Hi! I’m Cindy, and being a mom of 3 means I get to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes – planning awesome themed parties! The benefit of having two girls (Kyla 6 and Riya 5) and a boy (Knox 3), is that we get to party plan across a wide range of themes. Every month, Let’s party with Cindy will give you great ideas (and occasionally free downloads) on everything from decor and food to costumes and party packs on a different theme. We are kicking off with Let’s Party with Shaun The Sheep!
Why the Shaun the Sheep theme?
Is there one thing that your child watches repeatedly? Of course there is! For us that was Shaun the Sheep, which thankfully is rather funny whether you’re an adult or a child. As Knox and I share a birthday, this was a sweet little theme to accommodate both adults and kids, because, let’s face it, EVERYONE loves Shaun The Sheep
Because Shaun the Sheep is all about getting up to mischief on his farm, we knew we had to find a venue that would take care of a lot of the decor requirements by actually being a farm. We managed to find this in Village & Millstone Cafe at Oude Molen Village in Cape Town. A very sweet, albeit slightly “rustic”, little farm with chickens running around, horses to ride if you’re feeling daring and lots of play equipment for the kids to play on.
Having watched every single episode of Shaun The Sheep around 30 times, I knew the only decor that I’d be making was the streamers that the Farmer used for his own birthday celebration on the show. We strung them around the venue wherever it seemed appropriate.
Our birthday tradition is to make the cake ourselves and so we spent the night before the party staring at pictures of Shaun’s face, getting covered in black icing and eventually pulling it off with a Shaun shaped cake.
The venue only allowed us to bring in the cake and party packs, but that was OK because they offered pizzas, salads and quiches that everyone loved.
The Party packs / Take Homes
For this party we focused all our energy on the party packs. We wanted to make them part of the decor, while keeping them very on theme.
Inside we put a juice, packet of chips and a packet of sheep poop. That’s right, you read that correctly! We packaged little packs of chocolate covered raisins and peanuts (and plain raisins for the kids who weren’t allowed the chocolate) in little bags to include in the party packs.
Then we used plain white bags that we bought in bulk at Merrypak for the body of Shaun, then printed and cut out the face, arms and legs, lastly gluing them all onto the packet with a couple of googly eyes. The effect was really great! They looked great on the table and the kids loved them!
And that’s a wrap!
Have you ever had a party with this theme? What did you do differently?
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