That feeling when you wake up in the morning after a gloriously sun shining day before to er ... rain. Yes rain. On the day of your daughters 4th birthday party. But not just any party. A party standing in a field with horses and ponies. Yes that long-awaited Pony Party that your daughter hasn't stopped talking about since she first rode a pony at Farmer Palmers. You know that feeling whereby you just want to cry uncontrollably and throw a few toys out of your pram! How dare it rain!
Olive on the other hand was oblivious to my breakdown as she dressed herself in her cowgirl finest.
We headed off to Pony Palace a bit early with a car full of snack boxes and handmade pony party bags. As if by magic the clouds started to lift and the rain stopped. I've never been so happy to see a bit of blue sky!! The actual pony riding part is under cover, where Daddy Moo helped move the picnic tables for our party tea.
Once all of her little chums arrived we met our ponies Star and Robbie. Robbie was massive! I was so shocked that 2 of the really little 3/4 years olds rode him! We started off by giving them all a groom. Well what pony doesn't like a pamper!
In two's the children the took turns in riding the pony, whilst the other held the reins. A few of the children were a little nervous, the Pony Palace staff were excellent, really comforting and happy to hold anyone hands whilst on the pony. There was lost of encouragement and praise. After everyone who wanted to had ridden the ponies we then in our two teams had a pony race! Which was lots of fun with lots of shouting at our ponies to go faster and lots of laughing at Olive who forgot to pick up the donkey! Team Robbie were leading most of the way but in the last leg Team Star captained by the birthday girl just pipped them to the post!
All the children were awarded pink Pony Palace Rosettes and Robbie showed Isaac and Eliza just how tired he was with a massive yawn!
Afterwards we settled down for a picnic. I had made them all snack boxes, using gold picnic boxes and added homemade rosettes. These were so easy to make and they looked so good! We even tied red laces around carrot sticks and sandwiches to make them look like little hay bales. Of course this detail was lost on the children who just though "ooo sweets!"
The party bags I made of course and filled with stickers, crayons, a colouring in picture, some playdough and sweets.
You can buy the pony party bags in our Charlie Moo's shop for £1.85 or download the colouring in picture for your horse mad children.
Olive had a lovely party and can't wait to go pony riding again! Big thank you to all her friends who came, Pony Palace for such a lovely party and Kara for taking some lovely photos!