So this post is a little overdue, as Lily’s party was March 1st and her birthday was March 5th. However I figured that sometimes it really is a case of better late than never.
On Saturday March 1st, we had Lily’s 6th birthday party at The Showroom in Lincoln. For anyone who hasn’t been there before, I would highly recommend it. In fact, now I’ve discovered it I will be considering it for a multitude of events in the future!
At £8.50 per child, the whole party is completely taken care of for you, with nothing to do yourself. Lily’s particular party was a Fancy Dress disco and it was held in a safe and secure room, where the kids were fully looked after the whole time. In fact, I spent majority of the party in the cafe area, drinking a latte. The kids had a great time and so did I. All I had to bring was a cake (which I’ve previously posted about) and prizes for the games. We also provided gift bags for all the kids on leaving. Otherwise though, everything was done for us.
Though I still went home completely knackered, it was definitely far less stressful than anything else we’ve done in the past. From village hall disco parties, to Pizza Hut, to ten-pin bowling.
When we got home that day, Lily opened all her party guests’ presents. She got some lovely things, including lots of new Lego.
On Tuesday night, Lily and I made up cupcakes for her to take to school. Then after she’d gone to bed that night, we all spent the evening wrapping her presents and getting her new computer all set up and ready. As we headed to bed, I left her a note, attached to a piece of string, running down the stairs to her new computer!
On Wednesday morning, I was surprised to make it all the way to 7am without being woken by an excited Lily. However when I headed downstairs, I found both her and Megan on the new computer – first present, a success! After that, the girls came and climbed into bed with Chris and I and Lily opened all her other gifts from us all.
The computer had been a join gift, from Chris and I, my mum, my sister and my brother. On top of that we also bought Lily a 2DS and Animal Crossing, three “read yourself” Frozen books, Rapunzel Lego and a £10 iTunes voucher. Megan bought Frozen: Olaf’s Quest on DS. The girls then got dressed and we headed downstairs to get breakfast. It was a school day so we were working to a tight schedule!
After we were all ready, Lily also opened gifts from other family and friends who had sent them over. She got Ariel Lego, Merida Lego, Mario Party Island Tour for DS and a few other bits.
We all headed off to work and school, which was a bit of a shame but also life I guess. I headed straight back home after work but my mum picked up the girls from school and headed over this way. At just after 4pm we all headed out for dinner at Gainsborough Prezzo in Marshalls Yard.
The adults all shared a bottle of wine, while the girls drank lemonade.
For mains, Megan had pasta which she unfortunately didn’t like, while Lily had pepperoni pizza which she of course, loved. I had a pasta with gorgonzola, chicken and bacon. Mum had pizza and so did Chris.
We didn’t stop for desserts, but they looked great. We knew we were all heading home for birthday cake and a cup of coffee, so we headed off again as soon as the bill was paid (my treat!).
When we got home, we got out the cake and lit the candles, singing happy birthday to Lily for what felt like the hundredth time. Instead of making a second cake for her, she’d asked for a Princess Tray Bake which we’d seen in Tesco – but sadly it wasn’t really that nice and left me wishing I had just made her one! We all had a cup of coffee and a slice of cake though and this saw the end of Lily’s 6th birthday celebrations!