Birthdays were a time for dressing up. We had party dresses made by our mums and my favourite thing to do in mine was to stand in the middle of the lounge floor and spin round and round, watching the skirt flare out around me, until I got dizzy.
We played party games – pin the tail on the donkey, oranges and lemons, ring a ring of roses, pass the parcel, musical chairs and musical statues. There was always lots of party food too – cheese squares and sausages on sticks, chocolate fingers and I remember my mum would make toadstools out of a hard boiled egg and half a tomato which had cottage cheese blobs on top. Then there were the birthday cakes – amazing creations. My favourite, a Hansel and Gretel house made from Battenburg cake.