{The Twins Parties} 2 Parties in 1 day – Part 2: The prep

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This is Part 2 of ‘The Twins Parties – 2 Parties in 1 Day’ series, view Part 1 here

Lego Party Printables are available in my shop here.

Now that I have made the big decision to throw 2 parties in 1 day for the twins we had to come up with themes.  Miss 9 wanted a Rainbow party, she loves colour and pretty things and Mr 9 wanted a Lego Star Wars Party (he is lego mad).

I asked them what type of cakes they wanted, Miss 9 was happy with anything that had a rainbow across it and Mr 9 wanted a lego brick.  So cake was sorted, but after this discussion I got thinking I really needed these party themes to compliment each other, the rainbow colours and grey’s (Lego star wars is blacks, grey and white) didn’t work together.  Thankfully this was easily fixed as Mr 9 didn’t mind having colour thrown into the mix and change to having a plain Lego party.   Perfect, both party themes worked really well together.  I needed to create this party so it wasn’t too much effort to change from the Rainbow to the Lego theme.

I have listed below my pre party day prep tips

Theme:

Rainbow Party  &  Lego Party

Time:

With much consideration we had the 1st party (rainbow) from 10am-12pm.  Giving us one hour between to rest, have lunch and change a few decorations over.  Then the next party started at 1pm-3pm.  This was perfect because as of 3pm I was tired and needed an hour to tidy then relax.

Food:

  • Ask for help, my lovely friend Carissa offered to make Miss 9’s cake and she insisted on making cake pops.
  • Make a few basic foods/snacks that will be suitable for both parties
  • Have all food ready the day before, details of our food choice in coming posts
  • I used the 100+ cookies recipe, I split it in half and decorated the cookies differently for each party.  For the Rainbow party I rolled dough in 100’s & 1000’s, for the Lego party I added smarties
  • Premake what I could:
Jelly Cups
I started making the jelly cups 4 days prior as I wanted to layer them in the cups.  Remove a shelf from the fridge, place all empty cups on the shelf, add spoons
Make first colour of jelly, pour the same amount of jelly into each cup, place shelf with cups back in fridge to chill.  I used a glass measuring cup that I purchased from Wheel & Barrow.
 
After you put 1st layer in fridge make the jelly for the next layer, allow it to cool before adding onto of the 1st layer jelly.  Cooling the jelly will stop the first layer from melting.
Sweet Test Tubes
Filled the sweet test tubes from Ah-Tissue with mini m&m’s.  More details about the Test Tubes can be found here at Ah-Tissue:  Webiste  |  Facebook

Decorations:

  • We draped different colours of fabric from the roof to be similar to a circus tent
  • I chose a neutral colour that I could use suitable for both parties.  White was my colour choice for tableclothes and backdrop for the food table
  • I didn’t use themed plates and accessories, as cute as they are.  Instead I purchased colourful plates in green, red and blue, and colourful serviettes
  • I used a printable birthday banner, more details in tomorrow’s post
  • One major decoration piece for each party:
Tissue Paper Pom Poms
I was so grateful when Daneve from Ah-tissue sent me some Tissue Paper Pom Poms, we fluffed these up the day before took 45 mintues to fluff them all up, so much easier than making them!  The ‘shallow tubtrugs’ from Howards Storage World came in very handy.
String Balloons
I knew I wasn’t going to be in any mood of blowing up balloons on the party day, so the day before the party with the help of my balloon pumper (found in most discount shops) we pumped up the balloons, threaded them on string, kept high away from the cat.  My very clever friend Carissa gave me this tips.
Sign
I didn’t want anybody coming through the front door, rather to go around the back through the side gate so the kids made a sign which they put on the garage door.

Tips:

  • Ask for help, I thought I could do it all but am very thankful to have a friend and my mum help the day before
  • Label all cups with kids names so they don’t get mixed up
  • Fill the sink and wash as you are baking, this saves so much time at the end when you are out of energy
  • Olivia from Star Concepts gave a great suggestion of making the cake a week or so before and freezing it, then defrost and ice when you are ready. LOVE THE TIP!!
  • Games gifts wrapped
  • Games thought of and ready
  • Music playlist created by the birthday boy/girl
  • Loot bags can be made well in advance
  • Kmart are selling packs of cute stationery (5 sets per pack) with pencil, small notebook, pen and eraser.  I added one each of these and some glow sticks to the loot bags, no sugar included as I don’t like the kids coming home with so many lollies.

What is your best pre party pre tip?

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23 comments

Bronwyn Hawkins on Facebook February 29, 2012 - 8:08 AM

Wow Katrina. You are amazing! I’m very inspired.

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Natalie February 29, 2012 - 8:36 AM

Great ideas! I have my daughters 8th birthday in May, we are having a disco themed party but I was tossing up whether to have it at home (like we do each year) or at a kids party venue. But your ideas have made me realise its easier and cheaper to have at home.

