We went as full-on as we could manage with the decorations, with Halloween streamers and table decorations and cupcakes. We planned lots of activities, most of which turned out to be unnecessary once the first packet of Haribo was breached. Fortunately the weather was good enough for everyone to play outside, where "playing" for the three year olds mostly meant running around in circles screaming incoherently with joy.
Frankenstein's monster and his creatrix.
Post-pancake morning bed shenanigans.
Ghostie meringue cupcakes lovingly crafted by Mummy and Daddy the night before.
An illustration of the joyous running and screaming activity.
More joyous running and screaming.
Poor little green man just wants to crawl around without having to dodge quite so many flying feet!
Three girls on a bench, with Smarties and Play-Doh.
My little astronaut (outfit her choice) and her friends.
What you can't see here is that Humuhumu's pot is full of Smarties. The three girls, being very good about sharing, were passing every other Smartie to Keiki. He was overwhelmed, though he gallantly attempted to shovel all of them in as best he could.
The serving of the birthday cupcakes.
Moar birthday cupcakes!
I love the face the little guy is pulling here. "Bleh, meringue and marshmallows!" That's okay, little dude, we'll eat 'em for you.
Granddad's homegrown pumpkins, carved and set outside after the party.
In conclusion, children's parties are exhausting to prepare, but a lot of fun to run, mostly because of the pure, unconcealed delight taken in the proceedings by the participants.
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