29 October, 2016

Alfie's Pinterest Party

My eldest turned 6 at the begin of October and this was his first proper party. Other years we have celebrated at home with the family and just a couple of friends. This year we decided he would get the big party, in a hall and with all of his classmates.

Alfie's best friend was also turning 6 the same month so we decided to do a joint party to save some money. 

I love Pinterest and often find myself spending hours browsing through for things and decided that I would use Pinterest to help me plan my son's birthday party.

First up was deciding on our theme, the boys' weren't particular fussed over the theme they just wanted a party. So myself and Dani hit Pinterest and got to work on finding a theme. One of the things we really wanted to do was pick a theme that hadn't already been in their class, so far no one had had the same theme this year and so we wanted to do the same. We ended up choosing between superheros and an animal theme.

With our theme set we booked the hall and a bouncy castle which we managed to get a good deal on.

Next was to send out the invites...

It's very rare that since having my boys I get to sit down and do anything remotely crafty, Alfie's party gave me the perfect excuse to sit down and do so.  I created these invites very easily on PicMonkey,  I added a black and white photo of animals that I got from google and then backed the invite on to animal printed themed card.

The cake was made by my mum, she always makes our cakes. She is so talented and they always taste amazing! 

As the other parent isn't a huge Disney fan like myself this was my little Disney contribution to the party. 

Now that I had the main things booked and taken care of it was time to buy and make the decorations.

Using old bits of picket fencing we had lying around we made these jungle signs to put up around the room at various stations. 

For party bags we went slightly different to the normal content. We both decided to give a much more thought out goodie bag, with a couple of sweets in each and instead of all of those the little toys that seem to break or get lost within two hours of coming home. 
We choose to have monkeys for adoption as our party bag filler,  each child would go home with their monkey and a birth certificate to fill in.  
We also had a selection of foam animal masks for the kids to choose from. 

We made a sign for the entrance of the party again using bits of wood we had lying around, I had seen these on Pinterest and I knew we had to do one for the boys' party. 

After 6 weeks of brain storming and planning the boys' big day was here!
 Alfie was so excited when we revealed our hard work, we had kept most of the planning secret so they didn't really know much until they saw the hall all decorated. 

For decorations I hit ebay.
 We purchased a huge jungle backdrop which you can see on the right hand side at the back. It was 15ft long and not too bad price wise. 
Balloons and inflatables were relatively cheap, the table clothes were a bit of a splurge, it's really hard to find animal print table clothes!  but we have managed to save them for another time so that will save us money in the future! 

For cups, plates and napkins we decided to buy plain coloured items instead of special jungle themed ones,  they worked out about 40% cheaper and we got double the amount plus 20% discount on a bulk order.  We wanted a more grown up theme to the typical jungled/safari themed partyware we had seen,  they seemed to be more aimed at babies and toddlers rather than older children. 

We made a child friendly drinks station where they could easily help themselves with no spillages, these were all on offer from Aldi. 

We then also had a drinks station for the older children and adults who could help themselves.

We ordered a bulk of inflatable and plastic animals that we arranged around the hall, on tables and on ledges.

 I saw these cute Animal food card on Pinterest and just new we had to add these to our party. 
I also tried to make a cucumber snake but the eyes kept falling off! 

 One of my favourite items from the party was the cut out animal stand in the corner, we got the children to take it in turns to stand and have their pictures taken.
It was such a nice little touch and Dani's dad made it for us which meant it didn't cost us a penny! 

 The party was a huge success and we had so many lovely comments from family and friends. The boys had a lovely time too which was the most important part. I'm so glad we managed to pull off our Pinterest party and now I'm brain storming for the next birthday , Archie's 3rd Birthday!

Let me know what you do for your children's birthdays.


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