Big Brother’s Sixth Birthday should have been a ‘non-party’ year for him seeing how last year he had a big Ninja Turtle celebration turning five. However, I have since started this kids party website… least I say more!
Theme: I think we have a budding Police Officer in Big Brother. He says he is going to be ‘Chief of Police’ when he grows up. His favourite imaginary game to play is catching baddies. We gave Big Brother some toy handcuffs months ago and I’ve spent a bit of time handcuffed to the dining table. Quiet handy when you want an excuse to just sit and enjoy your cup of tea.
Invitation: I found several Police Party Printables on Etsy and I chose one from ‘Simone Made It’. The whole Police Party Package was just $22. This includes the invitation, signs, labels and more. You can edit it with your own text and then just print them yourself. Fabulous price, easy to use and looked great.
Decorations: My favourite ‘on trend’ party find at the moment are these foil shaped number balloons. I like the idea of choosing one element and using it on mass to create a great look. I hung five of these foil balloons around the party room including two either side of the food table. They are from Spotlight and cost $4.49 each. You just inflate them with air. I also popped a few balloons that matched the colour scheme on balloon sticks in vases beside the food table. I found fun ‘Caution’ tape for $3 at Lotsa Goodies. This was such an easy, effective decoration for this theme. I dressed the food table with simple streamers patterned to match the colour scheme. These streamers come in multi-colour packs from The Warehouse for about $3. I love using crepe paper streamers. They are so versatile for an economical, quick party decoration.
The kids table was set with black and white striped paper plates from The Warehouse. These matched the theme and party printables so well. I found some striped black and white straws at Kmart. I popped a laminated personalised police badge from the printable set on each child’s setting along with their personalised mini milk bottle. A little rafia tied around the top of the bottles finished them off perfectly. I was so pleased with how it all came together without costing a fortune.
Food: Cop Corn, Traffic Jams, Police Cars, Cliche Donuts, ‘Stick em Ups’… we had some fun with the food for our Police Party. We had to have donuts! I found great sized mini ones for kids at Countdown. I popped in the morning of the party to buy them so they were fresh. The ‘Stick Em Ups’ Big Brother and I made up after seeing an idea using pretzel sticks on Pinterest. The kids loved these and I’ve since been making them for a quick, cute morning tea. We made up the cherry tomato idea and Big Brother thought it was like having a healthy lolly pop! You can’t make these too far in advance or the pretzel stick softens inside the tomato.
I love themed iced biscuits at kids parties. These car biscuits looked gorgeous, however I am yet to find an icing ‘tool’ I’m happy with. I tried two new ones out on these and wasn’t happy with either. Yes, ‘a poor workman blames his tools.’ I iced these at 10.30pm the night before the party so they ended up a rushed job. The kids still loved them and if you don’t look too closely they were fab.The traffic jams were cute jam sandwiches made with a car cookie cutter. I saw the ‘Cop Corn’ idea on Pinterest and my printables from Simone Made It were perfect for decorating some recycled yogurt pottles for these. Our party was from 3.30 – 5.30pm so the kids were all really hungry after a day at school. I had plenty of other party favourites to hand round like cheerios, sausage rolls and every kiwi kids party needs lolly cake. Along with water, Big Brother had asked for chocolate milk to be served for drinks. This went down a treat with the donuts for hungry kids after school.
Cake: Big Brother and Ian had a fabulous time putting this cake together. Big Brother spent the weeks leading up to his party building all his lego police vehicles. He then found all the mini-figures to match and put together the scene he wanted to use with his cake. I love seeing him involved in the party planning and so enthusiatic about it. This gave his lego building a real purpose. Big Brother had asked Daddy Cake Baker to make a Police Station for his birthday cake. Ian had a fun time the night before the party reliving his youth and constructing the police station out of chocolate cake. We often use Annabel Langbein’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake. It makes a big cake so was perfect for this. We baked it in a rectangle oven dish and then Ian cut and layered the cake to create his police station complete with helicopter pad.
Party Fun: Ian got into the party spirit and put together a Police Training Obstacle Course. He used our monkey bars, swings and trampoline as well as borrowing some beams and boxes from our Playcentre. He even pinned a sheet down for the kids to crawl under and drew a chalk road for the police car to drive along. The kids had a blast on it. Ian took them through a couple of times and then let them play freely on it. They loved it so much I flagged the other two games I had planned.
One was an idea I adapted from something I saw on Made it on Monday using white and orange ping pong balls with ‘baddie’ faces drawn on them in vivid. My idea was to hide them in the backyard and split the kids into two teams. ‘White’ verse ‘Orange’. The kids were then to race and be the first team to find (catch) all their baddies and put them in the jail. The other idea we were going to do was have Ian dress up as a ‘baddie’ and ‘steal’ all the presents in a sack. The kids were then going to find him hiding and chase him around and put him in jail. I suppose it is better to have too much planned then not enough!
The Finger Printing Station and Police Line Up Photo Booth were a nice activity for the kids to come inside to when they needed a break from racing around together outside. The printables for these were all by Simone Made It from Etsy. We got some fabulous photos of the kids lining up for their mug shots. The highlight of the party was a visit from our friendly Constable Rick. He did a fabulous job of teaching the kids the importance of Police Officers and their role in our community. Big Brother’s favourite part was the road spike demonstration and seeing how many of his mates could fit in the police car. I think Constable Rick may have inspired a few new recruits. Big Brother thanked Constable Rick for coming with none other then some creamed donuts.
Favors: Big Brother gave all his party guests a pair of handcuffs I purchased from Lotsa Goodies. I had taken them out of their packaging and used some cellophane bags and the party favor bag printable from Simone Made It to fancy them up a bit. If the party guests are anything like my kids I’m sure they would have gone home and spent the evening handcuffing their parents. Let’s hope they had a cup of tea ready.
I hope you have loved seeing our Police Party. We definitely had fun planning, preparing and hosting it. This party was two days after Rosebud’s Confetti Party. I was so worn out afterwards it’s taken me two weeks to recover. Luckily birthdays come just once a year or in my case two in one week. xg
Invitations: Simone Made It
Party Printables: Simone Made It
Favors: Lotsa Goodies.