How to party like a three year old

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Leo is now 3! How on earth has this happened? My beautiful boy is growing up so fast, the toddler years are flying by in a noisy and colourful blur of tantrums, fun and chaotic madness. I am almost too scared to blink as I fear when I open my eyes we will be stood at the school gates on Leo’s first day and the toddler days will officially be over. To celebrate Leo’s birthday we had a whopping 3 days full of fun. Saturday was party day, Sunday was treat day to Peppa Pig World (post coming soon) and Monday was Leo’s actual birthday and we played with all his new toys and ate too many biscuits and cakes. I feel as though I have learnt a lot from Leo’s extended birthday weekend, I have now seen what a true party animal really looks like. For those of you who want a simpler, cheaper and hell of a lot funnier way to party than and a night out on the tiles, you might just want to keep on reading…

How to party like a three year old.

In the week leading up to the party you must invite everyone you see to your big day. This includes, but is in no way limited to, the man who works on the checkout in your local shop, the librarian, anyone waiting next to you in a queue and every old granny who smiles at you on the street.

As your birthday party approaches you must ask ‘is it my birthday party today’  continuously on a loop until you are given the biscuit tin as bribery to stop the people around you from going insane. Questioning must promptly resume once biscuit tin is empty.

When party day arrives, demand your party to start moments after you’ve woken up. Do not be forced to wait until the official party start time. Everyone knows 8am is the best time of day for cake and balloons anyway.

Once your party finally begins, don’t bother wasting time thanking your guests for showing up. Instead, make everyone come and play with you, bossing people around is totally acceptable on your birthday.

When the food is put out, make sure you only eat the good stuff. Chocolate, cake, biscuits and crisps are perfectly acceptable, if you so much as glance at the veg sticks or the sliced fruit then you may as well just go home now.

Where us grown ups may enjoy seeing how many shots we can do in a row, for three year olds it’s all about the party rings. How many can I eat in a row before I end up being sick everywhere? Challenge accepted.

Presents should be opened in a frenzy of manic ripping and throwing of wrapping paper. An approximate time of 0.5 seconds may be spent admiring your gift before moving on to the next package.

Birthday cards are a waste of time, don’t even bother looking at those. Unless they have a badge of course.

No matter how much sugar you have consumed and no matter you much you want to, do not fall asleep! Sleeping at parties is a big no no.

Dance like no one is watching, that’s what grown up say. For a three year old? Dance and make sure everyone is watching, throw your arms around in a completely uncoordinated fashion and run around in circles until your spectators are dizzy just from watching you. If you can chuck in some high pitched shrieking too that would be perfect.

When the party is over, do not leave quietly. Demand the party continues into the small hours, who wants a bath and to go to bed when there is still more cake to be eaten and a pile of new toys desperate to be played with? Keep on grooving long after everyone has gone and, if you can, drag out the celebrations for next few days. You’re only 3 once after all.

So there you have it, how to party like a 3 year old. I hope you feel like you’ve learnt something 🙂

Here are some photos from Leo’s 3 day bender, oops I mean birthday party!

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Does your little one like to party too? What is their party style? Are they a fan of the party rings too or do they try and sneak a cheeky nap half way through the celebrations? I’d love to know.

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  1. August 17, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Ahh happy birthday Leo! Three year olds really know how to party! I laughed about the card bit, my kids are so disinterested in the cards, even my 12 year old unless there’s money inside!! They are cast aside un-read, even with the occasional, “Boring!” thrown in! #bestandworst
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    • Wendy
      August 23, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      Cards are a bit pointless for kids aren’t they! They look so nice up on display though. Thanks for the happy birthday xx

  2. August 17, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Yay to dancing like EVERYONE is watching… I think three is now my new favourite age for birthday parties. NG’s was in July and I had an even better time than at my own. #BloggerClubUK

    • Wendy
      August 23, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      Haha, I love how kids dance and I agree, toddler parties can be way more fun than those for us grown ups xx

