The 3rd Party

On Saturday 26th November you had your birthday party to celebrate you turning 3 years old.

I don’t think I’ll ever find these stress free but it was all worth it in the end. It would appear the party was a hit, you and your friends seemed to enjoy yourself and there were no major traumas.

For months now you have wanted a pirate theme and I had such amazing and wonderful ideas for it. As we had to hire a room at the Parkhouse Centre a lot of these ideas weren’t possible but I tried to make the room look as bright as I could with pirate flags, banners and bunting alongside the inflatable palm trees and LOTS of balloons that Coral immediately gathered up into one giant cluster which became the most sought after item of the party.


We had hired some equipment from the toy library for the day, you had the whirligig (which was Luka’s firm favourite), the Thomas roller coaster (which everyone fought over), a big slide and a ball pit. The latter I actually got in for the babies to use but it soon became apparent that none of you are too old for some pit action, especially you who went running towards it and dive bombed into it, much to everyone’s surprise, not least your father.

The pass the parcel wasn’t as successful this year, there were only a few that actually sat down patiently for the whole thing, everytime the parcel came to you I had to wrestle the parcel out of your vice like grip because you thought it was your present and wouldn’t grasp the concept that it was for everyone. In the end we opened one of your other presents just to stop you sulking. A famous Lesley Gore song sprung to mind in that instant.


The Guests:
Coral, Mila, Luka, Leo & Toby, Roo & Harvey, Grayson & Cooper, Finn, Blake, Theo & Sandy, Connor

The Food:

I kept this to a minimum this year as there was so much waste last year. We had Cheese sandwiches, Marmite sandwiches and Ham sandwiches. Crudités and houmous. Cheese straws. Bread sticks. Crisps. Fruit. Matchsticks. Chocolate coins littered the table for treasure and of course the cake.

Gemma had made the most amazing fruit bowl out of a melon which got an awful lot of attention, she is very clever.


The Cake:

I’d spent a long time deciding on a cake and settled on a 3 dimensional Pirate Ship which I’ll write a separate post about as a few people have asked for details. As it goes it wasn’t that horrific to do in the end but it didn’t quite look how I had it in my mind’s eye, but for a first attempt I was quite pleased with how it turned out. Besides, you loved it and that was the best and biggest compliment I could have ever got.


I love you my beautiful boy. Happy Party Day.

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Happy Second Birthday

A little late getting this one finished and published due to life! …

Happy Birthday my beautiful, funny, amusing boy. 

I still struggle with how quickly time passes since you have entered our world. 2 years since you were entrusted into our care. 2 years you have amazed us, humoured us, tested us, worried us. Two years we have adored you and with every single breath, on every single day I love you even more. I never knew it possible to love another human being so deeply, so unconditionally. I now know how it feels to truly believe that I would end my life if it meant it was the only way yours continued.

You complete me Noah, you have made me whole. I love you to the moon and back, further than that.

So what did your birthday involve? Well you woke up to be greeted by a HUGE stash of presents in the lounge, the focal point being your balance bike which you love. Unfortunately you’re still slightly too short for it meaning you need us to push you round which delights our old backs no end.

  
In the morning we weren’t quite organised enough to go swimming but we had a fun morning unwrapping presents and playing with all your new toys.

At 3pm until 5pm we threw you a little birthday party in the function room of Hotel An Mor thanks to the kindness of Grayson’s mummy.

We hired a few toys from the Toy Library for you all to play with (roller coaster, trampoline, ball pit and a couple of slides). Roo brought his giant tunnel and Samuel provided some ride-ons and along with a few inflatable balls and balloons this completed your birthday entertainment.

I have spent the last week or so preparing a craft corner where you could all make a birthday crown to wear. I wasn’t sure how successful this would be but it actually turned out to be really popular. This, of course, meant we were sweeping up glitter for quite a while after the party.

Everything went really well, all considered. A few people couldn’t make it due to unforeseen circumstances but on the whole it was a good turnout.

I decided to do a Pass the Parcel which actually everyone (except you) sat down and participated in.

It was an exhausting day for all but it was so lovely seeing you all playing together and with only a couple of minor injuries.

  
The Guests
Samuel, Roo, Blake, Freddie, Connor, Coral, Leo, Finn and Luka

Unfortunately Mila and Grayson couldn’t make it.

The Food

Cheese and Ham Sandwiches, houmous, crudités, breadsticks, chocolate treats, crisps

  
The Cake(s)

Well what can I say about the cake? I decided to make a cake out of my super healthy muffin recipe, this didn’t work too well and the cake was a little on the dense side so although I decorated it and we sang to it, I made some individual muffins for people to actually eat instead of the cake itself.

 

The Party Bags

Because everyone received a gift and bag of ‘sweets’ (pure fruit jellies) in the Pass the Parcel the gift bags were slightly limited to: Playdoh, Bubbles and a box of Raisins

The Presents

Cripes, where to start?

From Mummy and Daddy:

Stompee Balance Bike, Trampoline, Playdoh, Paints, Twistable Crayons, Sponge Paint Rollers, Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad, “I Love You” and “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” books.

