Last Sunday was daughter's eagerly awaited 8th Birthday Olympic Party.
Here's how you do it:
Make Olympic Cupcakes and an Olympic Birthday cake:
Hold an Opening Ceremony:
Get Geography teachers to make signs and flags of your chosen participating countries. Play "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Chariots of Fire" while the children walk around holding the flags and waving to the crowds.
Get an Art teacher to make a fabulous Olympic Torch which birthday girl uses to light the Olympic flame (projected onto the wall from laptop) which burns during the entire games:
Rope in three PE teachers to help with the Games:
Swimming (across gym mats)
Ask daughter for menu for Birthday Tea:
Ham and Jam Sandwiches
"not together, and Mum, white bread"
Cocktail Sausages or Sausage Rolls
"but not both"
Peppers, Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes
Strawberries & Mango
"everyone loves mango"
Mini Chocolate Brownies
"they always go down well at parties"
Hold a Closing Ceremony:
Play "Gold" by Spandau Ballet, "The Best" by Tina Turner and "We are the Champions" by Queen
Give every participant a gold medal, a party bag, the balloon from their chair and a cupcake (no having to cut up and wrap the main cake at the last minute)
Clear up and collapse!