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15 May, 2010


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

It’s Emma’s birthday today.

She chose to have her birthday party last night. I have to say, Friday night parties are great for this age. It was a casual pj/dinner/movie party. Six friends came over to eat meatballs, watch Grease, and eat cake.

This year it was a panda cake. :)

Emma's 11th cake

The party was great. Everyone seemed to have a great time – and it was fairly low-maintenance from our perspective. (Yay!)

In lieu of loot bags I bought EcoJot sketchbooks for everyone and wrapped each one up in pretty paper. Each girl went home with it as a parting gift along with a helium balloon.

And today she’s officially 11. I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. This was my first baby, and here she is, blowing out 11 candles and not setting any pandas aflame …

11 candles

… and eating breakfast in bed.

breakfast in bed

Happy Birthday Emma. You are my favourite big girl.

As for today, birthday celebrations continue! And tomorrow I will tell you a bit about the 40Back event I attended on Thursday night.

8 Responses to "Eleven"

1 | Scatteredmom

May 15th, 2010 at 11:11 am


Sounds like a lot of fun. :) Happy Birthday Emma!

2 | Ginger

May 15th, 2010 at 11:25 am


Happy Birthday Emma! I hope you have a perfectly lovely day!

3 | Brie

May 15th, 2010 at 11:27 am


Happy birthday to her!

And awesome cake.

4 | Lee

May 15th, 2010 at 2:48 pm


Happy Birthday Emma!

Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!

5 | mrsgryphon

May 15th, 2010 at 9:35 pm


Happy Birthday, Emma! 11 year olds have the best birthday parties :)

6 | Kristina

May 16th, 2010 at 6:20 pm


SO wonderful. Happy 11, Emma!! :)

7 | BeachMama

May 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm


Happy Birthday Emma! Looks like you had a wonderful day, starting off with breakfast in bed and finishing with a yummy panda cake. Hope you had a great time with your friends.

8 | Vicky

May 17th, 2010 at 9:51 pm


Breakfast in bed? You are AWESOME Andrea! I’m so going to do that for my kids!

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