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Final week Reuben turned two. Together with his 2nd birthday approaching I invited a couple of of his fellow toddler pals to return spherical for a play date with cake. “Nothing massive and fancy” I promised. However then too many nights Pinteresting occurred and much an excessive amount of thought spent over Reuben’s favorite issues, and earlier than I knew it this play date had was a celebration with a theme – Hey Duggee! And what a cool little social gathering it was.
Reuben loves Hey Duggee. He hasn’t been watching it for all that lengthy however he’s already completely into it; he laughs on the characters’ quirks and dances alongside to its foolish catchy songs. He’ll even inform you his favorite is Roly. So, when you haven’t seen it, Hey Duggee is a CBeebies preschooler’s animation that’s instructional, filled with color and actually fairly entertaining to observe, whilst an grownup. Duggee is a canine who’s kinda like a scout chief and quite than have scouts, the youngsters (Roly the hippo, Tag the rhino, Norrie the mouse, Betty the octopus and Completely satisfied the crocodile) are ‘squirrels’, and every episode is centred round a specific ‘badge’ the squirrels purchase. So once I considered it, Hey Duggee was the right brilliant and cheerful theme for a enjoyable toddler celebration.
Now that is all new to me – internet hosting youngsters’ events, as a mum or dad of 1 – so I had zero concept what you do as regards to celebrating little ones’ birthdays once they’re too younger to recollect. We might have simply carried out a play date and cake and it might’ve been completely acceptable. We might have achieved nothing and that might’ve been effective too. However, identical to at Christmas, I like to make a factor of festivities; get my craft on and create one thing cool, as a result of in case you can, why not? And typically a problem is all a part of the enjoyable!
I assumed I’d share Reuben’s get together with you to supply some get together ornament inspiration. In case your infant is a Hey Duggee fan too then this theme is simply good for a shiny and cheerful youngster’s birthday celebration.
Right here’s all of the assets it is advisable to host your personal Hey Duggee celebration!
HEY DUGGEE CUT OUTS
Having the primary canine himself come to Reuben’s get together was fairly probably the spotlight of his birthday. Seeing an virtually 4 foot Duggee standing in the lounge was an sudden sight for positive and everybody thought he was nice. It made an excellent ice breaker and the right backdrop for the social gathering. I discovered this big Duggee reduce out on Star Stills who kindly despatched our Hey Duggee minimize outs to embellish our themed room. The large Duggee reduce out is available in a set with 5 smaller sized ‘squirrels’ – all are self standing, top quality pictures printed onto thick cardboard to face up to the impact of excitable toddlers.
Duggee could be folded down too, so as soon as we’re completed having him standing within the room (he’s nonetheless loitering every week later), we’ll be capable of retailer him away till it’s protected to deliver him out once more.
Star Stills additionally despatched us a pack of enjoyable Hey Duggee face masks and a pack of desk ornament minimize outs, together with six Duggees and a set of miniature sized ‘squirrels’. The social gathering desk was solely small so I didn’t hassle placing any of the smaller reduce outs on the desk, so I scattered them across the room for additional random ornament and I used them in a function ornament I made for the wall (see the banner hoop I made, additional down!) These have been all very easy to assemble as a result of they only popped proper out of the cardboard prepared to make use of, so the minimize out characters actually constructed up the branded theme. The masks have been nice enjoyable; although the little ones have been cautious of placing the masks on their very own faces, they did discover it hilarious seeing who’s mummy was hiding behind their favorite squirrel.
HEY DUGGEE BANNERS
I really like a little bit of bunting for a celebration so I used to be thrilled to seek out some printable social gathering bunting on the official Hey Duggee web site. They really have numerous crafts on, all free to obtain and print off which I assumed was fairly good. There’s some sensible Hey Duggee social gathering invites which I used to be tempted to make use of myself however since I’d simply requested the mums by way of a Fb Messenger group chat, there wasn’t any level. However I used to be actually happy to see the birthday bunting; I went for the yellow flag design that has little rainbows on, phrases like “yay” and options the squirrels. I printed the flags onto shiny photograph paper so the color printed up actually sharp and fairly skilled wanting, and strung them alongside some pure string throughout the fireside.
I additionally made one thing simply fairly randomly. I remembered seeing some decorations utilizing a hula hoop which I assumed was a cool concept. I already personal a hula hoop so I figured it wouldn’t harm to attempt to make one thing of it. So I discovered a banner alphabet I favored and printed up some letters onto colored card inventory. I assumed “Hey Reuben is Two” was an extended sufficient phrase to mess around with on a hoop plus it performs alongside the Hey Duggee theme. I threaded the phrases up onto pure string and strung them adhoc throughout the ring so it was a really informal, enjoyable look. I attempted masking the ring will ribbons after which tissue paper however I couldn’t get it to look proper so I stored it fairly naked however for some desk ornament Duggees caught randomly round it. It didn’t look good however I used to be fairly pleased with that concept!
