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, so there were lots of princesses running around amongst a few wearing Cars themed outfits. We’d gone straight from swimming so N had changed into his party wear after that. (Lucky, I’d taken that change of clothes as he had a major poo-explosion as he was about to sit down for tea – never great when it’s in an old style leisure centre with no baby change facilities, and nowhere to lie the child on the floor in the toilets!).
N was in his element as there were cosy coupe cars and trikes – he spotted his friend L from nursery. It’s great that they’re pretty much inseparable, but it was brilliant for both him and me to be able to catch up with NCT friends as we’d not seen them for a while.
I love watching the children doing pass the parcel. There’s always 4 types of children:
- The parcel hogger…never wants to pass it on because they know exactly what they could get when the music stops.
- The ‘plays by the rules’…N’s one of these. I think it’s mostly because he’s got not idea of what’s happening (even some way into the game. He always passes it on immediately ensuring the next person has their go.
- The ‘can’t be bothered…stays for a bit, gets their go at ripping off their layer of paper and then wanders off
- The ‘I have no idea what’s going on’…the parent usually helps and just does the passing on. The child is often in the circle, but just watching everyone else.
N’s going to be one of those swotty children – always wanting things to be right and fair. He definitely takes after me in that.
A bouncy castle, some soft play blocks, a party tea and the party was just right for this age group.
Of course there were few tears, an accident, balloon stealing, but generally nothing too traumatic for the parents in tow. And not a huge sugar rush in the evening either despite a pinata game and cake.
Maybe lulling me into a sense of false security, in making me believe it can’t be that hard running a 3 year old’s birthday party!
What sort of parties have you done for toddlers/pre-schoolers?