The Best Birthday Party Ever - What Katy Said

The Best Birthday Party Ever

This weekend we threw a birthday party, the first big party we have ever done. Well, we did do a joint party a couple of years ago but of course I shared the responsibility of getting it all done. This time though, it was all on me (let’s not pretend Mr F had any input at all shall we…). People did ask my why on earth I was even contemplating doing a party in the first place- I mean I have just had a baby.

Thing is, I am not just his mum, I am a mum to two other little girls and so I couldn’t just ignore the fact that my biggest girlie was turning 5. She will only ever turn 5 once and I couldn’t bear the thought that it would be brushed aside just because I had very bad timing when having a baby! So, the party had to happen- I had to make it happen.

Planning a birthday party, or any type of event, always seems like a stressful thing to do. I certainly felt a little bit stressed in the lead up to it all but it was more in my head than a reality. In actual fact I had it all under control without even realising it. I had made list upon list and covered all bases – I just needed to get through the actual day without any mishaps!

We decided (or rather she decided) that she would have a Frozen themed disco party and invite all of her friends. This turned out to be almost 40 children and so no easy task! The number of children didn’t phase me as being a teacher I am used to dealing with large groups of children. No, it was more the logistics of planning for that many children! So, after securing the hall I set about organising the rest of it!

Party Bags and Supplies

Party bags were first on the list and thankfully I discovered that you can buy pre-filled bags! So handy when you are short on time!! They arrived a few days before the party and meant I didn’t have to worry about them at all. Ours were from Party Bags and Supplies (who kindly gave me a discount) and at a little over £1 a bag you can’t go wrong!

Did you know you can also buy pre-wrapped pass the parcels?! I decided against playing it with that many children but just wanted to share that nugget of information with you in case you are planning a party and don’t fancy wrapping a bazillion layers!!

Blowing out the candles

I bought the invites, balloons, table clothes and bunting from Amazon (Prime is my new best friend) and picked up a shop bought cake. The only thing I had to do myself was prepare the food on the day but I kept it simple and did pizza and other party classics like cocktail sausages etc… I didn’t do sandwiches because a) nobody likes sandwiches and b) nobody likes making sandwiches! I made sure everything was egg free too as one of the little boys in her class has an allergy. I made him his own cake to take home too, using this amazing Sprite Cake recipe. Little touches like that mean so much to the child and parent and really don’t take much effort.

at the disco

A friend of ours supplied some disco lights and I made a playlist of some suitable songs – ‘Let it Go’ was top of her list of course! From throwing end of term parties for my classes over the years, I know that all kids really want to do at that age is run around like headless chickens. So, I didn’t worry too much about having much of a timetable or having any set games to play.

LJ at the disco

So the big day arrived and with the help of some amazing friends and family the hall was set up and we were ready for the guests. I gave out sweets for the best dancer for each song and at the end gave out a prize for best overall boy/girl dancer. Nothing too complicated but every child got involved and loved showing off their moves. We even had some of the mums and dads dancing with their kids, which was just brilliant.

party girls

So did she enjoy it? Because that is all that really matters isn’t it? Well, as I put her to bed she gave me a big cuddle and whispered..

“That was the best party ever mummy”

And that is why I did it. It was all for her.

my sig 2016

 

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11 Comments

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    Steph
    October 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Looks like such a fun party!! I am not surprised your daughter thought it was the best party ever! Such a lovely post and I know what you mean about it being all for them. We had a birthday party for our eldest when baby no.3 was a couple weeks old and looking back I must have been mad and don’t know how we pulled it off but everyone had a fab time and the birthday girl loved it, so I know exactly how you are feeling 🙂 Gorgeous post xx

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    Alana - Burnished Chaos
    October 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This does sound like the best birthday party ever. And you’re right, no one likes making sandwiches. For some reason I have done them for every single party but I don’t really know why. I’m taking a leaf out of your book next time round!
    #TwinklyTuesday

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    Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap
    October 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Aww so glad it all went well! I really felt the pressure of organising a good one for the gremlin as she was 3. You just want to make them so happy! The pics and final bedtime thanks are so cute and sooo worth it..xx #twinklytuesday

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    Ceri
    October 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    The girls look so beautiful Katy and total hi5’s to you for pulling off a party after having the little one! I’d have still been in bed. xx

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      Katy
      October 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Believe me I was in my bed early that night! Haha xx

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    October 4, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Aww I am so glad it went wonderfully! Do I spy a familiar dress 🙂 xx

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      Katy
      October 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      yes you do 🙂 Lils loves everything you gave xxx

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    Sarah Noble
    October 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Well done you! Looks like such fab party. I need to get down to some planning for my six year old but every time I do I end up with my head on my pillow!

    • Reply
      Katy
      October 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      It is definitely the planning that is the most stressful part but a good list does wonders!! xx

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    Mudpie Fridays
    October 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Oh I’m glad it went well 🙂 that prepared pass the parcel is a great idea. Lovely photos and it’s great the adults got involved too! It’s always for the kids!! Stopping by from #TwinklyTuesday xx

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      Katy
      October 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Was it you who suggested the pass the parcel? I know it was another blogger I heard about it from- such a fab idea!! x

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