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Fifth birthday party

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At the very beginning of December my little girl had her 5th birthday and as another family birthday approaches I have been thinking of birthday inspiration and thought it would be nice to share what we did for Imogen's birthday.

As seems to be the tradition for 5th birthday parties in our town, we invited the whole class and hired a hall for the afternoon. Most people decide to book an entertainer or hire bouncey castles and slides. We decided we'd do it ourselves. This sounded a great idea until about two days before when we started to panic a little. Not much we could do though at such late notice, so we got stuck in and set about preparing the party.

As Imogen loves art and craft, we wanted to combine traditional party games {we played pass the parcel, musical statues and pin the tale on the donkey - or in our case the monster} with a creative activity. Stef spent the morning of the party painting 25 monster shapes on large sheets of card. I had gathered plenty of craft materials and glue sticks for the children to make their own monsters. They all loved it and by the end of the party we had a little gallery of monsters!

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I made cake pops for the party bags. The party bags were stripey yellow paper bags, which we stamped with a cute Thank You stamp from Paperchase. The cake I kept simple, a chocolate cake with pink smarties! I made all these things late at night, so these images were taken with my iPhone in the most terrible light. Sorry! I loved making the cake pops though and can't wait to make them again for the boys' birthdays.

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I really enjoyed planning and having this party. It was tiring and we did need a nice large glass of wine and a roast dinner when we got home but it was so lovely to do it all ourselves and the children really enjoyed it. Ooo...cake pops, I want to make {and eat} some more! x

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