Hey guys, welcome back to my channel. We are right in the middle of birthday party season at the moment. And this year for his party theme, my son requested his favourite TV show. So here are my top tips for throwing a no-fuss Paw Patrol themed party that the kids will absolutely love. With invitations, I suggest giving at least 3 to 4 weeks notice to parents. If you’re not quite organised sending out the actual invitations, or putting something together even just a quick save-the-date email or text will be really helpful so that they can lock it in their calendars. Keep your party decor really simple. So, while I like to go onto Pinterest and get inspiration for different ideas, I don’t want to go too crazy buying lots of expensive craft materials or lots of expensive decorations. And also I don’t want to be up until 2 or 3am in the morning trying to decorate the party room. Kids really love balloons so, I always like to purchase a whole load of balloons in the colours that match the party theme, blow them up, scatter them all on the floor, and then the only big decorations you really need are a Happy Birthday banner and a party tablecloth that matches your theme. So, one idea I found on Pinterest for a Paw Patrol theme that I really love, is to serve party treats in dog bowls. So I got these ones from Kmart; these were $4 each – I got two of these bigger ones to serve things like potato chips in; and then I bought four of these smaller ones, and these were $2 each. This year I actually went one step further; so I made these cute little food labels to go with the different types of food. If you’re short on time you don’t have to make these, but these were super easy. I just used my label maker and cut out bits of coloured card to make label stands, and they were a real hit with everyone. With party food, keep it really simple. You want easy finger food that both kids and parents can graze on during the party, and you want stuff that you can prepare in advance as much as possible. So one of my main staples is fruit. It’s always good to have something healthy on hand. I’ve done chocolate crackles pretty much every year. It’s a “4 Ingredients” recipe which is really fantastic. And also party pies. I buy a big pack of frozen party pies and heat those during the party. It only takes about 30 minutes to heat up and serve them with a bit of tomato sauce on the side – absolutely perfect. And they go like hotcakes! And with party favours – I just purchased these little noodle type boxes from my local variety / discount store. And you could also buy the plain brown cardboard ones and just put different stickers on them to match your theme as well. I try to limit the amount of sugar I put in these boxes. So usually I’ll just do one chocolate – Caramello Koalas are always a hit! I love these. And a lollipop or some other wrapped lolly. And then I also found these really cute Paw Patrol erasers. So these were sold in packs of 12. So they were really cost efficient – I just put one into each box. And I also found a pack of Paw Patrol stickers and cut these up off each page and just put one or two in each party box. You can buy multi-packs of these; I think I bought eight from like, Kmart, and it was really cheap and I just put one in each party box. Something else you can do for a bit of variety – is this pack of bubbles. It was only $2 for four. So it was really cheap and what kid doesn’t love bubbles?! I love making NIgella’s cut-out cookies. It’s a really easy recipe, and I just love to change up the shape of the cookie cutter depending what your party theme is. This year I really wanted, for the Paw Patrol party, I wanted a bone cookie cutter. And I left it too late to order. So I ended up trying to make my own cookier cutter. It actually turned out OK. I found some great instructions online – I’ll put a link below. I just made it out of a foil BBQ tray and it was quite simple. It’s not as good as obviously, a proper cookie cutter, but it did the job. We were really lucky to have someone we know make the cake for us. She did an absolutely brilliant job and nothing I could make would ever match up, but pretty much almost every year I’ve made it myself. This year, because my son wanted something specific – he specifically requested a Paw Patrol Lookout cake – how on earth was I going to do that?!! I decided to outsource and just make it a little bit less stressful on myself. This year we hired a party entertainer. This is the first time I’ve done it, and yes it is a bit of an expense; But I found it great this year. We were able to relax a little bit more, have a bit more chat with the parents because we weren’t having to run party games – the party entertainer did that for us. They had a good time and the parents did as well. Otherwise, if you’re planning on doing games yourself, I would keep it really simple, to one or two games only. Just to keep it as fuss free as possible. I hope you found these tips helpful! If you’ve enjoyed watching, please hit the thumbs up button to watch this video and also share it with some friends, particularly if they’re planning a birthday party and they need some help or some ideas. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time! Bye!