Friday, 30 March 2012

Easter Printables

Morning! Friday already and the last day of term for us and I am sure with many of you aswell.  With Easter just over a week away I thought I would round up some lovely Easter printables for you and the best thing is that they are all free!


Easter Pritnables from Shindig Parties To Go



Easter Cards from Junelily



Spring Flags Banner from Sandy Toes & Popsicles



Easter Tags from Hip Hooray



Colour- In Easter Box from Draw Pilgrim



Easter Subway Art from Hopscotch Studio Designs



Easter Egg Hunt Printable from Design Editor



Happy Easter Dots from Little Red Bus


Have a wonderful weekend
Zoe
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Easter Egg Hunt Party Inspiration

Good morning, I hope you are all well and having a lovely week.  Not long until my children all finish for the Easter holidays and I know they are looking forward to our Easter egg hunt in the garden on Easter Sunday.  I really like the idea of an Easter egg hunt for a party theme, especially if the weather is good and you can host the party in the garden. Imagine the excitement of heading off with little baskets in search of sweet treats and maybe a little egg cup or egg cosy at each place setting, hiding little chocolate or jelly eggs.  Maybe you could also have an Easter bonnet parade with guests either making their bonnets before the party or it could be an activity at the party.  I have rounded up some fab products for todays post to help with planning your Easter egg hunt party.

















Happy hunting,
Zoe
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Monday, 26 March 2012

Easter - DIY Bunny Garland

Good morning, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and got to enjoy some of the gorgeous Spring sunshine we have been lucky enough to have here in the UK.  I enjoyed a lovely birthday, complete with a delicious chocolate cake made by my husband and my youngest daughter.  Easter is fast approaching and we have been making Easter bonnets this weekend ready for the parade at school on Friday.  When I think of Easter I always think of bunnies aswell as eggs so when I saw this lovely bunny garland on Martha Stewart I just knew I had to share with you all.  There is also the fab idea of using the rabbit template to make cupcake toppers or gifts bags.




Happy crafting!
Zoe
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Friday, 23 March 2012

DIY Decoration - Toadstools

Good morning, I hope all have had a good week and been able to enjoy some of the Spring sunshine.  Hopefully it will stay for the weekend and we can all head off on soem adventures or maybe play in the garden, looking for fairies perhaps.  Todays DIY decoration idea would be perfect for hiding around the garden at a Woodland Fairy themed party, as the little toadstools look like tiny fairy houses.  They would also work as a table decoration.



This is a fab easy craft that could also be an activity at a fairy party.
For the full tutorial CLICK HERE

Have a wonderful weekend,
Zoe
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Party Inspiration - Rockets & Space

Morning! Hope you're all well.  Today I hope you are ready to blast off into space as I have spent the last few days seeking out some fab rocket and space themed party inspiration.  This theme could be inspired by the NASA Apollo spaceships and spacemen with an alien or two.  Food could be inspired by space food, popcorn moon rocks anyone?  Or perhaps drinks could be renamed Rocket Fuel. Rocket building could be a fun activity, get large cardboard boxes and split the children into teams to build a rocket.  This is even better if you can do it the garden and let them paint and embelish their rockets.  A smaller version can be easily made with a cardboard tube and some tissue paper turbo balst fire at the base.

 Invitations


This card from Ruby Wren Designs would also make a great invitation.



Rocket Ship Invitation from Squared Party Printables



Space Rocket Party Invitation from Paperspice



Retro Rocket Invitation from The Design Parade


Party Styling Sets


Rocket Party Stationery Set from Creative Little Stars



Space Party from Plush Parties



Space Rocket Party from Anders Ruff


Little Details


Cupcake Wrapper from Scrapp This



Party Hats from American Blossoms



Rocket Bunting from Sew Sweet Violet



Planet Deocration idea from The Sweetest Occasion


Cake

Rocket Cake Kit from Party Pieces



Space Shuttle Cake recipe & tutorial from Betty Crocker



Spaceman Cake Decoration Kit from Dottie & Belle



Rocket Cake recipe & tutorial from Parenting


My eldest son had a rocket cake for his fourth bithday, which is nearly ten years ago! I guess some party themes never go out of fashion.  Have you had a rocket or space theme for a party? Please do share with us here, on our Facebook page or on twitter.  We always love to see your parties, don't forget to share! (Submission guidlines for real party features can be found here).

