15 tips for a guaranteed successful, stress free Sleepover Party!

My 15 tips for a guaranteed successful, stress free Sleepover Party!

  1. Keep numbers to a reasonable level – I would recommend no more than 8
  2. Try to make sure the girls are firm friends and have all done this type of thing before
  3. Try to remove any younger siblings from the house for the night! My youngest daughter slept over at a friends house which made things a lot easier as I didn’t have to worry about what she was up to, plus we had an extra room upstairs which the girls could use.
  4. Ask your guests to bring bedding, a game to play and a favourite snack for the midnight feast, this is really helpful as it drastically reduces the amount of things you have to buy and prepare.
  5. Make sure the girls have agreed on who is sleeping where and with whom in advance, that way you will avoid any squabbles on the night.
  6. Plan some simple fun activities for them to do to give a little structure to the evening, however be flexible, not everything will go to plan.
  7. This is not essential but if you can stretch to it, creating a “high point” of the evening, maybe a much anticipated movie, a meal out or an entertainer of some sort would work well. We went for the limo ride, it was expensive for an hour, but I can honestly say it was worth it and definitely gave the wow factor to our party.
  8. Have lots of disposable party tableware at hand, we used paper plates, cups and napkins for both the pizzas at night and breakfast in the morning. This made things so much easier to clear up.
  9. Inexpensive decorations like the foil curtains and a small disco light, really gave the party room the “wow” factor and the girls just loved it.
  10. Don’t start the party until slightly later, that way they don’t have hours to occupy before they bed down for the actual “sleepover” part.
  11. Don’t leave it until last minute to blow up airbeds, or if you do make sure they are tried and tested ones.
  12. Be prepared for the fact that they probably will not sleep at all! And try to make sure you are sleeping as far away from them as possible.
  13. Make sure you have some simple, yummy treats for breakfast, we chose chocolate croissants and waffles, simple to heat in oven and served on paper plates, very easy.
  14. Make sure you have the phone numbers for all their parents just in case.
  15. Finally try to relax and enjoy it, accept that they will mostly do what they want and probably will not sleep very much. My only two rules were to make sure everybody was unhurt and happy, as long as that was the case I didn’t much mind what they got up to!
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How to throw a successful sleepover party and stay sane!

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How to throw a successful sleepover party and stay sane!

Sleep Over PartyAs a mum of two daughters I have so far managed to successfully avoid the whole sleepover thing , my youngest is only 6 so way too young for a houseful of overnight guests and my eldest has, until recently stuck to just a couple of close school friends so a big girly sleepover has never been an option.

This year however, in her last year of primary, she has branched out and her social circle has grown to include 6 close girl friends, or should I say BFFs. So when we broached the subject of what she might like to do for her 11th birthday she uttered the dreaded words “can I have a sleepover party?”

Now, my first reaction was to say no, her birthday falls between Christmas and New Year and I am always so frazzled by all the Christmas activities that the thought of hosting a party that lasts around 15 hours (!!) filled me with horror.

However I was keen to make her last party before “big school” something special and I was delighted for her that she had made a group of friends that made this type of activity possible, so being the big softie I am, I agreed and we set the date for just after Christmas. Needless to say I had one very happy and giddy 10 year old!

We sent the invites out around 4 weeks before the party, we set the numbers at 7 (including my daughter). I turned detective and made sure that all the girls who were coming got on well and I discovered that actually most of them had slept at each other’s houses before.DSC_0712 This reassured me that there would be no major fallings out on the night.

My daughter got giddier and giddier each day in the run up to Christmas, coming home from school telling me how excited they all were and what they were planning to do etc. I, however have to confess got more and more anxious about the whole thing, partly because I hadn’t actually planned anything for them to do and also because I desperately wanted them to have a good time and for it to go well.

Despite owning my own party business, I always find that I am so last minute with my own daughters’ birthdays, and this year, despite all my worrying, was no exception. All of a sudden New Year was upon us and we had 6 girls arriving to stay at our house in 1 week and I had prepared nothing, eeek!

