The crackers we bought this year didn't include any out-sized plastic hair slides, miniature playing cards, or feeble magic tricks. No, these crackers featured a state-of-the-art interactive game, suitable for ages 3+ and for 2-6 players:
The next day we arrived early at St Mary's church hall at Whitkirk, the burial place of John Smeaton (no, not that one), and which we had hired for three hours for a ludicrously reasonable fee (even though it is the venue for Radio 4's Any Questions this coming Friday). Here was to be Olive's 'official' birthday party.
We had a lot of setting up to do. The hall was nicely dated and utilitarian, and I thought we might struggle to get things set up in just one hour. But with help from Neeley and Susan, and my mum and dad, things were ready in good time for the first guests to arrive.
Gemma made some great, kid-friendly food, including some awesome rolled sandwiches), and a star-cake, and Neeley made some individually-named muffins. Gemma's Aunt Nicky loaned an indoor bouncy castle, which inflated in about one minute and was a hit with Olive and her friends.
Olive wasn't so sure about the round of pass the parcel we played, as she had seen the prize being wrapped up a few days previously and instantly saw the potential for one of her little friends to get their hands on Peppa Pig.