Children’s birthday party convert

From a birthday party hate to a party lover - Bubbablue and me

N doesn’t really do birthday parties. I love children’s parties because at the moment, most parents stay which gives me a great opportunity to catch up with mums I don’t get to see at school. But N isn’t usually a fan. So he normally refuses to go to any he’s invited to. It doesn’t even matter who the child is, it’s usually a no. The parties he has been to since starting school (other that his own) have all been… Continue Reading “Children’s birthday party convert”

How to create the perfect pirate party for kids


Unlike many children, N’s not really big on birthday party themes.  But even he requested a pirate party theme when we were in the early planning stages of his last party. He didn’t get one because he won’t do dressing up, doesn’t really take part in themed games or activities and the theme was going to conflict with the car theme his friend had asked for.  But he does enjoy watching Swashbuckle  and finds pirate books funny, so I think… Continue Reading “How to create the perfect pirate party for kids”

Children’s birthday party nightmare

So far, most of the parties that N has been invited to have mostly been via friends of mine – so NCT, friends from initial swimming classes, or neighbours.  I expect this will probably change next year once he starts school, but if any of his own parties end up like his cousin’s disco party, I will definitely despair.  I’m not sure I want to keep an eye on a whole lot of children I’m unlikely to have met before.… Continue Reading “Children’s birthday party nightmare”

Bugs and meerkats at All Things Wild

Today we went to the birthday party of one of N’s swimming friends at All Things Wild.  It’s a shame as they’re not much different in age, but the school year split means they’ll not be swimming together anymore. N can be a bit funny with friends, saying that ‘Only xyz is my friend’ and that he can only have one friend at a time.  Sometimes I wonder if he’ll ever come out with that kind of comment directly to… Continue Reading “Bugs and meerkats at All Things Wild”

A non-birthday party and 5 tips for preschool party activities

5 tips for preschool parties

Following my previous post about decorations for N’s upcoming ‘non-birthday’ party, I thought I’d share the preschool party activities I had planned for it (plus a couple of others). So much is dependent on the weather for parties in the UK.  Our party was held at N’s nursery tree house in their forest school, and with the children only being 3, I expected them to merely run around like pre-schoolers are wont to do, playing on the trampoline, climbing frame and… Continue Reading “A non-birthday party and 5 tips for preschool party activities”

When to let go (or not) at soft play

Softplay toddler

I think we’ve been to our last birthday party for a few weeks. The last one was interesting with N to say the least.  It was held at a soft play that we’ve not been to since he was probably under 1.   It was always more pricy than another larger soft play in our town, not as big, and until the children can go on the larger equipment, less for them to do.  But now they’re mostly fine for using… Continue Reading “When to let go (or not) at soft play”

Birthday party pandemonium

toddler eating birthday tea

The round of 3 year birthday parties has started.  As it’s hard to get a date for N with him likely to have the same weekend chosen as one of his NCT friends, I think we’re just going to have his cousin over for tea on his birthday, and then do a party around May time.  Hopefully then, the weather will be better and we can do an outdoor party at the farm. The party yesterday was a sibling party,… Continue Reading “Birthday party pandemonium”

Birthday party fun

Birthday party fun

So far, given he’s only 2, we’ve not got into the perpetual cycle of birthday party after birthday party.  Apart from informal ones which are just piling into soft play or general play sessions, he’s been to his 4 year old cousin’s, and someone else’s by default as he was a tag along to his cousin’s invite. But this weekend he went to his first proper birthday party for someone who he doesn’t really know that well.  She goes to… Continue Reading “Birthday party fun”

Big kids soft play

climbing at soft play

Today we joined one of N’s friends at a soft play place in town for her 2nd birthday.  N’s never really that fussed about soft play.  He tends to head straight for the things he has at home or are just toys on the ground as such (Little Tikes houses, hoovers, trikes, rocker etc).  Although he’s been round both the toddler and the older children’s frames, he just ignores them, or climbs up the first part then turns round and… Continue Reading “Big kids soft play”