03 Mar Vera’s Peppa Pig birthday party: Ideas on DIY parties and what went down
We just celebrated our girl’s second (*ugly cry*) birthday party over the weekend and we decided to do something low key which she would enjoy. Initially I wasn’t really sold on throwing her a party but when I realized that we’re spending her last few months as an only child and soon she’ll be learning what it’s like to have a sibling, I thought it was a good opportunity to deposit and invest in her love tank. I’ve also casually been asking other moms for tips on helping their eldest welcome another sibling just to prepare.
There really wasn’t much question when it came to Vera’s second birthday party theme. Anyone who knows her or follows her (yes, apparently there is such a thing!) through the hashtag we created (#verapie) knows she’s head over heels in love with Peppa Pig. A little back story: I think it’s my fault. Back when she was just a little over one-year-old and we were semi-staycationing somewhere, she and I caught the show on TV and I thought it would be a good way to help her learn what it would look like to have a younger sibling though I wasn’t pregnant yet. She ended up reaaaally liking the show, which is probably an understatement, and we haven’t actually even used the character of George (Peppa’s little brother) to explain to her that she’ll be like Peppa soon. Hehe!
I only have a few thoughts when it comes to throwing your kid a DIY party, and even if it isn’t for your child, maybe it’s a bridal shower or a baby shower, I hope these help!
See our little homemade Peppa Pig background at the back? Hehe! Thank you Ninang Char for helping me! 🙂
1. Don’t feel pressured to make your party “Pinteresting” or “Pinterest-worthy”.
Do you remember life before Pinterest? It was much simpler then, wasn’t it? Yes, it was less prettier then too but it’s very easy to fall into the trap of feeling like everything you do needs to look like it’s good enough to post on Pinterest or even to Instagram. There’s nothing wrong with wanting things to look pretty, I want everything around me to look pretty myself. But because the party is for humans, who are messy and imperfect, there’s a good possibility that something messy and imperfect will happen. If there are kids involved, there’s an even bigger chance that something messy and imperfect will happen!
Let’s face it–kids don’t really notice much of the Pinteresting details we slave over as supermom wannabes. If your kid is the same age as my kid, she won’t even notice that the Peppa Pig buffet table background looks more like a bootleg copy than the little piggy from UK that she loves. A friend of mine and I worked on her poster with cartolinas, double sided tape, glue, glitter and markers and even though I knew it didn’t look exactly like Peppa, each time I took it out of the storage to work on it Vera would always be so impressed. She would say, “Wow! Nice Mama! Nice!” That reminded me why I was doing things–to make HER happy, not me. I wasn’t making a backdrop just so I could Instagram it later on to validate myself. Sometimes we can be self-gratuitous and disguise it with parental love and good intention.
If you can throw a Pinterest-worthy party and not miss out on the actual celebration, I bow down! 🙂 As for myself, I knew I didn’t want to over-burden myself and miss out on what was important so I made a decision to keep it simple. While I didn’t get to swim with my daughter, mainly because I don’t think my swimsuit fits anymore hehe, I am glad I was able to take pictures of her and see her sheer joy swimming and celebrating.
(P.S. – None of the bigger kids criticized our art work too. Yay! Hahaha.)
2. Prepare the little details in advance so you don’t miss out on the actual celebration
I still tried to do as much prettifying as I could, of course I couldn’t help it, but I tried to make sure that it would be before the party. Even during the pre-party prettifying, I didn’t pressure myself to make everything perfect like put Peppa Pig on every single thing because utensils, decors, loot bags, etc. aren’t readily available with her face on it yet unlike Frozen. I just tried to work with what was there. I shopped at Divisoria with my mom for her utensils and tried to follow a color palette. We put washi tape on the wooden utensils to make it a little more special (but really, nobody noticed that, haha!). And instead of party hats, I got bunny ear hairbands and dubbed them as “pig ears” for all the girls to wear. To add more “Peppa” into the buffet table, a friend printed out different images and we attached it to the food labels.
I tried to incorporate a few details of the show by calling her chocolate fondue station “Muddy Puddles” (if you watch the show, you’ll understand this!). That one, a little girl noticed! Hehe. I got the idea online but instead of recreating the actual food they made, I just adjusted it to what we could serve.
3. Lastly, plan activities your celebrant can participate in.
The reason I chose to do a swimming party was because A. My daughter really enjoys swimming and B. Our other little girl friends are a bit older than her and she would’ve been left out of her own party had we played games. The bonus for me: I don’t think I’m any good at preparing games for kids so that cut back on the prepping and planning! Woohoo!
Here are a few more photos from the day 🙂
Thank you, Uy family, for Vera’s Peppa Pig cake! Contact Thea’s Pastries by Jing Navarro at cellphone no. 0922 815-8877 or tel. no. 267-2420; e-mail [email protected]
Vera holds our gift for her, a kick board she uses as a surfboard, with floaters on her arms of course! Photo courtesy of Faye Bonifacio (left). What’s left of our “pig ears” hairband jar (right). Our happy little duckie after Round 1 of swimming Mama and birthday girl, who’s begging me to stop taking photos because she wants to swim again.
Of course after all the fun she had (she answered an emphatic “Yes!” each time we asked her if she was having fun, she’s even enjoying looking back at these photos as I blogged), there was only one way that day was going down. Little girl was knocked out by 7:30 PM, reportedly only sentences in her Bible bedtime story. 😉
Thank you for reading that lengthy post 🙂 Do you have any tips for throwing a DIY party? Share it with me and comment below! I’d love to learn from you too 🙂