MMM: My first time as toddler party planner

In about three weeks my first-born child turns three years old. Apart from the fact I can’t believe it, I cannot get over the fact that he is SO INTO THE WHOLE PARTY THING.

I thought I would be able to get away with a big party for at least another year but there is NO CHANCE.

He has been talking about it incessantly, the cake he wants, the games he will play, as well as talking about who he wants there (‘JoshyandViviandLilyandJakeandAlfieandDannyandJudeh.’)

As his little sister is almost exactly two years younger (by a week!), this is probably his first and last party alone.

But I don’t want  a character themed party, I want something stylish. Is that really selfish? I probably shouldn’t be thinking about the aesthetics of party decor for a 3-year old, should I?

Having had a little look though, I am delighted to report there are lots of lovely sites catering to shallow mums like me who want everything to look pretty.

Here are some of my top finds. I will post about the actual party after it has happened.

Wish me luck!

 

Kraft paper bags, £4.65 for 10, Little Baby Company
Kraft paper bags, £4.65 for 10, Little Baby Company
Foil balloon, £3.50, Little Baby Company
Foil balloon, £3.50, Little Baby Company
Striped paper straws £2.95 for 25, Pretty Little Party Shop
Striped paper straws £2.95 for 25, Pretty Little Party Shop
Confetti neon bunting garland, £12.95, Little Baby Company
Confetti neon bunting garland, £12.95, Little Baby Company
Mix and match plates, £4.95 for 12 cups and £5.50 for 12 plates, Hugo & Adele
Mix and match plates, £4.95 for 12 cups and £5.50 for 12 plates, Hugo & Adele
Paper tablecloth £5.50, Little Baby Company
Paper tablecloth £5.50, Little Baby Company
Party hats, £7.95 for 12
Party hats, £7.95 for 12

Check out:

Pretty Little Party Shop

Hugo & Adele

Little Baby Company

 

*Please let me know if you know of any other stylish places to go for kids party wear.

  • Comments ( 4 )

  • avatar
    mama london

    i so get your excitement to make it stylish, i’ve lived through a few girls parties now, and have learnt loads along the way.

    — a few thoughts, — make a lot less food that you think — ideally same colour balloon for everyone, so the kids dont throw a tantrum for the blue/pink ones ! — you can do the face painting yourself, or get a friend to do it, and a few tattoos (saves £££ on hiring someone) — 50% of people are a little late — try and keep it small, as the kids get less tired out — a bubble machine & some disco music is a good start — stagger the opening of the presents — assign someone to take loads of photos, you will be too busy, and people like a job — if you dont want to do party bags do a book & lolly

    — have you got an idea for a cake ? we often make a huge choc one, and decorate with loads of different sweets, or we give everyone a cupcake with a lolly sticking in it

    notonthehighstreet does cute party stuff
    paperchase is handy too
    cox and cox
    petra boase.com
    mylittleday.fr
    carousel-carousel.com

    i have a pinterest folder with party food ideas, take a look

    exciting times xo

    • avatar
      Erica

      Wow! Thanks Sian! Loads of advice here!

  • avatar
    Sadie

    These look mega fun! Just need to be sure you have room for them!

    http://www.bakerandmaker.com/products/giant-3ft-balloons-various-colours

    I have still managed to avoid one – the next one is just under a year away now, I don’t think i’m going to get away with it for a fourth year… i’m pinning and planning already – and it needs to suit a boy and a girl, lots to think about!

    • avatar
      Erica

      LOVE them! Pinning makes everything much easier to organise!

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