Jacob’s 2nd Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Jacob, Happy Birthday to you!

I can’t believe its been 2 years since Jacob was born! Where has the time gone? He’s my little blonde bombshell. To celebrate turning two, we had his hair trimmed. He still has all his curls, but the front was shaped around his face. He was very happy with his green lollipop and so was mum with a moneybag of blonde hair!

We sang Happy Birthday to Jacob this morning, his face was alight! He loved his Thomas helium balloon and opened his presents with his morning bottle of milk hanging out of his mouth, hehe. He’s loved playing with his toys today and has been using his new train track for his cars too.

This week has been a little manic, tidy and planting in the allotment and getting it ready for the skip that came on Friday. We’ve tidied the girls room and sorted under their beds, i so don’t want to go there again! Renewed mY tax credits (yes a little late, being the day before the deadline!) and planned Jacobs party in the park. I’m so glad the weather stayed good, just a little shower as friends and family headed home, but cleared for packing up. All day on Friday i checked acuweather, rain was forecast, but this morning it showed a small percent of rain and 20degrees! So the handpainted number 2 posters made by the girls stayed up on the walls at home and not transfered to our church, plan b. I’m so glad the weather was glorius and the kids all had fun, albeit a frisbee burn and a knocked scab. Ouch! Luckily we had an ice pack from the ice cream and babywipes. We now have a very equiped first aid kit in the car.

We set up our gazebo and hung Jacobs name bunting up his Nan had made him last year, which is usually hung in his bedroom. The tables were set up and adorned with picnic food, hedgehog bread, tiger loaf, french stick, cheese, ham, peas pudding, pate, individual tubs of sandwich fillers, Nan’s mini homemade pies, cheese rolls, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, crisps, fruit basket, twix, tunicks teacakes, kitkats, chocolate cupcakes made by the kids and i, Grandma’s carrot and apple cake and to finish off with a choice of mint, chocolate or raspberry ripple ice cream with flakes, sauces and sprinkles and of course The Birthday Cake! The kids had boxes filled with dinosaur cheese and ham sandwiches, sausage roll, cocktail sausages, tangerine, ladybird biscuits, which Emily and i made, mini choc cupcake and some teddy crisps. We all sat on picnic blankets, chairs and coloured foam squares.

One comment was, this is nice, no kids! HaHa, they were all playing on the play area!

Towards the end we handed out punch balloons, we got a great deal from ebay, 50 for a tenner. We took 25 and put aside the rest for Evies bday in 6 weeks time.

We also gave out party ‘favors’ instead of party bags, these were incredibly cheap to make, i must have saved at least a £1 each by making these. I saw this idea from facebook and thought they looked great!

The party was fab! The whole day has been fab! Everyones been so kind, with helping out, presents, handmade gifts, just being there!

I totaled up roughly how much the party cost and was vey pleased to find it around £80, thats including favors, punch balls, plates, napkins, boxes, all the food and ice cream, drinks etc etc. a daving on what we would usually spend. Great for 39 guests. Also some costs could have been slashed too, but ive got a fridge full of food left! Hmm whats for tea? Picnic!

We’ve had a chilled out afternoon, Jacobs had a nap, then had a second bout, well this is probably his 6th bout of present opening. He’s played all afternoon. In the past our parties have started at 3 or 4, but i’ve loved the earlier time and being able to enjoy his day with him.

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to my Handsome Blondeshell!

Evie’s Birthday Parties!

Evie’s birthday parties were a great success! 

I managed to get all the cakes baked and decorated in time.  The princess tiaras cut out and gems and jewels ready.  Little tiaras cut out and ready for sticking for pin the crown on the princess.  For the family party, the playdough was made between parties for the party bags.  It was odd preparing 2 buffets, it felt like daje-vu!

For the first party.  Evie’s friends came dressed as princess’.  We made princess tiaras, then they decorated cakes using pink/lilac icing, and various princessy sprinkles.  The cakes looked great and we displayed them on a large cake stand in the middle of the table and ate them for dessert.  I wished i’d had a photo!  We then had party food.  I had picked up some princess party boxes and filled them with their food.  Fridge items i’d previously sorted out into plastic bags in the fridge and tipped them into each bag when we were ready.  I had cooked chicken nuggets and these went in once the children were sitting down.  I’d cut sandwiches into hearts using a cookie cutter, they had various fillings.  Theses were arranged on a plate and offered to the children.  Things like peppers/cucumber/toms/grapes etc went into dishes on the table for children to help themselves to as they would go soggy in a box.  Jelly and spoons with a satsuma were already in the boxes, but i put out party rings, iced gems, pink and chocolate mallows and pink fingers for dessert.  Also crisps went out onto the table.  I made some nibbles for the adults too.  We sang Happy Birthday and Evie blew out her candles on the cakes.  Then they all joined in blowing out the candles.  We played pass the parcel and pin the crown onto the princess.  I had a cd with a song for pass the parcel, it was great as no one had to stop and start a cd and get blamed for cheating!  We ran out of time for other games, so in the princess bag i had used for the crown game we’d put in prizes for each child.  They were princess lollies and popping candy.  Evie handed out the party bags while i cut the cake.  For Evies party bags i managed to get alot of princess things at good prices.  They each had a princess pen and stickers.  I printed out princess pictures and reduced these to fit 4 on an A4 sheet.  I had bought two packs of pencils and split them up, each child recieved 8 colouring pencils.  I got a princess jewlery set that had 12 sets of 4 items.  A small tiara, necklace, ring and bracelet. Oh and off course sweets, which included a small pack of lovehearts!!!  I got a great deal on the party bags themselves.  They cost £1.05 for 20, they were plastic bags with crowns etc on them and tied with a pink tie.  Whereas normal party bags were going to cost £4.50 for 24!  Evie really enjoyed herself and at the end came over and said thank you for her party.  It was sooo sweet!

I put Jakey to bed and quickly started on the playdough.  We made red for girls scented with strawberry and green for the boys scented with peppermint.  i had wanted to make a few colours but ran out of time!  In their party bags were cutters, the playdough and sweeties!  The playdough to make cost under a £1 whereas to buy it closer to £10 for the amounted i needed, so saved a bomb!  At the family party all the kids just played together and after food they played pass the parcel.  Again Evie really enjoyed herself and thanked us after, which i found really sweet again and was the icing on the cake! 

We will definately do this for Emily’s party in 6 weeks time.  I like reading what others have done for parties and party bags, they can be very helpful!  Although i hope to be a little more organised and less stressed before hand. Although the stress was worth it as i love organising parties!  I’m starting to think about Emilys party already and have picked up some items for party bags, i will also pick up plates etc soon to help spread the cost and time nearer the party. 

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