Showing posts with label Face Painting. Show all posts
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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Party Planning

Their cakes last year
It's that time of year again where I need to start planning a birthday party.  Actually, it should have all been organised by now as the party is only a matter of weeks away.  It's for my middle and youngest boys as they are turning 5 and 2 respectively.  You'd think that I'd be an old hand at this by now what with having two parties a year between my three children (with the exception of my oldest sons last birthday which I still feel guilty about).

I've spent plenty of time in the past agonising over cakes, invitations, venues, and even what sort of balloons to get.

I think my main problem when it comes to organising the party is that I'm too indecisive.  And  I leave everything until the last minute.  It's not really a god combination.

I got the Thomas cake eventually
I remember planning my oldest sons third birthday.  He adored Thomas the Tank Engine so there was no doubt as to the theme of the party.  I'd hired a hall, I was all organised, yet I managed not to order his cake until a week before his party.  There's always something stress over.  It usually turns out okay in the end, but always causes me sleepless nights in the process.

So here we are again.  Their party is in three weeks.  I booked the venue yesterday and am now in the process of trying to decide which bouncy castle/inflatable slide/soft play area is best.  I have actually enquired about cakes (well, asked my mother to anyway) and my mother has found a face painter.  The themes are sorted - Ethan wants the Gruffalo and as Oliver has also developed a major love affair with the well known little blue tank engine, he will be having a Thomas theme.  I've somehow got to blend the two but I'm sure I can manage that.

Almost done really.  Oh wait a minute....

I still need to invite people.  I have invited those with Facebook accounts (so easy to set up an event on there), but I've still got Ethan's class to invite and anyone who hasn't succumbed to the dark depths of the aforementioned social networking site.

Then there's tableware, banners, balloons and party bags to think about.  Do I go for the easy pre-packed plastic party bags, or spend time lovingly creating my own using the more environmentally friendly (and nicer looking) paper bags?

What about the food and drink?  I've always prepared my own buffets and I never cater for the adults.  The most I do for them is buy a few bottles of pop so they can have a drink.  After all, this is about the children, not the grown-ups who accompany them.

But the latest trend in the school parties is to get sausage and chips from the local chip shop.  Easier?  Possibly cheaper?  I don't know.  All I do know is that it's yet another decision to make.  I was happy with the way I do things, so don't know if I really want to change.

I adore these cupcakes
I suppose I'd better get my nose back to the grindstone and start googling every website of every bouncy castle hire company in my area.  (What is it with companies who don't have a website these days?  Or even a Facebook page at least?  They don't actually expect me to pick up the phone to make an enquiry do they?)  I'll probably spend the next two hours looking and still not have made a decision by the end of it.

I think I need a personal assistant to help me with these things.  It would be so much easier to just give my requirements and then have someone else do it all for me.

Even then I probably wouldn't be happy though.  Yes, I get stressed and worry over every minute detail, but I always get a small sense of satisfaction when it all comes together in the end.  Ultimately, as long as my boys enjoy themselves then I'm happy.

So, I've got three weeks to organise the best party that a 5 year old and a 2 year old could wish for.  Someone pass the wine, it's going to be a long night.

Chilling out in soft play


Sunday, 19 August 2012

A day out with Thomas

My youngest adores trains and has developed a love of Thomas the Tank Engine, so when I had an email to say that Thomas and friends were visiting Dean Forest Railway I just knew we had to take him.  We'd been there a few years back when my oldest son was obsessed with Thomas and had a great day riding on the trains, so was looking forward to going again.

We arrived at the railway and it was a bit wet and miserable, but the squeals of delight from my youngest when he saw all the trains quickly cheered us up.  I don't think he could believe his eyes.  Then, when he saw Thomas, he didn't know what to do with himself.  He refused to leave the platform.  Thomas was pulling Toad the brake van so we went for a few rides on this, and the children got a junior engineer certificate.  Then we went for a ride on the steam train to Lydney Junction.  This was so nice.  We got drinks from the buffet car and enjoyed the ride.  Even my oldest son was enjoying it, though he pretended that he wasn't!

He was so excited when he realised that Thomas was next to us

Pleased as punch to get a sticker

Talking about punch, there was a classic Punch and Judy show being run at intervals on the top platform.  My older two loved it and couldn't stop laughing, though the little one was a bit scared and wouldn't watch it.  I'm not sure that I blame him!  These puppets were also up there and they look very creepy.

There was also face painting on the platform and my older boys just had to get theirs done.  As you can see we've now got a dinosaur and Spiderman with us for the day.

While they were getting their faces done, my youngest was still staring wistfully at all the trains.  All he wanted to do was see Thomas and he wasn't going anywhere until he did.

Much to my relief, Thomas came back out so we had another ride on the brake van.  Everyone was getting a bit tired by this point so we decided to go for one last ride on Daisy the Diesel.  First she raced the steam train, and then there was a story telling trip to Parkend.  The children had a little nap and then woke up all refreshed when we got back to Norchard station.  Just time for a trip to the shop, quickly followed by a ride on this Thomas.  

We all had a fantastic day; it was so nice to ride the old steam trains and to watch Thomas and his friends get up to some antics in the station.  The boys loved it.  There was just one more thing to do before we got back to the car.  Find every single puddle in the car park and jump in it!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall