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.