The end of November and beginning of December are always crazy.
But I think we are over the worst of it, now!
In the midst of that craziness,
the day of my brief Christmas Moment
and in the midst of renovations
we held an afternoon tea party for Emily.
Emily's birthday is in January, but it's hard to gather friends in January,
so sometimes we have a party in December, instead.
Emily is old enough to do some of the planning and organising herself,
so she took care of the games and the chocolate truffles,
I made the cake, tidied the house and planned the craft.
The table was set with a purple cloth and chocolate-themed serviettes.
(I was setting the table at the very last minute, throwing the streamers over the fan ...
it was a crazy day - on top of the mess of everything stacked up around the place,
I'm used to moving boxes and furniture daily now
... running on not-enough sleep and adrenaline....)
We had a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows and savoiardi,
a chocolate birthday cake (with cream and jam!)
and chocolate biscuits.
Plus a few types of chips for something savoury.
All Emily's choices.
The girls played the chocolate game
and made dresses for Polly Pockets with lolly wrappers,
which they did really well at.
The girls voted for their favourite to choose a winner.
We made necklaces and the girls also took home lolly bags.
Emily's friends were lovely