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Fairy Tea Party

It’s really easy to create a magical world for a young child-all you need is a bit of imagination…

For my daughters third birthday party I decided to celebrate with a Fairy Tea Party. I laid the table with fairy plates, bowls, napkins and party blowers-a bit of bunting and some balloons and the kitchen was transformed in to Fairy Tea Party.

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It’s a much fun to set up as it is to have the party.

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This is the first year my little girl has really been aware of what’s going on-picking her own food and opening her own presents. This is why I created a party that was just for her. All you need to do is pick a theme and the rest is easy.

What is a party without cakes? In the morning me and my daughter made scrummy cupcakes for the party.

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What if you are on a tight budget?

A lot of items can be picked up from bargain shops like B&M, UK Discount, Poundworld etc so you don’t have to spend a fortune.

Here are some ideas for you:

  1. Girly table confetti £1 from Poundland http://www.poundland.co.uk/party-and-celebrations/celebrations/table-decorations/party-table-confetti
  2. Pink doilies £1 from Poundland http://www.poundland.co.uk/party-and-celebrations/celebrations/table-decorations/coloured-doilies-assorted-30-pack
  3. 20 party cups girls theme 99p http://99pstoresltd.com/2012/10/girls-party-cups-20pc.html
  4. 8 Barbie party plates 99p http://99pstoresltd.com/2012/10/barbie-birthday-plates-8pk.html
  5. Balloons 99p http://99pstoresltd.com/2012/10/party-balloons-80-assorted.html
  6. Fairy tablecloth £2.99 http://www.fabulouspartyware.com/product/12/Fairy_Party_Tablecloths/?gclid=CP6S6Z2st7oCFQrJtAod1AQA0A

My best advice if you are on a budget is:

  • Keep your theme broad i.e fairies, bright colours, jungle etc
  • Pick up bits and bobs as you go along and it spreads the cost
  • Re-use as much as you can
  • Use toys as centre pieces- no need to buy all new
  • Keep it simple.

Thank to my little girl for a lovely day.

At the end of the day all that matters is that you get time to spend together and create memories.

If you need any ideas let me know

Thanks for reading my blog

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Jungle Boogie

Todays blog is one of the easiest to write because I’m going to give you some ideas on parties-love them or hate them they are an essential part of a child’s social life-where else are they going to learn to hide under a table eating a blancmange, have a fight in a bouncy castle or get their faces painted like spiders?

Today my daughter had a joint party with five of her friends-all celebrating their third birthdays.

We decided to share the party after all six of us mums met in a parent and toddler group in a local library. It was a turning point in my enjoyment of being a mum. Before this I was stuck at home, used to working, desperate to go back to work. When I met these girls for the first time I wanted my maternity leave to last forever. When you become a mum friendships like these are invaluable. Anyway-I digress! So we all met and we thought a shared birthday party would be great for those of us on a tight budget.

I thought I’d share my top ten best party ideas for you-based on our party today:

  1. Eyeball jellies-these really were the star of the show. A lychee set in jelly with a grape or blueberry in the centre. Simple and great fun for kids (great for Halloween too) Courtesy of Gillian Jackson DSCF1829
  2. Share the cost with friends-we had a two hour party complete with face painting, games, bouncy castles, food and hall for less than £40 each. It’s easy to spend close to £200 for this sort of party on your own.DSCF1839
  3. When you are having a party for younger children the less structure the better. Just let them play and have fun. We had no sit down buffet and the children could just come and go as they pleased.
  4. Set a really broad theme-we chose jungle because of the bouncy castle we hired- one friend made home-made bunting in animal fabric, another friend brought yellow cutlery, animal plates, another friend bought wrapping paper to cover the tables with in animal pattern and I brought in some soft animals to put on the buffet table. Another friend made palm leaves to put on the tables, It all tied in so well and more importantly it was easy for us all to buy items in different places.
  5. With food have a selection of foods so parents can choose whether they want to have a healthy meal or a plate of party nibbles or a bit of both. We had a good selection of fruit, vegetables sandwiches, crisps and of course cake.DSCF1837
  6. Party bags-our entertainment company Fizz Kids sold these at £1.90 each which was a really good price as you can go overboard as they can often look cheap. Our party cups were nicely wrapped, jungle themed-with a whistle inside, sweets colouring book and animal stickers. By the time you buy a few bits you can easily spend three or pounds per party bag so it’s worthwhile looking at buying them ready done.DSCF1827
  7. Keeping everyone happy in a party- it’s important for all parents to make sure they’re children are behaving as tempers can flare up with all the excitement. Keep a lookout for any situations which may ruin others’ enjoyment of the day
  8. Try and include parents who may have come to the party alone-parties are great events to make new friends-not just for the children!
  9. Birthday cake-shop bought or home made-don’t worry. Just don’t forget the candles as that is what makes a little persons day.
  10. Have fun and don’t stress. The only way you’ll be judged is by how much fun the children have had-not on how much you have spent.

Thank you to Fizz Kidz and all my mum friends for making this blog possible.

Have a good week all

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