It was at this point that my daughter mentioned a stretch limo… another friend of hers from school had hired one for her party to take them to a local restaurant and she loved the idea of it. I did know that I wanted some kind of structure or focal point to the evening. I didn’t want all the girls in the house for hours on end without any planned activity to do, we had thought about taking them out to a local restaurant for pizza, but then the limo idea was raised..

Initially we thought maybe a limo ride to the restaurant, but when I called a limo company and found out the cost of 1 hours hire (£150!) I quickly shelved that idea! My daughter was of course, disappointed and informed me she had told all her friends that they were having a limo and that they were all very excited and that of course she couldn’t possibly disappoint them..

Taking the party to the town.

The party limo cruised through Manchester, blasting out the chart hits of NOW 91..

A limo from school !

The limo!

In the past we have usually spent in the region of £200 on a party, we have hired magicians, soft play areas etc and they typically come in at around that figure. So I proposed a compromise, a limo ride for an hour and then pizza back at home, she was sold, I had one happy birthday girl again.

I called the limo company and booked an hour city centre cruise, we live close to Manchester, so the limo would pick them up at 6.30pm and drive them round the city hot spots before delivering them back home an hour later.

Now we had some structure to the evening we could firm up on some of the details. My daughter typed up a note, telling her friends what time to arrive (and more importantly what time to go in the morning!) and what to bring with them. We asked them to bring their own bedding, an activity to do and their favourite snack for the essential midnight feast.

In the few days before the party my daughter and I planned a couple of games to do, we settled on a grown up pass the parcel with lots of fun and silly forfeits as well as the odd prize, the maltesers game (you pick up maltesers using a straw whilst being timed) and Bean Boozled which is like Russian roulette with disgusting flavour jelly beans (we bought it on line at Amazon for around £6 – they were very excited about that one)

Neon Pink Party Tableware

Hot Pink Party Tableware

DSC_0706On the day of the party, I spent quite a bit of time decorating the party room, I went for lots of inexpensive silver glitter curtains which I hung all round the walls in our kitchen-diner. These fab decorations make such a big impact and can really transform a space into a proper party room, especially when you add a small disco light.

Party Illuminated Sign

 

I chose silver and hot pink party tableware and added our fab new Party led illuminated sign along with some pink acrylic champagne flutes. Finishing touches like the striped straws and cocktail umbrellas really made the party table look great and the girls loved the “apple” champagne complete with popping cork!

 

Everybody arrived at 6pm very giddy and excited about the limousine, I did panick slightly that it would not turn up but at 6.30pm on the dot, it drew up outside the house and OMG, they went crazy!! I have to confess it did look amazing, it was absolutely enormous, and when they opened the door it looked like a nightclub inside.

It was filled with music and laser lights and balloons and certainly had the “wow” factor. I packed Dad off inside with them as “camera man” and off they went on their cruise, which according to Dad, went amazingly well, they spent the whole time waving to people and pretending to be popstars!

In side the Limo the girls enjoyed taking selfies.

In side the Limo the girls enjoyed taking selfies.

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Pretending to be famous !

Whilst they were away, I finished prepping the party table and ordered some takeaway pizzas to be delivered just after they returned.

available on Amazon – Bean Boozled

After the pizzas and cakes had been demolished we popped the cork on the “champagne” and toasted the birthday girl. Party games followed, the pass the parcel with forfeits worked well, as did Bean Boozled

By then it was around 9 o’clock and the girls wanted to go upstairs and set the beds up, (my husband and I were surprised they wanted to bed down so early!). My daughter has a fairly large room so we could fit all of them into her bedroom. If that isn’t possible at your house you could use a downstairs room, I think the key to success here is that they all will want to be in the same room. We had a combination of a double sofa bed and some airbeds to accommodate our guests, we hadn’t set them up earlier as we didn’t want to fill the floor with beds when they were using the room. With hindsight this was a slight mistake as we had bought new airbeds that we hadn’t used before and discovered that we didn’t have a foot pump to suit. We had to resort to lung power for the single airbed and the car tyre pump for the double.

