I’ve been a bit AWOL lately, because I was planning the Littlest Bolters 3rd birthday party! Amazing that my babies are now 3. Anyway, the party was lovely, so here are the highlights of what we had made the party so good (and my life easier!).
Decorations: the girls are mad about jungle animals, so we always have a jungle theme. I ordered plates, cups,party bags, colour in masks and banners from this eBay seller. They arrived quickly and are the best ones I have had so far, with a vibrant print of nice looking animals. Also, the items are good quality, and not flimsy.
I also ordered a few plastic table covers from here, and they also arrived quickly and were big (137 x 259 cm) and bright. Another good jungle party purchase.
Normally we also have helium filled supersized foil animal balloons, but didn’t do that this year. These balloons are a huge hit with children, but are pricey, so if you are looking for the cheapest way to source them, this ebay seller, sells 100 for £150, so you can buy in bulk and use them over successive parties. I have bought from Seamus a few times, and he is very helpful and couriers the balloons to you. They do cost about £3 to fill with helium, at a party shop, though, so you need to factor that in We were giving them away instead of party bags, but the children are getting older and so have now moved to party bags.
Our party bags contained various things, including colouring books, the masks I mentioned above, chocolate Freddo frogs and these fun finger LED torches that the children love (and you may be familiar with if you go to rave parties!)
The year we had a bouncy castle for the first time, and it was one of the best things about the party. Wonderful way to wear the children out, and they were having so much fun on it. You can see the bouncy castle we hired from Bouncy Castle Hire for £75, below, and I really recommend the company as the guys dropped it off and picked it up exactly on time, as well as being very sweet.
You can also see from the photo that we had an entertainer (no, that was not me in in a lycra cheerleader outfit). Oh my God, if you can get an entertainer, do. Normally I am running around, entertaining them, keeping them happy. This year, we had Ashlie from Party Belles, and she was perfect. Really kind and gentle, but energetic and fun. The children were far more engaged by her than they have been by me! She did balloon animals, bubbles, pom pom dances, glitter tattoos, disco dancing. Both the boys and the girls loved her, and the parents actually got to stand, talk and relax.
Every birthday party, our girls choose their birthday cake, and this time one birthday girl chose a pink giraffe and the other chose a monkey. I won’t lie – I bake them, but my husband is the one who decorates them. Its all quite easy for me as I use Marks & Spencer cake mix and order all the other supplies, including kilos of coloured ready to roll icing, from The Craft Company (cheapest source of cake supplies I have found and they are very helpful).
Hope this helps planning any parties you have coming up, that little bit easier!