Shirley's party advice part 3 - in which Shirley may make a guest appearance

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We appear to have filled another thread shock

silver28 Sat 21-Apr-12 07:20:32

Found you! Been lurking but too busy actually planning my party to post (plus discovered Draw Something which has been keeping me rather busy grin)

DS's knights party is tomorrow!! I'm pretty much sorted but the bloody weather is plotting to ruin everything sad. We've hired a bouncy castle, i've made bunting (white and dark purple, I thought it looked suitably riyal and would also do for DD parties in the future!) and have 11 guests aged between 2 and 6 who I planned to release into the garden for the best part if 2 hours. That might still work but showers are forecast so def need some more indoor activities just in case.

I have cut some shields out of coloured card and have a stack of pens (washable) and foam stickers which I'll set up on a small table throughout the party (regardless of the weather). Have planned pass the parcel too but think I'd better get together a list of party games to keep in reserve. DSis and my best friend are teachers so I can always rope them in to help (I can think of plenty of games but am nervous of trying to boss the children, especially as most parents will be staying so may observe my ineptitude!).

I have made thd castle cake that stealth made and I'm thrilled with it. It's the first time I've done something like that and it was easier and quicker than I expected. Was grateful to mumsnet for some if the tips tho, such as freezing the cake before doing crumb coat and not making the 'stones' too small (thanks stealth!).

Have also made cake pops using the cake trimmings, and choc marshmallow lollipops (two marshmallows on a stick, covered in chocolate and lots of sprinkles). They look good so hopefully should go down well. Other than that am doing traditional party food for the kids (sandwiches, sausages, cold pizza, pom bears grin, veg sticks, party rings, cheese and pineapple on sticks, strawberries). Just trying to beg enough chairs to get them sat round our dining table in thd conservatory as the picnic in the garden is off the cards.

Have inflatable swords (for towards the end of the party!), a dragon piñata (for which I've bought a plastic sword which should hopefully be string enough to use as a basher) and kids van put the goodies (moam sweets, loose stickers and party blowers) into their party bags. I've bought white paper takeaway bags, decorated them with each child's name and also put in a toy knight for the boys (from pound land but look more expensive IMO) and a soft toy animal for the girls (couldn't find dragons, and I know it's a but sexist but I know most of the kids well and know it's what they'd prefer!). Also put in a bag of choc coins (mine were 59p from home bargains and are really big and taste pretty good (I had to check of course!)), a cake pop wrapped in cellophane (to save cutting the cake up during the party) and they can each take a sword home.

For adults I've made three types of cake/tray bake and have crisps, wine, beer and soft drinks. Think that should be ok.

So I think im all sorted. Just need to clean and tidy the house, remove valuables and put as much furniture as poss from the lounge into the garage to create space for games if the rain comes.....

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 08:19:19

I've linked from the old thread so hopefully everyone should find us now.

The party sounds great Silver. Hope it all goes well

TheScottishPlayer Sat 21-Apr-12 09:25:56

Quick post to get this on to my threads.

Hope the party all goes ok Silver. Does the bouncy castle have a rain cover?

Party sounds really good, silver - all set. Which part of the country am I crossing my fingers for good weather for (I know ours doesn't look good - next 5 days forecast are rain, rain, rain, rain and rain sad).

Thanks for doing the link, Blathers - I just about managed to start a new thread on my phone but didn't want to use up the last post on the old thread in failing to link to it!

Good luck with the party!

Hallo again ,
stealth squiggle I think it was you that asked , we live near Carmarthen in west Wales .

Quick question , we've had 1 refusal , 8 invitees have accepted by phone , email and in person , so that makes about 12 who haven't replied , so I guess that means they'll be there . The rest are family who I know will be there , is that a sensible assumption do you think ?

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 11:25:50

Always assume that non-RSVPers will turn up. I had a Mum at School tell me when I asked if her DS would be attending DS's party that she just assumed I would assume he was coming if she didn't RSVP hmm

silver28 Sat 21-Apr-12 17:05:28

We're in Lancashire, so I guess I should have expected rain really grin

The bouncy castle does have a cover, do we should be ok unless it really pours down.

Doilooklikeatourist - other side of Wales from us then (we are in England, but not far from the border). I would love an excuse to make a house-shaped cake. There is a cake shop in Oxford which has done a cake of the Sheldonian Library and I always spend ages admiring it (they have a dummy version on display in their window)

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 18:01:28

Knights party done. T'was good. There was a cardboard castle and pens, a balloon "dragon" to attack and "kill" (that was a good idea, the kids loved it) and the castle cake of course.

There were games too but the kids spent 90% of the party racing around the garden. I think a bouncy castle would have worked.

Good luck for tomorrow

Hi all. Silver, you have done amazingly. Make sure you post pictures on your profile asap before kids devour the lot. If theres one thing better than planning parties its seeing the results and details!

Doilooklikeatourist, i know the others said do a chilli (and indeed i always do at a large gathering) however i'm gonna throw in the trusty pulled pork idea. Shirley swears by it in the slow cooker and their are some recipes for it in the slow cooker thread running in food topic at the moment. Its bbq flavour, shred it up and put into rolls/cobs/baps whichever your regional word for them. I dont like bbq and we all deemed that it would work just plain pork with stuffing or apple sauce like a hog roast without the cost!! It would work well with salad and potatoes etc and calls for less ingrediants than a chilli.

I found a brill step by step for a fairy castle cake so im gonna try a practice run maybe the week after next. Seems piss easy by making the towers out of pastillage rather than cake. Im hopeful of emerging better than the "ingridants" rival.but i will need to buy a brick embossing mat i think. Now everything ive read says emboss sugarpaste then add to the cake but i like to cover my cake and smooth it perfectly before working it. Im nervous about adding the icing in sections!!!

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 21:31:05

While at the party today, DS got an invite to another party...Octonauts this time.

How on Earth am I going to make an Octonauts outfit!?

The knight looked really good today, even DH was impressed, just sticking him in a paper hat ain't going to cut it smile

TheScottishPlayer Sat 21-Apr-12 21:35:05

Ooh, we had an Octonauts party last year! We didn't do fancy dress though. Hat and collar is key! There's an Octonauts page on fb and people always posting party pics so you might get some costume ideas there.

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 21:46:27

I know the party boy is going to be Kwazii. I'm thinking of trying to talk DS into Captain Barnacles then buying a blue boiler suit and adding a pale blue collar, belt and boot covers...?

Maybe a compass on the belt?

TheScottishPlayer Sat 21-Apr-12 21:51:37

Captain Barnacles is great. You could even just get away with blue trousers and a l/s blue t if you could find the right kind of shade. H&M maybe? Light blue face-paint for his little 'tache?

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 21:58:02

Oooh, good call. Grey nose and light blue 'tashe.

A boiler suit would be about £10 on ebay - what do you think of this colour? Not quite right but close enough?

A cheapy compass is about £1.50 so could definitely do that and he already has a spy glass. Would need to make a hat

TheScottishPlayer Sat 21-Apr-12 22:04:11

That would work! Felt for hat/belt? Captain barnacles plays the accordion but that's maybe going a bit far! There's an Octonauts magazine which often has character accessories - not sure what's on this month's.

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 22:11:17

I've found plain blue pyjamas in the right colour!! here if the link works! Much cheaper smile

I'm thinking cheap pale blue pillow cases to cut up to make the belt, collar and boot covers. Would that work? Bit more hardwearing than felt and would mean I could stick it all in the washing machine so he could wear it again.

TheScottishPlayer Sat 21-Apr-12 22:16:05

I have zero sewing skills, but I imagine a pillow case would work perfectly, there's a little Octonauts logo on the hat, so I was imaging felt might be easier to cut out to attach. It's a shame you're a guest and not hosting, I still have the template for my Octonauts invites grin

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 22:21:51

I'm sure Stealth and DW can help with sewing tips smile

Felt might be better for the hat as it's a bit more rigid. Maybe even foam sheet? Maybe some of that puffy fabric paint to make the logo? I bought some to do the skull and crossbones for the mini hat I made for DS's dinosaur when he went to School as Captain Flynn for WBD so I'd just have to dig that out.

PJ's and compass have been ordered. Party is about a month away blush

What timescale are we talking, blathers? I have pale blue fabric...

Ah - you answered that. Catch me later in the week when DH is away and my sewing machine is home and I would love to help!

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 22:25:49

Just found endless "how to make a sailor hat" pages with a quick google. Will have a look tomorrow smile

Blatherskite Sat 21-Apr-12 22:26:21

Thanks Stealth. I love this thread grin

TheScottishPlayer Sat 21-Apr-12 23:09:19

'tis indeed a great thread! I've loads of great ideas for DS's pirate party already and I'm sure I'll be asking for loads more advice once I get in to full planning mode.

