I can’t believe baby K is going to be 2 years old next month! Where has the time gone? In another blink of an eye he’ll be hitting his teens and full of, well whatever teenage boys are full of!
As June is fast approaching I’m in full blown birthday planning mode! As a working mum I rely heavily on the internet to get all my party essentials together. So I thought I’d put together a post of all the websites I’ve found
useful when it comes to planning a birthday party.
Last year this was my first point of call for planning baby K’s first birthday. You can find some great ideas on here from birthday themes, gift bag ideas, fun birthday activities – the list is endless.
I created a board, which I constantly pinned things I liked to, and then used that to draw inspiration from.
Amazon is my ‘go to’ place for good quality party supplies at a good price. Last year I wanted to get baby K a big, Mickey Mouse air walker balloon, I visited my local balloon shop and was told it would cost me £20 for the stand alone balloon and £2.50 each for single plain balloons with a ribbon and weight! I think not! After searching on Amazon I ended up spending £23 for the Mickey Mouse balloon, three packs of plain coloured balloons, two rolls of ribbon and a couple of balloon weights- which may I add will all be used again this year except for the air walker, that succumbed to toddler rage!
Some other bits I purchased were a collection of sweet containers, paper sweet bags, some sweet scoops for my sweet table and some big red plastic cups that you usually see in American movies.
3. ASDA Direct
I love ASDA for cheap outdoor toys, because baby K’s birthday is in June I go a little crazy with their garden toys, best to have all the kiddies outside than indoors, weather permitting of course! Their own brand toys are cheap and when brought once can be used again the following year. Last year I purchased a small sand and water table, sand pack and a tunnel that the kids could crawl through which will all be making an appearance this year.
Another favourite of mine! I mean who doesn’t like finding good deals for £1! I usually buy bubble wands, which always go down great, colouring books and even sweets – last year it was jumbo marshmallows for the chocolate fountain!
Great for adding little touches here and there, I’m not particularly crafty but even I can hang a thank you tag off of a bag! If you’re a creative mummy, which I unfortunately am not, you can find all sorts of things to help you from supplies to create bunting, to icing to top off your homemade birthday cake.
6. Kids Zone Party Shop
This year I’ve decided to partake in the tradition of party bags! I know most of the time the little knickknacks found in these end up in the bin but for a 2 year old it’s great. Unfortunately I can’t be bothered don’t have time to trail around the shops with a toddler in tow trying to decide what items should go in to these little bags, so I’ve opted to purchase pre-filled bags from Kids Zone Party Shop. As we’re sticking with a Mickey Mouse theme, again, I decided to go with a five item party bag, which seemed to have toys more age appropriate for the kiddies coming to our party and it only cost £1.25 per bag.
Ebay is another site great for finding bits and bobs for your party. I figured the teenagers attended won’t be impressed with the party bags so opted for Mickey Mouse sweet cones, full of Haribo sweets and a cute thank you sticker.
Sweet tables are a nice little addition to parties, they look great and always go down well. I like to use penny sweets in my sweet jars and I’ve found the best place to buy tuck shop sweets is Makro, they sell everything from white chocolate discs to cherry cola bottles. Be warned it’s easy to go a bit crazy in there, especially where the boxes are huge, this year I’m taking my friend with me so she can keep me in control!
I always purchase Morrisons paper plates as they’re made of a thicker paper so they don’t end up getting all soggy and flimsy when being used. They’re a little on the pricey side at £2.50 for a pack of 10 but I’d rather my guests enjoy eating their food than worrying about their plate collapsing!
10. Carmen Terry Cakes
This is the second year I’ll be using Carmen for baby K’s birthday cake. As much as I would like to attempt to make my own, I don’t think my baking skills are that bad, our parties always consist of 30-40 people so I’d rather not risk messing up one of the main parts of a party! I found Carmen through my friends recommendations who have also used her for their wedding cakes, which were divine, for baby K’s first birthday she put together a double tier Victoria sponge Mickey Mouse cake which was amazing. I decided to go with her again as she’s quick at responding to emails and works within your budget, another plus is that she’ll deliver the cake to you which is one less thing to worry about and of course her cakes are yummy! This year I’ve chosen a single tier, red velvet Mickey cake, I can’t wait to see what it looks and tastes like as I’ve been told her red velvet is yummy!
So there you have it, my top ten birthday planning websites. What websites/shops do you find helpful when it comes to planning your little ones birthday?