As Little Bean’s 7th Birthday approached I racked my brains trying to think of a party which hadn’t already been done by her friends and something which I knew that Little Bean would love, it was her Birthday party afterall. Regular readers of Mummy Matters will know that we really love crafting and it’s something we often turn to for entertainment at home and that’s when I thought of Riverside Beads in Market Deeping.
At Riverside Beads the crafting world is your oyster when it comes to choosing your party, creating anything which they do at Riverside Beads or Crafts. This includes jewellery making, decopatch, card making, shrink plastic & loom bands to name a few,they offer a flexible party tailor made to the party guests and children often love a theme such as Frozen, Disney, Minions or any theme of your choice! Little Bean is a big fan of Deadly 60 and all things ‘animal’ in particular Wild Animals so she chose Jungle Animals for her theme. Donna asked Little Bean to select three animals, she chose; Zebra, Tiger and Leopard.
To secure a party you just need to pay a £25 deposit and prices are £50 for 6 children and £5 per child thereafter which includes the cost of materials and teaching so the party guests get to take home everything they have made. If you want different materials than those provided then you would need to pay a little extra to cover the additional cost of materials.
During the party you can play music of your choice and bring along your own food and drinks with lids on, party decorations and balloons to really make it all feel like a party. When planning Little Bean’s party I managed to source Zebra Partyware from Argos Birthday Club and Animal Themed cupcake cases from Tesco. I made the cupcakes myself and since the party was mid-afternoon just provided a few snacks and drinks as well as Birthday Cupcakes.
Little Bean’s party was instructed by Bex who was brilliant with the girls, she started off by telling the girls that when she needed their attention she would raise both hands in the air and wave which the girls quickly picked up on and it made it much easier than trying to shout over the girls giggling and chatter.
The girls made their own Shrink Plastic Pendant Necklace which they loved. If you have never tried Shrink Plastic you really should as it’s so simple and fun to do. You simply colour in the pictures and then when they Plastic is heated it shrinks down and can be attached to cord to make a simple necklace with the addition of beads for decoration.
Their final task was to make elasticated bracelets and loom band covered pencils which are simple enough for them to carry on doing more of at home. Not only do they get to take home great gifts they have made themselves but they learn a new craft too. Everyone who attended Little Bean’s Birthday really enjoyed themselves and excitedly showed their parents their makes when they were collected at the end of the party. The look of pride on their faces certainly brought a smile to my face.
Booking is essential but Riverside Beads try to be as flexible as possible with after school and weekends available, book your party now by calling 01778 344550 or popping in to see what’s on offer. Don’t be put off thinking that this is just for children, adults can have craft parties too – it can be completely tailored to your needs and if you haven’t got any ideas yourself then Donna and her team will be only too happy to help you.
DISCLAIMER: We received a reduced price Birthday Party in exchange for an honest account of Little Bean’s Birthday Party. All words, images and opinions are my own and may not be copied without my permission.