HEY DUGGEE RAINBOW CAKE
I needed to make Reuben’s birthday cake proper from the beginning however as a not notably sensible baker I knew the place my limits lay. As cool as they seemed, I knew making up some fancy sugar paste decorations was method out of my skillset so I discovered some easy picture toppers on-line. I had the design customized made to incorporate Reuben’s identify with the quantity ‘2’ both aspect of the image, and had the textual content modified to yellow so it seemed extra vibrant. The icing topper was posted out to me so I simply needed to apply it to my cake. It didn’t look nearly as good as I’d hoped (it didn’t match the cake for a begin) so I don’t assume I’d use a topper like this once more. Fortunately the precise cake was approach higher than it appeared as I ended up going all out and made a rainbow layer cake! I had to purchase a set of 5 cake tins* to make the 5 layers and a set of meals colouring gels* to ensure the cake had a vibrant rainbow of color, however the end result was so well worth the effort. After initially baking a trial run cake the week earlier than I felt a lot extra assured baking the birthday cake the day earlier than the get together. It turned out so nicely – it had that wow issue, seemed actually enjoyable and tasted superb (can I say it was the perfect cake I’ve ever made?!)
I additionally ordered some cupcake toppers too which I used on a batch of vegan cupcakes as a dairy free choice. I used an eggless vanilla recipe to create some primary muffins which I topped with piped Dr Oetker buttercream type icing, ‘unicorn’ color sprinkles and a Duggee rice paper topper.
I spent extra time than, I wanted to stressing about what meals to put on for the social gathering. Pinterest might be the worst for letting your self get carried away somewhat than impressed so in the long run – for my sanity – I needed to deliver all of it again to fairly primary nibbles. We put out some bowls of fairly rainbow drops, celebration rings, a plate of jam sandwiches and a few carrot and cucumber sticks in order that the little ones might nibble as they performed. And I purchased some colored plastic cups for consuming water and a pack of orange Fruit Shoots which the toddlers have been eager to have.
To include an exercise and lunch in a single we did a “make your personal rainbow pizza”, the place mums helped the toddlers to embellish their very own mini pizza. Purple and inexperienced peppers, tomatoes and wafer ham have been chopped up, cheese (and dairy-free ‘cheese’) grated and a primary tomato base was ready beforehand so it was all able to go when it was pizza time. Somewhat than make our personal pizza dough we simply purchased a few bins of Napolina mini pizza bases which have been the right measurement for the little ones. For this we might have awarded the Hey Duggee ‘pizza badge’ however I didn’t consider that nice concept till it was too late. A. Woof.
HEY DUGGEE PARTY BAGS
I’d seen a couple of concepts for Hey Duggee social gathering luggage that appeared vibrant and vibrant however they required paper luggage (some brown, some rainbow colors) which I simply couldn’t discover within the outlets. So in the long run, as a lot as I actually tried to keep away from it, I created my very own utilizing plastic loot luggage. Utilizing some pictures of Hey Duggee badges from the CBeebies web site (I picked the Tremendous Squirrel badge and the balloon badge), I printed them onto shiny photograph paper and caught them on the luggage. They weren’t the strongest luggage and the badges doubtless didn’t final very lengthy, however they seemed fairly good all the identical.
I didn’t actually have a clue what to place into the celebration luggage however it all sort of got here collectively. First I received some Hey Duggee stickers made up that stated “thanks for coming to my get together, numerous love Reuben” which I assumed made a cute personalised contact. They solely value a few kilos on ebay and I had sufficient made to offer to Reuben’s pals as they left and to place of their little bag. Then I discovered some fab little Cbeebies colouring units that included Hey Duggee colouring pages, they usually got here with a mini set of crayons. I hadn’t seen Rainbow Drops in ages however once I noticed them out purchasing I assumed they’d be sensible so as to add in as a candy deal with, and since they’re principally simply rice and sugar they have been appropriate for Reuben’s vegan and dairy-free buddies too. Bubbles are a should in get together luggage – enjoyable and low cost – so I purchased a field of those, after which as a bit of chocolate deal with I popped in a small Kinder bar, and dairy-free chocolate buttons because the vegan various.
I toyed with the thought of creating up a enjoyable playlist utilizing the type of music like Kidz Bop however Reuben wasn’t impressed. Then I questioned in case you might get Hey Duggee music and chanced upon the Hey Duggee Biggest Hits Badge album* containing all of the songs from the television episodes which I assumed was genius. At the beginning of the get together we had the television on enjoying Hey Duggee so it was nonetheless fairly regular for Reuben however as soon as his buddies had arrived we turned it off and switched to the music. It sounded unusual listening to Hey Duggee versus watching it however the little ones thought it was nice – I feel Reuben fairly loved dancing to the Raindance music.
Get together video games are principally pointless with two yr olds, not that we didn’t attempt. Musical statues was an instantaneous flop. I deliberate a easy exercise of colouring in, and located some superb Hey Duggee colouring footage on-line (google or Pinterest brings up masses). I simply printed a number of sheets off and purchased some additional packs of crayons, and the toddlers did do some colouring in albeit for not too lengthy. Fortunately we did have the Hey Duggee music to maintain the toddlers entertained with somewhat dancing right here and there however they have been primarily proud of enjoying with Reuben’s presents or his toys that we’d omitted. It was just about all automobiles, the odd bounce on the trampoline and making an attempt to get Danny the rabbit (who’d appeared within the room then legged it from the youngsters) to return and play. Regardless of the little ones did, they loved themselves. And no-one cried, in order that was a win!
Have you ever hosted a Hey Duggee get together? Perhaps you’re a rainbow social gathering professional? I’d love to listen to your toddler celebration concepts!