But a glittery, pink house was not enough for Mark. Oh no. To add to the ambience he decided to empty a 6 foot refill bag of beanbag balls all over the floor.
Mark surveyed the result. And He saw that it was good.
When the house was decorated, it was time for the adults to get decorated (the smaller photo reflecting Rachel's unwillingness to appear in a picture wearing a big pink tutu).
In a moment of sanity, Rachel hired a lovely lady wizard to bear the brunt of a houseful of six year olds.
Mark was delighted, because her blue starry costume matched his.
Jody was delighted she got to dance with her favourite boy, Imraan (and his little brother).
And Rachel loved the magic lady but was terrified of her rabid, red-eyed rabbit-in-a-hat.
So. That'll be a skiing-birthday for next year then...