Dec 3, 2019

The First Weekend of December.

A tribute to one of, if not, my absolute favourite weekends of the year.

It's the same but different energy that I live for every year.

One moment I'm sitting in the back garden watching the laundry dry as I sip my coffee ahead of tidying up the garden 

and then I'm off inside to open another drawer of my Advent calendar.

There's also the feeling in my heart that a celebration of some sort is never far away.  Making and baking for a celebration always puts a smile on my face.  Even if I still feel as if I'm racing against the clock and not quite sure if I've creamed enough butter because I was mentally 'one and halfing' a recipe while also taking photos of my progress for the 'gram....

These are the birthday boy's cupcakes.  Not at their most visually appealing stage but I was living my best life frosting them while in my activewear under the very flattering light of the morning in early summer.

Add Sour Patch Kids, dinosaurs and chocolate balls (which didn't quite make it from their bowl to the cupcakes) plus some candles and paper flags from Woolies and you get...

Hooray! Hooray! Hip!  You know where I was trying to go with here.

Archie Brothers is pretty close to perfect as a venue for a seventh birthday party.  The decor is circus themed but there was something for everyone in the prize and gift store.

Party options include an hour or so being let loose among the vast array of games.  Each guest receives a swipe card on which you collect points from each game you play.  Points are then redeemed at the front of house prize area.

We began the party at the Kissing Booth.  No actual kissing was required but we did get a great view of the dodgem cars.

Needless to say, it was pretty hectic when we went on Saturday morning.  But the curious thing was, it wasn't just due to groups of excited children celebrating various birthdays.  Lots of adults and teenagers were there too for a fun and different way to start the weekend.

Bowling was a huge hit with everyone, including yours truly.

Games that the birthday boy loved best included Simpson's Soccer and the K-Pop dancing machine.

In with the mix of typical fair games were more contemporary crowd pleased like lazer tag and those worrying (to me) point and shoot video games with graphics that look almost too realistic and would give me nightmares if I played.  I'm not sure what to make of the boys all being so seemingly unfazed by all the shooting they were doing....

Everyone was so thoughtful, friendly and helpful on the day.  It really made being the somewhat stressed birthday parent's day that much more pleasant. So much so that I bounced out of bed the next day, December 1 to be exact, ready to hit up my local Westfield ahead of the official store opening time.

After I'd started putting up the Christmas Tree for Master SSG and I to decorate over the rest of the day.

It's up.  The floor might still be a riot of Christmas related clutter  but the tree is up!!!!
Back to Westfield.  Our mission for the day was gifts for everyone at school.  I had a list of stores to visit and I was going in determined to see it all proceed like clockwork.  It actually wasn't as bad as I feared it might have been.  It was fun, even.

Lush is always a joyous place to start Christmas gift shopping.

The colour, the creative presentation of their products, the wit of the product names and labelling.  I've always loved shopping at Lush. It's been far too long since I was last in store.

Master SSG was fascinated with the shower gels.  They look exactly like the slime he loves but with the bonuses of not falling apart as easily PLUS offering pleasantly fragranced cleansing properties.  The sales staff on hand weren't entirely sure if other children have tried Santa's Belly (the shower gel!!) yet but I promised to let them know how we went. Here's the skim - bath time is now keenly anticipated and more water from the shower actually seems to stay in the bath rather than flood the surrounding tiles now that there is real purpose to the procedure.

Gift shopping isn't gift shopping unless you have a morning tea break halfway with your Haigh's samples!

Surprise, surprise!  It wasn't me this time that ended up with some 'gifts to self' while shopping for others.  This was the little guy's haul...

I felt I thoroughly I deserved that little drink of something as I bunkered down before lunch to supervise the card writing and gift labelling.  Who am I kidding.  This isn't Instagram.  The bubbles were mine, true but the writing and labelling were also all done by me too.

At the time, I was feeling confident that my handwriting would both pass the scrutiny of the teachers at school and not be instantly recognizable as doctor's writing but now that the bubbles have bubbled, I'm not so sure.....

How was the first weekend of December for you?

Do you write the cards for teachers too?

1 comment:

  1. I have that same mug, haha! It's nice you had a good birthday party - i find doing it at a location a lot more stress free than attempting it at home, haha!

    I've got all my Christmas shopping done but you reminded me I need to pick up some choccies for the Kindy and daycare ladies - thanks for that!


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