It’s happened! My tiny baby turned ONE even though I’ve told him to stop growing up hundreds of time. Sob.
We had the best time celebrating though. We hired the room at our church and threw him a big dinosaur party and I was so pleased with the end result.
We hired a little soft play which included a slide, soft shapes, rides on, see saw, space hoppers and, his absolute favourite, a ball pit. We had quite a varied age range of guests but they all seemed to really enjoy it and, most importantly, the birthday boy was in his element.
I also did an activity table for the older children with dinosaur masks, colouring, stickers, rubber dinosaur toys and temporary tattoos which I was really pleased with as everything got used.
I filled the room with every dinosaur banner I could find, I had spent many evenings scrolling through eBay, Instagram and Pinterest in preparation. The real stars of the show however were Mr Knight’s dinosaur balloons which he was incredibly proud of!
Turning one isn’t all fun and games though! Our boy partied so hard that he had to have an hour nap half way through. We just about managed to do his cake and sing happy birthday before he fell fast asleep! It’s hard work being the host so we’ll let him off.
His big sister had a brilliant time too. She can be so shy and would’ve really struggled in a situation like this before so it was amazing to see her playing with other children and dancing and just being so happy. The party took quite a lot of preparation but it was so worth it to see how much they loved it.
I didn’t do traditional party bags as I wasn’t 100% sure who was coming and again, we had such a wide age range of children so everyone just went home with a nice slice of cake.
It was so good to have a day just completely focused on our boy. Being the second baby, that probably hasn’t happened since he was actually born!
Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us.
Afterwards we came home and the mass ‘open every present in sight’ explosion occurred. I’d had every intention of doing lovely thank you cards for everyone but it was impossible to keep track of who had bought what! As usual, good intentions are all I’ve got!
His actual birthday was on the Monday, Mr Knight had it off work and Little Knight missed preschool so we could enjoy the day together. The kids both woke up in such a foul mood and the weather was AWFUL so it looked like it was going to be a fail but we managed to save the day. We went for lunch at Frankie and Benny’s as it’s become a bit of a family favourite and we went swimming in the afternoon which they both really loved. Even with the massive palaver of getting everybody changed it was worth it! We definitely need to start taking them regularly. On the evening we went for a Chinese takeaway and chocolate cake at my parent’s house which was the perfect end to the day.
I have no idea what to do with all of his new toys… this boy is just so loved! He has had the biggest smile on his face throughout his celebrations so I know that he’s had a great time. AND I didn’t even cry once! Success!
Happy Birthday, my gorgeous little bear. I love you more than words and I cannot wait for another year of your cheeky little ways.
Thanks for reading,
Knight Mummy x