These are the among the best Mums I know, and the beautiful Elissa, who always know exactly what Ella likes.
Ella was a very sparkly birthday girl who really got into the party spirit. This is the first time she has ever agreed to be "face painted".
And even the big boys got into the skin decoration thing.
There were Twister, sack races and "stacks on" games with a parachute, that were all squealing good fun.
Watching the the balloon sculptures being made was just entrancing for all the kids.
We had to bring on the bling for Ella's cake. This was my best effort at representing her favourite Cinderella character in sugar and sponge cake. I must say it was a pretty hefty, dried out sponge by the time I'd cooked it for two hours in that weird shaped Dolly Vardon tin! The cupcakes were meant to be the edible component.
The cake fulfilled its function well and really impressed all the little girls (and Jeremy too for some weird reason). There was a small queue of girls who insisted that I cut them a piece of Cinderella's skirt after they'd eaten their cupcakes. I guess it was because the lavender icing was really thick.