The girls had all brought their own duvets and pillows so as soon as we had set the beds up we left them to it. They really enjoyed sorting their things and making their beds comfy and cosy. And that is really where we left them, I know they watched a film in bed and then they shared a secrets game, which of course we were not allowed to participate in. I crept up to bed at around half past midnight and they were all chatting and sharing their midnight feast treats. Fortunately our bedroom is on a different floor to my daughter’s room so we were well away from any noise and activity. I actually managed a lie in until 9am!

The girls were all tired the next morning and I know they had very little, if any sleep, there was a game of Twister set up in the bathroom, which apparently was taking place at 4am!

There was just time for a quick breakfast before it was time to go. Our guests left our house tired but happy, muttering “best party ever” I closed the door to the last guest and gave myself a pat on the back for delivering such a successful sleepover, then my daughter turned to me and said “that was awesome Mum, when can we do it again?”…

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Sleepover Party

Sleepover Party

Get the girls over, this range celebrates all things pink!

Perfect for those girly occasions, birthday parties, hen celebrations, sleepovers, baby showers or just afternoon tea!

Choose from our extensive range of co-ordinating tableware, decorations and accessories.

 

My 15 tips for a guaranteed successful, stress free Sleepover Party!

  1. Keep numbers to a reasonable level – I would recommend no more than 8
  2. Try to make sure the girls are firm friends and have all done this type of thing before
  3. Try to remove any younger siblings from the house for the night! My youngest daughter slept over at a friends house which made things a lot easier as I didn’t have to worry about what she was up to, plus we had an extra room upstairs which the girls could use.
  4. Ask your guests to bring bedding, a game to play and a favourite snack for the midnight feast, this is really helpful as it drastically reduces the amount of things you have to buy and prepare.
  5. Make sure the girls have agreed on who is sleeping where and with whom in advance, that way you will avoid any squabbles on the night.
  6. Plan some simple fun activities for them to do to give a little structure to the evening, however be flexible, not everything will go to plan.
  7. This is not essential but if you can stretch to it, creating a “high point” of the evening, maybe a much anticipated movie, a meal out or an entertainer of some sort would work well. We went for the limo ride, it was expensive for an hour, but I can honestly say it was worth it and definitely gave the wow factor to our party.
  8. Have lots of disposable party tableware at hand, we used paper plates, cups and napkins for both the pizzas at night and breakfast in the morning. This made things so much easier to clear up.
  9. Inexpensive decorations like the foil curtains and a small disco light, really gave the party room the “wow” factor and the girls just loved it.
  10. Don’t start the party until slightly later, that way they don’t have hours to occupy before they bed down for the actual “sleepover” part.
  11. Don’t leave it until last minute to blow up airbeds, or if you do make sure they are tried and tested ones.
  12. Be prepared for the fact that they probably will not sleep at all! And try to make sure you are sleeping as far away from them as possible.
  13. Make sure you have some simple, yummy treats for breakfast, we chose chocolate croissants and waffles, simple to heat in oven and served on paper plates, very easy.
  14. Make sure you have the phone numbers for all their parents just in case.
  15. Finally try to relax and enjoy it, accept that they will mostly do what they want and probably will not sleep very much. My only two rules were to make sure everybody was unhurt and happy, as long as that was the case I didn’t much mind what they got up to!
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Win a Ginger Ray Party worth £30!!

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little one pic

At the Party Company we love stylish party pieces that are both quirky and original and the party ranges from designers Ginger Ray always fit the bill perfectly.

Ginger Ray have been established in the UK since 2012 and produce a range of high quality on trend wedding and party supplies and accessories.

To keep things fresh and current they introduce new ranges each year, our personal favourites at the moment are the utterly charming Little One party range which is perfect for Baby Showers, Christenings and First Birthdays and the new Comic Superhero range which is a great birthday range for Superheroes of all ages.

We also love the classic Pop Art Superhero range which has a huge selection of products to help you create a superhero party with a difference.

