I think planning your child’s first birthday party is a bit of a rite of passage – whether you choose to have a party for their very first birthday or wait until their older, it’s a bit of a milestone. I absolutely loved planning Pickle’s first baby bash – we don’t have a great deal of space at home so we chose to do two parties! One on the Saturday for our immediate family, and one on Sunday for his baby friends. I’d describe myself as fairly ‘mumsy’, so I was quite excited to host a party at home, blow up balloons, bake a cake and serve up some nibbles. It’s one of those ‘Mum’ moments that I’ve been looking forward to. And it didn’t disappoint. All the mad-rush tidying (even though the house still looked a tip!) was totally worth it.
If you’ve got an upcoming birthday to plan for, I may have just the thing to help! I’m delighted to be running a party themed giveaway. I’ve teamed up with some lovely party and children’s companies to help celebrate Pickle’s birthday with some great prizes on offer.
The Essential One
Every birthday boy or girl needs a special party outfit! We’ve been dressing Pickle in The Essential One clothes since he was a newborn, so it was with great pride that I dressed him in his very smart outfit they very kindly sent him for his birthday. It wasn’t until I sat back after dressing him and took a good look at him that it really sunk in that he was now a one year old. I surprised myself by not getting overly emotional over the weekend, but seeing him in this outfit definitely induced a little tear or two! And I swear it wasn’t planned, but LPD wore a pretty much exactly matching shirt and seeing these two together playing on the farm was beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing boys wearing braces!
The Essential One are kindly offering a choice of a boy’s or girl’s outfit (you can choose which of the two outfits you’d like and in what size – available in 0-6 years).
How adorable are both of these options?! Especially perfect for summer birthdays. And if you’ve never bought The Essential One clothing before, you’ll be really impressed with the quality, and it washes brilliantly.
Party Bags and Supplies
I’m not sure if it’s right to say that Pickle is a big Monsters Inc fan or if I should rather say that I’m the fan! But regardless, watching Monsters Inc or Monsters University is a fairly regular occurrence in our house. It was a no brainer for me to choose the Monsters University themed party goodies from Party Bags and Supplies for his little baby birthday bash. We received a bundle of paper plates, plastic cups, a tablecloth and filled party bags. I’d never really come across FILLED party bags before, but what a brilliant idea? The party bags are aimed at children a little older than Pickle, but one Dad in particular was very excited to see the contents! And I added a little something extra age appropriate for Pickle’s baby-friends, monster related of course.
Without the starting point of these tablewear bits, I’m not sure I’d have even thought of doing a themed birthday party but it was fun to organise! I didn’t do themed food (unlike the amazing baby birthday party we went to in April which was Very Hungry Caterpillar themed!), but I did enjoy putting these two big soft toys on display.
Party Bags and Supplies have wonderfully offered my prize winner a whopping £30 to spend with them in their online shop. You’ll be spoiled for choice with so many bits and pieces to choose from to suit all party themes! You could spend your credit on tablewear, balloons, decorations, party bags, cake decorations… Their website is a real treasure trove.
With two parties in two days, I just about managed to bake a cake for one but there’s no way I’d have been able to bake a cake for both! Firstly, I’m just not that great a baker and secondly, I was so knackered after party one that I didn’t have the energy for another round of cleaning up (I’m a VERY messy baker!). Thankfully, bakerdays came to the rescue and sent Pickle a lovely little birthday cake – perfectly sized for children – in the post.
Cake in the post? I know what you’re thinking, how does it survive the hustle and bustle of our mail system? But bakerdays have mastered cake delivery and the cake arrived perfectly, wonderfully secure in a beautiful tin encased in a letterbox sized cardboard box.
Your very own bakerdays Letterbox cake will be making it’s way to you as well if you’re the lucky giveaway winner. You can choose from a vast array of designs on their website, and personalise the design too! We went for a lemon cake and it was delicious – it had this lovely curd on the bottom of the cake which helped offset all the icing. I’m not a massive icing fan but if you do like icing – this is the cake for you!
Chalkboards by Hand
Now this is a very special prize indeed. My friend Sam is the very clever woman behind this lovely business, handcrafting the most gorgeous of chalkboards – perfect to use as party decor, especially as it serves as a wonderful lifelong reminder of exactly what your child was up to on their birthday. Her range of designs is amazing, and each one is unique – no two orders will ever be the same.
