I had big plans for her 5th birthday party. SHE had big plans...in fact - she had been asking for a Rapunzel party since she turned 4. No pressure...!
So I planned, and researched, and did a fondant cake decorating course. We had family flying up specially as a surprise for Jessie. I was really looking forward to making it a super special day for her.
The day before her actual birthday, and 2 days before the party, I was hospitalised with Pneumonia. Not ideal. I had so much to still do, and a cake to make, party to organise. Decorations to finish... But I was really sick. You would think the ambulance ride would have made me realise that...but no. I stayed one night, then managed to convince the hospital staff to give me the IV antibiotics as an outpatient (which meant coming in each day - having a new IV put in, etc). What was I thinking??? But at least I got home around dinner time on my wee girl's birthday - so I got to see her (belatedly) opening her presents.
Anyway. Luckily I had made the dress...
I had made the gift bags (more on them in a future post!)...
Designed and printed out the flags for the bunting. I had decided on (and bought supplies) for the cake. I had the bits and pieces for the games.
In stepped my family. Husband shopped for the food. My Dad and sister looked after the kids, and strung the bunting I had printed (not a quick job - sorry!).
My sister was amazing. She did all the party food while I was at the hospital, set the table, baked the cake, baked the cupcakes, made the frosting. I had done the little braids, flowers and crowns for the cupcakes earlier, so luckily we didn't have to worry about them.
My friend Nicki stepped in last minute and decorated the cake for me as I just couldn't manage it - she did a wonderful job. It looked exactly like I had planned.
We had pass the parcel and pin the tail on Maximus (the horse from the Tangled movie), and a lot of running around and giggling in the garden by the little princesses and princes...
All in all - it went really well, and I am extremely grateful for all the assistance I had to make it happen. Best of all - my daughter really enjoyed herself with her litle friends, and didn't worry about her sick Mum!