Each year I try to host a themed party for Monkey. For his first Birthday we had a Hungry Caterpillar theme, for his second a Gruffalo theme and for his third a Going on Bear Hunt theme. I was actually hoping for a superhero party this year as it was only a few weeks after giving birth and I did think I had the time to think about or organise a party at home. Instead I was picturing a hall with hired help! But Monkey was adamant he wanted a Paw Patrol party, so heres what we go up to. Its not my usual creative take on a party, but he loved it nonetheless!
Which is just as well, as the day before the party he came down with chicken pox! Thankfully as it had been doing the rounds at nursery many of the children invited had already had it and came along anyway.
Invites and Thank You Cards:
I opted to order a digital file from Etsy and then get them printed locally, although the printing wasn’t as cheap as I would have liked it they did look good. Plus it does mean I now have the file digitally so if Kipper goes through a Paw Patrol stage we will be able to re use it! The thank you cards were along the same vain but had a picture of Monkey on them in his Paw Patrol T-shirt.
Party Hack 1: I ordered the thank you cards pre written saying thank you for coming to my party and for the gift. Yes, I know it is not as nice as getting a hand written note I know but I had an eight week old at the time and some things need to give.
In my head I had elaborate cardboard puppy houses which matched the ones from the TV and our claiming frame turned into a something hat resembles the look out tower. So that the child could run around and pretend to be the Paw Patrol pups. Maybe I would have taken on such a craft mission if I had’t just had a baby so Party Hack 2 – I hired a bouncy castle which had a Paw Patrol theme.
There was also a colouring station set up, I had printed off some blank colouring pages off of the internet. There are loads available to choose from although I found the best ones to be on the Nick Junior website. Also temporary tattoos have become a big thing in our house recently so when I found some Paw Patrol ones I hoped they would go down well.
Along with this we also played two party games pass the parcel and a paw patrol version of pin the tail on the Donkey. Each layer of the pass the parcel had a break packet of haribo and a Paw Patrol medallion. Party Hack 3 – I didn’t realise until talking to a friend but it is actually possible to buy a pre wrapped pass the parcel direct from Amazon! I did do ours myself but if you were really under the cosh it maybe worth thinking about. The pin the badge on Ryder game was not as successful as I had hoped after the first child to go actually put the age right where it was meant to go. It turned out that the cardboard blindfolds were pretty useless!
Food and Cake:
Birthday cakes a big deal to me and I still remember a mushroom cake my mum made for me when I was younger. For this reason I love decorating a birthday cakes with all the modelling fondant but this time I didn’t have loads of time. Party Hack 4 – I brought a plain white iced chocolate cake and then decorated it myself using both fondant and also some plastic toys which Monkey already had. To make the Paw Patrol badge I printed off a step by step guide on how to draw it and just cut the pieces out and placed it on the fondant before cutting around it with a sharp knife.
For the Gruffalo party I did this amazing spread of themed food. This time round because we were catering for 27 children I stuck to the normal party food with a couple of treats thrown in. Including jelly boats made by Nannie and these marshmallow lolly pops. Monkey loved dipping them in chocolate although I had no idea how many sprinkles you needed! I also went to the £1 shop and brought some fun dog bowls as serving dishes. Party hack 5 – themed cupcakes are either a lot of work or expensive so instead I brought some pre-made ones and cut out sugar papered Paw Patrol figures to go on top. As it was heavy weight sugar paper it meant they looked 3D.
I am so glad we put all the food under a gazebo as the heavens opened just as the children sat down to eat. Each seat as well as having Paw Patrol themed party wear also had a mask of either Rubble, Marshall or Chase.
The children had already got themed medallions and masks during the day so I didn’t do your usual party bags. Instead I made up some small sweet bags with little Thank You stickers that I found online free. I also gave each child a book. Party Hack 6 – party bags can work out expensive so instead buy a multi pack of books from say The Book People and give these as gifts instead. You can normally get a pack of ten for around £10 which works out much cheaper. I wrapped ours up in brown paper, and put a Paw Patrol sticker on them with the child’s name. This also allows you to tailor the book easily to different age ranges as we had a couple of siblings coming as well.
This time I also did a Piñata which meant I could fill it with the normal party bag toys. Not wanting to encourage violence I opted for one which worked by the ribbons being pulled. However I would not recommend this, as it didn’t work which meant I ended up having to rip Marshall in half. It did provide some adult entertainment as I think everyone thought it quite funny when Monkey pulled down hard on the ribbons and nothing happened! He was a little disappointed though!
I would normally make a Birthday banner, but this year I brought all our decorations including some hanging decorations for the rood of the conservatory. However I think the best decoration was the giant Chase ballon which again I brought off of Amazon and got it filled locally. It was huge and Monkey thought it was great!!
This years party compared to others it was definitely less involved from an organisational point of view, yet the kids still had a great time. I know I cheated at elements with the cupcakes and the main Birthday cake but Monkey didn’t mind and still enjoyed blowing his candles out.
I have set up a pointers board with all sorts of Paw Patrol party ideas here:
As for Kipper well he was an angel and slept soundly throughout the whole two hours or so in his sling. Even while I was trying to organise the pin the badge on Chase! Next year I am hoping that the Superhero themed party in a box will be requested so that I don’t need to clean the house from top to bottom or worry about entertainment. I am also not sure if I can handle organising two parties in such quick succession!
How about your children? Have you arranged any themed parties for them? I would love to hear about your Birthday parties and traditions in the comments below.
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