40 is a milestone birthday, and we're getting ready for a party at the bookshop.
It's no secret that I am partial to planning the odd children's party. Particularly ones involving crafty activities. So it shouldn't really be any surprise that I jumped at the chance to dream up a bit of fun for this one. Time to channel my inner Eric Carle - and make a caterpillar head.
Slapping paint on in a haphazard fashion is so liberating! But my feelers do require re-inforcement so as to avoid embarrassing droop. And there's the small matter of several pairs of legs. Clearly, the body segments were going to be a big job, so everyone coming into the shop over Easter, gets the chance to decorate a paper plate in green in some inspired fashion. Hopefully we'll have a suitably impressive caterpillar by the end of it.
And the party goers? They'll get to make thumbprint caterpillar bookmarks and string pasta caterpillars. Oh, and eat cake and listen to stories. Which all sounds very blissfully idyllic.
So fingers crossed that the sun will shine so we can do it all in the courtyard. Otherwise there are going to be some slightly stressed booksellers squeezing a quart of fun into a pint pot of a shop.