Hi everyone and welcome to our May update featuring real stories from real mums. This week we chat with Charlotte. Charlotte is a Mum of three and very creative Auntie
Tell us a little bit about what life is like at home for you right now?
Charlotte: We all feel like we are living on top of each other a bit but we are trying to keep a sense of humour especially with home schooling!
What region of the country do you live in?
Charlotte: We live in Suffolk
Whats the most challenging thing about trying to organise a birthday celebration in lock down?
Charlotte: My sister and I have had to be really creative as we wanted the kids to be active and have a bit of fun but stay safe. We are good planners and great planning means we can relax an enjoy the party with the children too. Getting used to doing things much more on line has been an interesting experience and the children have adapted really well! In the end we all decided to play on line Kids Bingo and have a socially distanced treasure hunt outside. I think we created a lovely experience for them and we used a lot of balloons!
What resources did you use to help you plan?
Charlotte: My sister and I used pinterest to start with and balloons always go down well no matter what age. The children really liked the idea of playing against family and friends on line and Bingo meant we could keep it simple, speedy and fun for everyone. His friends sang happy birthday to him and then he blew out the candle on his birthday cake.
What special memories did you help create for the children?
Charlotte: Charlie, the birthday boy, excitedly ran from clue to clue gathering the balloons as he went to find his treasure. After the Bingo game he then walked to his friends house in the same street and dropped off party bags on their doorsteps.
It was great fun and it was worth the effort just to see everyone smiling!