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Maybe it’s the light nights making us giddy but we are in a very generous mood this week and so we are giving away a party of your choice to one lucky winner!

Simply enter the competition below and the winner can choose to receive either a Little One party or a Pop Art Superhero Party.

The prize will include everything you need for a great celebration:

16 plates, 16 napkins, 16 cups, 1 co-ordinating tablecover, Balloons, Table Confetti, Bunting and Cake Cases.

You can view the full ranges on our website Little One Party, Pop Art Superhero Party

The competition closes at midnight on 25th April.  Good Luck!!

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Top 6 Quick & Easy Fun Family April Fool’s Pranks

Children love April Fools practical jokes so we’ve pulled together our six favourite pranks that are fun and harmless for families to enjoy tomorrow on the 1st April.

 

1.   April Fool’s Day breakfast – cereal with milk is frozen the night before with a little added in the morning.

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2.   Mid-morning snack surprise – if your youngsters take an apple to school for break time, they will have a surprise when they take it out of their bag and find a gummy worm poking out!

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3.    Soap that won’t lather – kids will love to trick their dads with this one.  Just paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and giggle outside the door!
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4.   Early morning startle – this is a simple one for kids to scare their parents when they pay a trip to the toilet on waking, he he!

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5.    Pretend milk spill on the lap top – this one looks very convincing, all you do is splatter white craft glue on to a thin piece of Perspex and sit it on top of the keyboard, it looks just like milk spillage!

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6.    Freaky fruit bowl – make breakfast time more interesting on April 1st with a bowl of fruit on the breakfast table that is watching you!
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You can find lots more April Fool’s pranks on our Pinterest board – have fun, but remember to carry them out before midday, or the joke is on you!

 

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Top Time-Saving Easter Tips and a Giveaway!

easter craft kits

easter craft kits

Easter is early this year with Good Friday falling on Friday 3rd April, so there isn’t a whole lot of time to grab your chocolate easter eggs, craft materials, decorations and party supplies.

 Which is why we thought it would be good idea to share our top time-saving tips for easter and also run a little ‘flash’ giveaway for a lucky winner to receive some children’s easter goodies from our shop, including an easter egg hunt kit, colour in egg baskets and bunting, plus little rabbit feet prints to follow.

We love this time of year, the weather is usually improving and the children are off school for a week or two, so it is a great opportunity to enjoy some family time.

Of course the kids really look forward to it – mainly for the chocolate eggs, but there are lots of fun activities you can do together and delicious food to make, bake and eat.

Quick edible treats

A favourite for children at this time of year are chocolate ‘nest’ cakes with little edible eggs on top and they’re super easy to make but look and taste great!

To make crazy, crackled eggs, simply hard boil the eggs, then roll them around to crack the shells, then re-boil them in water containing food colouring – so easy!

A simple biscuit recipe is easy to mix up and young bakers love our cute biscuit cutters to give their cookies a traditional easter shape.

Easter cookie cutters

There’s nothing wrong with cheating, either – if you don’t have the time to make your own traditional hot cross buns, these are something you can definitely buy from the bakery.

If you are having a tea party, easter themed plates, cups and napkins really add a pop of colour and some fresh style – don’t forget the gorgeous finishing touches such as traditional stripey yellow straws. Even simple sandwiches and crisps look great when served on themed tableware.

yellow striped straws

Speedy Easter Decorations

Pick some daffodils from the garden or pop to the local florists and set a pretty table with a vase of flowers on top of a spring-like tablecover and you are halfway there!

Easter tablecover

Hang some inexpensive tissue pom poms or floral garlands for instant easter magic or get the children making paper chains to keep them busy whilst creating some seasonal décor for the home at the same time.

Easter garlands

 Easter Activities for Kids

If you are busy and short of time, the best thing you can do is get the children creating and crafting at the table.  Easter is a great time to make fluffy cotton wool lambs using toilet roll holders and things like easter chick masks and hats etc.  There are lots of simple, fun ideas on our Easter pinterest board if you need some inspiration and we also sell easter crafting kits in our shop.

