Having done one butterfly party already, I gently tried to persuade Olive to go with an ice-cream theme. But to no avail. The child loves “blutterflies”. So blutterflies it was.
As a special treat for Olive and her friends, we arranged a butterfly adventure.
A butterfly-lovin’ lady came to the house and gave the girls a little talk about the life cycle of butterflies. The kids were fascinated.
She showed them a caterpillar, a chrysalis and even dressed Olive up as what looked like a butterfly on crack but was actually (I took her word for it) an accurate representation of a butterfly with its 6 legs, lots of eyes and 2 noses!
She also brought a box of dead butterflies.
Because what’s a party without a stark reminder of the fragility of life and finality of death?
It was a good idea though because it gave the kids an opportunity to feel butterfly wings. At the same time it was explained to them why they couldn’t touch or pat the live butterflies they were about to meet.
There were varied reactions to the live butterflies. The birthday girl started out strongly but when one flew near her head she went into screaming hysterics. Other kids were completely mesmerised.
The butterflies were exquisite. These are monarch butterflies and their tipple of choice? Cotton wool balls soaked in Powerade. Of course.
There was, unsurprisingly, a butterfly cake. I popped a rabble (which Google tells me is, with “swarm”, the collective noun for a group of butterflies) of these lovely rice-paper butterflies atop the cake.
For those of you that are religious, the taste of these butterflies will be very familiar. My girls expected them to be sweet so there was a bit of the old “pegheugh” and rapid expulsion of the offending butterflies, but if they’re going to try to eat them without being dipped in red wine, then what do they expect?
All in all there was a surfeit of blutterflies and a happy little 4 year old. A good outcome I think.
As always, happy to provide details of where I bought stuff, the butterfly company etc if anyone wants. Just leave a question in the comments.