I reached another milestone birthday earlier this month and decided that after planning lots of children’s parties, I deserved a tea party! My teapot wanted an outing from the cupboard and so I decided to have ‘afternoon tea’. I also love the look and taste of cupcakes!
It’s an easy theme to do – here are some ideas from my party:
Thanks to my Mum for the amazing cake!
I’ve been very busy sewing for a new arrival…expected on 25 December…my daughter’s first American Girl doll. I’d never heard of them until a friend recommended them – it was when McKenna was the Girl of the Year (my daughter is a gymnast!). Being a big fan of Pinterest I kept seeing pictures of 18″ dolls clothes and then measuring various dolls we already had. But none of them measured up! My daughter has wanted a soft bodied doll with long hair for ages and when I showed her the American Girl dolls she fell in love with the Girl of the Year 2015, Grace.
So I did some research and found a UK stockist online (My Doll Boutique) and ordered Grace very early just in case they ran out before Christmas. I love making doll clothes as they are so quick to make and so cute. I can’t share my creations yet as I have to wait for Christmas before I have Grace to model them…
Watch this space in the New Year when I’ll share what I’ve made and how!
Despite being busy with a few other things at the moment, I’ve managed to put together the first in what may or may not become a series (!) of Quick Makes – Pirate Tic Tac Toe or Noughts and Crosses. I made this for a ‘Quiet Book’ but you could easily make a bigger pouch and fold the board up as well; great for taking in the car or to restaurants and keeping kids/ grown-ups entertained. Happy making!
Quick Makes-Pirate Tic Tac Toe
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!
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.
You can’t beat Jake and the Neverland Pirates album for some good pirate tunes, at least the lyrics are appropriate!
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.
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.
Enjoy planning your pirate party – make the most of parties while they still want them!
We all know that keeping the kids entertained on a long journey is tough. Some good old fashioned colouring and puzzles gives them a break from playing computer games or watching movies. There are lots of colouring pages and puzzles online – so I decided to make a A5 fabric ring binder cover with a detachable pencil case to hold them all. When they’ve finished you can just print and add more! There are lots of pencil case tutorials out there already so there was no point repeating them. Instead I used the one from the Little Red Window blog. It’s perfect for inside the folder.
It’s always good to have something up on the walls to remind the kids (and sometimes the grown ups!) how to behave. Here’s my pdf version for you to print: FAMILY RULES.
Top 5 tips for a successful minecraft party
- Keep guest numbers small if it’s in your house (we had six children in total – just the right number)
- 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/.
- 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…
- 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…
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!