It was my daughter’s fourth birthday last week (sob! Where is the time going! Etc Etc) and as I was planning her birthday celebrations, it occurred to me that my idea of a dream party for her is somewhat different to the reality she’d be getting.
Obviously, she had a fantastic time (birthday parties are her FAVOURITE thing ever – seriously, she’d go to one every day if she could) but as someone who regularly pins stylish kids’ party images on Pinterest and sighs in delight when I see bloggers sharing their beautifully decorated (and themed) celebrations, I feel the need to confess how I do things in actual real life…
Decorations – the fantasy
Gorgeous paper honeycomb balls and trendy black letter banners spelling out ‘Happy birthday’.
Decorations – the reality
A Clinton’s Cards ‘Happy 4th Birthday’ banner.
Cake – the fantasy
My Frozen obsessed girl would LOVE this beautiful Elsa doll cake
Cake – the reality
£10 from Tesco? Job done.
Party bags – the fantasy
Beautiful mismatched paper bags, chosen to carefully contrast each other, filled with stylish little wooden toys and trinkets
Party bags – the reality
Plain bags – all one colour. Sticker slapped on. Filled with plastic tat.
But do you know what? I’m OK with not throwing her a ‘beautiful’ birthday party, because the grin on her face as she ran around her super-fun party (some of the time in her Elsa costume, some of the time in her Anna costume.. honestly she had more outfit changes than J.Lo) and danced with an inflatable guitar around the bubbles blowing everywhere said it all. She doesn’t need honeycomb balls and elaborate cakes. She was just fine with all her friends, Let It Go blasting from the stereo and cocktail sausages to munch on.