Isn’t it time for a Hey Duggee themed party? Then you’re in the right place! I decided to host a Hey Duggee themed party for my daughter’s first birthday as it’s her favourite show and here’s how I did it.
Planning A Hey Duggee Themed Party
My partner and I drafted a guest list of people we wanted to invite so we could get an idea of how many people would likely attend. We both have big families so having the party at home wasn’t an option.
We went to view our local Goals football club and decided to hire their function room as our venue. The cost of the hire was £100 and included the use of a football pitch.
My partner is very computer savvy and designed a Hey Duggee party invitation in Photoshop which we sent out on Whatsapp. There are various no-fuss invitation designs available to buy on Etsy.
I created a ‘first birthday party inspiration’ board on Pinterest and saved any pins I found inspirational on there. I searched for rainbow parties and Hey Duggee themed parties which helped me pinpoint what I did and didn’t want.
The Hey Duggee social media pages often share content from their followers who have hosted Hey Duggee themed parties. They also share links to decoration resources on their website.
Hey Duggee Themed Cake
After searching for everything that was Hey Duggee party related on Etsy I came across some Hey Duggee cake toppers. They were made by Creative Makes and Bakes and could be personalised by adding your name of choice. The toppers included ‘Hey Aniyah’, Duggee and the rainbow. The toppers looked amazing and the Duggee character looked very sincere. I ordered about two weeks before I needed them and the lovely maker was able to have them made and sent out to me in time.
I then looked for inspiration on Pinterest and sent my partner’s aunty a photo of the cake I liked and she created this:
My partner’s aunty also made the clouds, butterflies and trees. And even made Norrie and Betty (who incidentally lost part of her legs) to complement Duggee.
Hey Duggee Themed Party Decorations
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I came across a life-size cardboard cut out of Duggee on Instagram and knew the size (107cm x 95cm) would be perfect next to the cake table. Duggee also comes with the squirrels (the other characters) which are all approx 30cm tall. I positioned the squirrels on various tables around the venue, but because I was having such a good time I forgot to take pictures of them! The cardboard is high quality and the cutouts can be folded down easily to be stored.
The cut-outs are currently £34.99 plus free delivery from Amazon which you can buy here*.
The Balloon Garland
I literally searched high and low for a reasonably priced balloon garland to complement our cake table. Most businesses were charging around £150 and (I appreciate small businesses) but there was no way I could justify paying that. Not for a 3-foot balloon garland I wouldn’t be able to fit in the car to take home!
So when I found Fabusash on Facebook I was in disbelief. They were charging £35 for a 3.5-metre garland and the price even included delivery from Wolverhampton to Birmingham! I was really impressed with their customer service. Fabusash ordered some rainbow, marble and confetti balloons and made the garland to my specification. They were the best value for money by far and I would definitely use them again!
Hey Duggee Balloons
I came across these photos on the Hey Duggee Instagram page and decided to make them. Hey Duggee provides a link to their templates on their website so you just need to buy balloons in the same colour as your character. I’d recommend doing this in advance because I struggled to source brown balloons! You can buy some helium quality brown balloons here*.
Hey Duggee balloon template – https://www.heyduggee.com/hey-duggee-balloon/
The squirrels’ balloon templates – https://www.heyduggee.com/the-squirrels-balloons/
Multipack of helium quality coloured balloons for squirrels – https://amzn.to/2SvJCYO*
Multipack of helium quality silver balloons for Roly – https://amzn.to/2Goz2OD*
We used a helium tank to inflate the balloons and tied several of them together using silver curling ribbon and attached them to a silver balloon weight. We had several balloon clusters and positioned them on tables around the venue. And we only used one set of the Hey Duggee balloons so that it wouldn’t be excessive. These were quite fun to make but unfortunately, I didn’t manage to take any photos on the balloons as I was so busy.
The Cake Table
Table Skirt and Backdrop
The function room had dark coloured walls so I wanted to get a white backdrop so it looked neutral with the coloured balloons. I hired a white backdrop and tutu table skirt from Soiree Balloons for £40 and this included delivery, set up and collection. Her customer service was fantastic and she even sent me photos of the set up before she left the venue as I wasn’t there.
Rainbow Doughnut Stand
I looked for doughnut stands on Etsy and came across this pastel rainbow one* by Ginger Ray and had to have it! I bought some Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts to go on it which went down a treat. Because it was a warm day the glaze ended up melting off the doughnuts and on to the stand. But it wiped off very easily and I’ve folded it and put it away for future use.
I also put crisps, sweets, lollipops and Costco’s finest Red Velvet cake on the table. I didn’t want to have loads of sweet nibbles on there because I didn’t think my family would appreciate their kids being loaded up with sugar. We also had hot food cooked by my partner’s aunty. So I had hired catering chafing dishes and fuel to heat the food and keep it warm. We had Jamaican curry mutton, rice and fried chicken, accompanied by salad, coleslaw and hard dough bread.
The venue had a bar so we didn’t need to provide our guests with drinks.
We also hired a DJ which was great so we didn’t have to bother with the hassle of making CDs. The party started at 2 pm and was meant to finish at 7 pm but we were still dancing at 9:30 pm so I’m glad we hired him as it really contributed to the atmosphere. The DJ played a variety of music from modern reggae and RNB to old school garage and 80’s music.
We hired a bouncy castle from a company called Model My Party who were Goals’ chosen provider for bouncy castle hire. As we booked through Goals we were given use of their football pitch for free so our guests were also able to play football. We decided to hire an adult bouncy castle so we could go on it too, I took my daughter for a little bounce and she loved it! I’m glad I hired a big castle as I don’t think it should just be the kids who have all the fun!
Have you hosted a Hey Duggee themed party? Or are you planning to? I’d love to hear your ideas! Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. My daughter is now one and it seems like just yesterday I was experiencing my labour and delivery (read about it here).