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Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:44 AM

I think having it at home can be more personalised, decorations, food and the games you play. But there are also some great positives having it away from home too, no tidying or cooking!!

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Dianna February 29, 2012 - 8:55 AM

Katrina, I love reading all your posts. You make me want to be a better mum and wife. Very inspiring!!

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Alli February 29, 2012 - 9:07 AM

I love throwing my boys parties. Lucky though I have 6 months between them- not an hour!!! Well done!
My tip is I keep a birthday book, which is just a note book and keep ideas for the parties in it. Any ideas I see around online, in shops I write them down so I don’t forget. Then I start buying/ planning a couple of months out, buying whatever I will need in bits and pieces so it is not one big bulk buy in the end.
It works out well for us. Oh and pick themes that are easy to decorate!!!

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Rachel Adams on Facebook February 29, 2012 - 9:53 AM

with the test tubes were they for lollie bags or during the party great idea

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Surviving Four Kids on Facebook February 29, 2012 - 10:31 AM

love it – you are a brave woman! well done! 🙂

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Bec February 29, 2012 - 10:52 AM

if you freeze the cake (without icing it) it is much easier to cut/shape and ice the night before the big day. Don’t be afraid of roll out icing, it is exremely easy to use and the finish is great. Make the butter icing the day before as it saves heaps of time, and use colour concentrates to colour the roll out icing a couple days prior – just wrap in gladwrap so it wont dry out. A pizza cutter is great to cut the icing off at the base of the cake!

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Claire @ Claire K Creations February 29, 2012 - 2:05 PM

Again you are wonderwoman! I love those pompoms. I’m hosting a baby shower on Saturday and starting to stress a little that I’ll have too much to do on the day. I think planning is the key.
I also make myself a run sheet with every teeny detail of the day and what I need when so I don’t forget anything.

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Katrina March 3, 2012 - 3:22 PM

I hope the baby shower went smoothly and you all had fun celebrating!!

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Helen Al Hariri on Facebook February 29, 2012 - 7:53 PM

No mention of stuff for adults. I’ve been surprised at how it’s the norm here in Sydney for parents to hang around, growing up in uk it was never like that. Or is that coz my kids are still young (eldest 7)? Did you prep special food for adults?

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Janithom February 29, 2012 - 9:25 PM

We had my youngest daughter’s 18th back in January at home, we had a Hawaiian themed party. My son and his partner came and help do the decorating of the back yard, We had simple finger food, and we made a punch or people brought their own drinks! It was a fantastic night, and the last major party at home as all four of mine are now over 18 woohoo. But organisation is the key, and a good crew to help with decorating and clean up is the major key.

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miss Prudence October 31, 2013 - 6:33 AM

couldn’t agree more! I bet BIG people’s party’s take on a whole different level!

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Melanie February 29, 2012 - 10:45 PM

Start planning early! At least 2 months in advance I get the kids to choose their theme, as it gives you plenty of time to begin picking up bits and pieces as you come across them and helps to spread the cost as well.

I just blogged about my 6yo’s Lego party too. Aren’t they fun!

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Katrina March 3, 2012 - 3:19 PM

It was fun, making all the edible lego bricks 🙂 I’ll pop on over and have a look!

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Katrina March 3, 2012 - 3:26 PM

Melanie, I tried to reply to your lego party, but can’t comment. Can you change your setting options so somebody can reply as their name and not through the google account??

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Happy Heart March 1, 2012 - 4:39 AM

So my triplets are only 4 months, but I’ve still wondered how we will be co-ordinating parties over the years. This is such super advice. Thanks, it will be stored in the back of my mind for many years to come!

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Katrina March 3, 2012 - 3:19 PM

It’s hard but you will know in your heart when is the right time. Enjoy your triplets, you will certainly be kept very busy.

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Trish (the other Trish) March 20, 2012 - 10:18 PM

great tips thanks for sharing Katrina.

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Tammy April 19, 2012 - 8:51 AM

I love this party idea. Any chance you have any pics of how you used the ah-tissue poms? I’m interested in them (rainbow colour) and wondered how they looked hanging…

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Tammy April 19, 2012 - 8:52 AM

Oops just noticed it in one of the other rainbow party posts… thanks!

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Cass October 26, 2012 - 3:40 AM

Hi Katrina i was wondering what you put in the lego party loot bags Thanks.(it is probably staring me in the face sorry)

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miss Prudence October 31, 2013 - 6:32 AM

Plannin ahead – simple as that. Start buying a few months ahead -make a theme choice as early as possible and start buying and planning with your child, make lists, strike 2 things ( at least) off your list just prior to the final shop eg, if there are cupcakes, do they really need the pretty iced cookies? Allow kids to run around and have fun – it is a party and this is how they learn to socialise – they don’t need to be scheduled the WHOLE time! It is amazing how many bargains you can pick up or by making your own – but it takes time!

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