From Auntie:

Playmobil Helicopter and Digger, Little White Company Red Bus Jumper, LWC Bobble Hat and Mittens, John Lewis Winter L/S Tshirt, “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”, “Is It Bedtime Wiggly Pig?” and “Dig, Dig, Digging” books.

From Granny and Grandad:

Wooden Elephant Number Jigsaw, Hat, Printing Cubes

From Uncle Simon and Auntie Jacqueline:

JCB Drill, Trunki

From Uncle Dan and Auntie Sam:

Paint Sponges, CAT Digger

From Auntie Ann and Uncle Brian:

Next Snowsuit and a Farm Book

Guest presents:

Samuel, Mila, Corey, Grayson and Roo: JCB Mega Transporter, My Carry Potty, Flash Cards and “Snow”

Mila: My 1st JCB On Site Rock Loader Playset

Roo: Twirlywoos DVD

Freddie: Craft Straws and Feathers

Blake: Thomas the Tank Engine Fat Controller Travel Set

Connor: Animal Crayons and Little People Floor Puzzle

Coral: Wooden City Playset

Leo: Duplo Learn with ABC Train

Finn: “That’s not my Tractor” & “That’s not my Tractor” books

Luka: Wooden Pizza Set

Needless to say, you were a very lucky boy indeed.

  
Playing with some of the gifts you received from your friends.

*There are many more photos of your party but due to not getting permissions from all involved I left pictures of others out of this blog.


The Birthday

Your special day started brilliantly after a perfect (for you) night’s sleep, some mummy and daddy time in bed with lots of play and cuddles and then a birthday breakfast followed by some card and present opening.

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I had spent a bit of time decorating the lounge for your special day but the balloons I bought in town didn’t last long. However, they lasted long enough for your birthday breakfast (blueberry porridge, as usual) and the look on your face when you first saw them was priceless, which more than made up for my disappointment in their droopiness half an hour later (I won’t use Box of Secrets again).

We spent the morning as a family, opening cards and presents and getting ready for your party.

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We had planned your birthday party to run from 12 until 3(ish). Firstly, apologies for not throwing you a massive party my darling. Due to lack of space and the fact that you are still so tiny we decided a play date party would be the best all round. We would have loved to have invited every one of the babies that mean something to you, and us, but we just don’t have the room this year.

Despite numbers dwindling due to hand, foot and mouth, colds and prior commitments your very first birthday party went pretty well. In actual fact it was probably a blessing as space was limited with just the four of you and it all becomes a little overwhelming for you all.

The first guest to arrive was Coral and the two of you had some fun with some gloop that I whipped up before everyone else arrived. After this Samuel arrived, shortly followed by Mila. We had the paper, crayons, blackboard and chalks out along with all your new (and old) toys.

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It’s pretty safe to say that you all enjoyed yourselves playing with each other (and on your own 😉 and all enjoyed the food very much. Daddy, who’s never really seen you interacting with others, was amazed how everything just stopped when you all got your food and watched as you all sat on the floor with it. There weren’t even any tears!!!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent opening the rest of your presents and enjoying some family time.

It was a perfect day, finished off with a nice bit of cake…

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The Guests
Coral
Samuel
Mila
(Also present were the mummies, your Daddy and myself)

The Food
Cheese Sandwiches
Marmite Sandwiches
Pizza Toast
Organix Sweetcorn Rings
Organix Carrot Sticks
Banana
Strawberries
Blueberries
For the mummies:
Four Bean Chilli with Nachos and dips
(Lots of) Prosecco
Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins

The Cake
After much investigation I ended up adapting an American recipe and made you a sugarless Banana and Blueberry Cake with cream cheese frosting decorated with fresh strawberries and raspberries. I have to say, it was a bit of a hit and, considering it was sugar free, tasted really quite nice.

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The Party Bags
Balloon
Bubbles
Book
Ella’s Kitchen Treats
Card

The Gifts
In no particular order…

That’s Not My Dinosaur Book
FisherPrice Telephone
Colin The Cloud Book
Disney Christmas CD
From: Uncle Dan & Auntie Sam, Ella and Tommy

Activity Tents and Tunnel
Wooden Shape Sorter
From: Uncle Simon and Auntie Jacqueline

Chalks
Crayons
Scrap Book
Felt Tips
Nights Before Christmas Story Book
Click Clack Car Track
Clothing
Silver Money Box
From: Mummy and Daddy

Cuddly Doggy
From: Gemma, Ryan and Evan

London Bus T Shirt
Spot Goes to the Farm Book
Eric Carle My Very First Book of Colours
Eric Carle Touch and Feel Book
From: Auntie

Photo Frame
From: Auntie Caroline, Simon, Thomas and Grace

Lion Bead Frame
Skittle Set
From: Granny and Grandad

Santa’s Plate
Elf Hat
From: Katie C.

‘Noah’ Tree Ornament
From: Auntie Katie F.

Wooden Walker
From: Auntie Ann and Uncle Brian

£££
From: Grandpa and Andrea

£££
From: Great Nanna

Stacking Blocks
From: Coral

Radio Flyer Tryke
From: Grayson, Mila, Samuel, Roo and Corey

Even the cat got into the spirit of things…

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