Ms 6 turns 7!

Ms 6 turns 7!

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My daughter turned seven yesterday. Seven!

Here she is the day after she was born in Shanghai.

My ex and I like to say she was Made in China. Ahem.

She’s grown a lot since then.

Unlike previous years where we’ve celebrated E’s birthday at home — see her 6 year old party and Throwing a kids’ party without losing your mind — this year we celebrated her birthday party at a YMCA gym. The session was for two hours and came with two instructors to teach the kids how to use all of the gym equipment – balance beams, bars, climbing rope, climbing walls, mats, trampolines etc.

The YMCA venue meant that all the party food had to be transported or prepared on the spot. The food also had to be simple as I had a nasty cold and didn’t have the energy to do anything too elaborate.

So this was the menu yesterday:

Ham & pineapple pizzas made by my ex – he made them up and baked them on the spot;

Sausage rolls made by my ex – he premade them and baked them on the spot;

Mini berry and chocolate trifles – made by me the day before;

Fruit skewers – made by my mum in the morning;

Mini cupcakes – made by my mum in law the day before;

Honey joys – made by me the day before;

Chocolate crackles – made by my mum the day before; and

4-layer vanilla birthday cake with  raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream and rose fairy floss – made by me the day before.

With such a big group of kids I’ve decided not to publish any photos from inside the gym. But I took a few photos outside with my dad and ex acting as hand models.

Did the kids have fun? Oh yes. They had a ball.

I also enjoyed myself. With two instructors looking after the kids, I was free to watch, do minimal food prep and chat. After the party there was a bit of tidying up but all the family pitched in and it was done in 20+ minutes. We were then free to enjoy the rest of the day. Gotta love that!

Happy Birthday, darling E. We love you to the moon and back.




  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
  • 4.5 cups cornflakes
Read the whole recipe on The Hungry Australian