There’s nothing like a kids’ birthday party to make you feel young again. And old at the same time.
Growing up, a birthday party meant loads of party food – fairy bread, little boys, sausage rolls, party pies, and cupcakes. It also meant Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Pass the Parcel, Dancing Statues, and often piñatas. 30+ years later, and kids’ parties are no different.
Today, we went to a 4th birthday party down on the beach, for the delightful and beautiful Flo. Upon arrival, we saw Flo’s dad, Nic, sitting on his camping chair beside his very own gas BBQ, grilling sausages and chicken kebabs. The camp blankets were laid out, the camp chairs were all set up, and the kids ran off to the playground for some quick slippery-slide action. They weren’t gone for long though, not once the food and treats made an appearance. And then the fun started, with all the usual party games, games which we have been playing for 40 years before our children, and our parents played before us.
Beach parties are something that many Australians take for granted. And yet there’s something infinitely wonderful and simple about a casual party on the beach. With the surf and sand at our fingertips, the breeze keeping things cool, and the blue sky above, life couldn’t get much better. Most of the world doesn’t have this luxury, where they can hop in their car for a 5 minute drive and spend the afternoon on the beach. We are so lucky. And it’s something that we shouldn’t take for granted.
I think I can say with certainty that Flo had the most wonderful day, with all her friends, eating party treats and dancing beachside. And, going by the smiles and laughter all around, I can say that everyone who joined her to celebrate also had a wonderful day.
I think our next party might be on the beach. What a great idea.
Thanks Fran and Nic, for reminding us how it’s done.