Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen, which is a little different as it was Boo’s Birthday and we had a cookery party.
Last year I held a Frozen Party in the garden for her, it was a lovely sunny day and we had loads of games and even some snow! This year, however, I decided to do something different. She invited just a few of her school friends and along with her siblings we cooked the party food together.
I’d recently been sent a lovely party pack from Party Bags and Supplies. Boo had asked for an Animal Jam Cake which I made myself, so I figured that the Safari Adventure Party pack would be ideal. I received:
8 cups and plates, 16 napkins, 1 table cover and 8 filled party bags each containing – 1 soft wild animal mask, 1 clockwork insect, 1 wild animal sticker sheet and 1 wild animal tatto.
The pack is £26.99 to purchase.
I was really pleased with the pack, delivery was quick and the price was in line with other party supply companies. I love the convenience of buying everything together in a matching pack.
I am saving the party bags to give away at the Little Man’s birthday in a couple of weeks, but the table looked lovely for Boo’s party today.
To start the party we made Rocky Road. The kids enjoyed breaking up the chocolate and biscuits while I melted the chocolate, golden syrup and butter on the hob. I poured a third of the chocolate mixture into a bowl and the kids added the biscuits to the pan, followed by some mini marshmallows. They put the mixture into a tin and poured the remaining chocolate over the top. We then put it in the fridge to set.
We then had a little art activity but I’ll tell you all about that later.
Then it was time for pizza! And guess, what? We had so much fun making it I forgot to take any photos! We had a little production line going with one child putting on the tomato base, the next child sprinkling on the cheddar, the next crumbling on the mozzarella and finally adding the pepperoni. We made four altogether with the children all taking turns. I did manage to get a snap of two uncooked pizzas! (don’t worry, I didn’t cook them on the hob!)
Finally, the thing they had all been waiting for…dessert! I left them with ice cream, fresh fruit, sprinkles and sauce and they each made their own knickerbocker glory!
Before they went home we sang Happy Birthday to the Birthday girl and she blew out her number 8 candle on her Animal Jam Cake.
Then I gave them all a little bag with a couple of pieces of Rocky Road inside to take home.
We had a lovely time and it was great fun having so many kids in the kitchen.
Sending out a big thank you to ET Speaks From Home and her amazing Carrot Cupcake Ice Cream Cones for linking up last week.
Also, thank you to The Giggles Family for their Easy Sweet Green Smoothie Recipe.
So now it’s over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you’ve cooked,
We had only just moved into our home this time last year and had no idea what to expect at Halloween. In our old home we rarely had anyone call for Trick or Treat and as the years passed by I just let Halloween pass by too without doing anything. Then, last year we had caller after caller for nearly two hours as soon as it became dusk. I ran out of treats to give them, but the little ones were so excited answering the door to see the other children all dressed up.
So this year we are planning to join in. We are going to carve pumpkins and make some decorations and I’ve been hoarding my stack of spooky treats for a few weeks now. I’ll let you know exactly how it all goes nearer the time but for now I’d like to do a round up of all the exciting things I’ve found to make Halloween a fun time for all.
How about some lovely Pumpkin bunting, even the littlies ones could help with this task from Life As We Know It.
How spooky are these Ghosts from Jelly Rose Yate, my kids would love these.
These Pumpkin Patch Carrot Dippers from Cat’s Yellow Days would look great on the party table.
I confess that I’m not that keen on pumpkin, but these Pumpkin Spiced Muffins from Dad Creek without a Paddle look really yummy
Spiders are definitely not on my list of favourite things, but I might make an exception for these Spooky Spider Cookies from Thinly Spread.
I am loving this monster sandwich from the Mini Mes and Me, my kids will love to make one.
These Witches Broomsticks and Spooky Slime drinks from Family Ties look really scary!
Places to visit at Halloween
Hatton Adventure Farm is having a pumpkin week where you can pick a pumpkin and corn on the cob a well as taking a spooky tractor ride and listening to the Wicked Witch tell some scary tales around her cauldron.
The girls already have their witches outfits and the Little Man has a Gruffalo costume (if he’ll wear it for more than five minutes) So my next decision is…do we have a Halloween party?
I have 25 years experience of kids parties, I think I may have learnt what works and what doesn’t during that time. I’ve tried all sorts, from small parties in my living room, garden parties, parties in a hired venue with entertainers and parties in kids play areas. I have to say though, I love them, and I’m willing to put everything into them and believe me, they can be very hard work.
So my first tip has to be has to be….
1. Decide How Much Work You are Willing to Do.
2. Do You Need a Theme?
3. Who is Doing the Catering?
4. Displaying the Food
5. Party Games
As for the invitations, you can get them to match the theme of your party if you wish. I’ve not always done this. You should include the date of the party, the time it starts and finishes and any special instructions like fancy dress. I also put on my mobile number.