Have a great day,
Zoe
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Monday, 19 March 2012

Bridesmaid Dresses

Good morning, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and that you all had a well deserved rest yesterday for Mother's Day.  I had a lovely day and received some lovely gifts and handmade cards from children.  For today's post I wanted to share with you some beautiful dresses for younger bridesmaids and flower girls, some of which would also make gorgeous party dresses. 



Charlie Dress from I Love Gorgeous



Rose Dress from I Love Gorgeous



Ava Bridesmaid Dress from Eggcup Clothing Company



Amy Jewel Dress from Little Bevan



Broiderie Party Dress from Mini Boden



Silk Daisy Dress from Mini Boden




Matilda Dress from Sue Hill


Deity Dress from Tulip & Nettle



Amy Twinkle Dress from Little Bevan



Dreamland Flowergirl Dress from Sash Couture






















Friday, 16 March 2012

A Chocolate Cake for Mother's Day

Hello, I hope you have all had a fab week.  Are you ready for Mother's Day this Sunday? I am looking forward to spending a lovely day with my husband and children.  I thought for todays post I would share my easy sponge cake recipe which  is  simple enough for children to make, with a little supervision.  My nine year old daughter, Amber, helped me with the tutorial for today.

Ingredients
180g Self Raising Flour
180g Caster Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
180g Soft Margerine or butter (I use Stork magerine)
3 eggs

This would make a 7" victoria sandwich or about 18 fairy cakes.

1. Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C fan oven for sponge cake or 200C or 180c for fairy cakes.

2. Grease your sandwich cake tins or place fairy cake cases into trays.

3. Weigh all ingredients and place together in to a large mixing bowl.

4. Mix ingredients together until combined, using either a wooden spoon or electric mixer.


5. Share mixture equally into two sandwich tins or spoon into cake cases.

6. Bake in the oven for 20 mins for sandwich cake or 15 mins for fairy cakes. Cakes should spring back if lightly pushed in middle.

7. Leave to cool in tins for 15 mins then place on a wire rack to cool completly.


Amber chose to spread strawberry jam in between the two sponges and use vanilla buttercream to ice the top of the cake. 


 
Try other flavours
Add the zest of an orange or lemon or both!
Add a tablespoon of strong coffee.
Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Add a teaspoon of almond extract and then make a thick glace icing for the top and pop glace cherries on for a cherry bakewell cake!
Add a teaspoon of ground ginger or cinnamon.
Add chopped glace cherries or chocolate chips.

The list is endless. Let me know what you try, I also love to try new flavours.
 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a lovely Mother's Day.
 
Zoe
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Mermaid Party Inspiration

Morning, I hope you are all having a great week.  I've been seeing a lot of mermaid parties recently and so I thought I would share with you some ideas to help you plan a beautiful mermaid party.  Whilst mermaids may make you think of the Disney movie 'Little Mermaid' you don't have to use the Disney princess in your party theme.  I think aqua and pale seagreen make for a great palette for a mermaid party and you could also add a splash of coral.  Dress tables in aqua and seagreen tulle, with a sprinkling of sand, a scattering of shells and your mermaids will have a wonderful party tea.  Cakes can be topped with card cut into fish and starfish shapes or maybe shells made with fondant icing, with a sprinkling of brown sugar to look like sand.  Cookies in shell or fish shapes iced with aqua or blue icing and snadwiches could be made using cookie cutters in similar shapes.  Perhaps if the party is for older children you could serve sushi or for younger children homemade fishfingers would be a perfect party tea. 



Love this dessert table on Kara's Party Ideas.
The pompoms above the dessert table seem to be made with tulle instead of tissue paper but either would look fantastic.


I love all of the details in this mermaid party from Kate Landers Events


The birthday girl will need a Queen of the Sea Crown.
Tutorial from One Charming Party



Mermaid cake bunting and toppers from Monkey Moo Moo



Top the birthday cake with this custom number cake topper


Make garlands or necklaces with these tiny shell beads from Dans & Brandi



These jellyfish would make great decorations for a mermaid party or the children could make them as an activity.  For the full tutorial visit Scrapbooks etc.



Some fab ideas from One Charming Party for mermaid themed party games.  Of course you can play these games without a beach, they would work just as well in your garden, a village hall or your house.


I hope todays ideas will help with your mermaid party planning and be sure to share your parties with us (submission details can be found here).

Have a lovely day,
Zoe
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