This party was a simple one. We hired a small soft play Toddler group hall so there was play equipment to entertain them all. We asked them all to bring a teddy for animal hospital and so each child could have their stuffed animal checked out with the vet set and bandages/plasters applied to their toys. Each child went home with a goody bag complete with Doc McStuffins colouring-in book and a homemade little book of boo-boos. This party could be adapted to a home party with party games or using a village/church hall.
When Daisy turned 6 we celebrated her Birthday on Christmas Eve at home with some of our neighbours and friends from her class. Daisy was very much into the Gruffalo and asked for a gruffalo costume and other merchandise. So we threw a gruffalo themed party with a few handmade items thrown in. We made use of our new glue gun and made gruffalo themed sock puppets for party bags, a gruffalo chocolate cake and linked the party food to the story for example – popcorn -scrambled snake 🐍
For party activities they had gruffalo play dough (basic homemade play dough with added cocoa powder) we put out craft items such as matchsticks, feathers, Pom poms, google eyes etc to make gruffalo themed masterpieces. I will pop on the blog my favourite play dough recipe under our preschool indoor activities.
We also had gruffalo shaped biscuits to decorate (basic biscuit recipe with gruffalo cookie cutter) Lastly Dougie decorated a large cardboard box as a log-pile house and put holes in the box and filled it with feathers, sticks, toy snakes and also sweets so it was a secret surprise box! (Different take on a piñata!) This was very popular! Lastly we played musical statutes and pass the parcel.
Daisy turned 8 on Christmas Eve, so some years have been a bit hectic trying to fit in a party before the big day or even once (only once) a party at home on the actual day! This time we waited until after the holidays and had a belated party for her friends in January.
Daisy is a keen crafter and wanted a small gathering of friends, so with the help of shopping online at Hobbycraft and Sainsbury’s it was a really easy party to organise.
I ordered 2 (packs of 4) paint your own money boxes, cardboard initials to decorate, washi tapes, assorted gel stickers, a Jewellery making kit and a bumper box of craft.
The girls threw themselves into painting, taping, jewellery making, and it was a lovely big craft mess at the end.
After they had finished crafting they had party food and music before some simple cupcakes. I also ordered from Hobbycraft some paper bags and Melissa&Doug scratch art bookmarks.
One of the most awesome parties we have thrown for our kids, a joint splat party. In other words it’s paintball for kids – it’s slimey, messy and great fun for all!
We held this party outside in December! (mad, yes!) however it was a party that will be remembered. We erected a tent with 2 tables and filled two large military thermos boxes with hot dogs and each child had a party bag with their lunch in – crisps, drink and cake. Also supplied was an urn with tea/coffee and hot dogs for the grown ups as this encouraged parents to stay and was more hands on deck!
The game is 2 teams, red or green distinguished by red/green bandanas (old fitted sheets just ripped up) plus war paint.
We had saved old ice cream tubs for months and each child got given a packet of cornflour (cheap to bulk buy) and access to the red/green paint. They had a great time making cornflour gloop to a consistency they could use to splat with! This bit took a little supervision/mucking in by all. Dougie with the help of Finlay and some older ones took charge of all the children, building bases for each team with sticks etc and marked the base by red/green flags. Co-ordinated by Dougie battles commenced, and the object of each round was to defend your base, splat each other and advance to be the 1st to gain the opposing teams flag.
To entertain further there were targets to throw at and two piñatas.
This is a party for a real outdoor family it was really good fun on a small budget, just make sure waterproofs and old clothes are advised on the invites!