I was torn on this party. It boiled down too two options; a Cars party or a Fireman party. In the end, given the absolute obsession with Fireman Sam & all things Fire Brigade, it was Fireman that we went with. And boy, was John excited! From the moment he spotted one of the invitations, he wouldn't stop talking about his party; as well as telling me what presents he wanted!
But when it came around to it, I wasn't quite as enthusiastic. Having just organised David's Bumble Bee Party, followed by Christmas & just getting back into the routine of life, I was lacking motivation to get organised. In fact, most of the decorations were thrown together the night before! First though there was the invitations, which I still absolutely love. Decorations wise, there was the traditional DIY banner, as seen at all previous birthday parties but this time I went with something a little different with a circle design. Then there was the fire helmet & fire engine banner, made by creating a little stencil of each and simply cutting some card in yellow & red. And to add the the party atmosphere there was lots of red & yellow balloons! I did have plans for tissue paper flames hanging from the ceiling but due to poor planning, I couldn't find any orange tissue paper at the last minute.
And of course, there was the cake! As always, the boys Granny out did herself! Fire engine cakes were always a popular one I remember her making when I was growing up (she's a professional cake maker by the way) but this one was particularly special, having all the details of Pontypandy's very own Jupiter! Plus John was especially pleased to see Sam, Penny, Elvis & Station Officer Steele on his cake too.
John had a lovely time at his party, even if he proved he was definitely his Mummy's son by being extremely unsociable most of the day! To be fair to him though, when you're 3 years old, new toys are way more fun than being a good host.