The little lady is turning eleven and as much as I love to celebrate thoughtfully – heart shaped sandwiches in her packed lunch! – I don’t really love splashing out beyond what feels comfortable.
Here’s how parties look around here…
More seems to be more for a tween, so a spree in the pound shop goes down well.
I look out for sale goodies in pricier shops and throw in lots of sweets too.
I found all the pretty bits for this sleepover party at Hema.
Their stuff is super-trendy and reasonably priced and – most importantly – they deliver to our little island!
Balloons pack an awful lot of punch for their price, so I blow up about a million and put them all round the house.
Limiting the colour palette can be a good idea to avoid that primary-coloured, younger birthday party vibe.
What seems to work well for us, is to set up little activity areas where everything is to hand for the girls without any adults needing to be involved.
I’ve strung a gold foil curtain over a door for this selfie area and set up a basket containing props and the camera.
We’ve also got the beauty area…
A cookie decorating spot…
… a movie area, with throws, sweets and popcorn
… a games spot
… and of course, a craft table.
I’m not sure what the girls will do with these little books, but I’m sure they’ll soon be beautifully decorated!
My ‘home time’ treat bags are very simple: one bath bomb each, a balloon and some chewy sweets.
Food is kept very simple: frozen pizzas, garlic bread, fizzy drink and ice cream for pudding.
All kids seem to enjoy that sort of tea and it’s super easy for me – ahem, the husband – to throw together.
For bedtime, we throw our camping mats onto the floor and ask each guest to bring her own pillow and sleeping bag.
I round up as many blankets as we have and try and make the room a little bit homely, in an attempt to stave off possible homesickness!
The key for me, is keeping the guest list very short (we’ll have 6 girls in all) and making sure everything is good to go, so that we can pretty much leave them to it.
We pop music on, switch on all the fairy lights and then go hide in the Rev’s study…
… where I’ve tucked a few mummy-treats of my own.
Hey, I may as well make the most of a (not so quiet) evening in!