On Saturday Ethan and Megsies bestie (its the same person, sometimes gets heated) had a little party in celebration of her turning 5. To be fair she has been Ethans pal since they were 1, but we were lucky that Megs too seemed to click with her and as Ethan and Megs get on wonderfully it just works and so usually anything she has they come as a pair and its lovely to see.
The party was held in a cute little local shop that sells lovely gifts/crafty bits (think Etsy) and runs craft classes too. To be honest I never even knew existed and had to ask for directions (awkward), but once we arrived I very much enjoyed the feel of the place and all it had to offer. The couple running it were so lovely and it made a great change to usual kids parties. As I wandered around the shop I spotted a few potential Christmas gifts and I was so excited about this new “little gem” that my friend (through her kids party) had introduced me to.
The theme was “Jewellery making” and when I received the invite I wondered how into it Ethan would be. I knew he wouldn’t think about the activity too much as it was for his BFF, but being an almost 5 year old boy he is leaning very much toward the messy, hunting bugs, riding scooters and bikes type of direction, and I never really considered “Jewellery Making” as his thing. He was very excited to go and seemed most enthusiastic about it all and I laughed at how he chose to balance it out by buying her a Nerf gun as a gift!
As I watched him though he actually loved it and took to it really well (unlike Megs who spent most of the time dumping and mixing beads on the table) and I was amazed to see how still he sat for a good half hr making himself a necklace with a room full of girls, and which he later enjoyed wearing…its nice to his creative side.
After having fun doing that and creating some wonderful statement pieces, they all enjoyed a lovely vintage tea party complete with juice in little tea cups, tea pot shaped sandwiches and little macaroons and treats. It was adorable.
As I already said the whole thing made a great change to the usual kids parties and it was such a peaceful, civilised atmosphere (shock). I loved to see the kids with their friends, having fun and embracing something that she wanted to do…true friendship right there. I loved to see them learning and enjoying a new craft that we otherwise might not naturally have gone for and best of all I am also really intrigued now by the adult craft sessions they run and may be tempted to start a new hobby after the summer…Watch this space!