Sam will design and create one of her A3 boards for you, customised to the theme you’d like and what kind of details you’d like to include. She’ll talk you through the process and stay in contact with you to ensure it’s exactly what you like. Do check out her work on either Facebook or Instagram and be sure to enter the prize draw if you like what you see as her order book is currently closed so this is the only way to get yourself one of her beautiful creations.
Sweet E’s Party Shop
I’ve been a huge fan of Sweet E’s Party Shop since we received our lovely pom pom garland (which hangs gorgeously around his framed portrait of Clarence), and I was thrilled when Debbyanne sent Pickle a special painted wooden number for his birthday – I thought my request for a Monsters Inc themed number might be a step too far, but it didn’t phase her at all and how GORGEOUS is the result?! A Sullivan coloured number with a Mike Wazowski ribbon – perfect.
Sweet E’s Party Shop have kindly offered to paint a personalised wooden number of the winner’s choice as part of my birthday party giveaway. Have a look on Facebook and Instagram to see what kinds of designs she’s done previously to give you some ideas of what you might like for your little one!
Get a Little More Vitamin Drinks
We all know that birthdays are a good (or should that be bad?) excuse to eat your body weight in unhealthy food: sweets, cake, ice cream… they’re all so wonderfully tasty but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been worried about what Pickle has eaten this weekend. Even if you’re planning to treat your tot to a few extra bits of food or treats they might not usually have over their birthday week, that doesn’t mean they should go without vitamins. Get More Vitamins have just introduced a new range of fruit water drinks enriched with vitamins aimed at little ones: A Little More Vitamin drinks.
They are offering a supply of the full range to my winner – perfect to serve at a party to make sure the children are getting at least some good stuff inside them!
Live to Sparkle Wine
And finally, something for the adults! Because let’s be honest, it’s not only hard work putting together a party, but a whole year of parenting is worth celebrating. Live for Wines have a really special range of wines, including a range inspired by vintage sweets which I had a taste off at the Blog On conference in Manchester last month. Wine that tastes like pineapple cubes or strawberry bonbons?! YES PLEASE.
You could use this prize of a bottle of pink fizz as a toast during your party, or keep it to yourself for a post-party treat! However you choose to drink it, the bubbles will definitely get you in the celebratory mood.
So in summary, this amazing prize bundle includes:
- A children’s party outfit for 0-6 year olds from The Essential One
- £30 credit to spend at Party Bags and Supplies online shop
- Letterbox Cake from bakerdays
- A3 personalised chalkboard from Chalkboard by Hand
- Wooden decorated number from Sweet E’s Party Shop
- The range of A Little More Vitamin drinks
- A bottle of Live to Sparkle wine
So, good luck! The giveaway will be running until 11.59pm on Sunday 18th June 2017, and there are plenty of ways to enter below, including a daily bonus entry to help improve your chances. Please read the full terms and conditions as invalid entries won’t be considered. UK entrants only.
Children’s Birthday Party Prize Bundle
Oh my gosh this prize looks INSANE! How much would emily love a Frozen designed cake? “Let it goooo” “let it gooo!!” And Pickle could have a party bag of course! Wow wow wow
Little Pickle's Mom
Ahhh! YES! That’d be amazing – Party Bags and Supplies have a really good Frozen range of stuff too. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you! <3 Emily would just burst with excitement!
My grandson jack he would love a superman party
We will be planning a birthday party for my 5year old Granddaughter, and she loves anything to do with Princesses
my sons 4th birthday im thinking paw patrol or blaze
my grandson will be 5 at the end of uly. I think his theme would be paw patrol.
my daughters she wants unicorns
What a fab giveaway. The A3 chalkboards are amazing. We are celebrating our NCT babies first birthdays with a BBQ all together so these prices would be fantastic x
Little Pickle's Mom
I know, the chalkboards are just BEAUTIFUL aren’t they? Ahh we wanted to do a big joint NCT party but we struggled to find somewhere big enough to host (there’s quite a few of us!). Such a lovely milestone to celebrate! Good luck with the giveaway.
Fantastic would love to win this!
my daughters birthday is coming up, she has a thing for lol surprise dolls, smurfs and trolls.
