Over the May Bank Holiday weekend we had a family party to celebrate Adam’s second birthday. Originally the party was just going to be a BBQ with the children (Adam, my 22 month old niece and 7 year old nephew) playing in Nana’s garden. However, the previous week I was chosen to be a #MorrisonsMum and given £80 to spend in Morrisons. We decided to take advantage of the vouchers and took it as a sign that we should do something different for Adams second birthday – you are only 2 once!
As Adam loves cows and tractors so we opted for a farmyard theme. My parents live in the countryside too and have cows in the field next to them so we had the perfect location. I do feel the need to reiterate that we do not normally go into themed birthday parties – or even parties come to that matter! This was a one off and without Nana’s hard work or being a #MorrisonsMum it certainly wouldn’t have happened.
We do not usually shop at Morrisons. This is mostly because the supermarket is 11 miles away and with an active toddler I prefer home internet shopping. However, I was intrigued by their ‘I’m cheaper’ promotion.
With Adam tucked up in bed Nana and I went shopping late Thursday evening. This was probably not the best time to attempt shopping in a new supermarket. Most of the shelves were being restocked so we didn’t have the widest selection. However, this could have been because it was just before a Bank Holiday weekend and therefore the shelves would have been restocked over night.
I loved their fruit and vegetable aisle. It is no wonder Morrisons have won the Re:fresh Award for three years running and 2013 Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year award.
There was water being sprayed onto the herbs and vegetables to keep them fresh and cool. They had so many amazing exotic fruits and vegetables that we were tempted to change the party theme to ‘Around the World’.
It was certainly strange shopping for farmyard theme party food. We were suddenly turning pork pies into pigs, finding food to resemble tractor wheels and considering what would make realistic mud. Not your typical shop!
As Adam is milk intolerant I was interested to see the Morrisons Free-From range.
They had a moderate selection of dairy-free treats and the prices were cheaper than our usual supermarket. Unfortunately they didn’t have Adam’s favourite Alpro Soya yogurts or dairy-free chocolate in stock though.
My sister-in-law was making Adam a Mr Tumble dairy free cake so as a thank you I got her a bottle of Prosecco. This was reduced to half price – a saving of £5.99!
I was surprised how many ‘I am cheaper’ stickers we came across throughout the store.
Morrisons have permanently reduced the price of thousands of every day products. We were also impressed by how helpful the Morrisons staff were in our quest for random items such as tea cakes.
The meat in the Butchers aisle looked fresh and we opted for a variety of beef burgers and milk free sausages to add to the party food.
After spending 90 minutes in the shop we managed to spend £91.71. This included everything we would need for the party.
We catered for 9 of us – although we had plenty of food left over. We made a total of 11 farmyard theme food items:
Click on the links below to read how we made everything:
Along with drinks for 6 adults, an indoor BBQ and salad for 9 the party came to £10.19 per head.
A big thank you to BritMums and Morrisons for helping Adam celebrate his second birthday in style.
Disclaimer: I received vouchers as part of the #MorrisonsMum campaign to spend in store so that I could blog about my Morrisons experience and about my Bank Holiday weekend! All the views are mine and mine alone.
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