Actually should read: I promise I WILL call today xx

January 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

That is one psychedelic cake! It looks like it was an entertaining party. Especially doing musical statues to rap music! That layered rainbow cake looks fantastic.

January 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Fantastic party and I actually prefer your amazing psychedelic cake to that neat little stripey one that I made (thank you very much for the click-through!). It is totally amazing. x

knutty knitter
January 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

We put choc fish in every layer of the pass the parcel and one proper prize in the middle. That seemed to solve the problem of winners and losers πŸ™‚ Love the cake πŸ™‚ Mine are too old for that now – all they want is computer gamer parties with food (boy teens!).

Enjoy them while you can.

viv in nz

January 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Lovely job! I have the same pass the parcel dilemma so each layer gets one jelly bean and keeps the kids hanging out for the prize. We went to a party on Thursday where there was NOTHING in the layers and they coped!!!
Love the rainbow hair ties too πŸ™‚

January 17, 2012 at 3:41 am

You are an amazing woman, and you say you’re not creative. Baa! You’re a memory maker!
Loved all the photos!

January 17, 2012 at 6:07 am

Great job, I am in the process of organising a garden tea party for my little valentine’s 5th birthday- but we are on holidays for 2 weeks before hand so the invites need to go out before we leave.

island dweller
January 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

Groovy cake and Jello! My 9 yr old daughter was impressed! I LOVE THE CUPCAKES AND

January 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

not at all: we just cut up lengths of ribbon and tied them with a piece of yarn, then tied that onto a hair elastic! (very high tech?!)

January 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thank you for that beautiful expression: memory maker. That’s just gorgeous.


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