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CELEBRATIONS
Sandcastle Cake -- a show-stopping centrepiece
We had a very little birthday party celebration for our two year old, since we had just arrived the night before to our little holiday getaway by the beach. So to keep it very simple, I used some seashells as decorations, and then the seashell necklaces made years before for as accessories for her siblings! ...
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RECIPES
Victoria Sponge Heart Cupcakes -- Perfect for any picnic or tea party!
I recently made these sweet little cupcakes for my eight year old daughter's birthday picnic and simply had to share them as they are so delicious, and so perfectly pretty too. Victoria Sponge Cake, a staple of a British tea or celebration, is essentially a cupcake sandwich. A simple vanilla cake, filled and topped with ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make a bright flower petals sun-catcher
For this bright flower petals sun-catcher craft, any available blooms you select will create a lovely effect. We used different flowers we had on hand from old bouquets. Here, we used a mix of  tulip, daffodils, cherry blossoms and daisy petals to create an 8-pointed star shaped display. If you have a school-aged child, it ...
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Best Tips for Celebrating Birthday Parties in Lockdown or Isolation...
Neither the words lockdown, isolation, or social distancing seem to conjure up the best birthday celebration vibes do they? A part of me just wishes we didn't even have this as a topic to write about. But, the world is the way that it is right now, and so, as my son's 5th birthday approached ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Colourful stick puppets for everyday fun
This month we made some super cute and colourful stick puppets to celebrate carnival but it is also for everyday fun. (A few weeks ago we made a new puppet theatre using an old shoe box. We have made several puppet show frames over the years, they never get old to play with.) Everything we ...
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HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Oversized Kirigami Spider Webs -- a quick DIY Halloween decoration (and game too)!
Growing up, I loved Halloween so much! And I hope my children say the same same day. This year I have decided to start Halloween a bit earlier in the month, and to make up for all the things we can't do -- school Halloween discos and trick-or-treating, I have focussed on the things we ...
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RECIPES
Rainbow Pasta! Such a fun family activity.
Pasta and comfort food go hand-in-hand... so why not bring smiles to faces and make a day out of this delicious family meal. Have a great big pasta making party! We had a 4th birthday and pasta making party with Pasta 'n Play for my son (before London's lockdown) and it was an enormous hit. ...
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Birthday gifts for school friends -- what do you give?
My daughter started kindergarten last fall, and beyond the expected academically-focused changes (beginning math! learning to read!), I've noticed a big social one as well: a larger class, an expanded social circle, and invitations to so many birthday parties for school friends. At first, choosing a birthday gift for my daughter to give the birthday ...
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RECIPES
Bee’s easy peasy one-bowl vegan vanilla sponge cake
This pesky vegan vanilla sponge cake recipe has taken me seven(!) attempts to perfect - I have been searching for the holy grail of ‘free-from’ baking for such a long time! The Victorian sponge cake recipes I’d settled for in the meantime, were temperamental, unreliable and ultimately, stress-inducing, and that’s not good enough. This vegan ...
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An Art Adventure Party for Beatrice's 6th Birthday
Beatrice had her sights set on a special sixth birthday celebration. She wanted to 'Paint the Town Red', and have a A London Art Adventure. The party started by taking the red number 6 bus (for our 6-year-old) with a few friends to Trafalgar Square then going to one of her favourite museums, The National Gallery. It ...
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RECIPES
Bunny Cake -- fun for Easter celebrations and birthdays too!
We recently celebrated a friend's birthday, and surprised them with this fun bunny cake. It is perfect for any Spring celebration, especially Easter, and actually very simple to make. You choose your favourite ingredients, and then simply follow our tips for decorating! Even less adventurous bakers or cake-makers can replicate this idea with success. You ...
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Little Robot Birthday Party -- a fun theme for a 3-year-old
Joseph is three and to celebrate we had a little party for him and his friends. He has a few simple passions, and loves the idea of robots, painting, the colour orange, eating fruit, and how things work. So that is just what we did -- a little robot party, with orange decor, handprinted invites, ...
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A Ninjago Party for Casper's 6th birthday. Such a fun day!
It's all 'Ninjago' in Casper's world at the moment. So when I asked him what sort of birthday party he was thinking of, I shouldn't have been surprised when he said a 'Ninjago Party' -- and that there wasn't even an option for an alternative! I'm not the biggest fan of this Lego line myself ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Shibori invitations for Ava's 8th birthday party, so pretty and so easy to make!
I shared my crazy idea for a shibori party for Ava's 8th birthday yesterday. Beforehand, Ava made these pretty shibori invitations. They are super easy to make. The only things needed are an indigo coloured watercolour paint (or any dark blue), a thin round brush and a bigger flat square brush, and watercolour paper postcards ...
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A shibori party for Ava's 8th birthday party, so magical!
Did you ever try tie-dye when you were a child? I remember doing it at primary school and loving it! So for Ava's 8th birthday party, I thought it would be fun to make Shibori style tie-dye t-shirts with the girls. I had done tie-dye before with my children years ago (look at Casper in this ...
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An ice-cream birthday party for Ava's 7th -- fun, sweet and easy!
Ava turned 8 last weekend and as I'm planning the birthday party for her friends, I realised that I never shared the photos of the super sweet ice-cream birthday party we organised for her last year. It was a really fun day, full of ice-creams (obviously!) and with a bit of creativity too. It was ...
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Great birthday gift suggestions for a 2-year-old
Second birthdays are such fun! At this age, those little personalities are so very fun and alive, and there is more engagement in general, but especially in opening gifts and playing with them. They really get it -- opening gifts becomes the thing. Not just playing with the wrapping papers! :) We received so many ...
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A bee-themed 5th birthday tea party
Our little Queen Bee, Beatrice, just turned five and we had a very small party in our little hive to celebrate. We asked a few of her closest honeybees to join us, and splashed out on homemade fun for the event.  I started the preparations the week before the party, sending little personal invites out. ...
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Party Animals -- a 2nd birthday party with useful and resourceful planning tips
To celebrate Joseph's second birthday we decided to keep it super simple, and the end result was a very special party. It was last minute -- we organised everything in exactly one week. Sometimes life is just so busy! So instead of an amazingly involved party theme (although I do love those as well), I ...
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An autumn birthday party for Casper's 5th birthday
An autumn birthday party Casper recently turned five, and since he is an October baby we decided to do something seasonal for his 'friends party'. According to family tradition, he invited 5 friends (since he turned 5 years old), and he did so by handing out his invites, which we decorated with a cute painted ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Homemade Play Dough (great for unwinding after school)
We've just finished the first two weeks of school and it isn't just the kids who are tired, even I feel tired! Trading in carefree, unstructured summer days for the routine of school has been a bit of an adjustment.  I quickly realised we needed to take it slow and find a simple way to ...
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An Ancient Egyptian Birthday Party Fit for a Pharaoh
There's something so special about a homemade birthday party. I love setting up the decorations, blowing balloons and organising party games. It always gives me such a lovely feeling of nostalgia. We just celebrated Sophie's birthday in our new home surrounded by her classmates, all 25 of them! I'm still recovering from that but I ...
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RECIPES
A Fun First Birthday Cake (and it is sugar free!)
I find first birthdays particularly bittersweet, because I love and cherish the sweetness of that first year of life. I think back to those first moments when they were born, and I am utterly amazed by how much the sweet babies grow in just one year! And because the first year of life is so ...
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