Pokemon Deck Holder – 15 minute sewing project

Pokemon card holder

My son has just got into Pokemon trading cards in a big way and as I’m always sewing things for my daughter I thought this time I’d make him something.  As he’s always carrying around his Pokemon cards I decided he needed something to put them in!  I found some red, black and white felt and made this deck case.  He now wants me to make lots more so he can trade them with his friends to get some good cards.   Here’s what to do…

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Pirate party ideas

I enjoy planning and putting on parties for my children and searching for ideas.  Pirate themed parties are always a winner and even the grown-ups can grab an eye patch and enter into the party spirit! Here’s some of the things I did for my son’s pirate party and a free treasure hunt printable to help keep the young swashbucklers from looting the kitchen!

Entertainment…

I always plan a craft activity for parties.  For a pirate theme buy plain wooden treasure chests, provide pirate stickers, pens and stick on gems, make it nice and easy for little fingers.  In the UK you can buy the chests and stick on gems from Crafty Crocodiles.  They also do pirate themed party bag goodies.

We then did a treasure hunt.  Print the Instructions for treasure hunt and then the Pirate treasure hunt pictures.   If you need to make a treasure chest there’s a printable here by Missie Krissie.

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Music 

You can’t beat Jake and the Neverland Pirates album for some good pirate tunes, at least the lyrics are appropriate!

Food

I made Fimo pirates and added some Playmobil accessories to the birthday cake.  Gingerbread pirates were nice and easy to decorate and there are plenty of pirate cake toppers available on-line, such as these ones here.

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Party bags

I decided it would be nice to make little bags for marbles as party favours.  I found some pirate fabric and got sewing.  They are easy to make and you can find some instructions on the lovely Kittie Baby Love blog here.

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Enjoy planning your pirate party – make the most of parties while they still want them!

 

Cuddly sleeping bag tutorial

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I always like making things for party favours for my children’s parties.  This year I decided to make sleeping bags for 6″ Beanie Boos (as it was a Beanie Boo themed party – more on that later).  They are quick and easy to make and would easily work with cotton instead of plush.  My daughter loves plush so she had one made out of just plush.  The heart pillow gives your Beanie Boo a nice comfy place to rest their head for the night!

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Minecraft party survival

Top 5 tips for a successful minecraft party 

  1. Keep guest numbers small if it’s in your house (we had six children in total – just the right number)
  2. Send them on a Minecraft scavenger hunt – we used the one on relocatedliving.com and they had great fun.  We also used various other free printables for food and drink labels, party bags etc:  http://printabelle.com/product/free-minecraft-party-printables-extras  and http://peoniesandpoppyseeds.com/2014/03/minecraft-printable-party-pack/.
  3. Make some Hama bead keyrings or badges (pop them in the party bags so they don’t get forgotten).  This kept them entertained for a while.  I order the beads and boards from Crafty Crocodiles (http://www.craftycrocodiles.co.uk/) and found the patterns here: http://www.minieco.co.uk/minecraft-design-sheets-hama-beads-paper-mosaic/.   The weapons were a bit complicated for 6 year olds, the ‘faces’ were easier.   Just don’t jog each others elbows… File 23-04-2015 21 01 50
  4. Try and make one of those lovely ‘Minecraft block’ cakes like the amazing ones your son has seen on Pinterest.  Mine was a bit more humble!   My Mum kindly made a marble cake (using the same recipe she did for all those cakes she made me when I was little!), I then covered it with chocolate buttercream.  Next I rolled the icing out and cut it into squares using a pizza cutter and my quilting ruler (!).  I then spent ages sticking on lots of little squares.  It was by no means perfect but the birthday boy was happy… and he got to keep the Fimo cake toppers I made.

Mummy can I have that one? – as he points to the most complicated three tiered cake…

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5.  Don’t play ‘Pass the Parcel’, ever.  I forget this rule every year and there are always tears and tantrums, even with chocolate treats with every layer!