When CM defined her wish for a “My Little Pony Making Party” for her 6th birthday I was left scratching my head. “Making” is something CM and I generally do together, frequently with her brothers or a classmate who has come round for tea.
Creating a “making” party was definitely a mission, fortunately for me CM had also specified that this would be a girls only party, and whilst I had certain reservations against this, it does seem that classmates are having parties now with a few friends rather than the whole class, and I decided that at least this distinction was an easier one to understand.
Venue was the next consideration, and for what CM had in mind it would have to be a hall (given it was definitely not going to be our home). The problems with hiring space is personalising it, fortunately thanks to discovering Balloon Time we were onto a good start, as everybody knows “Balloons a party makes”.We used our local community centre as we discovered as well as the large hall we have used in the past there is also a ‘lesser hall’ which suited the requirements of a dozen girls perfectly.
And so we went to work.
The starting point for a good party are the invitations, and fortunately I found a great free printable from Hale Grafx:I was lucky enough to catch the Hobbycraft sale, which not only had some great ideas for the party but also reduced My Little Pony party stocks.And our fantastic balloons, well, thanks to Balloon Time I finally managed to make the decor complete. There’s nothing more encheering than balloons floating, and it gave the hubby some mischief to make whilst I got to make the room perfect. As well as the My Little Pony ones which I picked up in the sale, the Balloon Time kit which I picked up in Tesco comes with 30 balloons, so we really got to set the scene.The balloons were perfect, hubby quickly got the knack and soon they were complementing the tables, and everyone got to take one home at the end.
Food is always on everyone’s mind at a party, so I had great fun researching ideas on Pinterest.I tried to come up with a sensory mix of savoury and sweet food, complemented with some great printables again from Hale Grafx, the girls enjoyed:
- Rarity’s Pizza Treat- Star shaped pizza
- Rainbow Dash bites- Cucumber, carrots, peppers, cherry tomatoes and hummus
- Rarity’s Heartwiches (although when you leave your husband to prepare dinosaurs creep in)- Sandwiches with jam or cheese
- Apple Jack Nuggets
- Twilight Sparkling Cupcakes – fairy cakes with chocolate topping, edible glitter and a sugared heart
- Rarity’s Magic Wands – bread sticks, dipped in nutella, covered in sugar strands
- Apple Jack’s Rainbow Fruits – strawberry, pineapple, green grape, blueberries, purple grape and a marshmallow
- Rainbow Dash Jelly Cups – layered jelly in a plastic cup- not for those short of time or with little patience
- Twilight Sparkle’s Ice Cream Treat- we served the girls ice-cream in individual tubs and let them go to town on chocolate or strawberry sauce and sprinkles.
All in all, I was pleased with how the food table looked, and how well its contents were received. Catering for a smaller number means you can put a little more effort in, and it’s great to know that not as much ends in the black sack (because I always over cater!).In terms of my piece d’resistance, unfortunately this was where the optimism of Pinterest did get the better of me!
We decided on a two-tier hundreds and thousands cake, and I decided to use two of my topsy-turvy cake tins which I had been fortunate to win from Lakeland a few years ago as part of the Great Bloggers Bake Off.
Now I remember, never scrimp on fondant, never under-estimate the cake mix, which means you overdo it on the next tier.
But saying that, always put some glitter My Little Pony’s on the top to draw everyone’s eye away from the cake!Disclosure: We received a Balloon Time Kit for the purposes of a review. All opinions and views contained are our own.