Isnt captain barnacles that polar bear one. If it is then his hat is more pirate hat shaped than sailor hat so you could get away with making a ridgid catd crown/pirate hat. Foam would work too for reusable etc but may not be as rigid.

But adding the collar belt etc details in felt would be easy on the pj's. Literally cut out and stitch on or even fabric glue. Is peso the little penguin? He's my favourite.

Card i meant!

Blatherskite Sun 22-Apr-12 08:57:04

Yes, Barnacles is the Polar bear. There's also a Penguin named Peso, a Cat named Kwazii and an Otter named Shellington, a Squid named Inkling, a Dog named Dashi, a Bunny named Tweak and a Vegimal named Tunip smile

This is Barnacles.

Felt is fairly rubbish to wash which is the only thing putting me off using it as it would be easier. I was thinking about it in bed last night (saddo) and wondering if just buying a pale blue school shirt would be easiest for the collar as I could cut it off and sew it into the neck of the PJs. I could use the spare fabric for the belt and the shoe covers. Shirts are fairly cheap from Supermarkets.

The only felt bit I am thinking of is some sort of holder for the compass. Hopefully, it could be made detachable. In the picture it has a wide yellow band around the edge. I might ask my Sister. She occasionally makes hand stitched baby bootees in felt so she should be able to help.

I am a little worried we're going to overshadow the birthday boy with this outfit though!

Do you mean a polo shirt, blathers? That would work... I did have a polo shirt that colour (promotional one of DH's) but I think I used the last of it to make a scarft for a dragon and a rugby shirt for a mouse hmm I am pretty sure I have cotton that colour, though (and can check the stack of throwgiveaway T shirts as well)

Blatherskite Sun 22-Apr-12 18:52:11

I was thinking a cotton shirt but a polo shirt might be better. I was going to pinch one of DH's work shirts (he goes through the elbows fairly regularly) but I think it would have to be a kids one else it wouldn't fit.

A scarf for a Dragon and a rugby shirt for a Mouse sound perfectly plausible to me - see above for the leftover paint from a Dinosaur pirate hat grin

damn - just realised that you mostly need the collar. I might well have thrown away the collar as I used the rest (before the scarf and rugby shirt) to line a bag. I will check tomorrow when DH is not going hmm at me...

Blatherskite Sun 22-Apr-12 19:04:14

I've had a look online and it would seem our local supermarket does 3 pale blue polo shirts for £4!! Enough matching material to do the collar and all the other bits I should think so no panic if you can't find one

Lol at the full octonauts breakdown.

DrsW - I meant to say about the brick embossing. The bit no-one but DH saw of the basket cake was me cursing and swearing and crying because the basketwork embosser didn't work properly on bastard chocolate sugarpaste once it was on the cake - I simply couldn't press hard enough to get it to go in without crushing the cake. It was too late for me as the paste was on the cake by then, so I had to settle for what I could get (not much) but on that basis I would definitely recommend having a trial run. You could always cover the cake with a thinnish layer to get it smooth and then stick panels of brick on top?

I def need a trial run!! And to make pastillage bootees. But at least with those i can keep them for final day. Actually i could ice a dummy cake couldnt i. And keep the pastillage towers.

TheScottishPlayer Mon 23-Apr-12 11:59:26

Blatherskite - this month's Octonauts mag has Captain Barnacles accessories - compass, badge for belt and something else that I can't remember!

Blatherskite Mon 23-Apr-12 12:20:54

<runs out to buy Octonauts mag> Thanks Scottish

Blatherskite Mon 23-Apr-12 12:31:59

We got the actual invite this morning. It says "Siblings welcome" and now I'm plotting a Tweak outfit for DD too grin

cool - so we you get to play with 2 outfits grin - I made DD a jedi youngling robe for a Star Wars party DS went to when she was ~18mths old (she was invited, because I was helping).

Blatherskite Mon 23-Apr-12 13:15:36

I've been asked to help too like i could help myself !

The birthday boy has a little sister about the same age as DD so at least they'll each have someone to play with while the boys race round like loons smile

I can't believe I didn't know there was a dragon on MN (presumably for today only?) I meant to say, Blathers - the knight party you went to sounds fab but the idea of killing a balloon dragon would have either of my DC in floods of tears - we are very definitely on the dragons' side in this household. DD in particular likes Jane and the Dragon, and any other knights who are friends with dragons, but we definitely don't approve of dragon killing grin

Blatherskite Mon 23-Apr-12 16:03:47

I didn't know we had a dragon either!

The 'dragon' was pretty much a collection of green and red balloons and if I hadn't have been told what it was, I would never have guessed I could- -have --done better wink

Blatherskite Tue 24-Apr-12 09:16:26

Wow! That's amazing

That is exceptionally cool. I really must start thinking about what theme(s) I am going to get DH to talk DD into for this year. She is stuck on "dragons" at the moment, but I am not sure how much scope that will give me with
6yos (well, 5yos, really, since DD is the oldest)

Yes i thought that cake was cool but surprisingly simple.

Dragons is tough. Is she really into nothing else?

She is into everything grin - she is mostly into dragons because DS is, TBH, and she loooooooves her big bro (especially right now, as we are a week into him being away for 2.5 weeks and she really really misses him --and so do I--). I have always resisted "branded" parties (so themed to a TV show ones, mainly - I wouldn't have the same issue with books [hypocrite]) so I would want something generic, and gender neutral - so far she has had princesses&pirates, and a cooking party.

Blatherskite Tue 24-Apr-12 13:44:31

Well, I've just been on the most pointless shopping trip ever and have managed to buy nothing I went in for - including an Octonauts magazine sad

I went into the huge WHSmiths and looked through an entire aisle of children's magazines but there was nothing!! We are getting close to the end of the month I guess so maybe they've sold out?

I'm not too worried though as I have ordered a proper working compass from ebay which I'm planning to make a little felt holder for and I have some transfer paper left so I can print out and iron on Octonauts badges to the outfits. If I'm making DD an outfit too, I'll need more than one badge anyway so that works out well as they'll match this way. From what I can see online, the other gift seems to be 2 mini megaphones hmm Not sure I've ever seen Captain Barnacles use those before but it's been a while since DS watched Octonauts so maybe it's a new thing.

Knowing DS, I think he's going to be fascinated by the working compass any way and it probably cost around the same as the magazine would have and at least this way, we'll get some long term use out of it.

I love the Puff the magic dragon take on the Dragon party. That table is beautiful. The little lunch boxes look great too

Blatherskite Tue 24-Apr-12 13:47:46

You could print out a load of these for a dragon party and let each child make one? If you printed them on card, they'd be better. I did them a while ago and they really work

I think dragons could actually work really well actually. Nice generic theme that could work for all. Do our usual suggestions, pinata to slay or balloons like blathers said, those magic dragon heads look fab, whilst googling i saw a cake where the candles were positioned as the fire from its mouth. And these...

For when you get the sewing machine back!!

Blatherskite Tue 24-Apr-12 16:00:03

Those tails are great! You could make everyone a tail and some dragon-y wings to wear.

Being as the Stealth house are very pro-dragon, maybe you could make a balloon knight to slay? smile Should be easy with balloons as long as you get some long ones.

Have you and the mini stealths read Zog? Might give you some ideas for some games. We have it if you haven't got it and would like some bits out of it...

Blatherskite Tue 24-Apr-12 16:00:56

Easy dragon wings

I want some!

I want a tail and wings!!! How come every time we start a new party discussion i start wanting that party.

Blatherskite Tue 24-Apr-12 16:06:36

Glad it's not just me.

I now need to do a Knight's party, an Alice in Wonderland party, a dragon party, a Gruffalo party...and they're just the ones off the top of my head!

If DD hadn't spent the past few days being such a living nightmare, I might even consider having more kids just to make sure I can fit more parties into a year smile

Although, it's DH's birthday and my birthday next month and I'm planning absolutely nothing!

Adults-shmadultz forget you and dh!!

On that website if ideas it says dragon tail tag so maybe make one tail at least so that kids take it in turns to be the dragon. Lots of talk about hunting dragon eggs too so maybe hunt out some easter eggs for cheaps as dragons eggs to give as party bag gift.

I want a rainbow party and a playdoh party which i reckon i could combine. Dd1 said she wanted a princess party like her cousin is having and i stupidly said what about playdoh. Now she wants that and i think it woulda been better for dd1's first birthday as all the kids would be 1-5 so catered for all. What could i steer dd1 into? Dont want fairies or princesses as sil will think im copying.

Or maybe she could have playdoh and dd1 has rainbow but too similar?

Dd2 even.

