Sunday, August 31, 2014

10 Fun Kids Party Games

Kids love playing party games and I have compiled a list of easy party games that are loads of fun to play and also budget friendly. 

Most games can be played using everyday items from around the home and small prizes such as sweets, stickers, stamps or whistles can be purchased from party shops or discount stores. 

1. Pass the Parcel
Wrap a main prize with wrapping paper. Continue adding wrapping layers and include a small treat with each layer.  Have all guests sit in a circle and pass the parcel around to music.  When the music stops the person holding the parcel unwraps a layer, until all the layers are removed. You can also use a 'parcel box' instead and fill with treats and kids choose a prize from the box when the music stops on them. Easy to use your own box or purchase an electronic Pass the Parcel box. 

Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations 

Electronic Pass the Parcel from Online Toys

2. Donuts on a String
Each player needs a donut.  You can tie them all on to one big piece of string or ribbon or tie and hang up individually. Contestants then have to try and eat their donut using only their mouths, no hands allowed.  First one to finish their donut wins. 

Madly Stylish Events (photo Tiffany Boerner)

3. Marshmallow Pick Up 
Empty a packet of mini marshmallows in the center of the table. Give all guests a noodle box and a set of chop sticks. See who can pick up the most marshmallows with their chopsticks. 

Creative Party Ideas by Cheryl

4. Bobbing For Apples
Fill some small tubs with water and add a few apples to each. Contestants then kneel down and hold their hands behind their backs. It is then a race to see who can pull out an apple in their mouth/teeth without using their hands. (Close adult supervision is obviously required for this game!) 

Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations 
5. Limbo
Have the two people hold the limbo stick (you can use a broom/mop stick). Start the game by holding the stick about 1.5m from the ground.  Everyone in line must then go under the stick by walking forward and bending backward under the stick.  If someone touches the stick they are out.   Once everyone has had a turn going under start again by lowering the stick.  Continue lowering the stick each round until there is only one player that can make it under the stick.

6. Pinata
Hang the pinata and have guests stand in a line at least three meters away.  Each child then gets two hits of the pinata (blindfold optional).  Take turns until the pinata breaks.  Let everyone collect the sweets and treats (make sure the stick is removed before collecting goodies.) 

A fun spin on the traditional pinata is to fill individual balloons with sweets and confetti.  Guests then take turns to pop a balloon with a pin and collect the goodies inside. 

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7. Backyard Kerplunk
The object of the game is to remove the stick without any balls falling out. Each player takes a turn to remove one stick at a time. The person with the least amount of balls wins. 

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8. Egg & Spoon Races
Give each child a wooden spoon and an egg.  Place the egg on the spoon and walk as fast as you can to the finish line without dropping your egg. 
9. Pool Noodles & Balloon Game
Using only pool noodles try and get as many balloons as you can into your basket.  The person with the most balloons wins. 

10. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
A fun spin on traditional ring toss.  Using necklace glow sticks, take turns throwing at the stick.  Try different ways of tossing the rings such as hopping on one foot, throwing backwards etc. 
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**TIP - Parents, have your cameras ready.  We have played some of these games at my childrens parties and it was a blast!  Everyone was having a great time and laughing and it made for some simple but amazing memories. 

Kate xx

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Knights & Dragons Birthday Party

Hello :)

We recently celebrated my son Ethan's 7th Birthday. Ethan chose a Knight theme and invited a few of his closest little friends to help him celebrate.  I always enjoy the kids parties but I have to say this was the best party ever!  Not the set up (though I was stoked with how it turned out) but it was just such a good time.  Such a beautiful group of kids and parents and the kids were all singing and laughing and had a ball, made me truly happy!

Ethan was very particular about what he wanted for his party and wanted a sit down 'feast' as close to what they would have had in medieval times and it definitely had to include a 'big chook'.   With Ethan being coeliac all of the party food was gluten free and we set up the feast table to include chicken, meatballs, bread rolls, ham, cheese, crackers, fruit, muffins & banana bread.  We used the most beautiful candelabras from The Mercedes Project to decorate the table and the kids loved using the fun jewelled drinking goblets.

As we had the feast table we opted for a simple dessert table with a few yummy sweets and the birthday cake.  Our room as decorated with various medieval props and decorations to create the look of a dining hall.

We had a whole heap of blow up swords for the kids to play with and we also played bobbing for apples which was so funny and the kids loved and then the regular pass the parcel and pinata.

We had a fantastic time celebrating Ethan's birthday and would like to say a huge thanks to all the gorgeous ladies who supplied goodies for the day!  (vendor credits below)

Hope you enjoy the photos!

My gorgeous birthday boy Ethan. 

Desserts Table 

Fantastic Knight & Dragon Cookies from Kate's Cookies 

Gold Meringues & Caramel Slice 

Gold Meringues and delish chocolate brownies from NikNak's Sweetest Treats

Yummy cupcakes from Niknaks Sweetest Treats & 
Amazing Cupcake Toppers from Memories are Sweet 

Dragon Birthday Cake, made by us from the Cake 2 The Rescue cake kit

The 'feast' table 

Beautiful candelabras hired from The Mercedes Project 

Our gorgeous tiffany chairs dressed up with some hessian chair covers

Beautiful candelabras hired from The Mercedes Project 

Medieval Large Banners, Shield & Axes, Stocks & Throne hired from Propagander 

My gorgeous munchkins. 

Vendor Credits:

Styling, party supplies, tiffany chairs, tables, props, decorations - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

Photography - Lightbox Photography

Cupcakes, Brownies - Niknaks Sweetest Treats

Cupcake Toppers - Memories are Sweet Lolly Buffets

Candelabras Hire - The Mercedes Project 

Medieval Banners large, throne, wine barrel, stocks, shields Hire - Propagander 

Gold Sequin Tablecloth Hire - My Sweet Occasion 

Dragon & Knight Cookies - Kate's Cookies

Dragon Cake Kit - Cake 2 The Rescue 

Knight Statue on dessert table purchased from - Vintage Narnia Style 

Kate xx

Shark Birthday Party

Hello :)

Today I am excited to show you my son Declan's 5th Birthday Party photos.  Declan had initially wanted a Horse party this year but a few months ago he changed his mind.  He wasn't too sure what he wanted so we looked through some fun themed tableware and he chose Sharks as his theme, with a Beach feel though as opposed to Under the Sea. This party was so bright & fun to plan and is definitely one of my favourites so far. 

Declan started kindy this year so we had a school party and he was very excited to have all his little friends over to play.  The party was fantastic and everyone had a great time. It ended up being a very wet and stormy morning so we had to move the activities/play area inside but other than that all went off without a hitch.

I hope you enjoy the photos!  All the vendor credits can be found below :)

Vendor Credits

Styling, Kids White Tiffany ChairsKids Tables, Tablecloths, Table Runners, all Props/Serving ware, Shark Plates, Sherbert Blue Plates & Cups, Straws, Hats, Leis, Hanging Decorations, Shark Balloons, Shark party boxes - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

Photography - Lightbox Photography

Shark Cake Kit - Cake 2 the Rescue (Cake made & decorated by us using the SHARKY cake kit.)

Shark Cake Pops - Cake Pop Creations 

Shark Cookies - Kate's Cookies

Shark Birthday Banner - Get The Party Started

Mixed Cupcakes - Bella's Cupcake World

Blue Ruffled Table cloth - Ruffle Me Tablecloths 

Helium Balloon Towers - Ellenbrook Party Shop 

Fish & Chip Stand - Lime Tree Kids

Shark Plaster Painting Kits - Plaster Craft Workshop 

Kate xx