Party planning is one of my favourite things to do, so when I don’t have anything to plan, I feel a bit lost. I find one of the best parts is planning the food; I like to match the food to the party theme, and the first place I head to is Pinterest! There were so many brilliant ideas for Paw Patrol party food that I ended up using, but I came up with a few of my own too. I made the food labels myself using PicMonkey and then it just took a bit of time to assemble them. I always get so many compliments on the detail I put it in though, so it’s worth all of the time I spend doing it. Read more
I absolutely love planning parties; I think my favourite one so far has to be the joint one I planned for the boys earlier in the year, with a dinosaur theme. Don’t get me wrong, it would be so much easier and less stressful to host a party somewhere, where everything is provided and taken care of for you. But I love the satisfaction of knowing I planned something from the off, and I just love getting creative.
I do like products that make planning a bit easier though and last year for Jacob’s 3rd birthday I reviewed some minion partyware and pre filled party bags from Party Bags & Supplies. They went down well with both J and the party-goers and I thought they were really good value for money. Read more
Last month it was the boys’ 2nd and 4th birthdays and so I held a joint dinosaur party for them. As soon as I decided on the theme I was straight to Pinterest for ideas and I found some brilliant ones – I could have done so much more but I just didn’t have the time! Nonetheless, I was pretty pleased with how it all came together, especially after pretty much pushing blogging aside for the week prior, to concentrate on party preparation.
This is how it all came together… Read more
This is the year that I find myself organising the fourth birthday party in a row, only this time it will be a joint one for the boys. It will be Jacob’s 4th, and Noah’s 2nd. As we are now living in a house with plenty of outdoor space, I wanted to make this birthday special for the boys and have a party with a bouncy castle! (Though I’m not sure whether that’s for the adults or children)… Read more
We decided this year that for Jacob’s third birthday we were just going to have a little pizza party at home on his actual birthday, then the day after (Friday) we would go a local pub for a meal and soft play with family & friends. I still wanted to make his birthday ‘party’ at home fun so when I had the chance to review this Despicable Me Minions party tableware pack I thought it would be perfect as J is a bit obsessed with minions at the minute!
This pack is for 8 so you get a plastic table cover, paper cups, paper plates, and a pack of paper napkins. They all coordinate with the same background and border but they all have different minion pictures on which I think is great and a true representation of minions! (There are also coordinating decorations which can be purchased).
The quality of all of the items was high, with the table cover being thick plastic and fairly large, the napkins being thick quality and the plates and cups being thick card.
J was so excited at having a minion theme that he was sat at the table before the food was even ready, and as you can see, even he matched perfectly!
We also received 8 of these pre-filled Minion party bags to match the tableware. Inside each party bag was a strip of minion stickers, a pack of Haribo, a sticky window crawler (which are great fun!) and a tub of minion bubbles (which also came in a brown paper bag in case of leaking, which was thoughtful); so these coordinated with the tableware as well if you having a bigger party at home. As it was just family (adults) at his pizza party I saved the party bags for the next day and they went down very well – especially the sweets! For the cost of these (£1.75) I think it’s very reasonable rather than going to the trouble of preparing your own (been there, done that).
Overall, the partyware went down extremely well and is great value, and Jacob was over the moon with his minion party!
RRP: party pack – £9.98
pre-filled party bags – £1.75 each
Our rating – 5/5
We were sent these products free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.
Last week was little man N’s Naming Day. One of the meanings of his name is ‘rainbow’ and he is our rainbow baby, so that was the obvious theme! I had been planning for ages and made a few things myself. I love getting creative when it comes to parties as I think it’s so much more appreciated, and I feel like I myself have gotten so much more out of it.
I was getting myself in a flap in the couple of weeks before as I kept getting people saying they could no longer come, then half of the other guests didn’t even turn up on the day anyway so we had a half empty room; it did feel a bit more intimate though and J kept everyone amused by running around with his trousers half way down his bum and running the toy cars over everything!
Hubby & I were up until midnight the evening before completing final tasks, and then we were up at 7 am the morning of the Naming Day. The boys had stayed at my Mum’s the evening before so we could actually get just about everything done without disturbances – always a good thing, and it meant I was a bit calmer!
The ceremony wasn’t until 2 pm so we had all morning and the early afternoon to get sorted. Hubby went and collected the boys in the morning, so we took some stuff to the reception venue before that and then we took the food up when they got home. J was an absolute nightmare when he got home – he was just demanding, crying, stropping, and it took me 15 minutes to get him into his outfit as “I don’t like it!” was used repeatedly! – so I was getting worked up as I was then dreading the ceremony as he is so hard to control. Luckily due to a friends children and books and toys, he wasn’t too bad.
