It seems su­per­mums can have their cake and eat it too

Townsville Bulletin - - About A Baby -

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

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