3 New Creative Ideas for Goodie Bags at Birthday Parties

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    3 New Creative Ideas for Treat Bags at Birthday Parties   Ever since I was little, it has been the done thing to go home from a party with a little bag of party favours or lollies. I actually don’t remember a time when it didn’t happen. But somewhere along the way, treat bags at birthday parties have…

10 New and Different Birthday Party Bag Ideas

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10 New and Different Birthday Party Bag Ideas for fun mementos that don’t cost the earth (This post was in collaboration with Packqueen) It was Ned’s 6th birthday this week, and we are planning a little outing to Crystal Castle in the Byron Hinterland during the holidays to celebrate with a few of his close friends. I love birthday parties,…

How to make an angel doll using paper

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How To Make An Angel Doll Using Paper

30 Days of Dolls: How To Make An Angel Doll Using Paper No 7: Hang on a mobile or use as a party activity   I like making things using paper and this angel doll couldn’t be easier. I think she might like to hang on top of a certain tree, but she would love to go home with children…

Paper snack cup made from origami paper square

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In the same way we made the paper carry bag yesterday to carry little treasures, this origami craft can also be used as a quick and easy dish to hold snacks such as popcorn, crackers, or fruit like grapes, strawberries or blueberries.  Don’t have a plate?  Whip one of these up in a second using whatever paper you have handy….

Truck-themed game for boy birthday parties: Find the tools a truck driver needs and collect a token

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  I’m busy planning my son’s 5th birthday Dinosaur party.  It’s in less than two weeks and hopefully the new baby won’t make a surprise entrance before then!   But last year, Ned had a truck-themed do.  This was another game we played. My husband drew seven truck-themed pictures (keys to start the truck, lunch for the truck driver to…

Make your own ‘dinosaur and egg’ birthday invitations

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handmade paper dinosaur invitation for a boy birthday

Today, Ned and I made the 12 birthday invitations for his upcoming ‘dinosaur’ party.  Yes, my son is now dinosaur obsessed but I am a little thankful that this year we have a new theme to work with!  I was kind of wondering how I was going to come up with something inventive for a third ‘truck’ inspired party…  …

Inventive cakes for children’s birthdays: pile of “dirt” cake pops

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Ned wanted a cake with Bob the Builder. So we made a ‘dirt cake’ surrounded by a retaining wall! The Dirt Cake was simply the recipe for Red Velvet Cake Pops  but without taking the last step and making them into balls. We added a retaining wall made of Violet Crumble (honeycomb covered with chocolate) squares and an icing mixture (butter,…

Treasure Hunt in the Sandpit Game

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Ned’s birthday was a ‘dirt and mud’ themed gathering. So a digging in the sandpit treasure hunt game kind of qualified. I wrapped up 20 little parcels. There were single tubs of playdough, lego truck stickers, matchbox trucks and a few sandpit shovels. I punched out two circle tags of each colour.   Each parcel was labelled with a different coloured…

Host a rainbow-inspired party for children

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My friend Tania’s littlest one turned 3 a few weeks ago. L. wanted a rainbow party, so Tania made her one! The invitation contained a message for the invitee and asked them to wear a particular colour. Ned’s colour was green. And so the rainbow festivities began…. There was a rainbow fruit platter and the children were invited to make…

Homemade bubble wands, a how-to tutorial using sticks, wire and ribbon

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My friend Simone prepared this lovely idea for her son’s 4th birthday party and I just had to share  (with permission of course) She cut some small branches and some 30cm lengths of wire. The adults were asked to twist the centre of the wire into a circular shape, then use the leftover lengths to attach it to the branch….

Crystal Treasure Hunting Game for party fun

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This is my new all-time favourite of things to do with little children…. A Crystal treasure hunting game!! Small circular carpet mats were placed on the table and in the centre of each mat sat a small pile of tiny stones, an upturned clam, paua or pretty shell, and a little pair of tweezers. The object of the ‘game’ was…

Ned’s Birthday Celebration at Moondew Playgroup 2011

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I can’t give too much away as this is a special occasion for Moondew families, but Ned did finally have his turn at sitting on the Rainbow Throne. Our little Moondew friend Sits on the rainbow throne For today, is the one day, they can call their very own!   Ned couldn’t wait to open his gift and was super…

Novelty car-shaped drinking straw DIY tutorial

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Here is the template. You need the car body, the car wheels (cut 2) and the car windows (cut 2). Plus 2 brads (pushpins), a needle or pin, a stanley knife, a glue stick, a chopping board, and of course, a straw. Firstly, glue on the windows. Then use the needle/pin to poke a hole through the centre of each…

Host a Car Party for toddlers and preschoolers

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Well, if you are going to host a car party, you need cars! Small market boxes for fruit and vegetables are sturdy things and just the right size. I covered them in brown wrapping paper, and added two long ribbon strings so the children could ‘carry’ their cars as they walk. Paper plates were attached with ‘brads’  (push pins, from…