Tags: Birthday party, Lego Duplo, party in the park, planning a children's party, Tesco
Two weeks ago, our little bear turned three. Three. I know – that old cliché; where does the time go? A blur of magic, milestones, tears and momentary (mummy) meltdowns, that’s where.
We wanted a big bash this year, and being an August baby we crossed everything for a sunny day and planned a party at the nearby park and invited 28 children and 36 adults. Madness you might think, but with my new ‘enjoy life to the full’ philosophy, I was determined to not only pull it off, but enjoy it – see it and remember it too.
And I am smugly proud to report back – I damn well succeeded.
It might have been a big get together but it was simple, outdoor, childhood fun – like we used to have as kids.
We invited people with paper invites and on Faceb00k and provided a map to a nearby car park which was a short woodland walk along the river away. To keep children moving we placed 10 clues along the walk with a secret party password at the end which went down a storm.
We called in a little help from Tesco and their picnic food expertise – we were catering for the masses so a trestle table, card table and huge table-cloth hosted the ultimate in party food.
We feasted on veggie sticks with dips, crisps, assorted sarnies, savoury treats, strawberries and chocolate cakes.
Everything was gorgeous, fresh and there was barely a crumb left. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I’ll be damned if you can go wrong with Tesco party food. The mini pizzas seemed to be the overwhelming favourite; we could have got through enough to put them out of stock for a month.
Lego Duplo came into their own with a giant building block birthday cake and invites, as well as balloons, cups, plates and party bags (which we filled with sweets, tiaras and jewels for the girls and parachute men and motorbike toys for the boys). The hugely coveted ‘winner stickers’ had the children’s eyes as big as saucers and willing to do anything to get their hands on one.
The sun shone, we played football, a hugely successful game of ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf’ – and then the highlight of the day, throwing water bombs at daddy.
The reason it was a success was the simplicity – green grass, plenty of food and drink and 20-something kids ready to paaaarteeeeee.
My tips for hosting a third birthday and enjoying it…
1. Get someone else to take photos. And get some with you in.
2. Accept help – one mum can only get so many sausage rolls out onto platters so fast.
3. Keep it simple – make games spontaneous and don’t try to include everyone if they’re having fun elsewhere
4. Give everyone a winner sticker or tiny prize to avoid tears
5. Get the parents playing games too. It’s the most fun I’ve had in ages.
6. Stand back and take it all in like it’s your wedding day. They only turn three once.
This is a sponsored post. We were lucky enough to receive the majority of the food and drinks from the fantastic Tesco picnic range and Lego Duplo supplied all of the party accessories.. I stick to the Bloggers with Integrity Code to post honest open reviews.
Tags: birthday, children's parties, Lego Duplo, picnic food, Tesco
I’m sure all parents say this and cringe at the sound of it as they do say it – but they do grow up so flipping fast.
My little baby is three on Monday and tomorrow we are hosting the mother of all parties (I am starting to wonder if the power of my Anthea Turner mantras can get me through this) – from midday the chaos of a picnic party for 27 children and 39 adults (please, no rain) will begin.
By my front door currently sit several bags – party signs for the river walk with clues to keep the kids walking, outdoor toys, party bags, copious amounts of baby wipes and prizes for the games husband says he has planned…. we shall see. In the garage, numerous scooters, trikes, hoppers and bouncers.
Our inlaws arrived earlier and despite a delay in Tesco when every single till failed, I’m about to cook lamb chops, spuds and salad before I roll out the sandwich making conveyor belt for tomorrow. I feel excited like tomorrow is Christmas. By boy is having a big party. I feel really proud.
We have two fridges full of food and you cannot see an inch of worktop in the kitchen for squash, crisps and cake.
None of this would have been possible without a little help from friends – and the friends in this instance are Tesco and Lego Duplo. Tesco are my everyday supermarket saviours (yes this is a sponsored post but actually I’m quite a devoted Tesco shopper). Their picnic selection is great, from carrot sticks to fruit bags, multi packs of crisps, dips, mini sausage rolls and of course the party essential, chocolate mini rolls.
Lego Duplo have sent us a brilliant selection of party bags ready for us to fill, with stickers for them as well as winner stickers for husband’s party games. And excitingly they’ve provided a cake in the shape of a giant Lego brick!
So, my boy is turning three – I admit I still really baby him – I don’t want him to grow up. But equally, he’s turning into my best friend – he’s the best companion any mum could want – funny, supportive, sensitive, kind and generous. God I love him.
Tesco kindly provided us with lots of picnic food and Lego Duplo with party extras and a great cake. I stick to the Bloggers with Integrity code to post honest and open reviews.
Tags: first birthday cake, Numbers gallery
Am excited to be taking part in The Gallery for the first time.
Started by Tara at Sticky Fingers, the idea is to post a picture, new or existing on the current theme.
This one is numbers and I’ve chosen the number one.
This is the birthday cake that my mum made for the bear when he was one.
This is the birthday cake that says nothing is too much trouble.
This is the birthday cake that will be the first of many more to come.
This is the birthday cake that says yes, I am just like my mum.
Tags: cardboard rocket, eco toys, messy play, Nigel's Eco Store, outdoor toys, Paperpod Rocket, recyclable toys
Summer isn’t over after all then?! We rushed out into the garden this morning to take advantage of the nice weather and embarked on a mission to outer space, and according to William our little four year old friend, after blast off we landed safely on planet England.
Am excited now that the bear is getting old enough to enjoy messy play, so the finger paints, brushes, rollers and stencils all came out (I’ve been dying for this moment), and with William’s mum being a primary school teacher, armed with more paints and aprons, we set to work. Ok, so the mummies persevered for longer; it was fun.
The Paperpod Rocket is fantastic for the garden and parties - it did make a brief appearance at the bear’s first birthday party, but being the indoor gathering that it was due to the typical August weather, didn’t get used to it’s full advantage.
My only thought; to be even more eco friendly, some of the rocket pieces could have been pop outs from the cardboard box it arrived in. Surely there is potential there!
Must resist the tempation to go and stick more stars on while the bear is asleep…
Tags: Charlie Moo's, eco friendly party bags, party bag fillers, party bags
I know for a fact that I am not alone in going all out for the bear’s first birthday party. The first birthday party is purely about the parents, fact. At the tender age of one, life revolves around tickles, trying to stand up, opening and closing the fridge, wondering what lights are and listening to aeroplanes.
The average one year old has no understanding of presents (empty boxes yes), birthday cakes, cards, candles, streamers or balloons. So that fact that I have all of those, plus a ball pit, giant rocket playhouse, drum set, painting area, chalk board and a host of other little bits and pieces illustrates my point perfectly.
Back to the topic in hand. Party bags are an essential. I know that handing out party bags to fellow one year olds may be a little excessive but come the second birthday, these will be at the top of my list for sure.
Beautiful hand made cloth party bags from Charlie Moo’s – I can’t quite contain myself at how proud I will be handing over my eco friendly, use again bags in a variety of designs.
Have a look at the website. They also have some great party bag fillers.