A Lion Party for Wriggly

When I asked Wriggly what kind of party she wanted for her 3rd birthday, she just shouted, “Lion party!” I’m not sure where this came from, but I was happy to oblige and loosely base her birthday bash on lions. With hindsight, I think she probably got the ‘lion party’ bug because her sister had been practising songs from The Lion King every day after school for her end of year assembly.

A couple of weeks before her birthday, I started planning the lion party. When I asked her who to invite for her party, she immediately replied that she wanted Mummy, Daddy, her brother and her sisters there (phew!). She also decided she wanted Poppy there (her granddad), “Emily my best friend” (my friend Cé’s baby) and Aimee (another one of my closest friends). I thought that was really sweet and we decided to have a get-together with Wriggly’s chosen guests.

As I started cooking the night before, I realised I had planned to make quite a lot of food, so we invited a few other friends and their children at the last minute. I love a small gathering that turns into a proper party at the last minute!

The party itself was a very relaxed affair, just like I love our parties to be, with plenty of fun for the children and loads of food for everyone, adults included (don’t you hate a party where you don’t get fed a thing?).

We had lots and lots of bread and cheese, pasta salad, veggie quiche, mini salmon quiches, salads, baked camembert, vegetable sticks and dips, crisps, lots of fruit, ice cream and cake.

The lovely people at Milly & Flynn had sent us loads of Dear Zoo goodies: animal skittles, lift-the-flap puzzle, matching pairs and a shape sorter.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

Jumpy wrapped her little sister’s birthday presents beautifully.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

We kept the matching pairs game as the big prize for ‘Pass the Parcel,’ and alternated Punk’d cereal bars with packs of raisins.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

My lovely friend Aimee made this absolute beauty of a cake for Wriggly. She was determined to make it safe for Jumpy too, so she rose to the challenge of creating a cake that was free from eggs, wheat and nuts. It was scrummy!

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

Look at the details and the precision in those little fondant animals.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

My four love a piñata, so when we have time, we try to make a paper mâché one for the parties we host. So far, we’ve made a Minion piñata and a Teapot piñata. This time, the challenge was to turn a paper mâché sphere into a lion, and I think I did a pretty good job (if I might say so myself). The children certainly had the time of their lives destroying it!

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

We really had a beautiful day for Jumpy’s party and it was hot, hot, hot!

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

I’m really grateful to Milly & Flynn for sending us Jumpy’s beautiful birthday presents. My personal favourite is the shape sorter.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

Wriggly loves the lift-the-flap puzzle.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

The ones the children tend play together the most are the skittles. My four also use them for role play.

Wriggly asked for a lion birthday party this year. We got Dear Zoo goodies, my friend Aimee baked an allergy-friendly cake and we made a piñata.

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Disclosure: Milly & Flynn sent us all Dear Zoo toys for Jumpy’s birthday. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Comments

  1. Amie
    10/08/2017 / 9:58 am

    My sons farm themed first birthday 🙂

  2. Ruth Harwood
    10/08/2017 / 10:45 am

    Peppa Pig for my daughter

  3. Stevie
    10/08/2017 / 11:24 am

    My niece had a super-hero party for her 5th birthday.

  4. Hannah Wallington
    10/08/2017 / 12:31 pm

    I haven’t had any themed ones yet but my son will probably have dinosaurs

  5. amy bondoc
    10/08/2017 / 4:56 pm

    my daughter had a princess party 🙂

  6. Debi Newman
    10/08/2017 / 8:00 pm

    Paw Patrol x

  7. Arabella Bazley
    12/08/2017 / 7:29 pm

    I haven’t themed any parties, they tend to be a mishmash!

  8. Katie Sharman
    12/08/2017 / 10:19 pm

    Football party

  9. LARA Latchem
    13/08/2017 / 6:31 am

    A Spider-Man party

  10. Danielle Pooley
    13/08/2017 / 7:16 pm

    My sisters baby shower

  11. Joy
    14/08/2017 / 3:43 pm

    A Hungry Caterpillar party which included most of the foods in the story. The children were just asked to wear bright clothes but some little butterflies wore wings 🙂

  12. Joy
    14/08/2017 / 3:43 pm

    A Hungry Caterpillar party which included most of the foods in the story. The children were just asked to wear bright clothes but some little butterflies wore wings 🙂

  13. Cara Bemrose-Williams
    14/08/2017 / 10:22 pm

    Space

  14. Jacki Constantine
    15/08/2017 / 8:42 am

    We had a traditional party but this was many years ago. We are now grandparents and looking forward to themed birthdays

  15. Natalie Crossan
    15/08/2017 / 11:53 pm

    We had a circus theme xxx

  16. Jodie A Green
    16/08/2017 / 8:14 am

    a princess themed party for my girls back in January

  17. Sally Collingwood
    16/08/2017 / 11:14 am

    Pirates with 30 kids!!

  18. tina Glover
    16/08/2017 / 12:07 pm

    It was

    I did an instagram themed party for my daughter. I even made an instagram cake in the shape of the logo!

  19. Mark Hopkins
    16/08/2017 / 1:39 pm

    Hawaiian Theme

  20. jo liddement
    16/08/2017 / 4:33 pm

    A pirate party for my son

  21. lynn neal
    16/08/2017 / 6:01 pm

    We organised a frozen party for my granddaughter!

  22. Nicki simpson
    16/08/2017 / 8:13 pm

    I always do halloween party’s for my daughter daphne and I take the fancy dress very seriously

  23. caroline kelly
    16/08/2017 / 10:50 pm

    Scooby Doo – themed food in dog bowls, puppy adoption, you name it!

  24. Melissa Lee
    17/08/2017 / 11:36 am

    We had a Star Wars party for our nephew which he loved

  25. christine taylor
    17/08/2017 / 9:36 pm

    Emoji – my son had an emoji pool themed party x

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