It’s probably terribly immodest to describe Jasmin’s birthday party as perfect. But, truly, I think she loved every minute of the day she turned two.
I’m still grappling with the fact that my baby is growing up so fast – but other than that – we really did all have the perfect day celebrating.
There wasn’t a fancy theme to her party or an extravagant gift awaiting her when she woke up, but what there was was a great deal of fun.
Her gifts from Tony and I were simple – a cheap calculator which she opened and loved at first sight. “My new phone, Mummy,” she shouted happily. A watering can so she can help Daddy water the garden – as she loves to do. A new buggy for her ‘baby’ so she can keep one at nanny’s and one at home. A Frozen book.
She loved opening them all “my peasants, Mummy, my peasants” – and she didn’t quite get what the cards were for, but she loved them anyway too.
Milin had his own morning present opening joy – we had saved him an old box of Lego that belonged to my sister and I. He is still in Lego heaven and we can see that box is going to keep him happy for hours – in fact, hopefully years.
We were lucky enough to have a dry day amid days of rain – and so Jasmin’s little friends and second cousins spent the party in the garden. I’d bought pretty flowers and bunting – but other than that, I was a poor party decorator. A run to Marks and Spencers in the morning meant our table was full of treats, a run to Tiger later meant the party bags featured wooden fire engines or taxis, bubbles and crayons; and my very easy but delicious chocolate cake made to double the quantity and sprinkled with sugar stars meant the simplest cake in the world was done.
We borrowed a bouncy castle from friends, stocked the wine fridge with Prosecco and borrowed garden furniture from family and neighbours.
It was such a simple day – but Jasmin was surrounded by people who loved her. She had the time of her life on the bouncy castle, she wore a beautiful dress and sparkly shoes which made me envious, she got a little shy when we sang her ‘happy birthday’. She made us all so happy.
I can’t believe she is two. It’s gone so fast, yes, but it’s also been a magical, brilliant, wonderful journey. I tried to stop and savour some of the moments of her party. I tried to watch her and work out how she’d suddenly grown up.
I want to grab all of these moments where she’s changing, doing new things, getting bigger. But all I can do is be there next to her for as many of them as possible and try to make sure she is happy and knows she is loved. On her birthday, she really was.