I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I updated the blog! Evidently I had more ‘downtime’ when Emmy was sleeping a little more but, now we’re down to one big nap after lunch I spend a few hours sprinting round doing jobs before she wakes up again.
It’s been a busy few months. Our routine is coming on great, she’s a great eater and sleeper (eventually!) and we’re starting to adventure out more into the world with holidays in the Lakes and Spain. I’ve started the transition back to work, Emmy is enjoying her days out with Granny and Nanny Di and excitingly we’ve just had Emmys first birthday party.
We wanted to keep the celebrations simple. Emmy is too little to remember it but we wanted it to be our way of saying hurray, we survived the first year and thanks to all our family and friends for their support.
I thought it was worth sharing a few of my top tips for making party planning a little easier (and, not extortionately expensive):
1. Make the most of free party templates online - I wanted to send something a bit different to the off-the-shelf paper invites you get from the supermarket but didn’t want to spend too much. Say hello to the fabulous Mr Printables who have free templates for invites, favours and hats. They’ve even got some great games, puzzles and colouring activities for older party guests. We went for their rainbow invite which we got printed at the local printers for about the same price as buying paper one pages.
2. Scour pinterest and sites like Martha Stewart, Handmade Charlotte and Oh Happy Day for inspiration – I had no idea what ‘theme’ or decor I wanted but, a quick search on pinterest one evening (really easy to sign up and it’s free) and our bright, rainbow inspired party was born.
Images: First Day of Summer Party – Oh Happy Day; Paper streamers and fans – Pearl and Earl
3. Make the most of discount shops and the party aisle in the supermarkets for supplies – I sourced tablecloths, plastic cutlery, wine glasses and cups as well as toy cars, stickers, crayons and bubbles for party bags from pound shops and Wilkinsons. Although I found them too late for our party I was also amazed at the range of party bag goodies in Tesco and so, so cheap.
4. Hark back to your childhood and create inexpensive party games – Mum came up trumps with this one and made sets of skittles from empty plastic bottles and white sticky labels as well as hook-a-duck with yellow plastic ducks, cup hooks and garden canes and Emmys paddling pool. It kept the older kids at the party amused for more than long enough to give their parents a break but make sure you have an adjudicator, just in case of competitive squabbles!
5. Accept any offers of help or supplies provision – I’m the worst person in the world for accepting help from anyone but, am slowly starting to realise that I’ve got enough to keep me out of trouble. When it came to the party I said yes to anything offered! Nanny Di made the cake, Mum made lots of food including this great rainbow fruit salad, friends brought home-made cakes and buns and we even had a genius cheese and pineapple hedgehog!
All in all a wonderful day with all of our favourite people. Including the most important one…..
Happy 1st birthday Emmeline Beatrice. We love you, always (even though we scared you out of your wits with your birthday candles!).
Little Pea Green