I love parties. Going to them; throwing them; planning them. And I really love parties for little people. Little C isn’t three (THREE! Where did that time go?) ’til December, however…we live in London, where party venues (if I am to use one) get booked up way in advance; as does Peppa Pig the musical (one of the options – a delight for children and parents. Or perhaps not…) I do slightly regret that a tea party in the garden or the park is entirely off the agenda. But then I started searching, and thought, we could have a pretty cool party at home (with a little moving of furniture).
Petra Boase is, I forsee, going to be a one-stop party shop if I do go down the at-home route. Just cast your eye over these delights (and if you happen to have a small person who will be coming to C’s party, don’t be surprised if you turn up and my house looks like this):
How about some gorgeous paper decorations? Personally, I rather like the idea of a paper garland for C’s bedroom (or, err, mine).
I could, given C’s current preoccupation with something called Octonauts, go all-out for an animal-inspired theme with these lovely Japanese paper balloons (also available separately):
There are also tempting items (regardless of whether or not you are planning a party. Just looking at this picture is a Proustian moment for me: my rubber collection was at one time, my greatest possession).
If you are of a nostalgic bent, head to Belle & Boo; it would be terribly easy to have a beautifully co-ordinated party using this perfectly lovely site.
The animal balloons and this tent I spied in the new Ikea catalogue (oh happy day when it pops through the door) make me think a circus party might be fun. (Laura Fantacci, one of our favourite My Uniform girls, recently hosted a circus-themed first birthday party for her little girl, Greta’s, first birthday – check it out on her Instagram feed.)
If I wandered down the big top route, I would definitely find myself clicking madly on party-planning website extraordinnaire The Little Things – search by age, theme or boy/girl. The Animal Parade set would be perfect for either sex AND a circus party.
I am also more than a little taken with these retro straws and cutlery sets:
You can also stock up on party bag fillers (plenty for under £1.50) and even buy ready made filled bags, although I’d be tempted to opt for a classic candy stripe and DIY (who doesn’t want a mini packet of Smarties and a crumbling piece of birthday cake, after all?)
I will be taking copious notes from the doyenne of entertaining, the blessed Martha Stewart. Her website has an excellent (if faintly alarmingly comprehensive) section on children’s birthday parties. Here are just some of her (undeniably gorgeous but arguably above and beyond the call parental duty) ideas…