In previous years we have had a house full, but this year I told Bailey she could invite 7 friends. I was a little worried that she would push for more children to come, but actually she took it in her stride. I think if you have really clear boundaries from the beginning and are direct about what is happening, then kids just accept it. Also, I was surprised that she pretty consistently picked the same 7 children.
We made homemade party hats, and I had lots of fun laying the table for the girls. My clever husband drew a brilliant ‘pin the horn on the unicorn ‘ game… all the rage when you are six. One of Baileys’ friends actually squealed when she saw it.
I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I hoped because I was too busy enjoying the party… who knew playing musical bumps was such good fun.
It’s so tempting to try and make birthdays really special. I think maybe that’s amplified when you have one child and the birthdays are coming and going much quicker than you would like.
Of course, they should be special, but not to the point when you put too much pressure on yourself to throw the perfect party. For me, I also love the opportunity that parties provide to be creative.
This year, I really wanted to make the birthday cake and I also had plans to hand-make some paper bunting decorations for the top. However, I felt a bit ill the day before so instead of pushing through and ploughing on with decorations, I let it go and prioritised some resting. I wanted to make sure I had enough energy to enjoy the party and I knew Bailey wouldn’t mind if her cake didn’t look Instagramable. It had six candles for her to blow out and that’s all that she needed.
Bailey loved her party; There were tiny triangle sandwiches, blue glittery jelly, and party rings – a must at any party! There were giggles and squeals of delight, lots of laughter and running up stairs to play. You should have seen Bailey’s bedroom once everyone had left. It took us a good while to clean it up. If the pile of mess is any marker of how much fun was had, well then I think it’s safe to say that they had a great time.
A few of you asked how I made the homemade party hats, so I thought I would include the instruction below for those that want to make something similar. It really was super simple, it just took a bit of time to do.
Homemade party hats…
What you will need
- Liberty print wrapping paper – available here
- Paper hat template – there are lots of free paper hat templates available online. Alternatively you can just make your own, as we did.
- Double sided sticky tape
- Pom pom maker – available here
What you need to do
- Take a sheet of Liberty print wrapping paper (you could of course use any wrapping paper you like) and trace around a party hat template. Cut out as many hats as you wish to make.
- Once you have cut out your paper hats, role the wrapping paper into a cone and fasten with double sided sticky tape.
- Next take your wool and make your pom pom using your pom pom maker.
- Attach the pom pom to the hat by wrapping one piece of double sided sticky tape around the point of the hat. Push the pom pom into place.
- For extra support tie a matching piece of thread around the pom pom and thread down through the top of the hat. Fasten on the inside with a piece of tape.
- Gently make a hole on the side of the hat about one inch up from the bottom. Thread some elastic through, tying a knot at the end.
- Make another hole opposite the first hole and thread the elastic back through, again fastening with a knot.
- Great job. Your hat is finished!