If you are planning to do an easter egg hunt, make it easy with an egg hunt kit which will usually contain all the essentials, such as cardboard baskets, fun masks, pointer arrows, stickers and more.  Then all you need to do is buy some chocolate eggs and hide them.

easter egg hunt kit

Giveaway time!

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To really get you in the easter mood and to make life a little easier over the bank holiday weekend, why not take part in our ‘flash’ giveaway.  We are only running this until Monday 30th March, to make sure the winner receives their treats in time for easter.

The prize consists of:

  • 1 Easter Egg Hunt Kit (containing 6 stickers, 5 pointers, 4 colouring pictures, 4 crayons and 4 masks)
  • 1 pack of Easter baskets (pack contains 4 colour in baskets to fill with easter goodies)
  • 1 pack of Easter bunting (12 pendants to colour in, with ribbon)
  • 1 pack of Easter Bunny footprints

We’ve kept it simple to enter, just choose to do any or all of the entry options below and good luck!  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday morning.  So come on, what are you waiting for?  Hop to it!

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Get Ready for Pancake Day!

Little cooks cupcake stand

Who is excited for Pancake Day on Tuesday 17th February?  I bet it’s not just the kids!

If you kids are off for half term next week like mine, it’s a great opportunity to have friends over and get them mixing, flipping and topping pancakes together.  Luckily, we have just the right party supplies for such an occasion – our brand new  ‘Little Cooks’ range which features cute aprons, chefs hats and a pink and blue themed selection of cups, napkins, tablecovers to keep the mess to a minimum and fun little plates shaped like chefs hats, too.  The Little Cooks party ice cream tubs are great for holding sweet treats to top pancakes with, such as sprinkles, blueberries or chocolate chips.

Little cooks ice cream pots Little cooks paper ats Little cooks plastic aprons

Why not plan to do a flipping contest in the kitchen or a pancake race out in the garden, with real pancakes or just cardboard ones for fun.

pancake race

If you need some recipe ideas, we’ve pinned lots to our Pancake Day Pinterest board so do take a look.  We absolutely loved the Peppa Pig pancake demonstration we discovered recently and shared on our Facebook page.  It looks so impressive, yet not all that difficult to achieve so we are definitely going to give that a try for the youngsters – what a lovely breakfast for them to wake up to!

And what a good idea to store your pancake batter in a squeezy bottle, too!  Anything that cuts down on the mess is a winner.

pancake bottle

Sweet or Savoury?

Most children have a naturally sweet tooth, but you can keep fairly healthy by adding fruit such as sliced bananas or blueberries to the top of their pancakes (a little chocolate spread is also nice!)

blueberry pancakes

But you may be able to tempt them with a savoury pancake too, especially if there is grated cheese involved that they can sprinkle over themselves.

Pancakes with a difference

Grab n go pancake muffins would be fantastic for a speedy breakfast or to take to school as a mid-morning snack, while I also love the look of German mini-pancakes cooked in a small pan or muffin tray to give the pancake its sides.  Red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting look interesting and there are lots of recipes on Pinterest if you fancy giving those a try for a change.  Finally, you can’t beat a novelty shaped pancake to really excite the kids!

pancake collage

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Celebrations

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Engagement parties, weddings and anniversaries are even more romantic if they fall around Valentine’s Day.  You can really go to town with the hearts and flowers.  At the Party Company we have some lovely contemporary Valentines Day products that are romantic yet fresh and modern.

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We also have a full range of pink and red party supplies, including balloons, tissue pom poms, napkins and tablecovers, ideal  if you are styling a party room or venue.

Even if you don’t have a  Valentine’s event to organise, it’s always nice to have a romantic meal with your partner – even just a woodland walk and a glass of bubbly afterwards.  Maybe you’d like to bake a cake for your loved one?  We absolutely loved this red velvet hidden heart cake when we saw it – you can find the recipe on the Biscuiteers website here.

biscuiteers

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Red velvet cupcakes are great for a party and we have the perfect  red heart cupcake cases in our shop.  Below is a super simple recipe so you can bake a batch of these delicious and gorgeous looking cakes.  Topped with cream cheese frosting, they are easy to do and look so tempting!  This recipe makes 20.

