Once downstairs, Sophie opened her presents from me and Patrick, which were a CD and camera. She seemed quite overwhelmed to get the CD (by Ilona, a young French girl - very boppy songs). We then had pancakes for breakfast (care of Auntie Anna) before Sophie settled down to opening all the rest. She was very happy with all her presents.
The morning was spent preparing for the Ball. The crown-shaped birthday cake wasn't a complete surprise for Sophie as she ended up helping me decorate it. I think she was happier that way, though, as it meant she could lick out the bowl and eat a few smarties.
The Ball itself was lots of fun. Six of Sophie's friends came (five from school and Sofia). They were all dressed up as princesses except little Sarah, who apparently doesn't like dressing up much. The girls (and Sarah's brother) all seemed to enjoy themselves, colouring in princess pictures, playing pass-the-parcel, musical cushions and hunt-the-glass-slipper. The food all disappeared quickly too, especially the cherry tomatoes, strawberries and very chocolaty cake.