The event was imagined and brought to life by local man Nick Madeley and his team of dedicated organisers. You can read our preview post to find out about the background to this launch event, but don't forget to pop back here to find out how it went on the day!
In preparation for the family rave, we bought some themed T-Shirts to wear! My hubby is not one for dressing up so we kept them quite tame! The kids chose a skeleton and a unicorn doing the "Dab" - a popoular dance move bought to my son's attention by the game Fortnight! Hubby twinned with our son and I picked a slightly more nostalgic design (think, "big fish, little fish, cardboard box!")... but forgot to get a photo of me in it! (As is often the way for us mums/chief photo-takers, hey?!)
|Ready to rave in the queue!
Before we knew it, we were transported into the retro world of old skool music, lights, bubbles and smoke machines! Face painting was first on the agenda, and both children picked designs with UV paint which glowed brilliantly on the dance floor!
|We loved how the designs glowed under the UV lights!
When the kids needed a dance break, we took them to the well-stocked craft tables to the side of the dance floor. There were colouring sheets, hats to decorate and crafts to make which entertained them for quite a while, while we danced behind them!
|Fully stocked craft tables were a fab idea!
|The candyfloss was huge!
|The Stormtroopers helped raise money for charity.
We really did have great fun, "getting down with the kids" and educating them in 90's rave culture! I would recommend taking your children to one, and reliving your youth. It was a bright, smiley, nostalgic trip down memory lane, with something for every member of the family to enjoy. And yes, maybe the parents did enjoy it more than the kids - but hey, there's time to change this! When's the next one?!
I asked Nick how he thought the event went, and whether there were any plans in the pipeline for more Happyface Family Raves -
"The event was everything we wanted and more. It was a true festival atmosphere with so much going on! It was so great to see everyone having such a good time; with parents being able to relive those dance floor memories and make some new ones with their children at the same time.
Although, I’m not sure who had more fun, the adults or the kids?! There are so many highlights to take away from the event but watching the children react to the confetti, balloons and bubbles really stands out!
The positive reaction we’ve had from everyone has been overwhelming and in true rave style, it’s been so good to see on social media how friends, bloggers and people who hadn’t met before got a chance to catch up and meet at the event itself. Much like how raves used to bring people together back in the day.
With immense pride we can also reveal that with donations from the event, all of the stall holders and of course money given from the attendees, the total amount raised for our charity the Peter Pan Centre is £380.51! So thank you to every single one of you!!
Happyface Family Rave"
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Finding joy in the little things: Regular visitors to our blog will know that I like to end my posts with something that made me smile, a little thing that brought me joy or happiness. Life is made up of lots of magical moments and sometimes in the chaos of the day, we need a reminder to be grateful for them.
|I'm grateful for these two every day...even with the strops!
My youngest was just happy to have a candyfloss as big as her head! She loved the colouring and making table and enjoyed popping the bubbles on the dance floor. The little things in life really are the best when you're 5 and 3!
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