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Awesome Ideas for Birthday Parties

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Meet Carly. Mum of two, award-winning blogger at MummysShoes, lovely lady and organiser of GORGEOUS birthday parties! If you’re struggling with ideas for birthday parties, take a look at this…

Carly writes: I enjoy everything about birthday parties, from organising them and getting friends and family together to seeing the little one’s faces light up. They don’t have to be lavish and grand, just enjoy making memories and taking a day out to celebrate.

There are so many ideas for birthday parties out there that you can choose from, it can get confusing. I personally like Pinterest for inspiration and planning. You can start your own board of ideas and get some great DIY decoration inspiration too. Whether you are on a budget or splashing out, everything you can imagine is there.

First birthdays

At the grand old age of 1 your baby is not going to be that concerned over what party theme you decide upon, so do whatever suits you and yours. With Boo this year we made the most of him not wanting a ‘character’ party yet and went for a colour theme of pastel blue and lemon. Embrace these baby days as they do not stay little for long. We also decided to do something a little different and booked him in for a Cake Smash! For those who have not heard of this before the name pretty much says it all…

Cake smash

We went along to ShutterBox Photography for our cake smash and had SO much fun! They also do birthday party packages so you could take some friends in and have a birthday shoot!

The Cake

Whether homemade or shop bought, a birthday would not be a birthday without a cake! My mum always made our birthday cakes and I loved that, so much time and effort went into her fantastic creations and so I have always wanted to be able to do the same for my children. For anyone who needs a bit of help creating that masterpiece Youtube is a great modern day cook book. Nearly any cake tutorial you can think of will be there.

Finishing Touches and Party Bags

There are some great deals online now for party bag bits and pieces, so shop around and if you can try to buy in bulk for discounts. Alternatively you could try something a little bit different. For Belle’s 3rd birthday we sent everyone home with a plant, we painted the pots in pastel colours and put their names on them. We also sent the girls and boys home with fairy wings or bee/ladybird wings, which were attached to their chairs.


For a cowgirl party theme we wrapped the party bag gifts in cowgirl and cowboy bandana scarfs and also made some cowgirl cookie jars up so all the children could do some baking at home.

Cowgirl Pic-3-Cowgirl

You can be as creative as you want to be or simply send the children home with some cake!. Have you themed a party for your little one? Do you prefer to hire a hall or are you brave and open up your house to the party chaos? Happy party planning!

For birthday gifts they really want look no further than Kiddicare. With a huge range of new toys from bump to five, it’s the go-to for a VERY happy birthday.

And don’t forget there’s free gift wrapping in all our superstores.


  1. Aren’t they lovely Rachael?! Do take some pics of your little girl’s birthday and share with us! Vicky x

  2. Nice Ideas! I think no one can beat a mom in making this day so vibrant and live for a child. Verjaardagsfeestje (birthdays) being special for all the near and dear one’s and specially the birthday kid, simply has to be a memorable event.


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