Last weekend we celebrated Maddie's 4th Birthday. Finally Madeleine is FOUR! Most kids are only three for one year, but Maddie somehow managed to be 3 and a half for at least two years! Or so it was starting to seem!!
Each year around her Birthday time, I ask Maddie what her favourite book is, which is then to be the theme for her party. And so this year it was the Australian classic Koala Lou, by Mem Fox. I loved being able to embrace a bit of a unique Australian theme and really had fun watching the little koalas getting into the spirit of the Bush Olympics. I love theming her Birthday to her favourite book at the time, I think it will be so nice to look back on and remember her childhood this way.
Maddie and I made virtually everything for her party this year. From painting the gum trees and leaves that we stuck on the walls, to hand-sewing 10 individual koala masks, we had a lot of fun preparing for the Bush Olypmics.
I didn't get around to taking too many photos at the actual party, but I wanted to share a few that I did take of Maddie Moo and her sweet little friends.
I already had the white bunting from Christmas time, and make my own confetti balloons, and so just had to make the new paper flag bunting, which I had seen years ago on Oh Happy Day, so was excited to finally make my own! I think Maddie did an amazing job painting the trees and leaves, and loved how it immediately transformed the feel of the room into the Australian bush.
The kids played a little social tennis when they arrived, which Maddie and I had made from paper plates and balloons. I saw this idea on Whats Up Moms and just loved how simple it was and that Maddie could get involved making them with me.
We had three party games. The first was pass the parcel, in which each of the kids got their koala masks to wear for the rest of the party. The second game was a bean bag toss, in the shape of a big green leaf!! The kids had to stand behind a line and throw the "leaves" into the hoop.
And for the final game of the day, we had to do a gum tree climbing race! I made some felt and cardboard paws for the kids hands and feet, and they had to "climb" along a tree which was taped to the floor.
It was the cutest thing ever to see the kids put the koala paws on and "climb" the tree! Cute and hilarious at the same time!!
Madeleine requested a strawberry cake, in the shape of a koala of course, so I set to work! Having never made a strawberry cake, I decided to make my trusty old white chocolate mud cake, and then added in some homemade strawberry jam before baking. It turned out pretty well, but just wasn't big enough!!! It had delicious butter cream icing, and for a pretty quick assembly, it at least resembled a koala this time! (For her 2nd birthday party, I attempted to make a bunny rabbit but Maddie thought it was a car, not exactly what I was going for!!!!).
And much like in the book, our day finished with lots of cuddles and telling Maddie Moo how much we love her. She brings us so much joy and happiness and we are so proud of the little lady she is becoming. Happy 4th Birthday Madeleine Kit, we love do love you!