My granddaughters !st birthday, she’d love a Teletubbies themed party
Emma Louise Elliott
My daughters 2nd birthday and anything to do with In the night garden xxx
Aww wow this is such a super fun giveaway! I am celebrating my daughters 2nd birthday on the 5th of August! I know she would absolutely love the teletubbies party range so so cute.
It’s my little boy’s birthday in September and I’m sure he’d like a superhero themed party or even a dinosaur themed one!
In the night garden for my grand-daughters birthday
Mum’s Birthday think we will go on a flowers theme 🙂 x
My daughter. She loves the Minions
I’m next planning a birthday party for my son. I think he would like a superhero theme.
My niece, she is 7 on 22nd July. I think she would like some Shopkins goodies.
My youngest daughter’s birthday is next month and she would love a princess party!
my 6 year old and he would like a dinosaur themed party x
This is an amazing prize! My eldest is after a Lego party… I love those blackboards too.
It’s great to see a bit more of a different party theme – I haven’t watched Monsters Inc with my daughter yet, I’d forgotten all about it! I know what we’re watching this Saturday…!
We have a 1st birthday coming up in around 8 weeks and I’m not prepared at all 🙁 winning this bundle woukd be perfect.
I’m planning my daughter’s third birthday party. First real one as it’s her friends coming not just family. Keeping it simple at home with bouncy castle and home made food and cake and garden games.
It’s at the end of July – this competition would be perfect for the party!
My daughter will be three in September – I expect she would love a princess party.
Hope I can enter for my grandchildren, I have seven and feel very lucky to be a part of their lives
My son turns 4 in September and would love a star wars or power rangers theme.
My little boys birthday at the beginning of August and I’d love a Minecraft theme.
My daughter’s birthday who would love minnie or princesses!
My nephew and I think he would love a pirate theme!
I’m planning my daughters 13th and she would love a sparkly girly theme
perfect for my daughter & son who have birthdays in the same week :O they both love dinosaurs 🙂
My son’s – we’re still thinking on it.
My Granddaughter & she would love a Hello Kitty themed party.
My nieces first birthday party. I like the Lively Ladybugs theme.
My cousins having one soon and she loves Princesses
My daughter Chloe turns 5 soon. A unicorn theme would be lovely x
My little boy will be celebrating his 3rd birthday this year and he is dinosaur obsessed!! He could daub triceraptops and velociraptor before he could say mummy *rollseyes* so dinosaur themed!!!!
Wow! Have a birthday in three weeks so this would be perfect x
Paw Patrol for Teddy who will be one on 7th July!
My son’s birthday is coming up next, I think he would like a Pokemon theme.
My Grandson Christian and he loves anything Super Hero so probably Spiderman
My youngest is four soon and would love a paw patrol party!
It’s my Daughter Sofia’s first Birthday in September and we are torn between Peppa Pig and Sofia the First as they seem to be her favourite 🙂 I’m quite excited to plan a girly party as i’m only used to boys partys 🙂 This is an amazing giveaway! Good luck everyone xx
My daughter who is turning 3 in October. I think that she would like a paw patrol theme.
our little Grandson – think he would pick the Jungle Animals
Our next party is for my niece and at the moment its all about my little pony
For my son paw patrol or minions , for his 4th birthday,
The next party I am planning is with my friend for her son on the 16th July! He would love a Pokemon themed party
I want to throw a pool party to celebrate my little munchkin being able to swim and run wild again. She’s had 3 operations at Great Ormond Street in as many weeks and even after she’s home she’ll be in bandages for 2 months. It would be lovely to throw a party with all her little friends and their families to celebrate her being well again.
My little one turns 3 very soon! this would be perfect xx
I know my little fella and his friends would enjoy a ‘Good Dinosaur’ party for his 4th birthday. x
my daughter is 7 soon and her brother is 9, 5 days after. They love minions
My son would love a dinosaur party
What an absolutely fabulous giveaway! I’m planning a party for my son, he is going to be having a joint party with his best friend. They are having a superheroes theme at the end of July. Every day my little boy asks me if it is his birthday yet!
My sons 5th birthday is next month we are planning a superhero theamed party x
My youngest has his birthday next, he’d love a circus theme!
Its my granddaughters birthday next , she would love a princess or paw patrol birthday theme
my daughters birthday and the theme will be unicorns x
Our Cherry Tree
I’m planning a Moana inspired party for September! Would love this prize – especially the chalkboards, they’re fab! xx
my sons birthday and he loves paw patrol
My little girls birthday is next! She loves all things Paw Patrol, so that theme would be a hit! =)
My granddaughter has a birthday in September and I think she would like a circus theme or a dancing theme.
