Birthday party

My children’s birthdays are two days apart.  So this year, like last year, we decided to celebrate their birthdays together.  It wasn’t a big party, because most of their little friends were away on holidays (note for families planning for a baby – giving birth during the summer holiday is probably not the best idea).  But still we had friends, family, and some little ones who could make it, and it was great fun.  Naturally I took the opportunity to make more things.

I made colourful bunting flags.  There are 14 flags, because I initially had a plan to print “happy birthday” on them… but I ran out of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made little party favour bags and traffic-coloured play-doughs to go in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made two cakes – banana chocolate pound cake for Mr. A, and strawberry mousse cake for Miss M.  Decorations were rather simple (because I ran out of time yet again), but I got many compliments on the taste.  Which, to me, is the main thing – many birthday cakes are stunning to look at but are overly sweet and disappointing in the substance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two days before the party, amid this buzz of preparation, I realized I didn’t have a present for my children.  At all!  Feeling ashamed, I quickly made this dolly quilt for Miss M – because she got a new doll for Christmas from her grandmother, and she’s playing with her all the time, often using my precious new fabrics she drags out of my sewing room as blankets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used Liberty of London fabrics in my stash.  They are such beautiful fabrics, and no matter how you arrange them, they go together really well.  Machine pieced and quilted, it came together in a few hours.  The most time-consuming part was the hand-stitched binding.  It is a detail most people would not even notice unless they are quilters, but it is a little handmade touch that makes any quilt – even a doll-sized one – much more special. Now I want to make a quilt for Mr. A’s new teddy bear — but since he’s a little too young to notice my tardiness, I’ve given myself a slack.

Overall the joint birthday party was a big success.

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