I feel like I’m just emerging from the sugar-coated vortex that is throwing a kids party.
The recycling bin is overflowing with eagerly-torn-off wrapping paper.
(Praise be that it is Bin Night.)
The pantry is almost purged of sweet treats.
I loved this post from The Routine Queen about the politics of kids parties.
I’m always confused by the gift-opening thing.
My dad is Chinese-Australian. According to the Chinese way of doing things, it is considered bad manners to open gifts in front of guests.
My mum is Anglo-Australian. The Western way is all cool about the sharing of gift-opening.
To open or not to open?
Do you think parents in Kenya are worrying about the politics of gift-opening and pass-the-parceling?
I loved this insight into parenting in Kenya.
A cake out of the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book is our tradition.
I tend to over-estimate my skill set. It’s not until I begin decorating that I remember that I’m not a skilled cake decorator.
But icing and lollies make everything better, right?
Can you decorate cakes? Then you should totally check out Tash’s post on Cake Angels. A charity that creates amazing cakes for kids facing medical challenges.
Enough with cake talk! We’ll be seriously cracking down on sugar levels round these parts for awhile.
Kristy’s sugar-free peppermint slice will hit the spot though!
I’ve been feeling all of the Mother Guilts of late regarding screen time.
(I’m 99% certain that my Toddler adores Peppa Pig a little bit more than she adores me.)
I stumbled across Maxabella’s awesome collection of Screen Freedom Ideas.
Peppa Pig, be gone!
The porcine-loving birthday girl also inspired my latest short story.
It’s running over on Kids’ Book Review if you’d like to check it out!
I’m linking up with the lovely ladies at The Annoyed Thyroid, Calm to Conniption,
A Little Part of the World and My2Morrows for their Ultimate Rabbit Hole link-up party.
Continue your meanderings with them!
Hey Shannon, thanks for the shout out, glad you liked the article! I’m with you on the present opening thing…it’s yet another birthday party dilemma!
So many dilemmas!!
So what did you do about the presents in the end? The cake looks sensational.
We ran out of time and the presents have been slowly “released” over the week. The poor kid now wonders why she doesn’t get a present EVERY day. Minefield, I tells ya.
I’m filing that idea away for next year! You’re a smart lady xx
Thank you for sharing my post Shannon! I’ve been so heartened by the comments from people saying they are keen to help bake for Cake Angels or spread the word of the great work they do. And bravo to you on surviving a kiddie birthday party. They are truly exhausting! Hooray for bin night 🙂 xx