Last weekend was Finley’s second birthday party and surprise, surprise (!) we went with a Gruffalo theme. If your child is obsessed with all things Gruffalo then this is a brilliant theme for a party.
However, if like me you are sick to death of the sodding Gruffalo and his idiot child then don’t pick this theme. It will likely tip you over the edge and result in necking the emergency back up cooking wine straight from the bottle.
No seriously though, there’s a lot you can incorporate and be inventive with. You can use a lot of different colours as well. I went with purple (prickles), orange (eyes) and green (deep dark wood).
Or if you don’t feel like being creative and can’t be bothered with all that shit, then good news there’s plenty of pre-made Gruffalo crap out there on the internet, just see my links below.
It was a shame that the weather wasn’t up to scratch, so we couldn’t spend much time in the garden but we had plenty of party games and food to keep us entertained.
His cake was homemade by Nanny, chocolate sponge, chocolate buttercream with teddy bear sweets hiding inside. From a shop on eBay I bought some handmade fondant figures and the final result was pretty impressive (and very tasty!).
Besides cake we dished up plenty of food. I made snake bagels for the kids – an idea I saw on Pinterest – they tasted alright but I can’t Pinterest to save my life so inevitably they looked pretty crap.
No there is not a picture 😉
We had nibbly bits like cucumber, peppers, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and grapes (green warts!).
My Mother in Law served up a delicious paella for the adults, washed down with a couple of jugs of Sangria!
I made up a Pass-the-Parcel the night before, I wasn’t sure if he would really get it to be honest. I was definitely preparing myself to break up a fist fight but he got the hang of it and the other children (who were admittedly a bit older) played like seasoned pros.
Also from an eBay shop, Pin-the-Tail on the Gruffalo. This one had us all in stitches, some participants had a bit of penchant for cheating and in their innocence proudly proclaimed that they had looked!
We also had an Egg and Spoon Race, which wasn’t on theme but by this point in the day who cares? It was a brilliant little game from Early Learning, the spoons and eggs were big and inside a little bean bag egg.
Anyway all this was quite enough for me so I’m pretty sure we’ll be opting for a venue based party next time.
Do you know of any Soft Play Centre’s with a bring your own alcohol policy? Have wine, will travel.
If you are thinking of hosting a Gruffalo Party here are some go to resources:
Gruffalo Party Bits
(Yes I know there’s loads on Pinterest but if you are as untalented and impatient as me I suggest you don’t set your goals too high!)
What party themes have you had to tolerate?