Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love party planning. I love seeing a vision in my head come to life, it brings me so much happiness. You don’t have to “spend an arm and a leg” to get the best. Thinking creatively and personalised touches are the things that are most memorable.
Both of our boys have celebrated their first birthdays at the gurdwara (Sikh Temple), which was really important to me. But last year Maicen had his first proper children’s party and there was no better theme than a farm animal party as this was where he loved going the most. When looking around at local farms, they weren’t really providing exactly what I was looking and the prices for additional adults were extortionate so I decided to look into mobile farms.
When looking at packages offered and reviews, there was definitely no other option for us other than Farms2ewe. Hollie was so friendly and more than willing to accommodate us and our requests. The package was also value for money with a variety of farm animals including goats, rabbits, chicks and even a Shetland pony for the children to groom. There was more than enough to keep the children busy, including face painting. All this was included in the price for a 2 hour party.
Next was the location – somewhere big enough and willing to accommodate farm animals and also somewhere clean. So many community centres look run down these days but Iver Community centre was perfect. I went to visit and discussed the party we were going to have and they didn’t have any objections. There was ample room outside for the animal pens and inside for a bouncy castle and space for tables to be laid out for lunch.
We had to think about timings as well as Maicen was still napping during the day, so we thought that after his nap would be the best time, rather than the morning. We decided on 2pm-5pm to give the children time to eat and play once the animals had left.
And that’s where it all began. I went farm animal crazy! From personalised party invitations ordered from Zazzle, to party bags, table cloths and even the birthday cake – everything had to be related to the theme.
After shopping around, I found Amazon to be the cheapest and quickest place to order from. Some of the items I bought are linked below:
We were lucky enough to have a kitchen available to us with a serving counter which made life so much easier as we could heat the food and pass it straight out to be laid out on the tables. We had a variety of sandwiches, puff pastry rolls, pizzas, vegetable sticks, crisps, chocolates and fruit sticks, which were packed with strawberries, grapes and melon. They were a hit with the kids and adults alike and something I will definitely always have at our parties.
We all had a fantastic afternoon and Maicen really enjoyed it, despite being a little unwell. The feedback we received from other parents was incredible, with many asking how I was going to top it next year. Well this year we have decided to have a small gathering at home for his birthday but will be going to Disneyland Paris the following day so my party planning skills can be put to rest for a few weeks until I have to start planning Rhys’s second birthday in October!