So, as unbelievable as it seems, the boy child is six. And when I look at him, he obviously is six - he is so tall and long-limbed and un-babyish. A Big Kid. But it doesn't seem very long ago that he was a tiny bundle in my arms.
We had a reptile party with his school friends to celebrate, which was fabulous - the Reptile Man brought all kinds of snakes and lizards and a crocodile to show the children, which kept them well entertained. We had a "snake cake" - just a dense chocolate cake that kind of looked like a log with a fondant snake on top... I had made the mistake of showing the birthday boy this cake a while ago, but he doesn't like fondant and I thought it was way too ambitious for my limited cake decorating skills - and a jelly snake eating race. The weather was beautiful, so it was lots of fun... the weather makes all the difference. Lots of six year olds in the backyard: no problem! Lots of six year olds cooped up in the house: carnage. And in September it can really go either way.
For party bags I made twenty zippered pouches of what was possibly the last fat quarter of Ed Emberley Alligators on the internet, and put in a Freddo Frog, a couple of jelly snakes and some of those squidgy lizards. I love sewing zip pouches - it was one of the first things I learned to make when I started sewing again in Japan, and they are so quick and easy to do (although 20 felt a bit like a sweat shop, especially as I had a demanding supervisor who kept asking me if they were finished yet). Hopefully the kids will use them as pencil cases or for stashing bits and pieces. I got the zippers from Remnant Warehouse, they have a "3 zips for $1" bin out the back, so I just rummaged through there to find some the right size (the rectangles for the pouches were about 8" by 5" before I sewed them up), and also picked up some coordinating fabric to supplement the alligators. Very simple sewing, but it made me happy to have something handmade to give away.