Penwizard personalised Peppa Pig Birthday Party | Book review

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. 

The book is very easy to read, but as J is 2 and just at the beginning of learning to read, I read it for him. He loves sitting and looking at the pictures and telling me who the characters are though. The only thing with it being softback is that if you have a little destroyer like mine, it can be bent easily. For this reason I think I would pay the extra £5 and get the hardback version. 
Overall, this is a book that a Peppa Pig fan will never tire of – little man is always bringing it to read! At £14.99 I think it makes a fabulous gift and as it’s personalised it is great to be put in a memory box, as there are many other versions too.
Our rating – 4/5
We were sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.

Preparing for little man’s 2nd birthday

This time last year I was still busy planning for little man’s 1st birthday & party. Now I’m planning for his 2nd birthday (how did that happen?!). I’m not going as overboard this year though, for a couple of reasons. Number one, funds (as just in case you didn’t already know, we’re expecting a baby any day now); which kind of leads on to number 2, that we will have a newborn and I don’t want all the stress on top of getting used to being a family of four. 

We were originally going to have a party at the local soft play but then decided against it as not knowing exactly when this baby will arrive, I could be in hospital then (hopefully not) or not long since given birth and not really want to go anywhere. Which is why we also put off the idea of just going out for a meal with family and close friends. 

Instead we are just going to have a little tea party at home with immediate family. He won’t really know what’s going on anyway, a bit like last year but I just got a little overexcited! We will still have a theme though, of course it has to be Peppa Pig… (though I think I may focus more on George Pig!). I think I will order some sandwiches from here so I don’t even have that to do, and then a few bits of party food from the supermarket – voila! My Mum will be making his cake again, and I’ll probably make a couple of banners for decoration like I did last year. Though he won’t know what’s really happening, I think he will be more than happy with the theme! 

Little man will be at nursery on the morning (and early afternoon) of his birthday so it gives us some time to get things ready, and when he gets home we can have some family time and present opening with just us 4 before everybody else arrives. 

(Next year it will be a joint party!).

Happy birthday, little man!

So here it is. I’m finally the Mummy of a 1 year old. I’ve been waiting a whole year for this moment! *Insert laugh here*

After his party on Sunday, we had a quite a chilled family day yesterday, on his actual birthday. 

We co-slept the night before, so we would be waking up with him on his birthday. As it happened, I woke up around 3.15am in one of those “wake up to check he’s OK” moments, and my heart melted and I shed a little tear, as I woke up to him half sat up, with his head on my chest, cuddled right up to me! It was just perfect as it was only 20 minutes until his birth time, so I just laid there and kissed & cuddled him, and stroked his head. It was so perfect. 

I then went back to sleep, and we all woke around 7.30am. He had his bottle, and then we took him in the lounge to open his presents. I had already set them out with some balloons the night before:

It took a while as he didn’t want to stay still, so we had to let him play a little between every couple of presents! (We had the same trouble at Christmas!). His main present was a smart trike: 

And I stuck with his party theme and got him this card – I think the photo of him is perfect for it!:

He played with his presents a bit, then we took him to stay & play to have a bit of fun and wear him out. They had a different layout to the room this week, and there was a ball pool in the corner which he loved, as he has one at home!

We then went out to lunch, for a carvery.We have been for one with him before, but he always a bit young so he never had any, so we thought we’d make it his first! He seemed to enjoy it:

Later on after dinner, we had cake, which I made him. So he had two birthday cakes, lucky boy! 

I can’t believe my little man is now 1, where did the time go?!

1st birthday planning

It’s the little man’s 1st birthday soon. I can’t believe this time last year we were making final preparations for his arrival, and now I’m making preparations for his birthday! Madness.

We’re not having anything big, just a little party at home with close family & friends. We’re doing this on the Sunday before his birthday though (his birthday is on a Tuesday) to cater for people who have to work during the week  – though hubby works Sundays too, but I will be making sure he books it off! The theme is ‘In The Night Garden’ – he loves it and always stops whatever he’s doing to watch it! I’ve produced the invites myself, with a little help from Photoshop and PicMonkey. I’m actually quite proud! Here is a sneak peek. 

I have a few things planned already, but I’m not going to reveal what they are or that will spoil the surprise… I just need to put the wheels in motion! 

We’ve decided his main present is most likely going to be a smart trike, though there are so many things I want to buy him! I can see him getting extremely spoiled, especially by his grandparents…

On his actual birthday we’re probably going to go to soft play and out for dinner or something, just some family time, just the three of us. 

I’m excited, I love planning!