It seems supermums can have their cake and eat it too
And they did. There was a magician for the children, a guy walking around making animal balloons, a small jumping castle and the most incredible luncheon spread I’d ever seen outside of a restaurant. About a hundred blue and yellow balloons lined the outdoor ‘‘ party zone’’ .
It would have been easy for me to whisper to my husband ‘‘ way over-the-top, way over budget’’ but I couldn’t because I knew my friend threw her twins’ first birthday party on a strict budget.
Her brother was the balloon maker, her husband was the magician and the couple borrowed the jumping castle from a friend of a friend.
The truth is this friend of mine is one of those extremely savvy, organised women who know how to throw a party, and whip a scrumptious buffet lunch, with seemingly little effort and not too much pain to the hip pocket.
I felt in no way inferior about my friend’s ability to juggle being a mother, wife, part-time worker, amateur first-rate party planner and full-time incredible woman and friend.
That is, until I discovered the two-tiered Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine birthday cakes were home-made.
‘‘ You made the birthday cakes from scratch?’’ I practically yelled at my dear, gifted friend.
‘‘ Well, of course . . . doesn’t everyone make their children’s c a k e s f r o m s c r a t c h ? ’ ’ , s h e queried innocently to me.
It’s not a proud mummy to confess that I, at that moment, had a serious case of homemade birthday cake envy.
Until that point I didn’t compare my first birthday parties I created for my children to the way my friend created her children’s first birthday do.
But to find out she had organised a celebration that would be the envy of any professional party planner, as well as making two incredible cakes, was too much for my pride to take.
The parties I hosted for my one and two-year-olds have been lowkey, f a mil y - o nl y , r e l a t i v e l y