Although Rorykins doesn’t turn three until 17th December, we wanted to throw him a birthday party in advance of Baby E’s arrival so we could all relax and enjoy ourselves. The nice thing about doing it so early was that we could take advantage of the weather and have it outside, which we’ve never previously been able to do. We decided on a cub scout/ moonrise kingdom camping/ forest school/ autumnal picnic theme. The invites set the scene with ‘how to build a camp fire’ and O and I designed a logo for all of the little party bits that used scouting badges. We set up ‘camp’ in Brooklyn Bridge park with a lovely photo banner that O designed and made depicting some favourite photos of Rory throughout the year and throwing down a large picnic blanket. Soon all of Rory’s friends arrived. The first thing that the children did was complete a little treasure hunt where they had to find given things and collect them in their little buckets. This kept them busy (and tired from running around) and got them in the mood to eat. Feeling hungry they all collected their little personalized picnic baskets which were hanging from the trees. Inside I had made a gingham linen napkin and they enjoyed jam sandwiches, raisins, fruit drops and cheddar bunnies along with our ‘stay cool’ waters. After singing happy birthday and blowing out the ‘R’ candle on his little cake, we served mini cupcakes (vanilla and chocolate and spiced pumpkin and cream cheese) from One Girl and Jacques Torres were kind enough to come and serve their delicious hot chocolate (mini versions) with a choice of cream, marshmallows and rum for the grown ups. Everyone left full and tired with their bag of ‘swag’ which included some cub scout memorabilia and a make your own wooden tractor. It was a truly special day. We can’t tell our beautiful friends how much we love them.