I’ve had a tremendously busy year this year, mainly due to our wedding which took place at the end of August.
I’ve got two daughters and their birthdays fall very close together – good in some ways as it means I can plan a joint party for them. On the other hand, however I HAVE BIG JOINT PARTIES TO PLAN!
This year, my eldest (age 4) demanded a Princess and kittens party. No surprise there – she lives and breathes Frozen and has a faithful Mog toy she carries with her everywhere.
My youngest (age 2) isn’t old enough to make a choice so had to lump what 4 year old wanted this year. But she does love Peppa Pig, so I had to somehow incorporate the curly-tailed one.
Obviously I wanted to make it as easy as possible, as I was organised out after the wedding and subsequent beginning of preschool.
The party did appear to be a success, as evidenced by children generally wandering around in a daze for the next few days. So here’s what I
farmed out to relatives did:
- Hired a church hall. Church halls tend to be conveniently located, have their own car park and are not too pricey to hire. The hall we used this year had quite a large space for rampaging feet and a kitchen for serving of much needed tea and coffee for the
hard done bygrown ups.
- Ensured use of a bouncy castle. If you can borrow one or hire one, it’s instant enthralment for kids, albeit a bit boisterous. We’re lucky enough to have relatives who kindly let us borrow theirs.
- Set up a craft table. A craft table can be as simple as colouring sheets and pencils, but we were lucky enough to have a creative mother in law who designed a kitten-making table with use of empty toilet rolls, felt and a variety of other materials.
- Bought buffet style party food and made a few kitten buns. I love Sainsburys for party food – it’s great value and good quality. I swear I spent £50 and fed 25 kids and quite a few adults. I made sure I did not have to make sandwiches (as I could not be bothered and they never eat them anyway) by buying mainly buffet style food such as cheese and biscuits and cold meats. I also made some fab kitten cupcakes by using different coloured buttercream and a range of sweets to make their faces.
- Used printed cake toppers . My lovely Mum kindly made the cakes (you can see a theme emerging here) and bought both a Princess and Peppa Pig cake topper which looked so effective. This is a great time saver – and the cakes were really tasty!
- Played ‘pass the cat’. Ok this wasn’t a massive success, mainly due to the acoustics of the hall. Note to self – take a decent docking station next time. However, I liked the idea: get a toy cat, get the kids to throw it around, when the music stops the child holding it gets some sweets, when the sweets run out the last child standing gets a prize. Perfect and saves on wrapping time of traditional pass the parcel.
Next year, I’ll be back on form and do everything myself (honest!).
Disclosure: I did not get paid for mentioning Sainsbury’s !