Yabba dabba doo, the twins are two! To celebrate this great milestone we had a Flintstones themed birthday party for our little Pebbles & Bamm Bamm.
For their 1st birthday party we did a Smurfs theme (see Five Tips For Twins First Birthday) Now that they are toddlers, they remind me a lot of Pebbles & Bamm Bamm so I thought, why not do a Flintstones Birthday Party? Mr. Mama liked the idea and only had one request: “keep it simple”. Simple is not my middle name, but I tried. I love to entertain and this is the one time a year we have the energy and the motivation to do it. Since starting daycare, many of our relatives and friends haven’t seen the twins in a few months so we decided to have a large party.
If the party planning wasn’t going to be simple, then we decided to make the party setup as quick and easy as possible. Like last year, we did up a budget and got the main dishes catered and delivered. We rented a community centre with a separate play area that included an indoor play structure so the children could run around.
As with last year’s Smurfs theme (see Tip #1 in the Smurfs blog enty), it was hard to find decorations that matched our chosen theme, or even Flintstones anything! The show aired in the 1950s and the last Flintstones movie was in the 1990s. So I extended the theme to include dinosaurs and animal prints.
We were going with white tablecloths, plain paper plates and no decorations taped to the walls. We didn’t decorate with balloons this year, partly due to the national helium shortage, and partly because they were a pain to setup last year. Instead, we focused on decorations for the cake table, take-home centrepieces for our guests, and of course loot bags for the kids.
For the centrepieces, I stuck cute tall lollipops into a foam block that are normally used for floral arrangements and wrapped it like a present. Since the theme was the prehistoric caveman era of the Flintstones, I went with brown paper bags as wrapping for both the centrepiece and the loot bags, added cute ribbons as a decoration and some pictures of different Flintstones characters.
Since it was my first time doing this, there were a few unexpected surprises when it came time to finish the centrepieces. First, the foam blocks are weightless so the centrepiece kept flopping over. They needed something to stabilize it at the base. I got some antique-finish green plant pots from Dollarama that could be re-used afterwards.
It got more complicated for the loot bags. There were a wide age range of kids coming and I wanted to give out age-appropriate loot bags. So I made 5 different kinds of loot bags, with different coloured ribbons (black & white for babies, orange & black for boys, animal print for girls, pink & black for pre-teen girls). Instead of writing down names for each child, I taped pictures of Pebbles and Bamm Bamm bags. With the ribbons and pictures on the loot bags, I hoped to make it easier for whoever was passing out the loot bags to know which ones to give to what age group
All this took a really long time!! The good news is I got all this done a week before the party. Everything was packed in Rubbermaid containers labelled ‘cake table deco’, ‘guest table deco’, ‘kitchen’, etc. Since I would be arriving at the party hall with the kids, Mr. Mama and our families would be doing the setup. Everybody knew what their task was (ie. pickup the hall keys, setup the kitchen, put up the decorations, etc)
Unfortunately for all of us, lil M&M got sick the day before their birthday party. This is the second time they’ve been sick on their birthday which leads us to conclude that having a December birthday party is no fun! Now I know why people keep their kids birthday parties small and/or hold them in a play centre where everything is taken care of.
Next year we’ll be doing their birthday a month early and on a much smaller scale. I might even ask Mr. Mama to organize!