This is a collaborative post with Hallmark and Tesco
Last weekend it was Emma’s second birthday and it felt as momentous an occasion as her first. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me mention a few times that it made me a bit emotional – suddenly my little baby is growing up, becoming more independent than I could have ever imagined! So to celebrate, we teamed up with Hallmark and Tesco to throw her a birthday party she would love.
When it comes to birthdays, cards are arguably more important than presents. Seven years ago, when I met my other half, he didn’t quite understand why this was a crucial element of the present-giving. I have kept all the cards given to me for years, and I was so thrilled to work with the lovely team at Hallmark, especially with my all time favourite Disney film Beauty and The Beast being revamped. We were so lucky to be given a box full of goodies, with tiaras, bubbles (that’s Emma happy right away!) and a huge selection of birthday cards with the Beauty and the Beast theme. My favourite was one made of a jigsaw that Emma immediately loved, having recently been given a few puzzles for her birthday.
To celebrate the big day, we decided to keep it low key this year, a lovely understated Princess tea party with Emma’s friends. The previous year I had gone a bit crazy and invited over 30 people we knew (it was more of a celebration for the parents!) and while it was a brilliant day, I wanted to keep it a bit more relaxed for Emma. We had our box full of goodies to decorate the table and made lots of yummy food. We were also given several bottles of bubbles which were a lifesaver for keeping the toddlers entertained, along with Emma’s trike!
One by one, Emma’s friends arrived and gave her a happy birthday hug along with a little present. I’m always amazed at how generous everyone is when it’s Emma’s birthday. I loved how thoughtful all of her gifts were; our friends and family have really picked up on Emma’s personality, that she’s a more thoughtful and quiet girl. So she got plenty of sticker books, puzzles and an awesome big chalk set too that we’ve been taking to the beach.
At the tea party, our friends seemed to enjoy all the food and my other half was in charge of drinks and everyone was kept topped up throughout the afternoon. I was so pleased that it was exactly how I wanted it to be – the toddlers having a great time catching bubbles, with the grown ups catching up as we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like to these days. As we reached the end of the party, we decided it was time for the cake and Emma did a great job at blowing out the candles (we’ve been practising) along with Mummy’s help!
After everyone headed home, we took a shattered birthday girl home too for some well deserved rest. As the day drew to a close, we tucked her in bed and asked her if she’d had the best birthday. She took her milk bottle out of her mouth for a second and said to us “yes”. That’s what it’s all about really.
Happy Birthday Emma and a huge thank you to Hallmark and Tesco for collaborating with us and sending a box of birthday goodies our way! Tesco are also running an amazing competition for little ones to win the dress of their dreams. All you have to do is head to your local Tesco store and pick up a competition entry and draw the dress of your dreams – good luck!