Here are a few examples that caught my eye. I could be tempted by these.
Angry Bird Cookies.
These clever biscuits from Nadiya’s Tastes of Maldives are bright and colourful but more importantly, they pick up on a current craze. That means they will be instantly popular with the kids.
Choose biscuits that suit the theme of the party. This little tractor cookie would be great for a farm themed event. If your child loves Thomas the Tank Engine, boats, fire trucks or Formula 1 racing, you can decorate (or order) biscuits to suit.
Biscuits don’t always have to be flat. Sometimes the fun is in eating the plump, luscious biscuits decorated with puffy marshmallow sweetness. They are colourful and full of fun. Who could resist them?
Give kids the chance to create their own funny face biscuits as a party activity. They might create something as good as these ones.
Biscuits don’t have to be dull or served straight from the packet. Use a little imagination and see what you can create.
One of the hardest parts in throwing a baby shower is working out how to keep everyone entertained. That’s when some simple games can come in handy.
When choosing your games, remember to make them suitable for the expectant mother. She isn’t going to want to sprint around the house in a treasure hunt!
Here are a few ideas for you.
The Price is Right
Collect a range of baby goods like dummies, bottles and nappies. You’ll need about 6 items. To win this game, the guests must guess the price of each item, just like the game on TV. The person who is closest to the correct price wins.
Each guest brings a photo of themselves as a baby. Pin them to a board and let the guessing begin.
The Nappy Game
Who can remember how to fold the traditional nappy? Have the guests fold a nappy and put it on a baby-sized doll or teddy. The neatest fold and best fit wins.
Pin the Dummy on the Baby
The aim is to pin the dummy on the baby’s mouth. All you need is a cut-out of a baby and a dummy, a pin or some blue tac.
These games are a lot of fun and can be a great way to help guests get comfortable with those they don’t know. Just keep them simple and you’ll all have fun.
Have you stood in front of the card aisle in a store only to find yourself bamboozled with the selection in front of you? The card shelves can often be overwhelming and for the most part unsatisfactory unless you really see something which jumps out at you at first glance.
Sometimes the image speaks to you and then you discover upon opening, that the wording inside the text is extremely banal or totally inappropriate. And of course, what may be appropriate for one person may not be suitable for another.
So what should you do? When shopping for birthday cards for kids – the choice is easy. While The Spotty Napkin is best known for their range of quality party decorations, loot bag merchandise and cake bling, they also carry a range of birthday cards to suit all ages from 1-10.
The birthday cards are printed on white card stock and are blank allowing you to write your special message inside each one. The cards are designed to be cute and quirky with the intention of lifting the spirit, brightening the mind and cheering the soul.
Choosing the right birthday card is extremely straightforward. There are two cards in each age group (one for a boy and one for a girl) – making the decision quick and painless.
So whether you are shopping for your party decor and need a card, or have found a card and fancy a few extra things to go along with it, remember The Spotty Napkin when looking to add originality and style to your next birthday event.
In our busy, hurried world many people, when they find a celebration on the horizon, whiz into their local bakery to pick up a cake or two. Yet it wasn’t so long ago that our very own kitchen wizards, our mothers, regularly baked every other day to provide some wonderful treats for the family.
A home baked birthday cake was so much more personal, wasn’t it? It’s one of the things that I remember well from my childhood. Pre-made cakes were so ordinary. You can give your children the same experience and it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming.
If you need some recipes, check out the Quick Chocolate Cake, the Simple Butter Cake or the Easy Jelly Party Cake (yum!). OK, that last one uses a packet mix but still, it will be mixed with your own special brand of action so it still counts as homemade.
You will need to have some decent baking tins and there is a great variety of pans and muffin tins on the chefstoolbox.com site. There is everything that the budding cook needs on this site, including moulds to make eggs look exciting and, once you get the urge, you are sure to want to buy some of the bundles of pans too.
All that is needed after this is the will to cook, with a cookbook or two maybe, and the chance to show the world your culinary delights par excellence!
Yes, I think you should try making your own cake. No one else will have one like it.
These fresh fruits are just one of the many benefits that the arrival of the summer months bring. Did I mention they make great party snacks?
Summer fruit is a healthy treat which can also translate to fun and colourful food for children especially as there are so many delicious ways to serve it up. It is amazing how even the simplest of things can make a dish appealing to kids.
Add an icypole stick into your watermelon pieces and children will be more than happy to nibble their way through a mountain of watermelon. You can even use a cookie cutter to cut the watermelon into decorative shapes.
Or how about piling small scoops of melon in a simple icecream cone? Fruit skewers also allow for a wide variety of fruit to be used depending on the freshness and availability and are always popular at any meal or event.
Kids love icypoles or popsicles so how about trying your hand at making your own? Grab a couple of peaches, a large handful of strawberries, a dash or two of honey, mix with some milk (approximately half a cup) and blend. Freeze and simply serve. And smoothies are definitely a winner in the sunshine months as an alternative to a traditional milkshake.
However by far the most creative thing I have seen done with watermelon are these Watermelon Slice Cupcakes. Both kids and adults will love these watermelon cakes topped with yoghurt and a melon cherry. I doubt anyone will be complaining about how healthy this dish is as they are eating it.
Long live the summer!!
It’s not Christmas without those colourful little party hats that kids love and adults grudgingly wear. I think there’s something great about sitting there looking like a dill, just as everyone else is too. The kids love to see us get into the spirit of the occasion.
This year, when the kids are driving you nuts in those days leading up to Santa’s arrival, why not give them something to do? Why not let them make their own party hats this year?
You don’t need a lot of equipment and it doesn’t have to be messy. All you need is some paper plates, a stapler, scissors, colourful paint, glue and cotton wool.
I love gingerbread houses. They get me into an excited party mood as soon as I see them. They bring back memories of Hansel and Gretel. I always wondered what that witch’s house tasted like. This is as close as I will ever get to finding out.
Gingerbread houses look so difficult to make but if you use the silicone Gingerbread House Mould from The Chef’s Toolbox, it is actually quite easy to do. I recently made a Chocolate House using the same mould and it turned out really well.
Hansel and Gretel would haved LOVED a house like this.
Did you know that it wasn’t until the 1940s that pink was the traditional colour for boys and blue for girls? In fact, The Ladies’ Home Journal in 1918 said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”
Still society driven gender lines are hard for some parents to shift away from. So why do so many parents jump in to say “No, Jack, those dolls are for girls!” and are these biases heard more from fathers than mothers, or is it the other way around?
There is no denying certain differences between boys and girls and it is true that most boys will lean towards playing with superheroes, trucks, cars and dinosaurs, while girls may naturally favour dolls, tea parties and mini kitchens. In fact I’ve seen many a four year old boy have a near seizure just from passing by the hot pink ‘Barbie’ aisle in the toy store.
But there are many benefits to encouraging children to play with toys that are ‘marketed’ towards the other gender. Dolls bring out the nurturing side of children and can be particularly helpful for little ones who are preparing for a new baby to join the family. Mini kitchen
and chef sets are becoming more popular with boys through the popularity of TV shows like MasterChef. This may be no surprise considering the three judges are men.
Equally girls who are encouraged to play with dinosaurs, building blocks and trucks are more likely to do better in subjects like science, maths and engineering which traditionally have been dominated by boys.
Play is serious business and vital for the development of children. Encouraging a mix of textures, experiences and opportunities in play will only increase their ability to empathise, communicate and flourish within their community.
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” – Kay Redfield Jamison