Birthday Party Favours

10 Jun

The Bo has just turned five.

It is amazing how quickly times passes. It seems like a moment ago he was a babe in arms and entirely dependent upon me.

Yet, now he is a school boy. He reads, he writes, he is independent of thought. His personality is established and his temperamental quirks becoming more evident.

He is sweet and caring, kind and  studious. He has the stubbornness of a mule and a mighty temper that only reveals itself when pushed too far. He worries and witters, but he has a keen sense of right from wrong. I am very proud.

He (like his sister) drives me bonkers but I love them to distraction.

So he asked me for a birthday party and I had to think about what should be done. Birthday parties can be an expensive business. Venues, entertainment, food, party bags and cakes. It all adds up.

I decided to do it at home and asked The Bo to choose seven friends to invite.

Alas! Being a summer born baby meant that many of his friends had to send regrets as they would be on holiday. This left us with three boys who would be coming. A shame,  but in the end I decided that it would be a nice number. A small and intimate party for a few friends.

I asked myself what to do about entertainment and party favours. I decided to take a little trip down to my local Hobbycraft and found some ceramic pens for £3.99 and some little ceramic train money boxes for £2.50 each so I decided to pick some up.

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In a previous post I have written about using Sharpie pens to decorate plates. I had borrowed the pens from a friend and so when I went to Hobbycraft I looked at buying a pack. They are inordinately expensive and so buying the ceramic pens seemed like the more frugal option, plus they are actually designed for the job.

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Yesterday The Bo’s guests arrived and they all sat at the table decorating their trains. Little tongues poking out with concentration. It kept them busy for at least half an hour, after which they went off to play while parents chatted. Every so often one of them would pop back to the table to add a little more decoration.

And so that was entertainment and party favours sorted in one. They got a nice personalised little gift to take home, a slice of cake and a packet of Haribo’s sweets.

A thrifty little idea for a birthday party on a budget.

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One Response to “Birthday Party Favours”

  1. Kate @craftsonsea June 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Happy birthday Bo! The trains look like a lovely idea 🙂

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