TheScottishPlayer Tue 24-Apr-12 16:28:30

Quick post - the Octonauts mag is fairly new I'm sure (we have a fanatic here) and yes, Captain Barnacles def uses the megaphone! Doesn't sound like you really need it though.

At work, so must dash!

angry posted and then lost it all.

Honestly, I go out to earn my living for a change leaving a vague idea and come back to find a complete party plan. Am I really making 20 sets of wings and 20 tails, though shock? (it's either 20 children or <10 and I don't think DD could manage to downselect, social butterfly that she is)

I am off to work my way through the links while listening to a webcast.

DrsW - if this is the cousin with the hairdos and make up and dubious clothes then I wouldn't touch princesses with a barge pole after she has done it. How about Jungle? That was the one I was missing from my list earlier - we did it for DD's 4th birthday and it went down a storm.

I love the wings and the tails. Dragon games are going to take a lot of negotiation in a house full of dragons and dragon experts... DC have very strong opinions about dragon training and so do their imaginary dragons (DD's is called Susan and is sometimes allowed in her room, but I think DS's lives outside).

Blatherskite Wed 25-Apr-12 13:59:37

That would definitely work. Very scaly smile

I've just made a felt carrot. After all, DD can't be Teak without a 'Buncha Muncha Carrots" smile The blue PJs, the compass and the bunny ears and tail arrived today too and I've been to Hobbycraft. I forgot yellow thread for the compass holder though so I might make a trip out for that and the blue t-shirts later on when DH gets home

TheScottishPlayer Wed 25-Apr-12 15:23:22

Did someone mention gruffalo party earlier. I loved these

Blatherskite Wed 25-Apr-12 15:44:14

DW had a Gruffalo party. I was amazing - especially her cake!

Blatherskite Wed 25-Apr-12 22:07:29

The compass holder is done. I'm not totally happy with it but I keep reminding myself that this is just a party outfit. It's perfectly good enough I think.

My Mum is coming down at the weekend to help me with the outfits. She's made wedding dresses in the past so it should be a walk in the park for her. Save an awful lot of posting stuff across the country too Stealth smile

blathers - I meant to say - I did look, and I had indeed thrown away the collar of that shirt sad - and the remains are not even large enough for the belt. I do have another cut-uppable one but annoyingly not quite the right blue... you are still welcome if you need/want it though

sewing machine is ready to come home grin - hopefully I can collect it tomorrow whilst spending an obscene amount of money on a new tyre after my car managed to get a nail embedded in one

Blatherskite Wed 25-Apr-12 22:22:22

Thanks Stealth but I think my best bet is probably the Tesco ones as then I'll have 3 to go at to make the 2 outfits. I'm going to need 2 collars and then fabric for 2 belts, 2 sets of boot covers, a headband and maybe even part of a hat!

Even if 3 isn't enough, for £4 I can always get more and be fairly sure that the colours will match.

DS is going to need a sailor-type hat. Any suggestions on the easiest way to make one?

Good luck with the tyre fixing tomorrow. I hope it's not too horribly expensive

Blatherskite Thu 26-Apr-12 15:56:31

T-shirts were actually only £3.50 for 3. Bargain!

Now waiting for Mum's arrival on Saturday so we can get the outfits made smile

Carrot and compass holder made, just need to find a toy spanner for DD now. I'm sure we've got one somewhere....

My sewing machine is home and I am too tired to even get it out of the car. Damned work.

Im on my way to wales for a long weekend. Yippeee a break in the pissing down rain.

Stealth you better get that machine out if you are to make 20 dragon tails on our instruction.

Scottish my gruffalo party is on my profile pics although i do love the mouse droppings!

LOL DrsW - I think I need to make one first, if only to work out how much fabric I need! I think the wings are going to have to be fleece, looking at the instructions. Anyway, I have gift bags for a couple of other parties (1 pirate, 1 unthemed) to make first. And a living to earn...

Enjoy Wales. We will be spending Sunday driving to North Wales and back to collect a picnic table which we are never going to get to use because it is never ever going to stop bloody raining

I will enjoy it. Were going to trecco bay porthcawl. We've been before and dd fell in love with their characters and she sleeps with a toy version. We thought it would be nice to treat her as she's been so good with me being ill and dd2 arriving. We're just gonna stay on site and let her do swimming and every kids club thing. Dh says i can stay in the caravan reading if i want!

3duracellbunnies Sat 28-Apr-12 16:04:22

Just dipping in, as I know you guys are the teddy bear picnic experts and am too lazy to go through the last thread on my phone to find the relevant bit . Not a party, but I need to source a dirt cheap tablecloth, am thinking red check, also ideas for other teddy bear picnic type decorations (was thinking maybe bunting); and food - from shops not homemade (pombears etc). Oh and any other bear related products which you might have seen at bargain prices, I know poundland sometimes has teddy bear tea cups, etc. It's for nursery/school age, so not too babyish.

Will be back properly nearer ds 3rd party, might do dinosaur one, and when dd1 has emerged from her regression, don't think I could do a Dumbo party for 8yr olds with a straight face! Thanks girls!

Blatherskite Sat 28-Apr-12 16:11:42

The Teddy Bears picnic was mine. I had lots of tables to cover so bought disposable red check cloths from ebay. I think they did do individual ones as well though and even just lengths of red check fabric that you could use.

I home made all of our food - although we did have pombears. I found it was a lot easier to stick everything on bear plates than try to theme it all. There are loads of different styles and some even come with matching bunting. I got loads and loads of red check bunting from an ebay seller for not a lot of money and it's proper fabric stuff so can be used again. Paper stuff is easy to make too.

Cutting sandwiches into bear shapes wouldn't take too much doing if you wanted. We went with traditional triangle in the end though. Bear cakes are fairly easy to buy, as are Haribo type bears. You could put out slices of that bear shaped ham maybe?

I got fabric like this for tablecloth for DD's cooking party. It is now being slowly used up even more slowly as I failed to measure and bought twice as much as I needed in various costumes, bags, etc.

3duracellbunnies Sat 28-Apr-12 17:05:44

Thanks, will go off to ebay looking for table cloths. Fabric shop might be good too never need to be told twice to go to a craft shop . I'm not being lazy not doing home made (honest), but needing ideas that other people can go and buy and contribute, it is more for show than consumption on the day iyswim. Was thinking maybe nice jars of marmalade and honey to pay homage to padington and pooh. Think m+s or somewhere do teddy bear biscuits as mine are offered them at friends houses who are too good to their children rather than giving them tesco basic biscuits like me , glad you said bunting as that was my main idea beyond table cloth.

Blatherskite Sat 28-Apr-12 20:21:13

Hoorah, my mum is here - let the costume making begin smile

Blatherskite Mon 30-Apr-12 12:33:15

DH dragged us all out to IKEA and wasted valueable costume making time!!

Still, the bits we did get done are looking really good smile

Has the man no sense of priorities shock?

My sewing machine and I managed the time-consuming bit of making a bag for Pirate party boy (the applique) - but yesterday was spent driving to Wales and back in constant driving rain/sleet and there was no electricity at home anyway so I certainly haven't got as far as dragon wings/tails. In fact, the way this week is going, sleep is going to be a luxury, let alone fun stuff sad.

Blathers - I we need pictures grin

Hi all i'm back! You know that rain, hail, wind etc you were driving in stealth? I was holidaying in that!!!

Had nice enough time but caravanning in that weather wasnt great, even with heating in each room it was freezing and i kept worrying about dd2 freezing to death. Although i did bring her into bed for a snuggly breastfeed which i hadnt dared do yet as she's so tiny. Was lovely to be snuggled up with her. Sleeping with dd1 involves constant chatter at 2am followed by feet in your face or being physically slept on. She's lost all co-sleeping appeal that one.

Lovely to hear of all the sewing sessions. I must promise to try my machine this week no excuses. And i want to see pics please all!

Did DD1 have fun, DrsW? I did think of you! We also passed a field full of people camping in tents which looked truly miserable. New table looks great, except that we need several strong people to help us get it out of the trailer hmm

Hello , just reporting back from my housewarming party which was a fantastic night though I say it myself
we decided on the pulled pork idea , and I found a fab recipe
so good in fact that a VEGETARIAN was seen eating a huge plateful !
Cold turkey breast , pasta with creamy tomato sauce , potato wedges and a couple of cheeseboards , homemade bread and some bread rolls . I made a huge chocolate tray bake , covered it with fudge icing , chocolate stars and glitter ( obviously )
We had about 50 people ( including the teenagers ) had a fab time , last people left about 2-30 am .
Thanks for the advice , happy party planning !

Sounds like an excellent party envy

Yeeeeaaahhh glad the party went so well. Did these party go-ers have to help actually decorate the house? Wasnt it a grab a paintbrush party? And glad you went with pulled pork, shirleyknot would be thrilled.

