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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Party on down: Games

And so we come to the MOST important bit of the party. The games. It's all well and good to have a kick-ass invite, a pretty table, yum-yum food, amazing decos and awe-inspiring cake, but without good games, a kid is going to wonder when the party is going to start. Stylists beware - you've gotta have good games. Never under-estimate the ...

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Party on down: Decorations

For me, decorating a party is almost as much fun as the actual party itself. I know some find it daunting, but my approach is that most parties really only need a streamer and a balloon, so anything else is a bonus. So that's the pressure switch turned off. After that, I try to think freely and come up with something fresh and fun to design ...

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Party on down: Tables

The table decorating part of party hosting is outta sight fab if you ask me. Beautiful images created from beautiful food on beautifully set tables - what's not to love? Do bear in mind that out of all the party elements, the 'party table' is all about the parents and not really about the children. I don't honestly think they even notice that ...

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Party on down: Cake

Cake. Caaaaake. The very word sends most children into raptures, so it's no surprise that even with all the ridiculous fussing we parents do for kids' parties these days, the caaaaake still rules the day. If it pleases you and makes life easier, you can buy in every decoration and every single other item of food at your child's party, but you ...

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Party on down: Food

I need to get the sugar monkey off my back straight away. The ratio of sweet to savoury at a children's party is a hard one to master. I'll talk more about the timing of parties in an upcoming 'Kid Wrangling' party post, but I think if you start late afternoon you are not as obliged to do a full lunch or dinner option than if you scheduled the ...

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Party on down: Invitations

There is no question that a standard invite can look snazzy and will do the job of getting the party goers to the venue on time. A simple card can tie in with the party theme and is quick and simple to produce. I like designing and creating my own, but if you're a bit computer or crafty challenged, there are many Etsy stores that will do a fine job ...

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Party on down: Theme

The theme is my favourite bit!  The key to working a good theme is attention to detail. The little-bitty-bits make the whole thing come together and add the wow factor. Unfortunately, little-bitty-bits are the things that catch on and become the latest fad - stripey straws / moustaches-on-sticks, anyone? So you need to think outside the square a ...

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Party on down: Plan

Forget outsourcing your next party because all the processed food and depressingly cheery party rooms in the world can't beat an old-school, at home, handmade, stylish kids' birthday party. Now, ignore the fact that after every single children's party I have ever slaved over, my own kids say, "Can I have a Wizzyworld party next year?" Yes, ...

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Party do and party don’t

I love a party. Something tells me that's hardly a secret!!There are lots of things that parents do that makes hosting a chid's party a lot easier and things they do that annoy me to the moon and back. So I thought I might share a few yays and nays for negotiating the party circuit in the hope that we can all help out a frazzled party hostess ...

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