Anyone who knows me knows that planning parties is totally my ‘thing’, it’s just something I love doing. This weekend we celebrated Florence turning two with a fun filled farm themed birthday garden party. This year I also put a lot of emphasis on the […]
With a Cluck & a Moo & a Cock-a-doodle-doo, Florence is turning 2! : Plans for a second birthday party
I can’t quite believe we’re at this stage again already. In just over a month my biggest baby will be 2 and we plan to celebrate her birthday in style again this year with a Farm themed party filled with lots of animal fun & […]
This weekend was a busy one for baby and I. We had our risk assessment at the birthing centre and I finally finished writing my birthing plan on Saturday and then today was my ‘Baby Sprinkle’. Me and 12 of my ladies got together for a girly afternoon celebrating our little boy’s impending arrival.
Unlike the huge (and wonderful) Spring time baby shower I had while pregnant with Florence, it was a perfectly quiet and intimate affair this time around. Now just to warn you, the blogger in me failed to get many photographs of today at all, and there is just this one of me from the whole afternoon… super flattering I know. It may not be instaperfect, but it is a memory and those are just as magical.
We went to Puddings in Maidstone where we had full private access to their upstairs room which was the perfect fit for our little group. By happy coincidence the walls are painted in a sumptuous navy blue which complimented the gold theme of chosen for the decor and of course was a nod to our blue bump. We sat down to a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes made in house.
While we did play a couple of games – Guess the size of the bump & ‘Would she rather’ – we were quite limited by the space so instead everyone was invited to decorate a little bodysuit however they wished and the best would be judged by Sean and awarded a prize. It was so funny how competitive everyone became and how into it they were – the room fell almost silent! The final results were amazing too. Among the greats we had a ‘Storm Pooper’, a rainbow and a rabbit but my friend Helena’s ‘Blue Floyd’ Band T design took the top spot. ! It even has personalised ‘tour dates’ on the back!
I also asked everyone to complete a page in a DIY first words book by drawing in a picture to match a letter of the alphabet. My friend has offered to digitise them all and the we are going to have them published as a proper book.
I love how through such a simple and crafty activity baby will have a bunch personalised gifts made with love.
Decor was kept low key (and low budget!) and we stuck with some Ginger Ray accessories, homemade game cards- free printable anyone? Watch this space – and a DIY gold balloon hoop decoration.
We were gifted some beautiful clothes and toys for baby boy which we opened once back at home. It was so nice to spend an afternoon with some of my favourite people, child free and actually be able to have uninterrupted conversation. The cake was just an added bonus!
We chose a rainbow theme for Florence’s 1st Birthday party and along with the decorations and games we also tied in the food with it. I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and loved creating the menu for her big day. I thought I […]
I can hardly believe it’s over! I’ve spent the last month or so planning Florence’s first Birthday Party and on Saturday all of my plans came to life. 60 of our friends and family came to celebrate our little girl turning one and we honestly […]
So here we are in May. Where on earth has the last year gone? I remember this time last year so clearly – I had just begun maternity leave and we were making the final preparations for Florence’s arrival. Now, in just 3 weeks, our teeny tiny baby girl will turn one! One whole year! Her actual first birthday is on a Thursday and Sean will be working in the morning. My sister & I are taking her into town for a birthday breakfast and a special trip to Build a Bear in the morning. We are going to buy her a dog complete with roller skates like the one she played with in their store at Easter. I am hoping that this will become a bit of a tradition for us to take forward for year to come. In the afternoon we are going to put on a little birthday tea party at our house and have invited immediate family & Florence’s God Parents to join us for cake & presents. Hopefully, the weather will be nice and our garden will be in better shape so we can spend the afternoon outside.
At the weekend, we are throwing her a rainbow themed Birthday Party in Sean’s parents garden and have invited all of our family & friends to celebrate in style. The house and garden will be decorated in rainbow brights all over. A balloon–icorn will greet our guests at the door leading them through the house and into the conservatory.
The cake will sit upon a multi-coloured covered table with a rainbow balloon backdrop.
Outside there will be bunting hung all around the garden, we will tie floaty ribbons to the trees, above us we will hang paper lanterns to resemble hot air balloons in the sky and I am going to make some pin wheels to place along the patio.
The children will sit down to lunch at a specially made low level picnic table, along which a rainbow of balloons will sit. Each child will have a different coloured plate & cup and serviette.
A rainbow lunch will be served for the children upon a handmade low level banqueting table, surrounded by bright & bold blankets ad cushions for seats. The table will be decorated with a rainbow balloon centrepiece and each child will have a different colour plate & cup.
A rainbow lunch will be served for the children with each plate being labelled with these cute little signs I made in PicMonkey. Later on, there will be a BBQ for the grown ups.
There will be children there aged from 3 months to 10 years old and so we are going all out to make sure everyone is catered for when it comes to games and things to do.
For the babies, I am going to set up a rainbow coloured sensory play area on some foam mats in a shady spot of the garden. I am going to hang some jingly and reflective toys from a rainbow umbrella as well recreating this Flower Garden play inside in the cool.
For the older children, there will be games and challenges throughout the day including Happy Races, Pin the tail on the Unicorn, Pass the Parcel and a Treasure Hunt to fill our pot with gold as well as a water bead Tuff Spot, and an art station. Of course, I must also mention the playhouse Sean & his brother have been busy making over the last few weeks, by then it will have been painted and will be ready to host hours of play!
All we have to hope for is a little sunshine!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our plans for Florrie’s first birthday. I will be sure to publish a post all about how it goes.
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