Today was the mega 4th birthday party. We were down 2 children (probably due to illness considering the amount of it going around), but it was a fine showing nonetheless.
I dreaded this one, 15 kids with an average age of 4 for 3 hours, I had no idea how I would cope. It turned out, what I did was drank tea and watched them go round and round on the slippery dip.
Nicely lining up and taking turns.
Even the little slippery dip was in demand.
To all of the parents at Charlie's party, let me say you have delightful children and they may come again any time. And also, you, yourselves, are truly wonderful people who helped all day and made the party a success.
Much food was eaten. Elissa was rather fond of the jelly, if a touch lazy.
Charlie had some serious chocolate eating to do.
The cake finally made its appearance, complete with sparklers. Charlie had been very impressed with the sparkler he was presented with at Pancakes last night, so I added some for the entrance.
We didn't end up with a very flattering photo of the cake - mostly because I am slack and didn't ice it carefully enough to the bottom (since I couldn't really see it from above), but anyway, here is the echidna, with its little flower patch to hold the candles.
Then there was the opening of the loot, and Charlie scored some pretty cool loot.
As soon as the formalities were over, they all disappeared back outside, and kept sliding while the sun set.
It was a good day. Charlie had a ball and nearly all of his best friends were there. Thanks to all who helped (with a special mention to Nerida for supplying scones and lemon cupcakes, Mum for extra kid wrangling and Ginny for balloon inflation).