The idea of arranging and hosting a children’s birthday party strikes fear into my heart.
So far, I’ve got away with it; I’ve never held a birthday party for either of my children. I know, I am an awful parent. However I maintain that at least until the age of three, they really don’t know a lot about it.
But four… Four is different. There’s no getting away with no fourth birthday party.
When I found out that Mumsnet and Disney Party were looking for bloggers to work with, I thought it would be a great excuse to practise for the big day, and throw a mini-party with some of her friends.
Disney is big business in our house.
I am 100% confident that asked to pick a theme she would go Disney Princess, so that’s what we opted for although there is a whole range of themes (22 in fact!) including Mickey, Star Wars, Avengers and Winnie the Pooh as well as the classic Disney Princesses.
Once you’ve decided on your theme, you can use the site to help plan your party for free! You can design and send or print out invitations featuring your favourite character; if they’re sent by email the Disney Party site will even sort out the guest list for you.
The site also has ideas for games and activities and party food you can make. If you buy any party product from the Disney Party site, you can even get a free call from Mickey or Minnie wishing them a happy birthday!
As with all best laid plans, it didn’t really pan out.
Although being the second week into the new preschool term I could have predicted that my children would be ill this week, I had failed to take this into account, and so our party was unceremoniously cancelled.
However, to cheer them up (and myself because lord knows being trapped in with two snotty kids is no fun at all) I thought we would bake some cupcakes in honour of National Cupcake Week (yes, that’s a real thing) and throw ourselves a little (pity) party anyway.
We had a lot of fun, despite the snot. I now can’t wait for the big one’s birthday; with Disney behind me I can feel the stress melting away. Neither can she; she is fully aware of how many weeks are left (less than eight!) and will be counting down, I’m sure of it.
If you have a little Disney fan in your house, it’s well worth a trip to the Disney Party site.
I was given these items free of charge, but thoughts and opinions my own. This post is in collaboration with Mumsnet and the Disney Store for the #DisneyParty campaign.