Every now and then I think my patience for creating kids’ parties is reaching capacity… and then a birthday rolls around and before I can stop myself I’m enthusiastically bleating, “what theme do you want for your party this year?”
Well, Cappers wanted a Fiji theme, which we successfully turned into ‘island party ideas’ and then morphed into more of a luau. A colourful, chaotic, crazy luau with girls giggling and crafting and dancing and leaping into pools and rolling coconuts and… well, see for yourself!
We went with colour, colour and more colour for the decorations. I bought the felt at K-Mart for $3 for a pack of 10 different colours, put the blacks and browns aside for another date, and went to town cutting up the triangles. I then roughly sewed the felt with some brickies’ line ($3 for huge roll at Bunnings) and a fat needle and we were in business. Making a whopping 10 metres of bunting took me about an hour and a half and cost me less than $9.
The fooooood – oh my word, what my partner-in-party Auntry Zia (best aunty zia in the whole wide world) and I can’t do when we get together. I take on savory and Lucia does the amazing sweet stuff. Do you want me to hire her out?
- Mini-croissant crabs
- Island cheese plate complete with cheesy palm trees
- A giant watermelon “cocktail” – this took forever but would you believe they ate the lot?!
- A little atoll of island villages
Aunty Zia made:
- Hula skirt shortbreads
- Sugar biscuit thongs
- Chocolate biscuit clams with kool mint pearls
- Pineapple banana-cake pops (because I have sworn off cake pops for life but Lucia has not)
- Caramel cupcakes with pretty flowers and surfie motifs
This is what party food looks like during the actual party:
And the cake… a triumph! It’s difficult to accurately describe this cake as I found it hard to photograph, but what you’re looking at is a blue chocolate waterfall flowing from a caramel cake island into chocolate crackle rocks. There were lolly skewers ready for dipping in the chocolate waterfall and many, many children eager to make that happen…
The island itself was volcanic and it ‘erupted’ into a chocolate gold coin lava rush, much to the excitement of all children present.
And did the kids have a good time? You bet! We started the party off down on the deck with a ‘design your sea creature’ crafting competition. The girls were given a lump of clay to mold and shape and then decorate or paint to their heart’s content. I am fairly certain at least half of the party would have been happy to do this task all day.
The finished results were put before “Mr Hipster” for judging. Long time readers may remember “Mr Crocodile” from the mouse slumber party? Well, he’s gone all hipster in a Florida shirt, Missoni shorts and a trilby, but took his responsibilities no less seriously, taking time over his deliberations and keeping the girls on edge as they waited the final verdict.
Next up was the traditional treasure hunt. I told the kids that a pirate had come to the front door during the judging and handed me a treasure map where ‘X marks the spot’ where treasure could be found. To say that at least five of the party-goers asked me later in the day whether the pirate was a ‘real’ pirate or not goes a long way to proving that nine year olds are still our darling babies after all.
The girls raced around the garden, finding one clue and rushing to the next. I hid seven different clues that took them here there and everywhere before finally ending up at the X – the grate beside our pool where the party was set up ready to dazzle.
After that the pool fun began and I was only able to drag them away for one party game (coconut bowl – think lawn bowling with coconuts and you’re spot on). The fun was all in the pool and the BEST GAME was our simple family favourite – ‘jump in if you like’. “Jump in if you like monkeys”, “jump in if you like chocolate”, “jump in if you like… boys!”. The kids absolutely loved it and begged for more and more. All I could think was how tired they would all be once they hit home, having jumped in and climbed out of our pool about 137 times.
Happy, almost comatose with tiredness, guests took home a sweet little BLANK box of lollies with a frangipani hair tie on top. Which reminds me, when we renovate the area, I want to plant a frangipani tree up by the pool. I hope to take a branch from the frangipanis that grow outside my parents’ house. Sorry, just a side note there – these days I find that I need to write things down immediately or they are gone…
Happy birthday dear Cappers. We love every single thing about you, especially your creativity, your tenacity, your generosity, your loyalty and your laugh. You’re just the right amount of crazy.
Jump in if you like… island parties!