Grandsons next month, I know he likes Scooby Doo
My friends daughter is having her birthday in July and the theme is Mickey mouse so i’m helping my friend plan her party.
My Daughter’s 3rd Birthday in August is the next one i will be planning. Everytime I ask her what she would like to do she says “play away” which is a local soft play centre. As for the theme that changes daily. Some themes are The Gruffalo, Minnieand Peppa Pig. The best one is an egg suprise theme. She loves watching egg suprise videos on you tube. Also she wants the Ingham family to visit. A family she also watches on you tube haha. She makes me laugh so loud every day. I may have a mash up of all themes …. just dont think i can get the Ingham family to do a private appearance.
We are planning our daughter;s 2nd brthday for August. It’s going to be princesses
My daughter’s 6th party which will be based on unicorns and princesses
I’m currently planning my little girls 6th birthday party next month, She wants a girl superhero theme.
we’re doing a 9th bday party for a my gran who is turning 90 😀
Next birthday will be for my youngest sons 1st birthday. Would love to have a underwater theme or dinosaur theme.
My daugters first birthday i’d love the pink and gold first birthday range
my daughter – I thinks she would like animal themed party
my sons birthday and he wants anything superhero related
H is 4 in august – I’m not sure what theme yet but she loves princesses and my little pony nd faeries so it will probably be one of those themes
My little girl’s 4th birthday, she would love a monster’s Inc themed party.
Our youngest and we still haven’t settled on the theme.
My baby Charlie is 11 months he loves the twirlywoos ATM so I’m saying that
the next birthday party theme is fancy dress, what ever they want to wear, even the adults have to dress up
my nephews birthday is next. we’re thinkng of having a dinosaur theme
Our next kid’s birthday is in March, my son’s 7th – and he’d love anything dinosaur themed!
My daughter. She would like Fairies and princesses 🙂
My niece is obsessed with dinosaurs, she is 5 in July and is having a dinosaur themed party. This would be amazing to help with the preparations
For my little boys birthday, sure he’d love pirates
donna l jones
my granddaughter ava blossom shopkins theme
My little girl who would like a Paw Patrol party
My daughter’s birthday is coming up. She loves My Little Ponies and Littlest Pet Shop so would probably be something along that line.
My daughter who is almost 5. She would love princesses or fairies.
Amazing prize! I am doing a party for my son’s 3rd birthday, the theme will be Thomas the tank
I’m currently planning a joint 3rd and 7th birthday party for my two daughters who were born 5 days apart in July! I think they would both love the Unicorn Party theme 🙂
Its our daughter’s 1st Birthday this month and she loves Maya the Bee so anything bee themed would be lovely for her
My next party will be for my sn and he would love anything with superheroes 🙂
My daughter’s birthday is coming up and she likes everything girly, pink and princessy so a princess theme would go down well.
Fantastic would love to win this!
My son would like the shark splash theme so would be perfect for him
The next significant birthday party will be for my niece. I think she would love an animal/zoo themed party.
The next party I will be organising will be for my son. I think he would love a dinosaur theme x
Jenny (Mummy Saver, Money Maker)
This is a fabulous prize! I hope I win!
My friend’s little boy and it is monkey themed
My granddaughter Amelia who will turn 6 in September, and she would love a unicorn themed party 🙂 x
It’s my daughters birthday next and I’m planning a princess party, thanks.
It’s my daughter’s 3rd birthday in a week so I’d absolutely love to win!
It will be Reubens party next, he will be four and we will be doing a party at home with a circus theme, lots of games and fun!
I will be planning my little boys 1st birthday party soon! I think he’d like an “under the sea” theme as he loved the sea world center!
My son and youngest daughter have their 8th and 1st birthdays a couple of days apart in July, he’s been planning for ages but the theme keeps changing! Probably Lego or superheroes 🙂
This is an incredible giveaway! My little boy is 5 on the 30th of July and this would be absolutely perfect for him!
my sons birthday is coming up in august, this would be perfect for his birthday planning… hes abit of a disney nut like me
Myself and I would like a Mad hatters Tea Party.
My sons 4th birthday coming up soon he loves avengers! This would be fab as i always stress about his parties xx