We had considered a day out for the family instead or a boys day out with his dad to somewhere like go-karting, but the horrible weather and cost put us off.
Being a quiet, modest boy, I thought it would be nice too for him to get some of the attention that the others manage to monopolise most of the time.
We picked an easy blue and silver space theme and made the banner and frame a few days before. The stars are the type used in shops and stalls to show prices and we just spray painted silver. (I have no idea how the banner got hung so wonky and I am just realising from looking at these pictures how funny they look).
I love to dress my boys up and this outfit was one that Shutterbug Sister bought the boys on their birthdays last year. They have matching trousers but I liked the way the shirts and waistcoats looked with jeans, they remind me of the 90's for some reason. Gorgeous refused to wear them saying he would look silly, until I showed him some pictures, then he agreed to try the clothes on. He looked in the mirror at himself and declared "hmm not too bad".
Little Lady, Darling and my niece all wore matching outfits that my mum had bought back from Pakistan recently. Darlings bangles were too big, but as soon she saw them she had then on her arm and there they stayed.
Fashionista Sister made cakes for the occasion to fit into the theme. The thing with this type of cake is that sometimes they look good but taste average, but these were delicious and really moist and disappeared really quickly.
I always think if nothing else is right, but the food is good, an occasion is saved. This time we made nuggets and fries, macaroni salad, green chutney, potato and chickpea chaat and chicken sandwiches. My mum brought lamb kebabs and my neighbour kindly made some yummy pakora's. My aunt made us chicken biryani.
For games we had everyone guess the number of sweets in the jar to be able to keep them.
All of the adults joined in and I was just happy that my kids didn't win.
The other games required the kids sitting in a circle with straws around a plate of sweets. Whoever sucked up the most sweets and dropped them into their bowl was the winner
It was like a rugby scrum, only more vicious with everyone trying to push their head into the middle of the circle. Very entertaining for the mums.
Little Man's favourite part of the party was getting new trainers from Fashionista's husband, who my boys adore and look up to. No chance of losing my son with those shoes on.
As ever the little girls made our day. Baby hijacked Fashionista's little sweetheart's giraffe
Although Sweetheart then seemed to think Baby was a toy.
My favourite bit of the occasion was when we got all of the children to recite a bit of Quran starting with Little Man who recited Surah Yasin which he is memorising insh'Allah. Even the smallest kids recited a little which was lovely.
I make dua that my dear son has an enduring, life-long relationship with the word of Allah and benefits from its wisdom and beauty in this life and the next insh'Allah.