Dd1 had a fabulous time thanks stealth. In fact i felt terrible as i spent most of the time feeding/cajouling dd2 and so dd1 was pretty much under dh's rule. Nevermind im sure i'll get some 1:1 time with her as dd2 gets bigger.

And stealth im not sure if your hinting for a hand with this table but cough cough cough wheeze groan...i've got embolisms ya know wink

I am not normally much into pre-made "ranges" for parties, but how cool is Sir Bakealot??

Forget him!!! I just found wheres wally party stuff. <counts out seven fingers> seven years til my 40th thats a long time to wait for a wheres wally party.

Blatherskite Tue 01-May-12 21:52:45

I saw Sir Bakealot a few days ago and thought of you Stealth grin

Will try to get round to taking pics of the outfits soon but DH was away last night and it was 2 on 1 round here!

Only 6 years and 26 days to my 40th DW sad

Only 6 yrs and 26 days wow you're even closer to a wheres wally party then!! Oh and i saw your 'fugly' convo. Pmsl at you getting judged.

I've had an offer from vistaprint, one of these freebie jobs. If i order by thurs i'll only pay postage and because ive got ages i can choose the slowest option so i should get it all for cheaps.

Instead of invitations where you get ten free, ive done postcards as you get 100! Still invite wording etc.then ive tailored a brochure into an order of service as you get 10 free but 25 is around 8 quid. Then thank you notes 100 free. The brochure doesnt match perfectly but you wouldnt notice as ive kept the fonts/colours etc the same. Just waiting for my lovely minister to agree the readings so i can order them before thurs. she'll say yes though, shes so cool she wears fishnets and stiletto heels with her cassock!

Blatherskite Tue 01-May-12 22:15:21

Only 5 years and 4 days to DHs 40th. He's just announced that he doesn't want a birthday cake though so I might not be around to organise a Where's Wally party as I will have divorced him.

Between sodding off on a work trip (curry and beer while being buttered up to buy software is "work" right?), no cake and Octonaut costume sabotage, he's not in my good books this week!

Yes, judged because clothes can't be fat confused

PS to my update
We chose the pulled pork because I don't eat red meat ( and porks not red , it's pink ) and as I was cooking , I was choosing !

No , it wasn't a paint party , we moved into my parents house , Mum sadly died about 10 years ago , Dad has remarried and is a bit difficult
It was a long , difficult , and at times heartbreaking move , so we had a party to thank our lovely friends for their support .

We do need to decorate , bring a paint brush party, hmmmm < walks away , clutching a Farrow and Ball paint chart >

Did you make the mistake of asking him if he wanted cake, Blathers, or did he come out with this heresy out of the blue? My DH is not getting a vote - I know exactly what I want to do for his birthday.

Blatherskite Tue 01-May-12 22:36:09

I asked what sort of cake he wanted. He said none. I have done cheesecake in the past but not even that apparently.

He is getting a birthday Dinner though and has asked for syrup sponge so I'll stick a candle in that smile

He's a bloody grinch about celebrations in general. Doesn't want cake, doesn't want presents, doesn't want to go's no wonder I go to such extremes for the children!

I spy a common theme here - DrsW, what about you?

Ha ha miserable need to make a grinch cake.

Doilooklikeatourist - that must be very emotional and it sounds like you have some lovely friends. Perhaps best not have a paintbrush party then, you dont want some overzealous teenager sloshing about with a roller really!

Ive never made my dh a cake. Perhaps he'd like a full on fairy castle as an excuse to trial it.

Here he is blathers. Just change his hat to a party hat ha ha. In fact give him one of those party blower things.

ShirtyKnot Wed 02-May-12 05:10:31


Just seen this on active!! (cat got me up -damn him)

How lovely that this thread is still going!

Hi shirley we've missed you! I hope you dont mind that we'be kept on? We just chat idly amongst ourselves until a party planner stumbles in and then we pounce! And run amock with all our ideas. You'd be proud of us. Stealth had a 30ft dragon or some such thing for chinese new year, how very shirley like!

To have a stash of props i mean not a striking resemblence to a dragon blush

ShirtyKnot Wed 02-May-12 09:35:38

Hahah! When I get five minutes I'm going to read the thread.

I've been dieting [sadface] since Xmas on and off, and had some dental surgery which is ongoing, and have been exercising and giving up smoking and cutting back drastically on the booze....

therefore I have been DISTINCTLY unparty like. grin

Of course I don't mind that you've carried on - I'm chuffed!

Blatherskite Wed 02-May-12 10:05:40

grin at comparing Stealth to a large dragon!

It's good to see you Shirley, we've missed you.

Many of my colleagues would agree with you on the similarity to dragon (I appear to be having that kind of week)

Blatherskite Thu 03-May-12 13:20:32

DBro and his GF are visiting on Saturday so I have an excuse to do a birthday lunch even if DH doesn't want one smile

It's got to be trifle for dessert as Dh and Dbro (and I) all love it - It'll be with jelly I'm afraid - but what shall I make for main course?

I'm sort of fancying pulled pork with rolls and coleslaw and salad but there'll only be 4 adults and 2 kids so that might be a bit much maybe?

Do the pulled pork and freeze surplus? I love trifle with jelly!
When i was pregnant i craved them and my foodie friend went on a rant about how trifle had to be with fresh fruit etc etc. i was blush saying i like the cheapest ones best fruit cocktail and jelly. Chav tastic!

Blatherskite Thu 03-May-12 21:13:28

Mmmmm trifle. If I could get away with it, I'd just have the custard and topping to be honest blush

I'm making 2 this weekend. Saturdays will be Strawberry jelly with sponge and fresh strawberries in, topped with custard and cheap nasty dream topping and crumbled flake.

Sundays will be much more foodie with cherry madiera cake soaked in Kirsch with fresh cherries, kirsch soaked cherries and cherry jam, topped with custard and proper whipped cream decorated with more fresh cherries.

I'm betting Saturdays will be nicer. I made something very similar at Christmas and DNiece devoured it. Both her parents are very foodie and I'm not sure she'd ever had one like that before shock

I've been and bought Pork but I couldn't get as big a piece as I would have liked and I couldn't get a joint with the bone in. Will it be OK or should I go on an emergency shop tomorrow?

I've got salad, coleslaw, soft rolls and posh crisps to serve it all with. It's only lunch so that will be enough right?

That'll be plenty, Blathers. Who doesn't like pulled pork rolls (with loads of crackling and apple sauce of course)? And trifle - I love the jelly & birds custard and the foodie versions - not sure I could choose between the two, TBH.

Are you going to stick candles in the trifle for the grinch DH?

I got thoroughly carried away in a stress-relieving baking session last night - today's team meeting got 3 types of cake + decorated cupcakes for 2 birthdays grin (fortunately I work with lots of greedy appreciative people)

Bedtime soon. DS finally home tomorrow.

Blatherskite Thu 03-May-12 22:09:16

I'd forgotten about apple sauce! Luckily, I have some in the fridge. I got some gerkins too. I hate them but DH likes them and they seemed to be part of every recipe I saw.

And yes, I was considering sticking candles in the trifle for the Grinch who stole birthdays grin

I'm going to be having a very foodie day tomorrow. DS has been invited to play at a friend from pre-school's house. Whenever he comes here, his parents send over some sort of delicious polish cake/pastries so I'm feeling the need to reciprocate. My plan is to make Lemon drizzle cake as most people tend to like that and it's reasonably 'British'. I also need to do the jelly layer for Saturdays trifle and get the marinade made for the Pork as well as Dinner. I've found since I've been doing weightwatchers that I cook from recipes far more often so most nights end up being a proper cooking night at the moment. Tonight we had steak and fries with chimichurri sauce. It was nice but I'm glad DH had some too as it was very garlic-y!

See i was gonna say the only foodie type trifle i like is cherry.mmmmmm

I think ive switched back to my two tier bootee cake again rather than the shades of pink. Unless you can find me sandwich tins that are bigger than 8"?

I've got to make the castle cake a week before dd's service so im thinking if i make fruit cake and one sponge to stack then its only one cale i have to make in dd's week. Not 4/5 shaded layers.

Type in swiss dots cake on pinterest. Thats what im aiming for.

Can you buy ready made royal icing to pipe? I can never ever make it right.

I feel I need to jump in here and say that the words " pulled pork " and " leftover " tend not to appear in the same sentence !

Blatherskite Thu 03-May-12 22:32:27

They would do if I followed the recipe I had tourist! It's supposed to feed 20 and I'll have 4 adults and 2 small children! That a LOT of pork for anyone smile

I'm sure I've seen ready made royal icing but I'm not sure where #helpful

Could you not part fill bigger cake tins to make your layers if you can't find sandwich tins?

