A magical Alice in Wonderland party (on a budget)

Magical Alice in Wonderland Party on a Budget

A couple of weekends ago it was Arabella's Alice in Wonderland party and let me tell you, this one was the most last-minute, budget-friendly party I've ever done. That's really saying something too, because I always leave parties until the last minute and I always try to spend as little money as possible. This Alice in Wonderland party had the ...

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Island party ideas – games, decorations, invitations, food

Island party

Every now and then I think my patience for creating kids' parties is reaching capacity... and then a birthday rolls around and before I can stop myself I'm enthusiastically bleating, "what theme do you want for your party this year?" Well, Cappers wanted a Fiji theme, which we successfully turned into 'island party ideas' and then morphed into ...

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Pin of the Day | 25 party garlands

25 party garlands to make

I have a whole pinboard called Garlands just make me happy. And they do. This round up of party garlands is from one of my favourite party sites: A Subtle Revelry. Victoria has the most trustworthy eye when it comes to all things pretty and fun. Her blog tagline is "merrymaking the everyday". Some of my favourite A Subtle Revelry party ...

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Lottie’s fabulous fashion palooza

Fashion party palooza

When I posted the invitations to Lottie's fashion palooza, I mentioned that I was struggling with the whole concept of a 'fashion' party for a six year old. And only just-turned six at that! I thought long and hard about how to pull off a party that was suitably grown-up in Badoo's eyes, but not too creepy for the rest of us. I think I managed ...

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The Best DIY Minecraft Party Decorations (especially on a budget)

Minecraft DIY Party Decorations

My son's Minecraft Party was an absolute blast. For the full story, head over there. This post is just here to give you lots of Minecraft Party decoration ideas for your own party. Balloon spiders If you manage to find square balloons, let me know! Until then, we had to make do with regular round balloons, but with square cellophane eyes ...

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Arabella’s flower garden party

Flower garden party

Last weekend Arabella hosted 15 of her buddies at her flower garden party. These were the same group of girls who charmed us at last year's slumber party - just the nicest, sweetest group of girls and it was a pleasure to spend time with them all. For a bit of fun, I made head scarfs for each of the girls - well, my mother-in-law hemmed the ...

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Step right up to a craaaaaazy carnival party

Carnival party

All week it rained and rained and rained and rained on our carnival parade. Despite going through the motions of party preparations, my heart really wasn't in it. Everything we had imagined and prepared was for an outdoor set up, so I moped about, staring wistfully outside at the sopping wet trampoline which I'd planned to turn in a jumping ...

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Pokemon party free printables

Pokemon party free printables

It turned out to be easy and fun to host a great Pokemon party. To make it even easier for you, here are free Pokemon party printables of everything we used at Max's recent Pokemon party. It was a a super-fun-tastic party and the kids adored the activities. I haven't taught myself to do editable pdf files just yet, so you're stuck with mostly ...

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Pokemon party invitations (party season begins… NOW)

Pokemon party invitations

I confess I was originally a little bit meh about a Pokemon party. I'm a bit meh about most merchandisey things (although Pokemon sure beats a lot of them). I think branded stuff cramps my style. You have to work within the existing set up. "What about a space party?" I enthused. "Camping? Outback? Animal?" "Nah, I think I'll stick with ...

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A very merry unslumber party

Merry slumber party

It's true that I am something of a mad woman, but even I knew that having an unslumber party for a seven year old's birthday party was a little bit nuts. Especially when certain circumstances conspire to mean you will be running said slumber party after just 3 hours sleep the night before. In our defence, we thought just two girls were sleeping ...

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