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Ingredients

  • 120g butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 5 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 125g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 75g (3oz) icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • Red sugar sprinkles, optional
  • You’ll also need 12 paper muffin cases

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease two 12 cup muffin tins or line with 20 paper cases.

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, red food colouring and vanilla. Stir in the bicarb and vinegar. Combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt; stir into the mixture just until blended. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, dividing evenly.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the tin set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter ready to ice.
  3. For the icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until smooth, then add the cream cheese and sift over icing sugar. Mix until combined. Quickly beat in the vanilla. Pipe or smooth icing over the cooled cupcakes and scatter over some sprinkles, if using. 

And Valentine’s day isn’t necessarily just an occasion for couples, it is a nice time to give token gifts of love and appreciation to those special relatives, such as grandparents.  These salt dough heart footprints make a personal gift that would melt any grandma or grandad’s heart – you can see how to make one here at Red Ted Art.

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For much more Valentine’s day inspiration, such as card-making, decorations, food etc. why not head over to our Valentine’s pinterest board, or view our Valentine’s range in the shop here.

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Creative Ideas for a Peppa Pig Party

Who would have thought that a simply illustrated little pink pig and her friends would become so huge and capture the imagination of so many youngsters in the way that it has!  Our Peppa Pig party range is certainly one of our best sellers, we regularly ship Peppa supplies all around the world!

Since she is such a popular character, a Peppa Pig party is a great theme for pre-schoolers as there are lots of ways to get creative and have fun with it.  These are our favourite ideas for a really enjoyable Peppa Pig party:

 Setting the scene

The colours in Peppa Pig cartoons are certainly part of its appeal, so choose party accessories in lovely shades of pink, lemon, green, blue and orange.  Balloons and banners are so versatile and give instant impact, especially if you decorate the front door to greet guests as they arrive, and around the party table to really enhance all the delicious party food and treats.  We have some lovely Peppa Pig bunting and foil balloons in our shop to add a sweet and stylish element

Peppa Pig party bunting  Peppa Pig Foil BalloonA Peppa Pig birthday cake would make a stunning table centrepiece and if you enjoy a bit of baking and cake decorating, it is not as difficult as you may think to create a Peppa Pig character to sit on the top.  Check out our Peppa Pig Pinterest board for some step by step examples of how to make Peppa easily from coloured fondant icing.

fondant pig

You could invite guests to come dressed as their favourite character from Peppa Pig, or how about giving them some fun pig snouts to wear and play in when they arrive?  They are easy to make from cardboard egg boxes, so could even be a great craft activity during the party, with everyone painting a section of egg carton in pink, then adding some elastic to fasten.

pig snouts

Fun & Games

One of Peppa’s favourite things is jumping in muddy puddles so you could make some brown fabric puddle shapes ready for a game of musical muddy puddles or to sit on during pass-the-parcel.

muddy puddles

And how about playing pin the curly tail on the pig…

 pin the tail

Rounding up pig balloons into a pen (great fun especially if the farmer keeps letting some escape!) and ‘feedingPeppa’ are two more ideas…

pig games

 

Party Food

Keeping with the muddy theme, we like the idea of ‘mud puddings’ on the party table, or you could have fun with bottles of pretend ‘muddy water’ (apple juice) as well as tubs of healthy ‘Grandma Pig’s Fruit’ and check out these amazing pizza piggy buns – the recipe can be found here.

piggy collage

 Party goers taking home a piece of birthday cake and some treats in a ‘loot’ bag is the perfect happy ending to a Peppa Pig party, so don’t forget we have these great party bags and fillers here in the shop

peppa fillers

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Halloween Party Planning

Last Halloween we shared our guide to throwing a perfect Halloween party, so we’re re-visiting it with a few extra ideas and suggestions thrown in so you can host the best ever Halloween party!

