We had agreed as a family our children would have very quiet but special birthday celebrations this year. Big birthday parties can be frightfully expensive and it’s hard to shorten the guest list without disappointing little friends.
However, plans changed once we learned Wallsend Library was hosting Susan Whelan and Gwynneth Jones, author and illustrator of the wonderful new picture book ‘Don’t Think About Purple Elephants’ as part of their school holidays program on her birthday.
We decided we could invite all of the girls from her class and a few close family friends, and have a good time at the library. Yes – I had my daughter’s birthday party at the library. And yes, we were allowed to eat cake, make noise and have fun while there.
Susan had fun entertaining the children while sharing her story with them.
Gwynne demonstrated her clever illustration skills while drawing dogs, dinosaurs and crocodiles.
Songs and games followed. And the final activity – perfect for a party – icing biscuits and making edible purple elephants.
After all the planned activities were over, we blew out candles, ate cake and shared lolly bags.
I matched the lolly bags to the purple and yellow theme of the book and the girls were invited to wear something purple. They looked fantastic!
I may have had a minor – actually major – breakdown over a failed batch of cupcakes the night before, but once that crisis was over, the birthday and party went to plan thanks to Wallsend Library, Julie Swane, and book creators Susan and Gwynne.
Thanks to all her friends for joining us to help celebrate our special family event.
Happy Birthday Lara! Let's do it all again next year!
Love mum x