Ethan's Diver Themed Fifth Birthday Party07:30
It is unbelievable, but Ethan is actually five years old and has started school. Because his birthday is in early October we decided that the best plan would be to invite his entire class, because we wouldn't yet know who he would end up being close friends with. And of course because it was the first birthday party of the year, most of the children came to celebrate with us and get to know their new classmates as well.
I always let the kids choose their own party theme, so this year Ethan decided that because he wants to be a deep sea diver when he grows up that would be the perfect theme for his party. We decided to host the party at a local sports centre, which meant that the children would have time to jump and slide on a big bouncy castle and inflatable slide before coming into the party room, which we would have decorated, for lunch and birthday cake.
Because the party was on a larger scale than I'm used to (with other friends included we had over 30 children at the party) we really had to do everything in a simplified way. I couldn't go over the top with decorations so kept things very basic with:
- tablecloths (we needed loads to cover all the tables so I ordered very plain colourful ones to brighten up the room)
- plates and napkins
- Happy Birthday banner (my one extravagance as I love a big personalised banner)
- hanging fish decorations
- water bottle labels
- door signs and food signs
- party bag boxes
I was also overwhelmed with the idea of making that many sandwiches and cupcakes myself on the day, so for the first time I actually ordered a lot of the food. Of course this did add to the costs, but it made my stress levels a lot lower on the day and I know it's just for this year and I'll go back to making my own little shaped sandwiches next year. Our party food was:
- jigsaw puzzle ham and cheese sandwiches (from Marks & Spencer)
- vegetarian rolls (from Marks & Spencer)
- veggie and hummus platter (from Marks & Spencer)
- apples and grapes
- Babybel cheeses and raisins
- Goldfish crackers
- Kiddylicious Super Snacks
- Organix fruit bars
- Cupcakes (from Waitrose)
- water bottles
- Activity books (I ordered big packs of Julia Donaldson activity books from The Book People)
- fish party bags
- magic bubbles
- growing fish
- bouncy ball
- Kiddylicious fruit wriggles snacks
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* This post contains review items as we were sent healthy snacks from Kiddylicious and Organix for the children at the party. All opinions are our own.*