 

Number of Guests

Firstly, think about how many children you can comfortably accommodate – if you are keeping it small you could do it at home, but if there are lots of guests you may want to hire a venue.  Give yourself plenty of time to ring around and book before someone else does – this is a busy season and I’ve found that this process can often take a lot longer than you expect it to.

 

What’s the theme

Obviously, it’s Halloween –  but does that mean you want a general witches, wizards and vampires party, or will it be a ‘monster mash’, a Harry Potter themed ball or perhaps a Scooby Doo mystery night?  Sometimes it’s fun to do something a bit different.

Send out the Invitations

But whatever you decide, you’ll need to send the invitations out soon, as it’s a time when families can get booked up and so you want to give the guests as much notice as possible. Make sure you send invitations that give start and finish times, directions and explain the theme, e.g. invite guests to wear fancy dress, perhaps there could be a prize for the best costume.

skull invite

Happy Halloween Invites £7.99, boxed set of 8

Get Decorating

Spooky wreath

Halloween is a great party theme to let your imagination run wild!  I like to decorate the outside of the house or venue as well as the inside, to increase the atmosphere on arrival.  Did you keep some decorations from Halloween last year that you can re-use to save buying all brand new?  If you’re crafty you could create some of your own decorations, such as witch silhouettes to stick on the wall, or entrance door – or a spooky wreath.  Some carved pumpkin lanterns outside or candles in painted glass jars look great when it’s dusk.

Spend a little time the night before decorating with Halloween garlands, black balloons, skeleton bones and fake cobwebs to create an authentic spooky atmosphere.

Mummy door

A Fantastic Feast

Halloween scene

Lay the party table with black or orange tablecovers and add a dramatic centrepiece and some wicked looking Halloween props and accessories amongst the party food.

A cold buffet with lots of finger food is the simplest, but you may like to do a few hot dishes as well so we will look at party food itself in more detail separately – look out for that one as there are some great scary and cute looking dishes we’re going to show you!  And don’t forget we’ve lots of great Halloween themed tableware in the shop to add a decorative element as well as convenience.

 Unless it is a birthday party at Halloween, you don’t have to have a large cake – maybe some cupcakes with a spooky topper will be a good alternative, or something like these with crushed oreos and devilish smarties eyes!

spooky cakes

 Mood Music

Get the kids to record some spooky sounds or put together a compilation of great songs for dancing and ‘haunting’ to – Monster Mash, Thriller, Ghostbusters, Time Warp are a few you should definitely play.  If you’re not having the party at home, remember to take the music along and something to play it on!

 

Games and Activities

Have some craft activities, such as spooky colouring in sheets, and games prepared ahead of time – wrapping  party goers in toilet paper to mummify them against the clock in two teams always provides a giggle or pass around a number of mystery items in a box the guests have to identify by touch – the squishier  or hairier the better!  These are just a few suggestions, but again we’ll share plenty more game ideas over the next couple of blogs.

 

After the witching hour

When the party is over, a party bag is a lovely treat to take home and you can keep the costs down with some sweets, Halloween balloons, a light stick toy and cupcake.

Now, to make your party preparations run even easier, we’ve put together a Halloween Party Planner for you to print off and use and we also have a Halloween Board on Pinterest jam-packed full of great ideas and inspiration.

 

Elizabeth

 

 

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Win a Halloween Party Kit

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Would you like to celebrate Halloween in style this year?

Well, you can if you win our great Halloween Party Kit, so make sure you enter today!

Up for grabs, we have a fantastic selection of Halloween party essentials, including the following:

  • Party Cups
  • Party Plates
  • Tablecover
  • Spooky garlands x 2
  • A cupcake kit

Halloween kit

All you have to do to win this great prize is enter via the Rafflecopter below, it’s that easy!  This giveaway is also being hosted on the blog, Red Rose Mummy, which means you can enter either there, or here.  Good luck everyone, winner will be chosen in two weeks and sent their prize in time for the 31st October.

In the meantime, why not also check out our full range of great Halloween party supplies available on the shop now.

Happy Halloween!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Elizabeth

 

 

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