Growing up, I always had the best birthday parties or at least in my eyes they were :) My mom would make a big colourful sign for the occasion, lots of yummy treats and always a few little surprises. There were many years of bonfires, swimming, sleepovers and fireworks (because sometimes my birthday fell on the May Long Weekend. I always thought they were for me).
Recently my mom and I were reminiscing about some of the birthday parties she held for us kids over the years. There was always a theme - mermaids, dalmations, Snow White (can you tell we liked Disney movies?). I wish I could have found some photos to share, but back then people didn't take as many pictures as we do now. I take a minimum of 10 picture for every food display angle I do and if I had to pay for film instead of doing it digital I wouldn't take that many either.
Under the Sea theme, complete with a "sand castle" cake.
and would have loved this one), although she had a giant red apple pinata that was so well made that you couldn't break it open. We still laugh about that one. I think my dad or someone's son had to crack it open with a baseball bat in the end.
Martha Stewart's Igloo Cake one year, which was just about one of the hardest cakes my mom ever made. It involved so many steps and we never did find a way to make those marizpan penquins nut-free, so she had plastic ones instead. But I have to admit it tasted pretty darn good.
The most memorable year was when my parents hosted an outdoor carnival in our backyard with lots of games. The most popular one was a big kiddie pool full of water where kids could "fish" for toys in the bottom using a rod with a magnet on the end. Trying to be clever, my mom dyed the water blue to look more like the ocean, not unlike this tub from Crafts-N-Things for Children.
For my first big sleepover birthday (with many a squealing girl in the pool), we did a bonfire theme. Recently we found the video from that party and I'll admit that you can hardly hear what we are saying from all the squealing. Why do preteen girls do that so much?
Even though I haven't had pinatas, sparklers or gift bags in many years, I've still had some great birthdays.
Cannes Film Festival, and had drinks with the actress Jena Malone.
There has still been many a bonfire.
the year the power went out and my sister had to make it by candlelight on the back porch.)
belated surprise birthday last summer (Amy really got me with that one!)
As long as there are friends, cake and lots of laughs, I'm happy to celebrate my birthday for many years to come :)