  3. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    August 17, 2016 / 9:42 am

    what a great looking party, always good when you can be outdoors. I thnk I’d like to be 3 again! #BestandWorst
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    • Wendy
      August 23, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks, yes it was so lovely to go outside. It tried to rain a bit but we persevered. I think being 3 again would be fun too!xx

    • Wendy
      August 23, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      haha, it is best to just in case! 🙂 xx

  4. August 19, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Aw looks like he had a great time! My son is 10 and actually reads the birthday cards now which I find really sweet. The cake looked delicious! Tor x #PicnMix
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    • Wendy
      August 23, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I was pretty pleased with my cake skills. Aww that is so sweet he reads the cards now, I hope my boy will one day too..it’ just plain rude chucking them aside xx

  5. August 19, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Happy birthday Leo! He was sooo excited and looks like he had a brill time. My daughter is 3 on Friday. She does remember but not as much as Leo hehe. We are having a party and she wants to go out for spaghetti…..how funny! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  6. August 20, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Looks like a great day! I have a theory kids parties are like adults parties but sugar instead of alcohol…starts off reserved but ends with crying, shrieking(squealing?) and someone vomiting…Ha! #KCACOLS

  7. August 20, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    When I saw this post linked up to #kcacols I just had to swing by and check it out – I also have a three year old who LOVES birthdays and Thomas! My boy turned three back in March, and he still decides at least once a week that it’s his birthday again and that we should all give him presents and make him a cake. Haha!
    I loved this post, very funny. They definitely DO invite everyone they see in the weeks leading up, don’t they?

  8. August 20, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    It sounds like your little dude wrung every last drop of fun out of his birthday. Good on him! It’s nice to build family traditions into your celebrations as the years go by – I hope the dancing is one that you can all continue 🙂
    x Alice
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  9. Oddhogg
    August 21, 2016 / 12:06 am

    I too have tken the party ring challenge – I can confirm it is possible to polish off the whole packet if you are dedicated enough! He cake is awesome too! #kcacols
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  10. August 21, 2016 / 2:38 am

    A three day birthday party? Sounds perfect! Looks like your son had an awesome time. I can’t wait to read about Peppa Pig land! I had no idea that such a place existed my little niece would love it! #KCACOLS

  11. August 21, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Awww happy birthday Leo! Looks like he had a great day. Mini R is a fan of the party rings and Swiss roll type cake which he shoved in his mouth at an alarming rate during his party in June.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. X

  12. August 21, 2016 / 10:35 am

    We should all learn to party like 3 year olds, it would probably be cheaper and so much more fun #KCACOLD

  13. August 21, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Happy birthday, Leo! 3 year olds really know how to party, sounds like he had a fab time!I know what you mean about being too scared to blink, though xx #KCACOLS

  14. August 21, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Everyone should party like a 3 year old! A lot of what you describe is also true of teenage party goers! I think we regress again when alcohol is introduced!! #KCACOLS
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  15. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    August 21, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Sounds like a cool and wonderful birthday… Happy 3rd birthday Leo! The cake looks beautiful and the birthday boy looks adorable too. #KCACOLS
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  16. August 21, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Haha! The present opening is definitely something to be admired. Tear open, glance, immediately throw aside! Wonder how that would go down at my next bday?! #kcacols

  17. August 23, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    aww happy birthday! you are right, cards a waste of blinking time! #KCACOLS

  18. August 23, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Aww what a great way to party! Happy birthday Leo! The cake looks fab! #KCACOLS

  19. August 24, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Aw, it sounds like he had a great party weekend. Just imagine what his stag do will be like someday! I love the photos, especially how perturbed he looks by the fact that the girl in the Elsa dress didn’t let him run her over . #KCACOLS

  20. August 25, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    I read this laughing to myself because Rhys was still like this on his 5th birthday, right down to the party rings! Happy birthday to Leo! x #KCACOLS
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