So Louise's fifth birthday was last week, and on Saturday we had a party. I've been meaning to post some pictures, but life intervened. Oh, well, better late than never:
If I may say so, it was a damn fine fête - lots of Louise's friends, little and big, top-notch noshes and cake by Sarah, and tasty little summer cocktails* by yours truly (what's a kiddy-birthday party without good mixed drinks?). Louise received some lovely presents (apparently shopping for five-year-old girls is a lot of fun), and June got a few little things to keep her happy as well.
As the cake and presents wound down and the sugar kicked in, it was time for outdoor activities. Piñata!
The piñata proved to be a tougher than expected opponent, and it gradually became apparent that the chaotic swings of the three to five year olds were having little impact. Eventually, the fathers had to step in and rough it up a bit, and candy rained from the skies at last. More sugar!
We fired up the grill and cooked a big mess of sausages. The kiddies moved on to painting flower pots.
Adult supervision faltered, and the pot painting turned to body painting. A tremendous mess ensued. It had started raining, so we just turned the kids loose in the yard and let nature take care of it, a sort of mini-kiddo-Woodstock.
Finally, the soaked kids were brought in, given a giant, communal bath, and treated to little wind-down movie time (the absolutely wonderful My Neighborbor Totoro).
Pumpkin o'clock arrived. All the children simulaneously collapsed in a huge mass of over-tired, hysterical tears. Shoes were donned, thank yous were given, and hasty exits were made. The gals were bundled off to bed, and the day came to a close.
* A curious and delicious vodka,lime, mint, and cucumber concoction I learned about here. My only change was to rechristen it the Pepino (Spanish for cucumber), because I just couldn't bring myself to call it "the Cuke".