So how was your September ??? Well mine like every year was packed with birthday parties!!! (Kids birthdays that is ) Yes its my favourite month of the year :) I love it when all my weekends are spent with a roomful of screaming kids bashing pinatas, I mean who wouldn't??
Yes we had it all this year – Parties ranging from Spa themes, Moving Discos with blowing bubbles Unicorn themed, Professional magic show and entertainment and a pool party.
Whatever happened to good old fashioned b'day parties, were you were just happy you were having a b'day party in the garage. You know the ones were your parents would roll the cars out into the side street , you’d clean up , put some table and chairs and maybe hang some balloons and streamers around.
The food menu would be fairy bread ( For those unfamiliar with this it is basically square white bread covered in butter and coloured sprinkles) , Sausage rolls, party pies with sauce ( also known as meat pies with ketchup for those of you unfamiliar with the Aussie language) Lots of pop corn and crisps , soda , Spiders – (Basically coca cola with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and juice. There would be a b'day cake ( Most likely chocolate and always home made – No fancy themed cake from a designer bakery costing $250) some jelly and chocolate crackles ( see recipe below of MY adapted healthy version). Give or take this would usually be the standard b'day menu. (I must admit not the most healthy and nutritious food, but hay 30 years ago our parents were not soo aware I guess!!!)
You would invite 10-15 of your friends, who would all turn up on time bearing a small gift , ALL very excited . You would then proceed to play some party games like pin the tale on the donkey (Basically picture of a donkey without a tail would be stuck to the wall and each kid is blindfolded and given a cardboard tale with blue tack on it then spun around a few times with the aim of disorienting them and then telling them to walk up to the donkey and attempting to pin the tail were it should be – Usually the tail would end up on the donkeys face, body or even no were near the animal and all the kids would sit there giggling and impatiently wait there turn to have a go at it.
Then there was musical chairs and pass the parcel, familiar games sometimes played in this day in age.
There would be some dancing , the music blaring from an old cassette radio , with smash hit songs that took you a week to record on the tape recorder.
If you were a little older you may also have played spin the bottle. (You would all sit around in a circle and each person got to spin the bottle. When the bottle stopped spinning and the lid was pointing at you you were asked to pick a truth or dare, which would be created by the other kids in the circle).
If your b'day happened to be in the summer months (EXTRA BONUS) you got to play BOB the Apple. A huge bucket would be filled with water and some apples would be floating in there. The aim of the game was to try and grab an apple with your mouth without the assistance of your hands. As kids are kids this would usually end in some kid dunking you in the water.
When it was time to sing Happy b'day and blow the candles we would all be given party hats and would sing at the top of our lungs.
When it was all over each kid would receive a goody bag which contained a few different sweets and chocolates. (That was your party favor) All kids were over the moon and off they went home.
YOU were super grateful and happy and everyone had a great time.
Chocolate crackles Healthier Version ( Vegan , refined sugar free and gluten free)
4 cups rice crispies / bubbles (Organic and sugar free)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup agave syrup
¼ cup fine coconut sugar
1 cup odourless coconut oil melted
pinch of sea salt
Mix all ingredients together, spoon mixture into patty cake papers and refrigerate until set.