A safari birthday party

Today we celebrated the boys 2nd and 3rd birthdays with a joint celebration. As their birthdays are exactly two weeks between we feel like it makes sense to combine the two, especially as both being so young neither have a huge circle of friends. They also have very similar interests and abilities so it’s not like choosing one type of party would be unsuitable for one of them.

Last year we had a big garden party at my parents; the weather was glorious so we just put all of the toys outside and invited a load of friends and family and it kind of ran itself. This year though the weather was set to be hit or miss so we planned for an indoors affair. We also kept it a lot smaller with only the boys friends and their parents as we knew we’d be limited to indoor space.

We went for a safari theme, purely because I found the cutest invites on Etsy and based everything on those!invite

We decided to hire soft play equipment and it was honestly the best decision ever! for £50 they dropped it off at 9am, picked it up at 7pm and it kept the kids fully entertained! I’d definitely recommend it for a little ones party, even if the weather is nice you can just have it all outside. There was so much included and I just felt like the kids were safe as everything was so squishy!
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Decor wise I actually brought a few bits down from their bedroom like their stuffed animal heads and then made some party hats to make them match the invites. I also picked up some paper pompoms which oh my goodness I forgot were such a faff to put together! They brought the primary colour scheme in together nicely though.DSC08742 DSC08741

I think the cake was my favourite part! I had a plain one made at a local bakery with buttercream frosting and then popped on some toy animals as cake toppers. I made them mini party hats again to match the invites and then went for the ‘2’ and ‘3’ sparklers. It does look like a 23 year olds birthday cake, just like last years 12 year olds but that’s fine haha

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Jasper loved having all of his friends there, especially his new ones from nursery, baby gym and swimming. It was really sweet to see his face when he recognised them; and of course he loved having his old friends there too!

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The kids could really occupy themselves and it was lovely to see little friendships forming.

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Food wise we kept it simple with cheese and ham sandwiches, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages and then some safari themed snacks – wotsit tiger tails, twiglet sticks and gummy snakes and bananas. I also ordered these awesome handmade animal cocktail sticks from Etsy for cheese and pineapple.

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The boys got such lovely gifts; a lot that I had never seen before or even thought about buying which is great because I’m always stuck to know what to buy them. We spent the whole evening playing with their new toys and Pete even took their new spider man flyer outside by himself – such a big kid!DSC08749 DSC08747 DSC08745 DSC08746

As you can see I didn’t get too many pictures as being the hostess I just didn’t have the time; but Sarah from This Mama Life and Sophie from Mumology both got some footage so head over to their Youtube channels and you’ll hopefully be able to get a glimpse of it in their upcoming vlogs.

It was really nice to keep their party low key, it meant I could try and speak to everyone as much as possible and actually enjoy being part of the party.

A huge thank you to everyone who could make it and of course for their wonderful presents! I’m off to browse Etsy for some matching thank you cards and then for a well deserved sleep!

 

Thanks for reading,

Jess x

6 Comments

  • Dianne
    10th April 2016 at 7:13 am Reply

    Looks like it was a great hit. Well done Jessie x

    • Jessica
      11th April 2016 at 1:14 pm Reply

      It really was and we’ll do it all over this weekend 🙂

  • Life & Love of Lolly (@LaurenAVarley)
    10th April 2016 at 8:18 am Reply

    Looks like they both had a really good time. I love the safari theme, so colourful. I need to organise Joey’s birthday in June x

    • Jessica
      11th April 2016 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Ahhh they’re growing up so fast aren’t they? Thanks lovely!

  • Emma Ross
    10th April 2016 at 8:35 pm Reply

    sounds like a super cute party jess – i have jack’s coming up and need some inspo, so thanks!

    • Jessica
      11th April 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply

      Thanks lovely! It really was so fun and a breeze to plan! I think it’s so much easier when they’re young and have no expectations!

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