Oh – how I wish he could be!
Yup, somehow I appear to have blinked and my tiny little newborn has turned 5. How did THAT happen? It feels like only yesterday I was kissing that little head for the first time, secretly wondering how I was going to juggle two children! And here we are, 5 years on.
And what a week it’s been! Things we’ve learnt this week…
1. Britain can get COLD.
2. January is a LONG month. Or at least it feels like it.
3. Parents get STRESSED about parties. Yeah, like, SERIOUSLY stressed!
Let’s not talk about the Invoice-Gate story, but I hope BOTH parents are still on the naughty step! But the outpouring of opinion, both in the media and on social platforms, served to illustrate just what hot potatoes children’s parties have become! And in the week that saw much of the country covered in white stuff and asking “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman“, I felt it appropriate to throw a Frozen party!
My problem is that Kaya’s birthday is in the summer so we can be in the garden. This year I threw Kayafest for her 8th which was brilliant, but exhausting.
When Akira’s 5th birthday came around, I knew things had to be different since I was in my crazy build up to starting on Heart so if I didn’t get help, he’d be sobbing into a solitary sausage roll – with a lonely candle in it for good measure!
Then, a fairy godmother beamed down in the shape of Ellie at Button’s Parties, asking if she could take a bit of the heat out of my life? “Yes” I replied “Love is an Open Door” baby, come on in. *resists more song titles
Ellie sounded gorgeous on the phone and if I could have kissed her down the line, I would have done. She just needed an idea of numbers and a rough idea of theme and she was away. She and her team have done parties for everyone and entertained thousands of kids so I knew she’d have it under control. Ellie took care of most of the party dressing and did a brilliant job turning the Village Hall into a 5 year olds dream!
I’d chosen a hall since
I didn’t want my house trashed there would be more room to run around and Ellie and I set about covering everything in sight with snowflakes, blue and white. There were lights projecting onto the ceiling and she converted one end of the hall into a central focal point.
On my agenda were the goody bags, food and cake. I say cake – I mean the best Frozen cake you’ve ever seen, courtesy of the wonderful Kate at Dolce Lusso Cakes. Kate is a friend of mine. She’s also a supremely talented and when I asked if she fancied a challenge she set about designing and creating the most stunning Frozen cake ever! Aside from the figures – which I added – EVERYTHING was edible. I know. Blows my mind – especially given that I struggle even with Betty Crocker’s help! Elsa’s ice castle was the icing on the cake. No really, it WAS made of icing and the detail was outstanding. Kate even put lights inside and her incredible attention to detail and passion for what she does meant she was almost as excited as Akira!
Ellie is also passionate about what she does and you can have the basic entertainment package, or the whole lot done if you need it? She kept 18 busy 5 year olds entertained for 2 hours with bubbles, games, magic (Akira still tells everyone she can do “actual” magic) dancing and even made balloons while they were having their food! I have some AMAZING pictures and memories of all the kids that day. Akira had the biggest smile on his face.
With a background in children’s entertainment and event management, Ellie is the perfect person to work as a party planner! And with a background in children’s TV myself, I realised years ago that it takes a LOT to impress me as a kids entertainer since I’m pretty good!
I must be the first post-party-parent not to be found rocking back and forth in a darkened room! That’s gotta be a “First Time In Forever“, right?! *hides