I can’t believe the big TWO is almost upon us! Little I will turn two next month and I haven’t even begun thinking about it yet. It’s taken a few invitations to Little I’s friends birthday parties to kick start me into action.
Last year we had a big joint birthday party with two of Little I’s friends, who were born within days of her. It was an under the sea theme and so much fun. We had a bouncy castle, soft play, a beach scene photo booth, lots of food and sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for it to go better, apart from the fact Little I ended up being sick and not enjoying herself! We also did a little tea party at the house for our families, who came down to visit, on her actual birthday.
This year I am thinking we might keep things a little bit more low key. As much as I loved last year, and it was her first birthday so was bound to be a huge deal, it was a little bit stressful at times. I got carried away with the party planning and was more focused on everyone else having a good time rather than actually having a good time myself and focusing on Little I.
We’ve decided to do a party for her friends on the Saturday and then a family/close friends garden party (weather dependent) on her actual birthday, which is on the Sunday. The garden party will be more of an adult affair and whatever we decide to do on the Saturday will be all about the kids!
Another thing that comes into play as they get older is the cost. You want to be able to invite as many friends as possible, but things get expensive. I should really be using this time whilst she can’t voice her ‘opinion’ on what she wants to do for her birthday to keep it low key and cheap, but I bloody love a birthday and always end up going all out.
Here are some of ideas for the kids party day:
Play Bus – one of Isla’s little BFF’s had this for his birthday and it was so much fun. Even the husband and I got involved by sliding down the slide and jumping in the ball pit. It comes to your house so you can have a little party inside afterwards with food and cake, once the kids are suitable worn out.
Soft Play – we’ve got a couple options nearby us. The beauty of these sorts of parties is that you can let the kids run wild and tire themselves out, have a coffee and catch up with the other mamas
Creation Station Party – this is the one I’m edging towards but I’m waiting to hear back on prices. We have a rather large guest list so it might be out of the budget but it would be lots of fun. The Creation Station is a fun, crafting place for kids. They get to make loads of mess and you don’t have to clean it up afterwards. A win all round in my opinion!
Farm Day Out – one of Little I’s friends is doing this for her birthday and it is such a fun and unique idea. The kids will love exploring the farm and seeing the animals. They do party packages which is great.
Music Bugs Party – we’ve been to a couple of these and they’re really fun. The kids love being able to make a big noise and dance around. I’m not 100% Little I would stay focused for the whole session though (she’s taken to running out of the room at ballet) so I’m not sure we’ll go for this option.
**update – we have booked a birthday party at a kids imagination centre that has just opened up in Portsmouth – Teeny Town. I’m so excited as Little I loved Little Street in Frimley. You hire out the whole place for an hour and a half, get an hours play and half an hour food and cake time. The best part? No mess to clean up afterwards**
I’ve been checking out some party decor inspiration for the garden party at home on the Sunday. uk casinos not on gamstop Our theme this year is Monochrome Rainbows!
All balloons – Party Kitsch
I’ve also been doing some cake planning. I’ve decided to attempt to make two myself this year – one for the party and one for at home. I must be mad. Here are some of my inspiration images from Pinterest:
I’ll be doing a separate outfit planning post later this week. There would have been too much on this post otherwise.
What sort of things do you think make a good kids birthday party? Do you go all out, or keep it low key?