And this party is one you will definitely sigh over.
Readers, a round of applause for the encouragement award which went to Kristie - a mum of 3 boys (5, 3 and 1)- who held a birthday celebration for her youngest son, Kallan who recently turned 1.
Kristie is a teacher currently on leave (enjoying her time with her young kids). She has also recently started a business from home called 'Li'l Parties' (but more on that later). Here's what Kristie said about Kallan's party...
My son, Kallan's first birthday party. It was held at our own home, with family and some close friends and their children.
Vintage (Retro) Books and Toys
I love vintage books and toys - especially anything 'retro' and have kept quite a lot of books and toys from my own childhood, so it was these treasures that inspired me to choose this theme for my little boy. Since he is too young to choose his own theme yet, I got to choose it this time (my other boys - 3 and 5 - are now old enough to choose their own themes and birthday cakes!). I wanted a theme that would allow for lots of colour and fun for a little boy! There is something wonderful about the colours and graphics of retro books and toys!
Seeing little Kallan enjoying the moment when everyone sang Happy Birthday to him - so cute! Also seeing the little kids playing and having fun! I loved the bright colours and was pleased with the way the decorations came together.
Red party favour boxes
On the Sweets Table:
Games - a few classic retro games for the guests and Kallan's siblings (The birthday boy is a bit too young to join in the games of course). They included Pass the Parcel and Pin the tail on the Donkey (not too many structured games as the kids are only little and are usually happy just to 'play' at this age.
A couple of activity tables for the kids to go to at their own leisure, such as a 'Storytime Table' - set up with a selection of vintage (retro) books, 'Craft Table' - set up with some craft supplies/materials and a 'Play Area' - set up with some classic retro toys (spinning top, wooden blocks etc.)
You have recently started an online business, can you tell us a little bit about it?
I enjoy creative tasks (when time permits) & in particular have a passion for decorating kids' spaces. I have only recently discovered that I also love to style kids' parties (fun for me to create & at the same time bringing so much joy to the little ones!). After being unable to find any kids' tables & chairs to hire for my boys' parties, I went out & bought a whole lot of my own. Then earlier this year I had an idea that I could hire them out to other parents who were wanting little tables & chairs for their children's parties - hence the creation of my little party hire business - Li'l Parties. I'm looking forward to having a go at styling more parties for my children next year ... the older ones are already coming up with suggestions for the themes!! :)
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