One of the challenges here on the Kapiti Coast is finding a suitable party venue. I suppose I could have it at home, but one of the times we did have one of Bianca's parties at home when she turned 3 one of the kids drew with a marker all over Bianca's toys and so I wasn't really in the mood for an invasion of 12 kids ranging in age from 3 to 5 (with 2 being 7). The unfortunate thing is that there are not a lot of venues here on the Kapiti Coast and while technically this is summer and technically we could have it at one of the outdoor parks, I'm also aware that this is New Zealand and that there would be a chance of rain.
We ended up choosing the Kapiti Gymnastics. Caitlyn did a fun gymnastics session last term and absolutely loved it, so this was the perfect venue. And so today that's where we went. For the first hour the kids went wild with bouncing on the trampoline, balancing on the beam, jumping, climbing, swinging on the big rope swing and jumping into the foam pit.
Then when the hour was finished, the kids came into the party room that we set up 20 minutes before the start and it was time for lunch.
And then it was time to light the candles. To read my adventures in making this cake, click here. This cake is a "goody bag" cake. Basically it is cake squares wrapped in sugar paste icing and decorated with a sugar paste teddy bear and some lollies and instead of the typcial goody bags, kids get to take this one home :-) (thanks to Debbie Brown for her cool idea in her book 50 Easy Party Cakes).
Caitlyn opened all her presents at home because we simply ran out of time at the party. What a lot of fun!