Mr Fix-It recently turned 40.
He coped…I didn’t.
I have vivid recollections of watching my step-dad have a 40th surprise birthday party and thinking “Gee he’s getting soooooo old”.
So when Mr Fix-It’s 40th suddenly landed on my lap, he seemed quite okay with it, while I rocked in a corner in denial that I could be married to someone so ancient (apologies to all my over 40 readers who have just taken me off their Christmas card list).
In order to deal with this pending doomsday birthday I threw myself into birthday preparation mode wholeheartedly.
In fact, so riddled with insanity was I that I decided to cater for it myself, because I’m such an awesome chef, never leave things in the oven until they’re black, have never set off the smoke alarm and am always in complete control while in the kitchen. My name is also Pinocchio.
But with the help of some inspiring friends who came up with a “Big Kids” party theme, and after roping in my mum and mother-in-law to do a bit of cooking, I managed to pull it off without too many hiccups and can even say I really enjoyed it and felt totally calm (might have helped that my gorgeous sister-in-law, parents and good deal of friends were only too happy to help me in the kitchen).
I’ve had a few requests for a rundown of what I did so here it is:
- First you order a jumping castle and add a magician to entertain the
adultskids. Note: I’m not sure who had more fun on the jumping castle and there were a lot of adults peeping around the corner into the kids magic show.
- Then you PANIC for a few weeks, write lists of things to do that you then lose or screw up and throw out and write another list of things to do…so it feels like you’re actually doing something and NOT panicking.
- Then you reassure the birthday boy 20 million times that it WILL BE FUN…or so help me.
- Then you PANIC that it WON’T BE FUN and everyone will be talking about your horrendously boring party for the rest of their lives.
- Finally you pull yourself together, realise you chose a big kids party theme because it’s easy and you start to get your cook on.
Here’s what I did for the birthday menu (I was catering for 33 adults, and 17 children – not all made it in the end so I had a few leftovers which was kind of nice for the week after). Apologies to my non-Aussie readers if you have no idea what these food items are. I promise they’re all edible:
- A bowl of “old style” lollies.
- A few bowls of chips that we used to eat as kids eg. Burger Rings, Cheese and Bacon Balls, Cheezels (that I saw more than a few adults walking around with on their fingers!)
- I made a pesto dip, sundried tomato dip and hummus dip and served with rice crackers, jatz and vegie sticks (that no-one touched…because there were Cheezels on offer).
- Fairy bread – YUM!
Main Meal – finger food:
- Cheerios (small frankfurts) with mini rolls.
- Homemade sausage rolls
- Homemade mini quiches served cold (in one case still frozen..oops).
- Party pies
- Meatballs and yoghurt mint dip- 2kg’s that I forgot to get out and serve.
- Four pizzas that I didn’t serve because everyone was getting quite full.
- 5 Baguette’s cut up into smaller serves and served with either ham or salami and lettuce, cheese and tomato.
- Zucchini slice made by my mother-in-law.
- Pasta with tomato, bacon and a delicious dressing served in cups with forks.
- Fairy cupcakes made by my mum
- Frog in a Pond – jelly in a cup with a chocolate frog
- And of course the cake, every child’s dream, a jelly pool (that could have done with a bit of chlorine).
I’m happy to post up or email out recipes if there are any that you’d like.
In case you’re wondering, I’m not having a 40th birthday party, because I’m never ever, like ever, turning 40. I’ll be 36 forever, it has a nice ring don’t you think?