Last month we had Toby’s birthday party and we had SUCH a blast!
I actually really love organising parties, I’d do more (Easter, Christmas, Halloween) if only I thought more people would come! I love organising the food (fist pump to my fellow feeders!), the entertainment – nothing beats a bouncy castle for the kids to get all hyper over and bash into each other, right? – and the party décor! The last part is probably my favourite part of all, I remember driving Adam insane and spending hours upon hours obsessing over Christening decorations, designing gorgeous personalised chocolates and invites, making sure the everything was themed… I loved it!
I still do, but time. There isn’t enough of it knocking around here anymore – it’s all devoted to work, making pack ups, more work, charging around after the kids, work… INSTAGRAM. That wicked wench. So what do you do when you want a party to look a certain way but you genuinely don’t have the time to source all the little bits and bobs, or in fact the energy to try and piece it all together?
We worked with Peach Blossom to decorate Toby’s birthday party with a dinosaur style theme and it was fabulous! All of the tables had plates, cups and napkins in the beautiful green triangle set (see above) and the triangles reminded Toby of a stegosaurus haha! What I really loved about Alyssa from Peach Blossom was that I explained I didn’t have much time so she did everything for me – right from co-ordinating the paper balls, to choosing the colours of the streamers and advising me on the lovely little paper bags… left to my own devices I would have either left everything really late or never thought to add in a gorgeous orange accent colour.
Peach Blossom also did something else that I couldn’t find in any other store – a personalised banner for Toby’s birthday, which is not only adorable above his birthday present table, but also now a permanent feature in his bedroom. The banner is hanging above his bed now, and I really think this is such a wonderful idea for re-using party decorations (funnily, we have a couple of re-used paper balls from Edith’s Christening in her room). Toby’s banner say’s “Tobysaurus” something that he thinks is AMAZING and every time he sees it he shouts out a little “Raaaa!!”.
I think we often look at part décor as an unnecessary expense – one that will be a bit pointless once the party is over and done with, however that doesn’t have to be the case! As with Edith’s christening decorations and Toby’s party banner, you can reuse quality items again and again – it’s cheaper in the long run and looks really pretty. Ahead of the cosmetic angle is the fact that every time you see it, even if it is just a crepe paper ball, there is a memory attached that is both fun and happy.
Do you have any re-used party décor?
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