Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Alfie Turns 3!!!

Well what a busy few days it's been. My little man turned 3 yesterday, 3!! I actually can't believe it, I hate to use the phrase because I think I massively overuse it but time has just flown by. He has pretty much had a 3 day celebration, lucky boy! It has been particularly hectic but a great deal of fun.

On Sunday we had a little party with some of our close family and friends and a couple of his nursery friends, we let him open a few pressies beforehand so that him and his friends could play with them at the party. You may have read about my worries about organising a toddler party, if not you can read that here, I'm pleased to say it all went without a hitch and Alfie and everyone else (I hope!) had a great time. 

Some of my stress was slightly alleviated by using a Dino Blast Party Pack from the company Party Bags and Supplies. For £23.99 I received more or less everything I needed to sort the party table out and 8 pre-packed party bags. Included in the pack were 8 cups, 8 plates, 16 napkins, 1 table cover (very decent size) and the pre-filled party bags (gifts included a pack of haribo, dinosaur mini egg, finger trap and a dinosaur bookmark). I chose the dinosaur theme which Alfie absolutely loved but there are loads more to choose from to suit most. All of the items that are included within the pack are very durable and I was impressed with the strength of the cups and plates, very essential when they need to withstand being handled my toddler's!






His croc birthday cake went down brilliantly, it was absolutely amazing and tasted delicious, we ordered from a local lady Ginny who runs the company Tiger Lily Cake Company , you must check out her creations they are marvellous!



The best thing about having a party for Alfie is we get to catch up with some of our close friends, some that we haven't seen for a little while including this gorgeous girly, good friend and fellow blogger Sarah (Run Jump Scrap) who is my co-host for the Best and Worst Linky, it was so good to catch up with her as well as everyone else of course!



I have to admit we spoilt Alfie with all presents this year, I think because of our new addition we just wanted to make him feel extra special this year and I think he did. This is a pile of his gifts from us but we did also get him a couple of bigger gifts too (a ride on motorbike and a big hot wheels set), he was over the moon! Although I do realise we perhaps shouldn't have bought him so much....... oops.




Yesterday we took Alfie to Banham Zoo as his birthday treat, we're quite lucky to live near 3 big zoo's (Colchester and Africa Alive) but Banham we hadn't yet been to, he completely loves going to the zoo and was so excited this morning that he wouldn't stand still for a picture, I just about managed to snap this action shot! The zoo itself was lovely, perhaps not the biggest selection of animals if comparing it to Colchester Zoo but nicely spaced out with plenty to see and with decent outside seating areas to enjoy a picnic. We had a great day, if not slightly knackering as Elarna decided not to sleep much the night before (thanks daughter!). Alfie was so excited, I can't quite explain just how excited he was, all the way there he kept telling us we were going to 'Banham Zoo' and listing all the animals he wanted to see, adorable.





We had such a lovely day, I do enjoy having a nice family day out! My husband and I were exhausted when we got home but Alfie and Elarna seemed to have other ideas as it took approximately 2 hours to get them both to sleep! Alfie wanted to talk about the zoo and the animals over and over again, although having some birthday cake 15 minutes before bed may have had something to do with it (my bad).



So there we have it, my littlest man is growing up very quickly and although this saddens me somewhat I can't wait to see what the next year holds. I'm not sorry to say goodbye to the 'terrible twos', although now I'm being told he will become a 'threenager'  which kind of fills me with some fear and anxiety, what the hell does being a 'threenager' entail?!! Anyone care to enlighten me?



This has been the best part of my week so far, what's yours?



Best of Worst

* Please note I was kindly sent the Dino party pack free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

62 comments:

  1. Aw lovely pictures. Love the dinosaur things! #bestandworst xx

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  2. It looks like you had a really special time. Happy birthday Alfie.x

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  3. It looks like Alfie had such a lovely birthday.

    #UKBloggers

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  4. Lovely pictures! Happy birthday Alfie! (and your are right, time really does fly by) #bestandworst xx

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  5. It was a great party and so good to see you! You look like you had a great time and he gots loads of pressies - lucky boy!! I'm sure you knew he had such a good time as he couldn't sleep!! lol #bestandworst

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  6. aw what a lovely age and fantastic themed birthday hope he had a lovely time

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  7. Happy Birthday Alfie! Sounds like he had a fab time x

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  8. Oh wow what a lucky boy! And what a great price for all that party stuff! That is really reasonable. Whenever I've looked at stuff like that it's always so expensive that I just don't bother. Glad Alfie enjoyed his special day :-)

    #bestandworst

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    1. Such a good value! It was really durable too :-) x

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  9. Happy Birthday Alfie, great cake and fabulous photos. Hope you all had a great day xxx

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  10. Happy Birthday Alfie!

    Looks like a great party and I love your cake! x x

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  11. Happy birthday Alfie! My twins turned three earlier this year. They grow up so quick! #bestandworst

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  12. Happy birthday dear Alfie! What a fabulous cake too. I hope he had a great day.

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  13. Lovely photos, and sounds like he has had an ace birthday. If you cant spoilt hem on their birthdays, when can you spoil them?
    Loving the dinosaur bits. We had a dinosaur party for our little girls 3rd birthday this year too. :-)

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  14. Lovely post and beautiful photos. Happy birthday Alfie! #bestandworst

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  15. Happy birthday to your little man, that croc cake is wonderful. Mich x

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  16. I have a dinosaur mad 3 year old who would love this party, the cake is amazing!

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  17. Happy Birthday Alfie! I hope you all had an amazing day, I love that cake! x

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    1. Hehe thankyou, the cake tasted pretty good too X

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  18. fab cake and who can resist a Dino theme! Glad you all had such a great time celebrating! #bestandworst

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  19. Ahh memories of Banham Zoo. We went there when my daughter was really small (she's 4 now) as my inlaws live in Suffolk. Sounds like Alfie had a great day, the cake looks amazing!

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    1. We really enjoyed Banham, really nice to walk around and lots to see. X

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  20. What a fab day. My daughter turns 3 soon and really can't believe it either. Sounds properly grown up. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do for her party. We always go over the top with pressies too. Bet he loved opening them though. Happy birthday Alfie! #bestandworst

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  21. That cake is AMAZING! What a clever lady. Look a like you had a fab and very memorable day x #bestandworst

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    1. Thankyou! Not down to me for the cake I just paid for it haha x

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  22. That croc cake is incredible! Looks good enough to snap up in a trice (boom, boom....) looks like you all had a fantastic celebration.

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  23. Threenager, love it! You can't beat a good themed party :)

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    1. Hopefully better than the terrible two's.....? x

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  24. What a fabulous birthday Alfie has had! Bless him :) Love that cake!

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  25. wow this sounds like a fantastic party and i am utterly loving that cake!

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  26. That cake is amazing and what a fun birthday, full of lovely times!

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  27. Glad he had a lovely birthday and yes time does seem to fly!

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  28. That cake does look super cool. Glad your little boy had such an amazing birthday.

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    1. He did, he just keeps wanting it to be his birthday again so he can have a cake :-)x

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  29. Happy birthday Alfie! I wouldn't worry about the 'threenager' stage: every stage of childhood brings its own challenges so just embrace it!

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