We'll see you around 12 on Monday then ready to go to MILs and eat the cherry trifle? I'll have plenty of leftover puller pork you can eat too grin

If you buy the royal icing sugar (the purple packets) then the secret, IME, is to use a stand mixer and beat it for a long time. Thinking about it, I think you basically need to beat the egg white in it until stiff IYSWIM.

Blatherskite Thu 03-May-12 22:37:40

Agree. I put mine in the KitchenAid and beat it for at least 5 minutes.

I have a packet in the cupboard. Right tomorrow i'll practise piping dots.

What size tins would you use for a two tiered cake? I tell ya i cant make any decisions i think its because so many people will be looking at it. If i do bottom tier fruit and top sponge will i still need dowels or will the fruit cake be dense enough to support it?

Ive got 40 adults 11 kids.

When I did 3 tiers for PIL Golden Wedding (which I had nightmares about, so I do feel your pain!) I went for 12", 9" and 6", so I think for 2 tiers I would fo with 12" and 9".

Oh - and I wouldn't personally bother dowelling the fruit cake, I don't think.

ShirtyKnot Fri 04-May-12 10:17:25

I did a 12" cake for 60 people recently (NIGHTMARE) so I would agree with stealth and go for a 12" and a 9", doubt you'd need dowling.

I had to mix the mixture in a (new) Washing up bowl so be prepared! heh!

Blatherskite Fri 04-May-12 10:31:25

I am officially getting a divorce!

I told 'D'H that I was making him slow cooked pulled pork for his birthday lunch and how meltingly tender it would be after 16-24 hours in the oven.

His response - "That's going to cost a fortune in electricity to cook"


Feck him, it's only his birthday. I've got some sausages to go with the meat and been out and bought a selection of the most wonderful looking rolls from M&S this morning - the cheese knot ones were still hot out of the oven! I'm impressed that so far, I've only had to eat one wink

I've even invited his parents <polishes DIL halo>

12" and 9" sound about right for the tiers DW. I doubt you'd need to dowel the fruit cake too. Assuming it's going on the bottom that is?

bleeding typical, Blathers.

One word of warning - we discovered that our smartass oven times out and decides that you have left it on by accident after about 8 hours - it turned itself off in the middle of cooking 24 hour pork angry.

pirate bag is done (for party tomorrow)

Blatherskite Fri 04-May-12 10:54:56

Mine's not smart - it's from IKEA.

Although it is the one they used in the advert <preens> Their's wasn't covered in bloody fingerprints though!

Bag looks really good. I wish I could sew like that. The Octonauts outfits are still in the same state my Mum left them in. The DC have been taking it in turns to get me up early while the other one has a lie in making me simultaneously knackered and late for school angry DD's so tired, she's having to have a catch up nap right now! I'm making lemon drizzle cake and trifle to cheer myself up while trying hard to resist the bread rolls that are smelling soooo nice on the table

I feel your pain blathers dd2 keeps waking about 4-5, then dd1 is waking between 5.30-6.00. Today its been lazy day, no time to practice piping dots. Im actually scared to cook the bloody fruitcake now you gits. Washing up bowl?!!! But ive got tons of ingrediants left over from cooking xmas cake and i need the cupboard space so i'm going for it. In fact dh is away next weekend i'll do it then. And feed it bottles and bottles of booze.

I asked the venue to do chilled desserts like cheesecake/gateau instead of a fruit platter. They were extremely hesitant which i dont understand and came back to say how about a chocolate fountain?!!!!

Yes because with 11 toddlers near a christening gown what i really want is a chocolate fountain.

Blathers i love cooking esp from new recipes. In jealous of you being able to bake and cook so leisurely. I seem to have a limpet on my boobs all day. Im not enjoying feeding at all really. It feels like a chore because the whole time im sat there im looking at all the jobs etc i could be doing!

Blatherskite Fri 04-May-12 20:31:48

I remember those days! DD refused any sort of teat so bottles were out and I BF her until she was a year old when she swapped straight onto cows milk from a tippee cup.

At least this way you're not having to wash bottles between feeds and faff about with boiling and cooling water and powder and all that mess. No sideboards full of bottles when you're BF and no need to be quite so organised when you go out either - I never forgot to take my boobs wink

I hardly ever get the change to bake like that as DD was my attention all of the time so it was lovely that she napped - for 3.5 hours in the end!! - so I could get on. The cake went down perfectly too as apparently when the Dad was a child, things like lemons were very hard to get in Poland and were a big treat so he's loved them ever since smile

Blatherskite Sat 05-May-12 06:09:19

Turns out my oven is that smart shock

Good job DD got me up at 5.45 so I could turn it back on!

TheScottishPlayer Sat 05-May-12 11:35:30

That bag looks fab Stealth.

Is the pulled pork recipe linked to further up the thread? I have no use for it just now, but it sounds like it should definitely be noted for future use.

Is the birthday lunch today Blathers?

Blatherskite Sat 05-May-12 15:50:26

It wasn't linked to but it is now smile

I did this one except to cheated and added 5 spice podwer instead of grinding up the individual spices and I added a bit of cayenne pepper and some paprika. It was very yummy. Possibly a bit dryer than I'd have liked but it was hard to scale the cooking times down for my smaller bit of meat so I'd say that was mostly my fault - plus my magical, self switching off oven of course.

Yes, DH is 35 today. Pulled pork and trifle lunch done - spaghetti, meatballs and syrup sponge dinner to go. What with me collapsing in a heap and demanding pizza last night after DDs random sleep patterns this week, it's going to be a bad weekend for the diet!

Blatherskite Sat 05-May-12 15:52:05

And now the meat is done, my smart oven is actually being useful and cleaning itself while I MN.

It's a hard life wink

LOL at underestimating your oven's intelligence, Blathers.

Turns out party is tomorrow - just as well I checked the invitation before I sent DD to get changed (just).

Evening all. Ive been up since 4am. Dd2 woke for a feed then dd2 came bounding in wide awake.

Glad the recipe was nice blathers. Im not mad on pork except bacon/gammon etc. but even im tempted to try it.

Dd1 says she wants a play doh party when she's 4 in nov!! Shes getting in early. I'd mentioned wanting one to dh and she's jumped on it. So i've been sat breastfeeding planning it in my head.

Aint that the best bit, planning it all. Play doh actually have great ideas on their website like make a play doh donkey and tails and take turns to pin the tail on it. And google images even has reasonable cake ideas.

Blatherskite Sun 06-May-12 11:28:56

I'm not a big pork fan either and much prefer bacon/gammon too. I likes this though as the salt in the marinade made it taste very gammon-y.

The trifle was amazing. I tweeted pictures as I was going along just in case Stealth was around.

Yesterday would have been even better if DD hadn't been poorly. Her sleep has been all over the place for a week and then she had that random nap on Friday. Yesterday, she woke up early again and was really, really hot and obviously feeling rotten. My brother arriving cheered her up and she raced round the house with him for a while before falling asleep on the kitchen floor just before lunch. She woke up from her nap even hotter and even grumpier! Everyone had gone by then so we just had a quiet afternoon but last night, she ended up in with us so everyone had a broken night and I think she's given the bug to DH and I as we both feel rotten today too sad

DH's birthday spaghetti and meatballs didn't get done yesterday as we were all too full of lunch still and too busy with DD so I'll do those today hopefully. I've been watching saturday kitchen and want to make Foccacia now too - I can't be that ill if I still fancy baking right?

Playdoh party sounds good DW. Party bags will be easy too wink

Sorry, blathers - I wasn't on Twitter (or online at all, really) yesterday. I shall attempt to catch up today.

We managed to move monster table without killing anyone, though!

I have found the perfect craft activity for DD's dragon party (she better not change her mind now grin) - look at these

Oooh brill. I saw on pinterest a cake decorating party. Thats one i'm adding to the wish list.

Stealth wait for it... I've had the sewing machine out. Its actually really simple...and addictive. I've made two drawstring bags from fat quarters that i've had for a year to do for dd1's bedroom. One for laundry which is lined! Yes lined! And the other for her pj's. I gave it to her and she threw it at me saying 'but i wanted a pillow pet!' ungrateful little bugger!

I'm gonna do my bunting later whilst the machine is out and attempt the cot quilt.

I've also been asked to do a christening cake. Thank god dd2 is such a placid baby.

DrsW - I always line bags - because it is a damn sight easier than finishing the edges [lazy]. DD seems to have hit party season so I have one (car themed) to do for next weekend and one (bug and butterfly themed) for the week after hmm.

I am just trying to sort out a way to get my old machine to another MNer. It is indeed addictive, DrsW - just wait - you too will be wanting a super dooper sewing machine for your 40th...