Think about how many children you want at the party. If you invite the whole class and they all turn up you will end up with 30 children. If you are using a hired venue then you may be restricted on numbers because you will be paying for each child. However, if you are hiring a hall then you may want to fill it as much as possible so the more the merrier. Get your child to decide who they want to come and then use your judgement based on how many you can cater for.
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8. Let Them Play
You need to decide how much structure you will have to your child’s party. If you plan every minute you risk wearing the children out and they will become un co-operative. I had a party in a box for my daughter and it involved followed a very detailed set of instructions for games and activities. It was lots of fun, but once I noticed the children losing interest I sent them outside to run around the garden and play. After about 15 minutes they were ready for more games and puzzles.
Depending on the age of the children and whether or not their parents have stayed at the party with them, you may find yourself dealing with some squabbles between the children. If you notice two children not getting on with each other you could try splitting them up into different activities. It’s a difficult situation if a child is being naughty, but you have to remember that it’s not your responsibility to discipline them. I find it’s a good idea to keep a phone number of all the parents so you can give them a quick call if the child is being particularly disruptive, or has become upset or hurt. Useful too if a child starts to feel poorly.
Make sure the parents know what time to pick up their child. Have their party bags ready, they are always less upset about leaving when they have a handful of goodies to take with them.
I always find I’m cleaning up for a good while after a party so I make sure I have a little treat for myself at the end of the day, I will deserve it.
I now have three small children with their birthdays all within a month of each other! Parties are even more hard work so now I’ve started thinking of alternatives. I do love parties though, so one of them at least will get a party and this year it’s going to be Boo who wants a Frozen Birthday party, that should be fun in July!!
Finally, I’d like to end with this little video of a box a goodies I was gifted to help with my daughter’s birthday party. It contains sweets and toys for the party bags, party bags, balloons, a banner, a poster, a pin the tail on the donkey game and a lovely yellow t-shirt from Vertbaudet.
I’ll leave you with some of my birthday cakes.
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Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post, I did want to share my party tips with you. I was however, gifted the box of party goodies from Vertbaudet. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own…as are the cakes!
Last weekend my friend tied the knot with her partner and what a beautiful day it was.
The wedding itself was held at the Registry Office and the reception was at a local venue called Rowheath Pavillion. I have visited here before a couple of times and it really is a lovely place. The first time we came was to find a geocache by the lake.
The weather was gloriously sunny, I bet there were a few sunburnt guests at the end of the day!
My friend asked me to make the wedding cake which was a real honour, although it sent me into a fit of panic in the days leading up to the wedding and I was so nervous on the day. Of course once I’d arrived at the venue and put the cake together I was able to relax and enjoy the day. Especially after I’d received a few comments and made a very emotional Mother of the Bride cry. (I do believe the tears meant she liked it, well I hope so!)
My friend made her own wedding dress and she looked beautiful. After the vows we went into the courtyard for a while before being whisked off by coach to the reception venue.
When we arrived at Rowheath Pavillion we took advantage of the sunshine and had some fun in the grounds.
The reception meal was vegetarian which I loved, especially the Homity Pie. The room looked lovely with all the decorations and flowers. Then the bride and groom cut the cake, which was an amazing moment for me.
Then we danced the night away.
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I love birthday parties, we’ve done practically everything over the years, bouncy castle, pool party, playcentre, karaoke, face painting. With having five children I’ve had chance to experience a lot.
I like to get in on the action, only once have I hired someone to do the party for me. However, now having three littlies with birthdays just weeks apart (and with me not getting any younger) I’m finding it all a little harder and any help is welcome.
For Boo’s 6th birthday last weekend I had help in the form of a Mega Princess Adventure Puzzle Party from Tall Tales Puzzle Parties.
I invited ten children but not all turned up, that is, sadly, quite common with parties held during the school holidays.
I usually end up spending weeks getting all the things I need sorted for a party like this but with the Puzzle Party Box I had everything I needed, I just had to sort food. The box comes with plates, dishes, cups, napkins, table cover, cupcake stand, banner, party bags, craft supplies, puzzles, prizes and sweets. Also there was a crown and sash for the party princess and badges for the guests.
This party comes with full instruction and taught me something I’ve not tried before. The party bags are handed out empty at the beginning and then sweets and gifts are added to the bags throughout the party so they go home full. Such a good idea and it really works, I’ll definitely do this again.
I made the cake myself. I tried to get it to fit into the theme of Puzzle Princess.
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I was provided with a Mega Princess Party in a box for 10 children. All thoughts and opinions are my own.