Leo is 2! My baby boy is growing so fast, before I know it he will be kitted out in a cute little uniform and be starting school. Let’s not talk about that now though or I might start crying.
To celebrate my not so little man’s birthday we threw him a minion themed birthday party. I toyed with the idea of a Gruffalo or Peppa Pig theme but Leo has become obsessed with master criminal Gru’s little yellow friends. When I sat and really thought about it, it was clear only minions would do.
|The birthday boy.|
Once the minion theme was chosen, it was time to get planning. As we all know money does not grow on trees, unfortunately, so I did not go completely crazy buying things for Leo’s party.
I turned to Pinterest to find some minion party inspiration. I found loads of amazing ideas, I ended up only using a couple recipes due to my lack of time/money but if you want some minion/Gruffalo or Peppa inspiration then check out my party ideas board.
Although I love the idea of homemade party tableware and bunting I just didn’t have the time last week to get anything like that done. Luckily for me, minions are everywhere at the minute thanks to the summer release of their very own feature length film. I did not have to delve too far into the Internet to find hundreds of websites selling minion party packs. I bought this pack from party pieces for £13, it includes enough plates and cups for 8 people as well as a tablecloth, napkins, a banner and balloons. Leo now has the table cloth on his little table at home, no more scrubbing Weetabix off wood for me..yay! This pack had everything we needed but larger packs are available for bigger parties. Leo loved all the balloons and seemed very happy that minions had taken over my parents house for the day.
The thing I was most excited about was creating minion themed food. Baking is a big hobby of mine so I knew straight away I would be making Leo’s birthday cake. I went for a classic Victoria sponge and created the minion face on top using yellow, Blue and black ready to roll fondant icing. I used marshmallows for the eyes with piped black buttetcream icing for the mouth and hair. Leo was very pleased with it, his little face lighting up when we brought it out with a chorus of happy birthday.
|Leo’s birthday cake.|
As well as the birthday cake I made lots of little cupcakes with yellow buttetcream icing and mini marshmallow eyes. My Dad and my Nan made a couple dozen biscuits decorated with minion character rice paper. We bought a couple packs of minion Haribo as well from W H Smith’s, sweets overload! For a healthier minion food option I bought a large punnet of blueberries and pineapple chunks and mixed them up in a bowl, these went down better than I had expected.
|These took ages but went down a treat.|
As for party games, there are loads of minion activities you could do: a minion pinata, make your own minion face balloons, minion face painting. There are loads of ideas of pinterest, oh how I love that app! Leo is still a bit young to fully understand games and he is not a fan of crafts so he just played with his new toys, ran around with his cousins and when they were all tired it was time to watch his new mini minion movies DVD, of course!
|Cousin cuddles on the sofa.|
|Happy birthday Leo!|
Has your little one had a birthday recently? Did you throw them a themed birthday party?