Monday, 29 October 2012

A Little Autumn Party




It was one of those occasions when I was talked into something by a persuasive small child then, a few days before the party, kicked myself for being so weak. So much to do, so many lists to write. It's not like I don't have ten other things to be getting on with. But when this afternoon came I was so glad that I'd put the effort into the planning and making and baking. It was totally worth it, of course it was.

Bella made invitations decorated with leaf stickers. Both kids and I baked gingerbread leaves and we purchased many, many bags of sweets so that the leaves could be gaudily iced by our guests, and groan under the weight of dolly mixture and icing before being eaten. They did some crafting and colouring, and apple bobbing, and playing, and a lot of shrieking and running around. I made toffee apples for our little guests to take away with them. It was my first attempt and I think the toffee may be quite hard. The girls were all proudly showing me their wobbly teeth or gaps where teeth had recently fallen out. I fear that my toffee apples may hasten the arrival of the tooth fairy in a few households tonight.

Not a Halloween party, no. That is for another time. But a little autumn play date with seven of Bella's school friends and it was really, really nice. 

My ears are still ringing from the shrieking.


28 comments:

  1. That is so, so cute... It really looks wonderful, I want to be 5 again sometimes (LOL). I haven't eaten a toffee apple in years - now I want one!
    Ivan

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  2. Everything looks so wonderful Gillian. What lucky little children.

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  3. wow, that all looks amazing! I love those leaf cookies, they look great! I'm going to make toffee apples this week, I am beyond excited! x

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  4. What a lot of fun. How very organized you are! Toffee apples look yummy!
    June

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  5. Yummy, yummy - the gingerbread leaves are great! What a spread!

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  6. I bet they had tons of fun.
    Gingerbread leaves you say? I'll just pop the kettle on....
    Lisa x

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  7. It all looks so beautiful, and so much FUN! Love the gingerbread leaves, and the toffee apples - I can only hope that you are now slumped, post baths and bedtime, with a glass of wine saying 'yay me!' for such a hosting triumph... The little people in your world are very lucky!
    Kate x

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  8. I am just having a little sit with a cup of tea after our visitors have gone! I always wonder why I don't do it more often because the kids get so much out of it. I have only just finished picking up the crumbs though...... Xx

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  9. You do take the most beautiful photographs. I had to read out the toffee apple/teeth bit to my daughter because she wondered why I was laughing! Loving the iced biscuits too. x

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  10. What a lovely half term afternoon! Your autumn party sounds delightful! And homemade toffee apples to go home with... what a treat! E x

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  11. How gorgeous, sounds like you all had a wonderful time. x

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  12. Dear Gillian
    Your party looks lovely and I bet the girls had a fantastic time. I could just eat a fondant fancy...
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  13. This looks SO much fun! I love your photography style too :)

    Anna x

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  14. Fantastic! Lucky kids. Hope the tooth fairy's feeling flush. She was a bit slack here the other night and forgot to look under Little Jam's pillow. Luckily she passed in our direction the following night. Public Services eh?
    Ellie
    x

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  15. it all looks so cute and delicious! your children and lucky to have such a talented mama :)

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  16. glad it went so well for you. i love the idea of gingerbread leaves for autumn!

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  17. I love the idea for an Autumn party...how fun! Everything looks so pretty and festive and the food looks yummy! The gingerbread leaves are gorgeous!!

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  18. Sounds like you had great fun! And it looks like everything was gorgeous...

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  19. What a great party ... your leaf biscuits are brilliant ... I'm sure Bella is very chuffed with her talented mummy ... Bee xx

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  20. It sounds like such a fun play date, definitely worth the effort.

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  21. What a gorgeous idea for a party, and even though you were talked into it, and your ears are ringing, I bet you're pretty chuffed that you made some happy memories for your "persuasive small child"!!!

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  22. Love your autumn party...everything looks so delicious, esp the toffee apples, I'm sure don't mind losing a tooth for that!

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  23. Thanks all for your very nice comments. :-) I spent the evening slumped on the sofa with a glass (ok a few glasses) of red wine and watched Strictly Come Dancing. It was just what I needed!

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  24. What a perfect party! Love those biscuits, and now I'm drooling for a toffee apple, haven't had one for years. Enjoyed reading your last post too - I completely agree with you about Loop. Glad you had a great day.

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  25. Jennifer enjoyed seeing these photos and I felt a little bad that I hadn't organised something like that. Sounds like it was a success, if a little hectic. Can't believe how perfect the leaf biscuits are! xxx

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  26. Lucky Bella to have such a lovely mum! x

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