And I don’t think they’re too shabby for a non-crafty, not-very-artistic person, though I admit I used stencils. They are all tucked away in envelopes now, ready to go to Hugh’s school and be birthday-party invitations for a selection of his classmates.
It’s going to be a small event at our house; as you can see, there are only five invitations, though I’ll also ask Jake and Karel so if everyone comes we’ll end up with eight children of Hugh’s age plus a few little brothers and sisters. It will be our first attempt at a traditional children’s birthday party with games and party bags. Any tips on games to play would be gratefully received; the ones I can remember from my youth are as follows:
– pass the parcel. We can definitely do this.
– pin the tail on the donkey, though I don’t really remember what the point was. Did the person who made the best attempt get a prize? How do you avoid getting multiple pin marks in the wall?
– What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
– dancing competitions (music: Agadoo). I was mystified and slightly offended that my ardent Margot Fonteyn impression never won.
– sleeping lions. Even as a child I think I realised the adults used this as a way of getting us to shut up for a bit.
– musical statues.
– musical chairs. This is out for Hugh’s party because I don’t think I could remove the sofa from the living room before all the children managed to sit down on it.
I’m planning a loose dinosaur theme for Hugh’s party, so if I get enough preparation time I might prepare a game of Hunt the Dinosaur in which the children can find dinosaurs around the house. Any other ideas?