You know a book has really embedded itself in your psyche when the following happens…
You’re out and about when you see a sausage dog.
“Oh look!” You exclaim to your husband.
“It’s Schnitzel von Krumm!”
The Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd is a favourite in our household.
Or as The Little Ladybird refers to him, “Hairwy Cwawy.”
Last year for her 1st birthday, we went all Green-Sheep-styles.
This year for her 2nd birthday party, we went barking mad for Hairy Maclary.
(It was the best canine pun I could come up with. I apologise.)
I used this super easy tutorial for the tassel garland.
We made some salt dough ornaments using this recipe.
The Hairy Maclary site has some super cute (free) decorations that we used on bunting, straws and as cupcake toppers.
What’s your Pass the Parcel philosophy?
Do you put a prize in every layer or take the one prize, one winner approach?
Kids’ parties are a minefield of potential tantums! I wavered and went for a doggy sticker prize in each layer before the big final prize (which ended up broken by the end of the party anyway. Sigh.)
The kids played Pin the Tail on Hairy Maclary. (Hooray for older cousins who can run the party games!)
There was a Hairy Maclary chill-out reading zone.
Do you like the balloons? I’d like to pretend that one of my many life skills includes being a balloon artist.
Alas, this is not the case. I leave it to the proffesionals.
These balloons were twisted and twirled by the amazing Elaine and her little man, Lucas from Little Balloons Project.
They are a local duo who dedicate their weekends to bringing joy to kids’ parties across our area.
Through their balloons, they raise awareness and funds for a local charity, Touched by Olivia.
Touched by Olivia create inclusive play spaces so that kids of all abilities can be connected through play.
What’s the one party food that must make an appearance at all your kiddy parties?
We have a friend, well into his 30s, whose main stipulation for attendance is that fairy bread be present.
Because I couldn’t be bothered buttering a bajillion pieces of bread on the day, I made these 100s and 1000s biscuits in advance.
Same same but different?
And of course there were cupcakes.
We are now on a sugar ban until Christmas.
Hots dogs were also served. But no one wants to see a picture of a hot dog.
In last year’s First Birthday post, I wrote a list of things I had learned in my first year of Motherhood.
I’d do that again this year, except that I. Am. So. Tired.
We call her the Toddler Tornado for a reason.
She is non-stop. But a million kinds of awesome.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Little Ladybird.
You’re the best xx
Oh this is just adorable. My little nephew loves Hairy Maclary and would be so excited for a party like this. And I think a little something in every layer, especially for the little kids.
He is a very well-loved little mutt! I was thinking next year maybe including a little “challenge” in each layer instead of a “prize.” E.G everybody stand up and do the chicken dance (or whatever it is that kids are in to these days!)
This is the cutest. Hairy Maclary is still one of my favourites! I think you’ve out dogged yourself this year! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year, when your ladybird turns into a threenager! High five mumma, you did good!
Thanks, lovely lady! Threenager? Geez- I better start reading some parenting books.
I call every sausage dog Schnitzel von Krumm too (he is my favourite Lynley Dodd character!). This party looks so cute – what a gorgeous theme. Bravo!!!
Schnitzel deserves his own spin-off series!
I would buy into this!
Schnitzel for the win!!!
Disco! That sounds fun!!
Thank you for your kind words xx
I always forget how painful it is to work with 100s and 1000s. Deceptive little things!!