My babies were 9 on Sunday and to celebrate we organized a Birthday Party of epic proportions all based around simple outdoor fun and games on the farm. Three hours responsible for seventeen over excited nine year olds always scares me, silly really as I have organised so many parties over the years, but I always feel so responsible for other people’s children. In the end I counted two falls but no broken bones or tears which I consider a success from my side. As for the triplets, they described it as “Epic” and “The best party ever” followed by “please can we do exactly the same next year?” as I cleared endless party popper and paper remains from around the garden.
Here’s what they did:
After excitedly opening presents the boys hurried off to feed the lambs and see the much talked about Camp Skull
The girls headed for a game of tag in the play barn.
After an hour of “free time” they drifted back to the house and I engaged them in some pre planned team games:
Coombe Mill Farm Treasure Hunt
Before the party began I had hidden 7 clues per team out around the farm, each with a letter on the bottom. The boys and girls were in competition to complete their clues and return to the house and make a word from the letters on the clues. The rain had been forecast to fall for the exact 3 hours of the party and did exactly that. In anticipation I had wrapped the clues in cling film and hidden them in walls, under play equipment and in the BBQ hut to ensure they were still readable an hour later when they were discovered. Thankfully the children loved the excitement of running off in search of the clues and the idea of being in competition girls against boys and no one seamed worried about the rain. Only I was bothered as I tried in vain to clear droplets from the camera lense!
The girls were home with their anagram complete a good 5 minutes before the boys who had cheated and not found lost a clue along the way!
Instead of buying Pinatas we gave the girls and boys sellotape, brown paper, bags of recycled paper and plastic and a prefilled box of sweets. The challenge was to make a pinata for the other team to play. Again boys against girls they embarked on the task with heaps of enthusiasm in their bid to make a parcel the other would never manage to crack open. The girls worked with relative quiet concentration while the boys just had too many team leaders in their group and the noise was deafening!
Nick hung the finished pinatas from the veranda while each team found themselves a stick from the farm to whack their pinatas. Once again it was the girls who triumphed, competitive spirits riding high. I have to say I think this was the event of the party and under the shelter of the veranda it kept the rain off perfectly!
Who’s the Mummy?
While Nick worked on the BBQ I handed each team a toilet roll. They had to select their Mummy from the group and all take it in turns to add layers. They found it surprisingly hard not to let the paper rip in their quest to wrap their team mate quickly in the allocated 5 minutes. I declared this one a draw to save face for the boys!
Time was running on and many of the parents had begun to arrive by the time we ate the BBQ and cut the cake.
I would have loved them to have waited for their tea to settle before diving onto the bouncy castle which had largely been ignored until now thanks to the rain, but there is no stopping an excited group of nine year olds. The water guns made it even more slippery just when the rain had eased off, but they claimed that just made it more fun!
No wonder the hours just flew by.
Joining in with Country Kids
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.