We chose some music to have playing whilst everyone was arriving – a mix of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What A Wonderful World – but as I had put it onto a CD whilst half asleep, stupid me left it in the laptop disc drawer and didn’t realise until we got there and opened the case! They had What A Wonderful World in their own collection though so we just had that playing. We were waiting for 15 or so minutes after the start time as N’s Oddparents were running late due to weather but of course the registrar didn’t start without them. The ceremony went smoothly and we were given copies of the readings we chose so I’m going to frame them and put them on their bedroom wall (I’m going to do the same with the ones from J’s).
We arrived at the reception venue and never mind everyone else, I was starving, so I told hubby to go and be the first one to get food so everyone would follow! I was worried there was going to be too much as I usually go overboard but there was just enough. My Mum made his cake and it was a-ma-zing. I made some rainbow cupcakes too. As it was a few days after bonfire night
I we made some toffee & chocolate apples and bagged some bonfire toffee up into sweet cones, and I hired a candy cart to display them on – it looked amazing and matched perfectly with our theme, Leanne got it just right. I also hired some ball pools and soft play for the small people. As soon as they got through the door they were diving straight in the ball pool, it went down a treat – Sharon also does an amazing job (I’ll leave links at the end of the post).
The children played, the adults rested, N was passed around (of course) and then we had the mass tidy up. We left the venue around 6 pm and both boys fell asleep in the car on the way home – J stayed asleep through me getting his pyjamas on and N went back to sleep after his pyjamas and bottle so hubby & I had a relaxing evening doing nothing!
All in all we had a great day and now that’s both my little men officially ‘named’! I’ll leave you with a few photos (apologies for the quality of some), though I was so busy I didn’t take many and I’ve only managed to get a few from other people.
Candy cart provided by Stunning by Leanne.
Soft play provided by Ballpool Heaven and Softplay Scunthorpe.
‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ print provided by Prints by Tommy’s Mammy.
Cake provided by my Mum!
Cupcakes provided by me!
In our home we love books, though little man sometimes doesn’t have the attention span to sit and read a full one. I try to a have a mixture of both educational, traditional, modern & fun books. J is slightly obsessed with a certain cartoon pig, so when we were given the chance to review a personalised Peppa Pig book from Penwizard I was very eager – for him, not me, I might add! I was able to choose a softback book so as it was coming up to little man’s 2nd birthday, I went for the “Peppa goes to Your Childs Party!” one.
It is a very easy process to personalise your book, in just a few steps. The personalisation options include your childs gender, name, skin tone, eye colour, hair style & colour, and whether they wear glasses or not. Also with the party book you can include their age on the balloon. You can even leave a personal message at the front of the book.
Once I had ordered the book it arrived very quickly. I was surprised at the size, though it does say it on the website (but if you read the blog regularly, you will know I rarely pay attention to size, oops!). It arrived in a hardback envelope which is of course a good thing so it doesn’t get bent or damaged in the mail.
The book itself is of very good quality; very glossy with lovely bright pictures with all of the Peppa Pig characters from the familiar story. J’s character does bear a bit of a resemblance to him in cartoon form! I love the fact there is a print of the letter in there too.
As I blogged about a couple of months ago, I had started to plan little man’s 1st birthday party. Well, yesterday was the day, and after all of the planning, I think it went very well! The theme was In The Night Garden.
I had decided to get crafty and made a few bits:
Yesterday was my baby shower! I had been looking forward to it for ages, I love having something to plan and it definitely passed the time over the last couple of weeks while waiting for Baby G’s imminent arrival. Though, I thought I was organised but I wasn’t as much as I thought! Although this was partly due to me being achy (after falling last week – will talk about that in the next post) and tired, and not really wanting to do much as that in turn was making me tired too. Especially with the amount of cake I had to make, as I was holding the sale for Cake A Difference too! (Which by the way, I raised £28 for, which I was very happy with!) Not as many people attended as originally was planned, due to various reasons which couldn’t be helped, but I was grateful for them letting me know rather than just not turning up (as happened at our wedding!).
I had prizes for my games, but I didn’t even manage to get these wrapped; I was still preparing food when my guests arrived; and we never got around to playing all the games I had planned! This was partly due to me being forgetful (!), and partly due to people leaving early/having to arrive later. But, we still had a lovely evening and had a chat, had fun with the games we did have, and best of all ate cake and cheesecake!
I’m also very grateful and overwhelmed by people who have asked for my address to send him a little something!