On Sunday we had a little tea party for Tyler Lee, his actual birthday being on Monday the 16th of course but we had our own plans for that day so decided that the Sunday would be the perfect day to celebrate with family and friends. My boy is obsessed with In the Night Garden, he doesn't get to watch it much now as he's begun going to bed earlier again but he loves all the characters, especially Upsy Daisy who he calls Daisy and he always has to have her by his side, so I thought an In the Night Garden themed tea party would be lots of fun for him.
Jacek and I saw a picture of a two-tier In the Night Garden cake on Google images and fell in love with it, we asked the cake maker to copy that cake but to also add in elements such as the rainbow up by Iggle Piggle. I also asked that the inside of the cake be rainbow sponge to match the rainbow on the cake and cupcake. We also ordered 10 cupcakes with the characters faces, stars and a rainbow - the children loved eating these. Tyler Lee was so overwhelmed when he saw his cake for the first time that he cried, he was so happy! He especially loved Upsy Daisy sitting on the side of the cake and the Upsy Daisy faces on the cupcakes.
Before deciding on the In the Night Garden theme my mam also got this little penguin cake. The inside had chocolate biscuit cake and it was covered with icing for the penguin and lots of edible glitter. It was quite fitting actually as one of the gifts we got Tyler Lee was a book about a penguin.
I wanted everything to be as colourful as it could possibly be, I think a child's birthday party should always be cheerful so I picked sweets and treats with colourful wrapping, jellies full of colour and used colourful straws for the clear bottles. I used some of Tyler Lee's In the Night Garden toys to decorate the table. I also used an old Easter bucket to hold some chocolate and marshmallows, I stuck an Upsy Daisy sticker on the front to keep with the theme. I got the stickers from an In the Night Garden magazine and I thought they made great decorations for all the items on the table.
I wanted clear bottles for the children to drink from but didn't have time to order them online, Hallmark also wanted to charge me €8.99 for four plastic bottles - no way was that happening, so I popped into Tesco, got some smoothies, washed out the bottles when the drinks were done and voila - perfect little drinking bottles, they only cost me €2 too! I also decorated the bottles with some In the Night Garden stickers, I also added some to the other drink bottles we had. The straws were only €1 for a pack of 25 from my local discount shop. As you can, the decor was really cost effective. I didn't want to go to too much expense as we weren't having many people over and at the end of the day I really like how the display turned out, even though it cost very little.
A lot of people had to cancel coming to the party, it must be the time of year, but it didn't dampen our spirits and we had a lovely time with those that came. Even though Tyler Lee was a bit cranky - I don't think he likes getting older - it was a great day all round. This will probably be Tyler Lee's last party for a couple of years. Jacek and I have been talking about planning something quite special for his next birthday and I'd definitely love to do it for our boy if we can.
Overall, my boy loved his In the Night Garden themed tea party and it just goes to show you don't have to spend a lot of money to make the 'wow' factor for your child - my boy couldn't stop saying "wow" when he saw everything, so adorable.