As you know, I having been preparing for it for quite some time now, so in a way I was glad the day had actually arrived.
The evening before, we had a mini birthday tea with the extended family, so I baked a victoria sponge, and got an amazing cake topper from Evergreen Body Care of Chunk.
I also got some mini toppers of the same picture, along with some batman and rugby balls, and baked some chocolate cakes with a blob of jam in each centre.
Considering I'm no chef, they all tasted yum!
|My Homemade Choc & Jam Cakes|
For the buffet, I bought veg and dips, rice cakes, crisps, and lots of frozen food from a couple of supermarkets to make it quicker and easier for me, because cooking, preparing myself and Chunk, and getting everything to the venue all by my tod was not an easy feat!
|Soft Ball Shooting Area|
What I love about it, is that you can see the entire centre from wherever you are, unlike some play centres, so there's no concern about your children running in two different directions and fear of them managing to get out of the building. There's only one entrance and exit, and it is completely open-planned, so very toddler friendly!
Chunk and his friends loved Funplex, and I managed to use one of the party rooms, which was painted with various fairy tale characters, and was a good space to put the buffet, and for the adults to sit and enjoy a cuppa whilst the kids ran wild. The room also had a large window, so you could literally watch the children on the apparatus from your seat.
|Great Kid Fun!|
The other mums loved it so much they suggested we make it a regular play date, as child entry is cheaper than most other centres in the area, and adults are free.
The kids had an absolute blast, and we actually stayed nearly 2 hours longer than planned, and the staff were brilliant about it! They even offered squash and plastic plates, because I had forgotten those key parts of my buffet (not bad considering I did EVERYTHING by myself this year I might add!).
I loved that all of the areas were secure and well-padded, so I was able to trust Chunk to run around without me lagging behind him, and he really loved the independence!
|My Party 'Cups'|
So as a last minute idea, I bought some pirate cups, hats and colouring books from the good old Pound Shop, and then added sweets, gingerbread biscuits and these cups became the party bags.
After last year's birthday cake almost killed me, I got the amazingly talented Daisy Brydon to make the cake, and asked for it to have a theme from the film 'Night at the Museum' which is still Chunk's favourite film.
|Chunk's Amazing Cake|
It had all Chunk's favourite characters: Rex, Dum Dum and Dexter being the main ones, as well as a lion and elephant.
The detail was amazing, and the chocolate cake inside was devine!
I cannot thank Daisy enough for doing it, especially as she was manically trying to finish a cake for the BBC at the same time as making one for little old Chunk!
I would definitely recommend using Daisy if you have any big celebrations coming up, as she really does cater to what you want, and she is so lovely to talk to which helps a lot I can tell you!
|Cake Maker Daisy and Me!|
We then got home to find Uncle Rich and Auntie Nat had bought him goldfish and put them in my lounge.
Errr thanks for more daily chores for me to attempt to do guys, especially when Chunk killed one of their fish a few months ago by lobbing toys into the tank!
To get them back, here were some flattering shots of them just to give you a good laugh!
Overall, it was a day filled with wonderful memories, and I would definitely like to do the same activities and food for him next year!
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