2. Food. Sure isn’t that half the reason people go to these things? It’s hard to strike a balance and not make or buy too much or too little. In the end it looked as though we had far too much, and yet we had very little left over. We bought sweets – jellies, lollipops, liqiourice, crisps and chocolate. Then there was the birthday cake and the baked goods which you can read about here. That required a whole blog post of it’s own. For hot food we made chicken goujons, cocktail sausages, breaded Mozzerella sticks, wedges and a massive pot of my mam’s famous chicken curry. The curry worked out brilliantly. Massive pot of curry, massive pot of rice, plastic plates, and about 50 people fed!
3. The Party Table. It’s the centrepiece of the party really isn’t it? It’s where people go to grab a handful of food and at the same time end up chatting to somebody they have never met before. We were delighted to discover that our otherwise little kitchen table extended to about twice it’s normal size. I picked up a gorgeous Mickey Mouse table cover in Mr Price and I felt it set the scene really well. This was probably my favourite part of the entire party planning. I had done the baking, prepared the food, and cleaned the house. Actually placing all of the items on the table and creating my little display felt really good. It was a busy table and I was very happy with it.
We had a lovely centrepiece in the form of a beautiful letter “B” from The Plaque Company. I love the way inside the letter B is Billy’s full name spelled out. I absolutely adore it and enjoyed displaying it on the day.
4. Cake. Lots of Cake. To see Billy’s Birthday Cake and Our “Smash Cake” along with another seven thousand cakes that appeared on the day, click here.
5. Have a Cake Smash. OK so it’s a bit American, but it’s catching on here. It’s basically when you put some cute clothes on your baby (or lack of in my case), place a cake in front of them, and let them at it. What usually results is a succession of photos where your baby is covered from head to toe in cake. Ironically enough, our normally insanely messy eater of a son actually made this the tamest cake smash in the world. It wasn’t very smashy at all. But it was great fun and we got some adorable photos. I really recommend doing this for the fun factor.
8. Don’t forget a birthday present. This sounds so obvious but with all the party planning and general shock about your little baby graduating to toddlerhood, you might forget to put some thought in to a birthday present for your little one. I highly recommend getting them a trike. We got ours in Mothercare and it is the bees knees. It’s suitable from 10 months to 3 years and it’s going to be great fun for the summer. He’s already road-tested it and if he could talk he would tell you it’s “only deadly”.
9. Enjoy the clean-up. Mother of God this was no joke. I’m still finding random smarties around the place…
10. Give yourself a pat on the back. A whole year. You are doing a great job!