Party Inspiration Round-up: Summer party time!


Photo credit: Annette Shaff via Shutterstock

I know it’s definitely not party weather here in Hampshire with all of the rain we’ve been having, and so I’m feeling happy that we managed to enjoy our boys’ triple birthday celebration with only a little bit of drizzle this year!  This year our theme was Maui from Disney’s Moana.  The boys fell in love with him and as with anything Disney, I’m ready to throw a party. My three mini-Mauis ran free with their friends and enjoyed a Polynesian day on the Island of Motunui in the sunshine – and some of you have managed to party in the great outdoors too!

So, who you gonna call?  Well, AK over at the German Wife ain’t afraid of no ghosts so call her if you’re thinking of hosting a Ghostbusters party.  Her birthday celebrations for her little boy are just fantastic and so fun – I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Ghostbusters party before but now I want to, and I need a proton permit too!  If you hop over to her site, there are DIY tips for hosting your own party just like hers.

If you’re thinking of a party to really keep dinosaur fans enthralled, check out Chelsea Mamma’s dinosaur party at the Science Zone in Boscombe -it’s amazing how many brilliant venues there are for parties these days, and I can’t think of a better party for a budding dinosaur fan –  although personally all I could focus on was the amazing cake.  Nothing beats a huge t-rex head cake.

On a par with dinosaurs in my house are superheroes. We fell in love with the superhero party theming over at Mudpie Fridays as Monkey turned five!  The decorations, the cake, the favours, the costumes…and the special guests!   Everything was put together beautifully and it looks like such a special day!  

Boo also celebrated in Comic Superhero style over at Rosie and Boo!  It was such a beautiful party in her garden, complete with Smiggle party bags. I love that Rosie is a true believer in that it’s not how much that’s spent on a party, but the thought that’s put into it – I can’t agree more. Some of the most special pieces in our own parties are things we’ve made ourselves – and they’re treasured more too.

Stacey in the Sticks hosted a feast fit for a Paw Patrol party with a menu that had me giggling.  Every character I could think of was featured – even Farmer Yumi has a dish.  If you love Ryder and the Pups, there are some brilliant ideas here and for even more budget friendly Paw Patrol party planning ideas, there’s a lovely post over at Motherhood the Real Deal.

There were party games galore over at Le Coin de Mel when Wriggly asked for a Lion party – and yet another gorgeous and adorable cake to add to this month’s collection.  I love that the theme was so simple and sweet – it was truly a day to remember from the gorgeous photographs!  Happy birthday Wriggly!  

Amber can’t believe her little ones are one already – and sometimes the simplest celebrations are the best.  Party hats and cuddles celebrated the most special of birthdays for Embla and Olympia over at Meet The Wildes – but have your tissues ready to read this one!

If you’re searching for a party with a theme perfect for little people, In The Night Garden is the most adorable ever.  Fi over at Dolly Dowse took herself back down memory lane to when she celebrated her little Tyler’s 2nd birthday in Iggle Piggle style!  The party table looks fantastic and so full of colour – and her cupcakes are the cutest!

There was a photo booth complete with props for mini princesses at the royal celebrations for Erin at Real Mum Reviews!  I love, love, love little party accessories and the tiaras were perfect for posing in!

The most unusual party I came across this month was a climbing themed party!  Debbie’s brilliant ideas over at An Organised Mess had me wanting to trek over to Wales for one of her party favours – her ideas are always so creative, see her posts on Star Wars party planning for evidence!

I adore rainbow parties, especially when they’re outdoors – and Miracle Max celebrated with the most vibrant, beautiful party and fantastic cake!  A ball pool, tent – and a little rainbow themed outfit for the party too!  Apparently the day cost a fortune and was super stressful – but the smiles are priceless and so precious!

Oh boy!  Mouseketeer Lucas turned three over at The Littlest Darlings and celebrated with his family at their home around the corner from us in [previously] sunny Hampshire – there’s nothing better than a party at home, especially when it’s a Disney one! 

I’ve never had a Unicorn party – but if I did, I’d want the same cake that Sophie Ella and Me had!  The prettiest, most whimsical celebration with iridescent and gold accents.

Finally, whilst we were celebrating with our mini-mauls, there over at Capture by Lucy they were celebrating on the Island of Motunui too – with mini-Moana and Hei-Hei!  I absolutely loved seeing all of the costumes at their fun filled family celebration!

Thank you everyone for your fantastic party posts this month, I’m really looking forward to seeing who’s been celebrating in August!  

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About Sara-Jayne Jones

Sara-Jayne is a former Big Four insolvency lawyer turned Disney Bride who really, truly just wanted to plan birthday parties for little people, make pretty cupcakes and capture cherished memories through her lens. This rugby-loving [and playing] Nikon-girl can be found squinting at Photoshop through the early hours, blogging at Keep Up With The Jones Family where she documents life in leafy Hampshire with her hard-working husband, three blond boys and two rather mischievous huskies. She has a particular fondness for The Manic Street Preachers, Tetley Tea, white Chucks and of course, Mickey Mouse.

1 Comment

  1. 16 August 2017 / 10:41

    Wow, these are all such great party themes, and some are so unique! Love the idea of a rainbow themed party – all the bright colours lend themselves perfectly to sunny summer day! Thanks so much for sharing these, and all the links!