Thursday, 15 June 2017

DECORATING A BIRTHDAY PARTY ON A BUDGET.


May is one of the crazier months in a year in my life. It's full of birthdays, anniversaries, friends and more. Trying to plan different days and parties for my daughter left me in a stressed rut and I was constantly panicking. As it was Imogen's first birthday I took everything on board and tried to do it all myself from cakes, to making the decorations, to panic buying table cloths in the end and I wish I had a party planner or an easier way to tackle everything for her big day. At the same time, I was helping a friend out plan her daughters birthday which was just a mere week later. So do you want to know how I didn't melt down the second time around? 

After the huge rush from Imogen's birthday (there was around 60 people at the party, only 8 of whom were children), my cousin nearly getting stranded trying to get back to work the next morning and having all these presents to sort through and thank everyone, it was already days later before we got to settle. We had 3 cakes, 40 cupcakes and enough food to feed a family for a week still in our house and I had to try and create a birthday party for my friend Sophie's daughter, Clementine. 

As Sophie was having a pool party at her house for her friends and family it made things a lot less stressful already as it wasn't such a huge space to fill. I promised her that I would help with all the decorating as her job keeps putting so much stress on her, she was struggling to fund the party.

Now it was my turn to panic! I got into touch with Party Bags and Supplies and was saved. They sent me a Doc McStuffins Party Table Pack for the party along with pre filled party bags. 



Inside the party pack was a tablecloth, napkins, paper plates and plastic cups. And in the party bags was an assortment of bits for the children to enjoy that was Doc McStuffins themed such as "plasters" (stickers), notebook, crayons, rulers and a flump. It just made everything that much simpler and I didn't have to panic about trying to find the right party themed things in the shops when I could enjoy my time at home with my daughter trying to make what seemed like endless cupcakes with icing that wouldn't settle. 


The party pack itself was great. The paper plates didn't sog when withstanding all the food that the kids liked to pile on or bend causing accident's to happen. The cups held copious amount of juice that was guzzled and the napkins, well. They quickly dissapeared into the parents hands trying to wipe mouths around the mouths covered in frosting from the cupcakes. As well as the large tablecloth didn't break when my daughter decided to try and play bat and ball with it. The cloth covered a large table and still had plenty to dangle over to show the design off. It was a huge success and Sophie was extremely happy with the party for her now terrible two year old. 



The children loved the party bags and there was just enough things in there to keep them happy but not over spoil them and even my daughter Imogen loved her party bag although she was a bit too young to enjoy it's contents. 

I think next year I will choose to go with using a party pack for my daughters party when she's a little more into themes as it was such an easy, fuss and stress free way to decorate a party on a budget. There are hundreds of things to chose from In the Night Garden to Trolls, Mario Kart, Avengers and even Frozen. 

Until next time, 




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