Each year, hubby kindly requests for our children’s parties for once be held at an alternative venue other than our home. I ignored him and planned at our address again as we have done for the past 5 years. And each year, poor darling also asks to keep numbers down at least to a minimum of 15 children per party…..again ignored!
For years I’ve planned and executed lots of press shows, birthday parties, and with the help of my mother, my wedding. So am quite happy to hold a quick 2 hour event at my house, because it’s easy right? OK, it’s not that easy, and if I’m brutally honest, I wish I’d listen to hubby more – this is something my best friend, (AKA Bandy), also commented on, prompting me to turn into an incredibly immature and snappy teenager and responded with a ‘WHAEVERRRR” using the ‘W’ finger sign!!
As it turns out, with much planning and maybe a little help from here and there, both my little ladies and all their friends, (nearly 60 in total between the two parties), had a super time. “What did you do and what is your secret?” I hear you ask – well, I had a few guaranteed tricks up my sleeve – these party tricks require a bit of land and a budget though:
1) bouncy castle
You JUST can’t go wrong with a bouncy castle – kids and adults alike love a good bounce, and that is what we did. Because I own a pair of princesses, they normally request a pink one and Bounce Krazee never fail to provide the perfect bounce!
2) the cake
I am the LUCKIEST girl in the world, as I have a hugely talented mother who makes fantastic cakes – I can’t give you her details as she is too much of a perfectionist and would spend her LIFE trying to make you the perfect cake – seriously, she’s up all night doing them – and I can’t count the times she’s said that to me….”I’m having a nap because I’ve been up all night doing that bloody cake for your daughter” – ahhh, bless my mummy – love you mum x
I’ve hired a few entertainers in the past, (Barbie and Cinderella were fab from Party Belles www.thepartybelles.co.uk), but the latest star had to be Dell from Cheeky Monkeys – he was absolutely BRILLIANT and the children were totally entranced by the man – he’s an actoooor you know! His number is 07767 881932 if you need someone to ‘make’ your little one’s utterly happy on their big day
4) make-shift gazebos
It rained at Lady P’s birthday, (on and off), but I have to say, this fab marquee looking tent thing housed the parents while the kiddies were fully entertained in the small summer house, so it made the perfect place to catch up on some much needed gossip whist avoiding the wet/dry/sunny/cloudy/ohmakeupyourbloodymind day!
5) goody bags
My children embarrass me at other parties, insisting the location of the goody bags once the party is over, so this has pushed me into ‘goody-bag paranoia’, ensuring all effort and research has been focussed into providing a worthwhile parting gift. I use Party Pieces for the actual bags and my lovely Kelly to fill them, if you live in Bucks, Kelly can fill lots of bags with all sorts of fun goodies and deliver to your door on 07863 349671
I HATE MAKING BLOODY SANDWICHES – could I be any clearer, so if someone else can do them for me – PERFECT. Luckily, I have the BEST sandwich and snack making company literally around the corner from me – I use them for Lady I’s school lunch as I currently work, (yeah, it’s a good enough excuse for me). They fill gorgeous little bags with all the essentials, egg, ham and marmite animal shaped sandwiches with fruit, cut veg, a cake and juice – LOVELY. I add to this with bowls of crisps dotted around the place and have jelly and cupcakes and jugs of juice on hand just to pretend that I actually do something culinary!
Balloons, streamers, paper cake stands, cake toppers, cups, serviettes – I love creating the ‘mood’ and go to great lengths and get a little carried away with this – Talking Tables are genius at creating the perfect atmosphere at any party and I highly recommend their gorgeous wares – Lady P had the Flower Fairy range which was just so her! She loved it, she even had the wings from the range – in fact, the decs are still up in the kitchen – don’t mind a spot of bunting after a do!
And we’re not talking the soapy kind here…no no no…hubby is the perfect host and couldn’t bare the parents to feel left out during all these manic festivities, we normally have a bottle or two of Pol Roger at hand to relax any frazzled mums & dads – any excuse really!!
The final result of all of this? Well, I was a tad squiffy by the end of the day, but an amazing time was had by all and compliments were given for a great party. The final piece of advice I wish I would listen to is this…always…ALWAYS… make sure your child opens the presents with a sober adult present, writing down who gave them what pressie…..WHY DO I ALWAYS FORGET TO DO THIS!! Any parents reading this who attended Lady P’s party, apologies – she ran into the house once all guests had departed and immediately started ripping the gifts open – I was too squiffy to take note!
P.S. – I was not paid to mention any of the above recommendations – I personally purchased all of the above and was more than happy with their services….even if they were full price damnit!