A week ago today, my boy turned 2, and I have finally got the energy to write about it!
As you know, I having been preparing for it for quite some time now, so in a way I was glad the day had actually arrived.
The evening before, we had a mini birthday tea with the extended family, so I baked a victoria sponge, and got an amazing cake topper from Evergreen Body Care of my little boy.
I also got some mini toppers of the same picture, along with some batman and rugby balls, and baked some chocolate cakes with a blob of jam in each centre.
Considering I’m no chef, they all tasted yum!
|My Homemade Choc & Jam Cakes|
The toppers are edible, and all I had to do was email the company with the picture and it was on my doorstep days later, so I was a very happy bunny, and they added a quirky little feature to the buffet that certainly caught the kids’ eyes.
For the buffet, I bought veg and dips, rice cakes, crisps, and lots of frozen food from a couple of supermarkets to make it quicker and easier for me, because cooking, preparing myself and little man, and getting everything to the venue all by my tod was not an easy feat!
|Soft Ball Shooting Area|
For the party venue, I invited 6 toddlers to indoor play centre Funplex. I chose it because it’s the perfect size for a party; There are plenty of areas to play, with slides, climbing frames, soft ball shooting area and even an under 1’s section.
What I love about it, is that you can see the entire centre from wherever you are, unlike some play centres, so there’s no concern about your children running in two different directions and fear of them managing to get out of the building. There’s only one entrance and exit, and it is completely open-planned, so very toddler friendly!
My son and his friends loved Funplex, and I managed to use one of the party rooms, which was painted with various fairy tale characters, and was a good space to put the buffet, and for the adults to sit and enjoy a cuppa whilst the kids ran wild. The room also had a large window, so you could literally watch the children on the apparatus from your seat.
|Great Kid Fun!|
I chose a weekday morning, so it was nice and quiet- we practically had the whole place to ourselves for 3 hours!
The other mums loved it so much they suggested we make it a regular play date, as child entry is cheaper than most other centres in the area, and adults are free.
The kids had an absolute blast, and we actually stayed nearly 2 hours longer than planned, and the staff were brilliant about it! They even offered squash and plastic plates, because I had forgotten those key parts of my buffet (not bad considering I did EVERYTHING by myself this year I might add!).
I loved that all of the areas were secure and well-padded, so I was able to trust him to run around without me lagging behind him, and he really loved the independence!
|My Party ‘Cups’|
For the party bags, I was let down MAJORLY by the company who agreed to make the personalised chocolates for each child. They assured me the week before that the order was scheduled and would be posted out ready for the party, and then in the days leading up to it they no longer replied to me! I got a response AFTER the party saying they had made the order but it hadn’t been sent out. Due to this I no longer recommend using chocolatemadness.co.uk at all, especially when it comes to ensuring your products actually arrive for your party!
So as a last minute idea, I bought some pirate cups, hats and colouring books from the good old Pound Shop, and then added sweets, gingerbread biscuits and these cups became the party bags.
After last year’s birthday cake almost killed me, I got the amazingly talented Daisy Brydon to make the cake, and asked for it to have a theme from the film ‘Night at the Museum’ which is still his favourite film.
|His Amazing Cake|
It had all my son’s favourite characters: Rex, Dum Dum and Dexter being the main ones, as well as a lion and elephant.
The detail was amazing, and the chocolate cake inside was devine!
Each character was edible, as they were made from rice crispies and modelling chocolate, so my sister enjoyed eating Rex’s bum the day after!
I cannot thank Daisy enough for doing it, especially as she was manically trying to finish a cake for the BBC at the same time as making one for little old us!
I would definitely recommend using Daisy if you have any big celebrations coming up, as she really does cater to what you want, and she is so lovely to talk to which helps a lot I can tell you!
|Cake Maker Daisy and Me!|
Overall, it was a fabulous day and the boy (plus the other 6 toddlers) all crashed out for huge sleeps after the party. I cannot forget the smile on his face as everyone sang happy birthday to him and watched him blow out his candles. I have never seen him beam so much in his little life, and he seemed so in awe that people were singing for him. Let’s just say my tummy tugged with huge, bubbly love and I had to stop my face from leaking in public!
We then got home to find Uncle Rich and Auntie Nat had bought him goldfish and put them in my lounge.
Errr thanks for more daily chores for me to attempt to do guys, especially when my son killed one of their fish a few months ago by lobbing toys into the tank!
To get them back, here were some flattering shots of them just to give you a good laugh!
Overall, it was a day filled with wonderful memories, and I would definitely like to do the same activities and food for him next year!
For the purpose of this post, I was given these items to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.