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Samuels 1st Birthday Party

Finally getting round to writing this. Samuels 1st party was such a lovely, relaxed day. We decided to have the party at my parents house as not only do they have a bigger garden they also have more space inside in case it rained. Thankfully it stayed dry and relatively warm.

We only had a small gathering, just really close friends and family. Both Lee and I have big families but we just stuck to inviting people with young children.

We set up outside with blankets, chairs, Samuels new slide, the playhouse and swing. We filled the paddling pool with plastic balls instead of water, as it wasn’t quite paddling pool weather, and set up the sand pit. So there was lots of things for the children to do.

My Mum and Dad decorated the garden with bunting as well as in the kitchen and we added a one script balloon and Samuels monthly photos. My Dad also got Samuel a very large Peppa Pig balloon which was a definite hit and still is.

We put on a small buffet of sandwiches, crisps, fruit and cakes. We got Samuel’s birthday cake from Marks and Spencer and topped it with a personalised dinosaur cake topper from Not on the High Street. It was a rainbow cake and tasted delicious.

All the children had a lovely time and were so well behaved. They went home with party bags filled with bouncy balls, stickers, a hand held foil balloon and one of those foam airplane/glider things. The babies had a bath book in theirs instead.

That evening a few of our close friends stayed and we enjoyed a Chinese takeaway to carry on the celebrations.

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