I've only ever made two things (sewing wise) a blue kangaroo and an egg cosy! Im so chuffed with these they are by no means great but they look decent enough for adding nice touch to dd's room. Only prob is reverse stitch doesnt seem to work? I keep having to turn the work and stitch back over it.

Hmm. reverse stitch a puzzle. Alternative is to leave it and just thread the ends through to the wrong side and knot them (might be easier?)

How did you do Blue Kangaroo? I DD would love a Blue Kangaroo (I was thrilled to find a stripy horse last year - DD was nowhere near as impressed as I was, though sad)

Pm me your email address and i'll send you my private blog so you can see it. But pattern is here

presumably since Blue Kangeroo is a boy you made it without the pouch and Joey?

Ive pm'd you the blog. Thick as mince no need for email is there? Not now pm is free!

Blatherskite Wed 09-May-12 09:59:23

I love the dragons! Brilliant.

I need to get my sewing machine back out and finish these Octonauts outfits. Got to get DD well again first though. She's been poorly since Friday which made for a fun bank holiday weekend!

What do you think is wrong with her blathers? Virus?

I had the night from hell. Dd2 screamed til 3am, keeping dd1 awake too. She then got up at 5. I've got the vicar coming so i sent her an email this morning saying could we please reschedule. Dropped dd1 at playschool and came home for a kip on the sofa except got woken by postman etc.

Checked my sent items and i havent emailed the vicar at all!!!! Its sat in my draft items. She's due here at half 1 and the house is a tip and i'm like the living dead! Sob.

DisBoCo Wed 09-May-12 12:46:25

Hi Ladies, is butting in with a question OK??
Trying to plan a party for eight 5 year old girls, don't want to do loads of games as such. It will be after school to finish at 5.30 (I think, does that sound OK?) Intending to do bag decorating on arrival, this will be their party bag, I thought this might be a good thing to do to cope with arrivals which may vary a bit. We have a treasure hunt, a pin-the-other-thing-on-not-a-donkey, and was wondering about some cake and shaped biscuit decorating. Don't mind doing a few games too of course. Not sure how to timetable these things. Need to fit in tea as well of course.

Course you can but in!!

Have you got a theme in mind? We always say if you have a theme its far easier to hang it all together with themed games etc. and when is it?

YouBrokeMySmoulder Wed 09-May-12 19:10:49

<lurks for 4 year old party games suggestions> am beginning to flap like a headless chicken as its on Saturday and only have a couple of things sorted.

I hate it when you do a party at home and you use up all your games and craft and realise youve got ages to go argh.

DisBoCo according to my DC it's not a party without pass the parcel. Other than that, small girls seem to enjoy prancing about, so a few rounds of musical bumps/statues would burn some time. If they get fidgety at the table try teaching them to play Chinese whispers - good for plenty of girly giggling.

YouBrokeMySmoulder - IME you have to teach 4yos to play games <tuts about the yoof of today>. Pass the parcel also good, and musical bumps - just don't count on anyone staying out when they are out, and when you they get bored declare everyone left to be winners and give them a round of applause / stickers all round. If desperate, Sleeping Lions will give you some respite.

For both, if you can get outside, then some sort of relay race to match theme would go down well too.

Blatherskite Wed 09-May-12 19:58:49

Was about to suggest pass the parcel and musical statues but I see Stealth has beaten me to it grin

Ds is just 5 so we've been to a lot of 5th birthday parties recently and they both seem to be staples.

Biscuit decorating has gone down very well with all ages groups at parties I've done in the past. My tips are:-
Make sure you have plenty (2-3 each min)
Have lots of sprinkles/sweeties to decorate with,
Make powdered icing sugar up on bowls (make different colours if you like) and provide spoons for spreading as it's much, much easier and less frustrating than the tubes
Give everyone a paper plate to decorate on with their name written on the edge - it means you will easily be able to tell who's biscuit is who's so that any non eaten ones can go home (wrapped in cling film) with their creator and really helps keep the sprinkle overspill in one place and off the floor which helps with clearing up afterwards.

If you've got a theme, finding biscuit cutters to match is easily done on ebay.

it's worth checking what games your own DC know, as that's a good measure of what their friends know. For example, both mine knew stuck in the mud and duck duck goose, but had no idea about some others which I would have considered more obvious.

DisBoCo Wed 09-May-12 20:45:16

Yes definitely to PtheP, DD has insisted on that already. I was just thinking that and bumps/statues and something I will call 'dress and dance' when you call out the name of a clothing item and they have to put it on (or take it off when you say it again) whilst still dancing - really simple things like hats, scarves, stretchy bracelets.
Blathers, yes agree with all that, I have done cookery at school with 3x30 of them so I think I can cope at home! Famous last words of course (tries to ignore image of the state of the floor at school.....).
Just don't want to run out of things to do and am trying to stop myself buying up the whole Baker Ross catalogue in bid to prevent this.

Blatherskite Wed 09-May-12 20:52:56

Ah, my tips possibly a bit redundant then blush

LOL at not buying the whole catalogue. I tend to acquire things over several months in the run up to a party and then shock myself as to how much I have blush

OK so other games <thinks> - do we have a theme at all? Dressing up races where they pile stuff on to an adult/older child in relay race style are popular, as is general silly dancing with animal impressions (as typically led by obnoxious overbearing "clown" entertainer)

..and a colouring table for non-joiner-inners, too.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Wed 09-May-12 21:58:57

Yes egg and spoon relays could work well with those big plastic spoons and eggs. So I am doing ptp, musical bumps, pin the tail on the diplodocus, relays, craft...if you've got a 2hour party then when do you do food, half an hour before the end or soone?

about 45 mins before the end and plan some fairly unstructured rioting-type games for after tea to send them home well hyped up suitably worn out.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Thu 10-May-12 10:22:30

I might do a piñata after tea maybe? That wastes lots of time especially as they are small and parents have to do it...<and breathe>

DisBoCo Thu 10-May-12 14:40:52

Blathers, goodness, no, not at all. I just meant I'm comfortable with that bit, much more so than the jolly hockey sticks, get everyone playing a game, lets have loads of fun type persona that may be required for more active things.

TheScottishPlayer Thu 10-May-12 23:36:03

Hello again everyone, sorry to jump back in again about DS's 4th birthday pirate party. Now some stuff is out of the way I've been able to get back to planning the party and I wondered if you could tell me what you think...

Arrival - straight to a craft table to decorate a booty bag - basic pirate bag (with names on) with some stickers, self-adhesive jewels etc.

Once everyone has arrived and done that give them a pirate spy glass and a pirate card to go off and find the matching pair (sort of a treasure hunt as it's hard to do a real treasure hunt in an empty hall)- gold dubloon for the booty bag when they find it.

Followed by musical islands - when people get eliminated another prize/dubloon for their booty bag and take a turn at pin the patch on the pirate or similar.

Pass the treasure chest (pass the parcel) but get to choose a prize from the treasure chest

Sleeping pirates

Lunch - pirate themed for the kids, some snacks and drinks for grown ups.

Birthday cake

Pirate Pete (pirate story with a couple of key words that they have to do a pirate action for) - have a fab helper who's a brilliant storyteller for young children. While they're all occupied take the opportunity to put cake and a couple of bits in the pirate bag.

Also, have the craft table set up with colouring sheets throughout, hopefully a helper to do some very basic pirate face painting, balloons.

Finish off with walk the plank (if I can organise a plank) or maybe a piñata (how much stuff do I need for a piñata? DS hasn't been to a party with one before, do they just take turns to bash the piñata and then a free for all when it's bust?)

Any thoughts? Do I need more or less? Thinking around 1 1/2 hours.

Wow scottish that all sounds brilliant, craft activity would be good whilst they are waiting for face painting too so that sounds good.

No idea how much to put in a pinata, watching the responses to that with interest. And yes how do you stop some urchin from taking all the sweets once its burst?

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 11:24:39

It all sounds fab Scottish. Can I come wink

While in Hobby craft (yes again!) yesterday, I spotted an egg shaped cookie cutter in their clearance bit. I bought it as obviously, you never know when you might need an egg shaped cutter smile but when I went to put it in the box with the others, I realised just how many cutters I now have! I think I might need some sort of intervention blush

Just the one box, Blathers? Nothing to worry about there, then grin

I am not a huge fan of pinatas, personally, probably because I can never work out how to do it and because my DC would go all soppy about hitting anything cute. Having said that, the DC went to a kids club on holiday in Mexico, and they did it "properly" - pinata was dangling on a rope with a man on the other end - kids were given bags, took turns (smallest to largest), took turns again, were told to smack the hell out of it, eventually had to have some help, and then scrambled for the loot. They all seemed to come away happy and I couldn't see any "fixing" going on - but maybe it might be best to have some stuff in reserve in case some child comes away with nothing?

