First up the Card & Craft Party. Despite leaving absolutely everything to the last minute because I was so worried about getting everything organised for the birthday party, I am amazed that I actually managed to have enough stock, fliers, order forms etc for the craft party. But I did !! I also managed to set my table up in a record 15 minutes because I had been stuck in the worst traffic jam ever and what should have been a 10 minute journey took over half an hour. But, everything fell into place at the last minute and I'm pleased to say that I did a wonderful amount of sales, even though only half the amount of people turned up that said they would. My cotton Birdie bags went down a storm, as did my loopy corsages and the miniature stitchery kits and needle felting kits were very popular. By the way, all of these items are available for sale in my shop.
I also took along a couple of new textile pictures that I finished last week. Sadly, neither of these sold, but they are for sale if anyone's interested - just email me sarah[@]pictureitinstitches.co.uk and I can give you more details.
I also meant to say in my last post that the ceramic buttons are also for sale.
At the present time I only have a very limited stock, but if they prove popular (and I've already had a couple of enquiries) I will aim to stock much larger quantities. I'm in the process of ordering a wider range, but please bear with me because they are all handmade and hand painted and because of this, delivery to me can take up to 4 weeks. But once they're here, they're here and I can ship orders out within 24 hours. I would love to know if any of my blog readers are interested (thank you Alison !), so if you are, do please let me know by leaving a comment.
So, on to the Birthday Party. I think I can safely say it was a success !! We were blessed with the most fantastic weather, which meant that the children (all 42 of them) could play in the garden and even the party games we had planned didn't happen because everyone was so busy playing outside !
We decided at the last minute to order a bouncy slide which was a real hit, although I do wonder whether we should have had insurance because there were a bumps and grazes. The slide was VERY bouncy (I know, I tried it myself) and because the children were bouncing down it rather than sliding down it, we did have a few of them bouncing right off the slide ! But they absolutely loved it.
The face painter was also a hit (aren't they always) and it was really lovely to meet all of the other parents - over half of the children that came were Sam's new classmates so it was a bit of a "getting to know you" session as well. I am thrilled to say that all of the children were absolute angels and all of Sam's new school friends are really lovely. He seems to have made friends with another Samuel who is great and I can see the pair of them having a long friendship.
Unfortunately I am a bad mother and didn't take a single photo because I was too busy, but am hoping that someone did take a few pics and I might be able to post some here at a later date. By the way - it's not actually Sam's birthday until the 1st October, but we had a shared party with one of his best friends Chloe, and her birthday was last week, so we had to choose a date in between. No doubt, Sam will have another much smaller party for family on the actual day. Hopefully I won't have to go to as much effort with that one !!
Enjoy what's left of the weekend !