This year Finny invited her whole Kindergarten class, and a number of siblings to the Granville Island water park, meaning we had 25 kids to feed and entertain for a couple of hours. Luckily, the park is great and the mother nature cooperated with some warm sunshine, making our job a lot easier.......we sure weren't going to be able to go back to our place if the weather was no good.
toonie party, where each kid gives four dollars instead of a present. The birthday girl then gets to buy herself a gift with one half and gives the other half to charity. This worked out great as parents weren't sent scrambling to find gifts, Finny got a nice Playmobile farm and also get to research and donate to her favorite charity.
The water slides and pinata were the biggest hits, but the cake was of course equally important to the party. Without the help of Finny's grandmother Judy, it would never have happened. In the chaos of unloading our van, the cake was temporarily left unattended, and a homeless man took advantage of our lapse by snatching himself dinner....and I guess dessert.....for the next week! A white sheet cake large enough to feed 30 people went into one homeless man's gut, while our Finny had to digest the fact that she might not have a cake. Thankfully Judy made an emergency trip to Safeway and probably saved her granddaughter from a life time of hatred towards the under housed.