Well, the party went fabulously. Just J and 11 of his closest friends. Beautiful bunch of kids from school and his old childcare buddies. Presents were over the top as always - a soccer goal and a green-machine style bike from us as well as the compulsory set of Spiderman knickers, loads of loot form the family and friends. Presents are still arriving (a remote control car from Japan and a and more expected at the end of the week. We may need to extend the house to accommodate the sheer mass of plastic in the form of cars and action figures that have been received.
J was king of the table with his two girls on either side. He told me that the girls had to sit next to him 'cos it was his birthday. Fair enough!
The kids went mad in the backyard for a couple of hours, got well-sugared up and were sent home for their parents to deal with the comedown.