March is always an exciting time in our house, myself and T have birthday’s right at the beginning of the month. It also means it’s party time for us, as a parent I’ve made the decision that birthday parties will be at home until the children reach a significant birthday or we go and do something with a couple of friends, going to soft play, hiring a hall isn’t an option for us finance wise. But it also means that I have to make those parties special for my kids and enjoyable for the kids that come and celebrate with us.
The theme, food, games and decorations that I put together make the parties special and this year we decided to add to our decorations for T’s 4th birthday – a princess, pirates and knights party with some special balloons from Balloon Time. Helium balloons always look fantastic and unlike normal ones that we blow up ourselves they float (although they can of course float away because of that!) and that added extra of the balloon staying in the air adds to the excitement of the kids.
Balloon time is an at home helium balloon kit available in Asda, Tesco, Toys R Us and other party shops for around £20 – £25 and it’s easy to do. Including everything you need for 30 balloons you can quickly blow up the balloons, attach and decorate for your party without any fuss and also give your little party guests an added treat of a balloon to take home – which was possibly a bigger hit than the crowns and eye patches that I included in the party bags.
Having a party at home means that we have to provide the entertainment, I find it easiest if the party has a theme, as mentioned this years was a Princess, Pirates and Knights party so I wanted two simple activities that the children could do luckily for us the weather was glorious so one of the prepared activities was easy – bubble blowing, I made some home made bubble mix and bubble wands with pipe cleaners and put them all together into a bag to be taken outside once the party guests arrived.
The other activity perfect for the theme was easy – decorate your own pirate telescopes. Using some cardboard tubes I rolled them in coloured paper, used sticky tape to secure and put them into a basket decorated with balloons and then found some sticky gems, ribbon, crayons and set this up in the garden as well.
Food always makes a party – and our Princess, Pirates and knights party only needs a simple snack – so Magic Wand and Sword Fruit Skewers, Pretty Butterfly cakes and pirate treasure map cakes were on the menu. The most popular to my surprise being the Magic Wand and Sword Fruit Skewers which disappeared before the cake was even touched.
But no party is complete without a birthday cake – and this year I created a pink and white castle for T’s party – watch out for how to coming soon.
I’m working with BritMums and Balloon Time as part of the “Celebration Club”, highlighting inventive and fun ways of using balloons. I was provided with a Balloon Time helium kit and have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit www.balloontime.com for more information and party inspiration.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.