Planning A Super Stylish Third Birthday Party

My little girl turns three next month. Three! I’m not one of those mums who says “How did that happen?” because in some ways I feel like I’ve lived through six years of being a mum. Those sleepless nights and long long empty days during my maternity leave seemed to last a lifetime.

But we’re here! We made it to three. She’s like a proper little girl now, and I can’t even refer to her as my toddler anymore as she’s past that stage. She’s so bright and funny, she can count to 20 (if you ignore the fact she merges 15 and 16 into one new number: Fisteen), she pulls silly faces, she jokes around asking if Daddy has gone to the moon when she knows he’s in the shower, she remembers stuff like where her calf is, she calls me Alison if I’m not responding fast enough to the shouts of “Mummy!” and she loves playing shops (in her shop, everything costs £2.22 – it’s like a more upmarket pound shop). Yes, she is bossy and thinks she can get everything she wants by whining and crying, but doesn’t every three year old?

So I’m currently in the middle of planning a third birthday party for her. And I’m spending a LOT of time on Pinterest, looking for inspiration. Do I want paper balls? Paper chains? Bunting? Bright balloons? Streamers? Or all of the above? Here are my favourite party pics from Pinterest… (click through to the board to see where everything is from and to access the how-tos for some of them)…


Inspiration for my daughter's 3rd birthday


One idea that I LOVE is buying a whole pack of themed decorations and goodies. Mum Emma Collins has started her own company Party Pickles making and selling super cute party boxes, containing everything you need for your party. Each box caters for eight children and includes hand-made bunting and table runners as well as a bespoke themed cake stand, plates, cups, napkins and party favours. Loving the circus themed one, personally. For busy mums who don’t have time to source gorgeous handmade decorations separately, Party Pickles is a genius quick fix.


Party Pickles party boxes

Party Pickles have kindly given me one party pack worth £79.95 to give away to a winner. To enter, fill in the Rafflectopter box below. The winner will be able to choose from six themes –  Vintage Circus, Pirate, Lavender Fairy, Vintage Tea Party, Little Man or a Baby Shower box. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



    • notanothermummyblog
      August 20, 2013 / 1:54 pm

      They’re so cute! Wish I had the time/patience to make stuff like that.

  1. August 20, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Gosh i love a good party! i’ve loved planning my own parties over the years but the most exciting is now planning my babies parties!! My little man had a rainbow party for his 1st birthday. With a rainbow cake!
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  2. fiona
    August 20, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Can they come and host the party too whilst I have a nap?! (sleep deprived today)

  3. August 20, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    ooh three! She sounds amazingly cute, I love the fact that she calls you Alison when you’re not responding, my daughter does the same to me!
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  4. August 20, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    hmmm ooh in answer to your rafflecopter question, the best gift I’ve ever received is probably my DSLR camera as I really didn’t see it coming!
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  5. Meg H
    August 20, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    Looks fab- what a great idea! xx

  6. Sarah
    August 20, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    I remember getting the a la carte kitchen when I was little, best present ever! even now when I’m 30!

  7. Issie
    August 21, 2013 / 6:32 am

    Hmm… Maybe a snow come maker in the shape of a snowman?! It was amazing for all of 15mins!!
    I love proper party decorations, these look stunning

  8. katrina day-reilly
    August 21, 2013 / 10:56 am


  9. Jamie
    August 22, 2013 / 5:49 am

    Having all my cousins come together for my birthday. They live all across the world.

  10. Julie
    August 22, 2013 / 6:01 am

    My puppy 12 years ago. He’s my best friend and the greatest listener.

  11. August 22, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Loving those party packs. My son is 3 in mid September so I too am busy planning his party. He’s desperate for a Cars cake.

    In answer to the competition question, my best birthday present was flights to Rio from my husband! Such an amazing surprise!
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  12. August 22, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    Happy 3rd Birthday!
    I love party planning for my little people and this website is amazeballs!
    My favourite present is a guitar plectrum that Eric Clapton actually used! It’s significance was because it was an Eric Clapton song that we had our first dance to at our wedding 🙂
    It’s a wonderful, thoughtful gift 🙂
    Emma xx (@beachpebble)
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  13. August 24, 2013 / 7:56 am

    having a night out with my husband is better than actual present to me, cos we dont get many chances to do that
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  14. August 24, 2013 / 8:17 am

    I prefer to go out than have a present
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  15. August 24, 2013 / 8:31 am

    My best present ever has to be the teddy bear that’s still have nearly 25 years later!
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  16. August 24, 2013 / 8:36 am

    Best present was my rollerskates! How I loved them. These boxes look fab, Erin is having a very special 4th party soon. After all she has been through she deserves it!
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  17. August 24, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    my daughter was born 2 days after my birthday so she has got to be the best belated present ever!

  18. Gina
    August 24, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    My best gift ever was my first mobile phone when I was 11, complete with a pink furry cover!

  19. Nadia a
    August 25, 2013 / 2:58 am

    A dolls house

  20. cathy creighton
    August 26, 2013 / 12:09 am

    the best present i ever got was an apple tree, as it gets older and changes so do i, we are ageing together

  21. cathy creighton
    August 26, 2013 / 12:11 am

    the best present i ever got was an apple treet and now we are ageing together

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