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 11:49:51

It's a big box though Stealth. I might count how many cutters...

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 12:05:30

93! shock

Still tempted to buy another 7 just to round it up wink

TheScottishPlayer Fri 11-May-12 12:28:20

Thanks all. I got most of the ideas on here or through links on here! I will ponder some more on the pinata. Do you think 1 1/2 hours is enough time for everything? We've got the hall booked for 2 hours with quarter hour either side for set up clear up, but I'd like to give myself plenty of time to set up. Last year people were arriving quite promptly and making small talk while I was trying to rush around.

Blathers - if you're handy at face painting you'd be very welcome! wink

I know I have more than that but I am not counting them or DH might make me rationalise them

TheScottishPlayer Fri 11-May-12 12:37:01

My box of cutters seems quite poor in comparison I think. I shall have to count them and buy some more. I probably need some pirate shaped ones I think...

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 12:51:20

I did notice I had 5 christmas trees, 5 stars and at least 3 holly leaves, 3 teddies and 3 elephants hmm But they're all different sizes or shapes so I need them all.

I don't have pirate ones - but I do have a parrot and a skull so I think I could wing it grin

pirate cookie cutters

you know you want need to...

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 13:39:30

I need this one first smile

that's on my birthday list too grin

TheScottishPlayer Fri 11-May-12 13:42:37

Ooh, I think my party shopping list needs updated! I definitely need to take the approach of buying things over the year. I totted up the cost of some pirate themed table wear and decorations etc and it soon adds up. Thank heavens for ebay though.

The thing about cookie cutters though, I have no idea how you go about decorating themed cookie cutters. Say for example these flower cookies - what icing do you use for the base flower shape? And what's the best way to add detail?

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 13:43:27

It's on mine too. Just over a fortnight to my birthday as well <excited>

just over 3 weeks to mine grin

scottishplayer - I think they are mostly done with a thin layer of fondant, and then royal icing, but actually, inspite of the large collection, I am not into very elaborately decorated cookies/biscuits. My DC get number biscuits at their parties, quite simply decorated with royal icing and sprinkles. I also have a set of these which I haven't had a chance to play with yet, but am planning on just flooding the letter imprint with royal icing.

FWIW, I don't generally bother with themed tableware - it is £££ for something which gets thrown away and I think the same money spent on decorations has more impact, with cheap plates and cups from costco instead.

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 14:15:32

Letter cutters added to wishlist. I might as well just copy your whole list stealth, I'm guessing they're probably fairly similar by now.

And only a week between our birthdays too!

I tell you what, I'll buy the Gingerdead cutter and you do the same - we can pretend we bought each other a birthday present grin

I tend to leave our cookies to the kids decorating talents so they just end up smeared in icing and covered in sprinkles. I have done some with those icing tubes too but only rarely. I'd agree with stealth that the ones you linked to are most probably thin fondant - cut with the same cutter to get the right shape and then finished with piped icing.

If no-one gets it for me Blathers, then you are on! Right now I need it on there to balance out the more expensive things like pasta extruder for KitchenAid and a compressor/airbrush kit blush

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 14:25:31

See, I even have a Kitchen Aid! Only a Classic though which means I can't buy so many gadgets for it sad

ours is a low-end commercial one, so some of the gadgets for the trendy coloured ones don't fit, but the bolt-ons like pasta machines and the like fit pretty much all KA's, I think.

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 14:32:40

I've just had a look and it seems I can buy more gadgets for my Classic than I thought!

This is not going to end well smile

I'm desperate for a Food processor right now though. I made shortbread at the weekend and it would have been so much easier with a Magimix!

TheScottishPlayer Fri 11-May-12 15:00:56

Ok, gingerdead cookie cutters and letter cutters added to my wishlist too.

I've only used royal icing once and it was a disaster. I'm thinking those gingerdead cookies would work at a pirate party, so would you do the skeleton in royal icing? Any tips on making/using royal icing and doing them neatly? I'm a bit of a novice at these things.

Completely agree on the themed tableware StealthSquiggle - as well as being expensive lots of it is just naff too! However, I found a pirate range that I liked then found the plates/cups lots cheaper on ebay. Most of my shopping list is for decorations/games props etc.

Thanks again for all th tips and suggestions. It's made planning DS's party so much easier!

I think the gingerdead man, like the letters, should be fairly easy to ice - I would just make up royal icing (I buy the purple royal icing sugar, although I really shouldn't given that we currently have a glut of eggs) fairly runny (but still beat it lots or it won't set hard) and "flood" the skeleton shape which should be indented into the biscuit with white icing.

..then again I don't have one yet so that is purely theoretical.

Blatherskite Fri 11-May-12 15:43:31

OR just buy the white icing in tubes from the supermarket. Won't be quite as neat but tonnes easier.

TheScottishPlayer Fri 11-May-12 15:46:33

Ok thanks. I've found a useful tutorial online re: all things royal icing so I think I'll do a few practice runs. It'll give me another opportunity to justify the fairly recent purchase of a kenwood prospero and eat cookies

Blatherskite Sun 13-May-12 21:12:03

Gah! I've got less than a week until the Octonauts party and the outfits are still as Mum left them!

Bloody poorly kids interfering with my costume making wink

What is left to be done, Blathers?

I am about to upload piccies of latest bag, which was a lot bit of a scramble before dumping DD on my parents for them to take her to party on Saturday.

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 10:23:18

Most of it sad

Oh dear sad

Have you done badges yet? cutting out felt shapes can be done in small chunks IME. As for the rest of it, it needs to be distilled down to "essence of Octonaut" and your inner perfectionist needs to back off for a while, I suspect. Are the DC getting better now?

Car bag added to set - I was really pleased with it, but in a moment of madness I decided that next weekend's bag (bugs and butterflies themed) is going to be "mixed media" cos I have embroidered grass on bags before and it takes for bloody ever and I don't have enough embroidery silk left so I was painting grass on bits on canvas last night hmm

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 12:38:21

Right, I did Barnacles zip in paint before we left for swimming and now we're back I'm going to get on with DD's outfit. DS's is probably the more important one but he's not here to measure on.

So Tweak -
Done -
dyed baby grow green (badly but well enough for this I think),
Bought ears and tail,
Made felt carrot,
Found toy spanner.

Need to do -
Sew collar to baby grow
Sew boot covers (this is the job I'm scared of. Mum cut out the foot bit but I need to make felt copies to sew in to support the fabric and make the leg bit. I'm not a confident sewer so I'm nervous of stuffing it up)
Make a belt and add loops/velcro for carrot and spanner.

If I have time -
Find, print, transfer and sew on Octonaut badges to boots and to cover "Mummy's cheeky Monkey" logo on babygrow.
Create blue headband for ears.
Add darts to collar.

When DS is around - Captain Barnacles
Done -
Sewn collar to pyjama top
Added zip with fabric paint
Make boot covers - Just need to sew them on at the right height on PJ legs now
Made compass holder in yellow felt

Need to do -
Make belt and add compass holder
Sew on boots
Make hat

If I have time -
Add darts to collar and yellow stripes to belt
Find, print, transfer and sew on Octonaut badges to boots

Easy right hmm

it looks like a long list, but not entirely un-doable.

Boot covers - the leg bit is fairly easy - and you could use glue / bondaweb to put in the felt bits to avoid tricky sewing?

You could assemble all the logos and print in one go. Do they all have to be transferred and then sewn, or could some of them be tranferred straight to where they are going IYSWIM?

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 12:51:16

Logos need to be on a white background so need transferring then cutting then gluing sewing on carefully as they're going on blue and green backgrounds.

I'm mostly worried about making the stitching neat and attaching the leg bits to the feet bits. Going to just have to go for it and see what happens I think.

On the bright side - the zip looks fab smile

You do know that absolutely noboby but you is going to notice if the stitching is neat, don't you grin? I get a lot more paranoid when doing things (like bags, or costumes to be worn at school) which some other adult will have the chance to inspect closely...

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 13:14:56

Well yes but they will notice if it's all snagged up and sewn back to itself - me and my sewing machine do not get on

Do it by hand - much less hassle than prolonged negotiation with stroppy sewing machines

<<pats angelic sewing machine to reassure it that I am thinking of it's predeccesors>>

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 13:24:34

I'm doing Tweaks collar by hand. The boot covers would take too long though

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 14:24:39

Collar tacked and then stitched on the machine.

Feet-y bits of boot covers done. Hope they fit now!

To be fair to may machine, I think it's as much user error as machine stroppy-ness.

storming away... all I have done is to iron the fabric painting I did last night but I am working today

I have a "don't drive tired" rule with my machine. After I have unpicked something twice, I stop and leave it for another time. No matter how urgent it is.

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 14:52:03

Belt is on. Got to do school run now. Have tweeted you a pic stealth

Hi all. Think we've caught the blatherskite lurgy. Fevers and then we all have terrible cold but me the worst. Loving this blow by blow account of these costumes blathers. Does it actually say 'dress up' or is this your attention to detail packing the kids off in suitable garb?

We've got the princess party in a few weeks. Dd has picked some fairy dress out of the dressing up box but is refusing the wings on it. Im gonna have to unpick the whacking great bit of velcro on the back, and find a tiara and some shoes. No doubt niece will be in 3inch heels.

And i love that bag stealth. Does your machine do embroidery?

Sometimes when we visit my mil she'll say oh im just busy sewing and then sit on the sofa, the machine is going mad in the corner on its own having been programmed and shes sat drinking tea. We tell her, thats not you sewing!!!!

cheap ballet shoes (like these) would be my answer to "princess shoes" without resorting to silver high heels..

LOL - my machine does some embroidery stitches - but not the whole pre-programmed design thing. I did look at some machines that did that but they would have added another zero on the end of what already looked like lots of money to me (and to DH, who was paying). I make a lot of use of the "blanket stitch" for applique, and have used the satin stitch for some stuff, but previous bags with grass on have been done by hand with embroidery silks which I was given decades years ago.

Those shoes are brill i'd never have thought of it. Do u think they'd arrive before the 10th?

Oh i know mil's machine was 4.5k!!! We just let rip each time it comes out. We all start yelling, here it is the machine doing your sewing for you that cost more than a car!!

I wouldnt mind but she sells stuff at craft fairs, well no cos it dont sell, tissue box covers, felt pencil toppers, felt badges... Shite.

It says 11 - 23 working days - so touch and go, I guess - but probably OK. There are slightly more expensive options (~£6) from UK sellers as well. I need to get DD some more ballet shoes at some point (but hopefully I can continue to ignore forget to check them for the rest of this term and get some in September - after all, she only wears them for 45mins a week... ). As DC get bigger, all the angst about the cost of one pair of shoes becomes irrelevant - when DS's feet grow, that means school shoes, 2 pairs of trainers, football boots, home shoes, crocs, wellies (school and home)..... DD has less sports shoes at the moment (will change in a couple of years) but does have ballet shoes, and tries to insist she needs party shoes (but rarely gets them).

Sorry - totally off at a tangent there. IME, shipments from China/Far East take pretty much the time they say, so it might be safer to pay a bit more for a UK seller...

Oh my god.i never considered that about shoes! With dd is a case of one main pair, wellies, trainers and cheap party shoes.

<quickly thinks, swimming, gymnastics, judo/karate all barefoot so thats all i'll allow>

do you think i could send her to rainbows in slippers?

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 19:28:17

If they arrive at all! I ordered some egg/rice moulds from China a few weeks ago which have yet to arrive!

Ballet flats very princess-y though so worth paying for a UK seller I think.

Managed to fit in Teaks headband and Barnacles belt between the school run/DS's swimming lesson and my eyebrow threading. Have just inhaled dinner so will see what I can get on with next...

My machine does stitches. Nothing fancy at all - and it still confuses me! The light is going/loose i think and it's flashing like a strobe as I sew at the moment!

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 19:43:08

Oh and yes, it's definitely a costume party and sad at you have the lurgy. It does sound very similar to what DD had.

Blatherskite Mon 14-May-12 22:29:47

I'm actually impressed at how much I've got done today!

Tweak -
Done -
dyed baby grow green (badly but well enough for this I think),
Bought ears and tail,
Made felt carrot,
Found toy spanner.
Sewn collar to baby grow
Made a belt and add loops/velcro for carrot and spanner.
Created blue headband for ears.

Need to do -
Finish boot covers - shape of foot bit needs fixing and I need to make leg bits and sew the lot to now footless baby grow.
Add elastic underneath boot covers.

If I have time -
Find, print, transfer and sew on Octonaut badges to boots and to cover "Mummy's cheeky Monkey" logo on babygrow.
Add darts to collar - going to buy some blue fabric paint tomorrow I think to make this job easier.

Captain Barnacles
Done -
Sewn collar to pyjama top
Added zip with fabric paint
Make boot covers - Just need to sew them on at the right height on PJ legs now
Made compass holder in yellow felt
Made belt and added compass holder and yellow stripes

Need to do -
Sew on boots.
Make hat.
Add elastic underneath boot covers.

If I have time -
Add darts to collar.
Find, print, transfer and sew on Octonaut badges to boots.

I am very impressed, Blathers. I am looking at the cut out (mostly) bits of a bag and thinking I really must do something with it - but then I remember that (a) I am working (b) I need a piece of black felt and (c) we are going out tonight and I forgot to tell DS who will no doubt have a grumpy fit at me when he finds out that I am picking him up only to immediately dump him with a babysitter and (d) OMG said babysitter is going to have to go into the DC's rooms and I haven't done even the most basic slum clearance and, oh shit, (a).

Not having a very productive morning, so far...

Hello All <waves>

Oh. My. God.
I happened upon the first thread and between an incredibly slow internet connection and two whiney brats, it took me days, actual DAYS, to read it all. And now I find there are THREE threads!!! I can't go through all that again to read all the posts. I just can't!
<sobs uncontrollably>
So now I have missed the Gruffalo party that I started reading the thing for in the first fecking place and I am hooked, hooked I tell you, on the party tips!
<bangs head on laptop>
I will try to go through the second thread and find the party, but in the meantime, could you all help me a little?

I am doing DS1 a Gruffalo party for his 3rd birthday. It's not until August, but baby no3 is due then too so I need to be bloody well organised. Not my strong point!
I think I am set with food but I need help with finding transportable decorations!
Here's the plan:
Hire a BBQ in a local-ish park and let the kids run wild. As we will, in effect, actually BE in the deep, dark woods, there will be no need for decorations! Aha! Clever, no?
However, it will probably rain. In which case we will have to come home and have it here. So I need really cheap decorations that I can put up quickly IF (when) it rains to turn my living room into the wood! I must confess that I will only have about 6 children here, ranging from 1yo to 5yo so I reckon I am making a lot of effort just for myself, but I want it to look gooood. But I need it to be cheeeeeap.
Any ideas?
Oh. I am crap at art. Super duper crap. I can't draw trees. It will look like I have painted turds onto my walls.

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 14:22:29

<strokes Nonsense's brow soothingly>

It's OK, we'll help smile The lady you need is DoctorsWife, she is the resident Gruffalo party expert. She'll be along in a minute.

Love the BBQ in the park idea, that would save a lot of work. Could you maybe set up some gazebos and have it there even if it does rain. Hopefully buy August this awful weather will be over and done with and we'll have some actual Sun though!

I was going to say the same thing - as long as we are out of deep midwinter spring by then, I would be tempted to go for "a mouse put up a gazebo in the deep dark wood" - you could even declare it to be owl's/fox's/snake's house although that might slightly freak out any child with the imagination to think that they are going to be eaten and do the party outside anyway - you could always tell people to come equipped with wellies and coats for deep dark wood strolling whatever the weather...

otherwise, I know it's not very deep or dark, but how about this?

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 14:39:25

"buy August" confused

You know, I'm seriously becoming worried about my brain! It doesn't seem to be on my side any more when it comes to typing.

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 14:40:20

I forget what DW did for her party. I was going to suggest the same grass look table clothes I used for DD's Teddy bears picnic party...

I'm here i'm here! Look on my profile and you'll see mine. Hold on whilst i bollock dd1 and put dd2 down to type...

Well, it is a house and grounds thing, they have a park and lake and tea shop plus a field with BBQ's that they hire out and they are very keen to not let one group take over the whole field, so the rules are 1 small gazebo. That'll be for the food! I'm hoping we could brave the weather regardless, but his first birthday was a total washout. Didn't stop hammering down ALL day so I would like to be mentally (mental) prepared for any outcome really.
I'm loving the wall thing Stealth. As the kids are so small and only interested in the food and running riot, I don't think they'll care as long as they see a tree. I could always print off some pictures for them to colour and stick on it should we be at home. I snuck a peek at DW's photos and I love the inverted balloons! I was thinking I might get a camo net thing to hang from the ceiling and dangle things kids from, but just the balloons look really good. And I plan on putting some up outside and on the gazebo, so they wouldn't be a wasted expense, unlike the netting should the weather be dry....
I am sorry, I know I am waffling, but DH just doesn't GET it when I talk about little details etc. He hears "roasted fox" mumble mumble "BBQ" and that's all he needs to know!! I am excited at finding like-minded people! geek grin

Blathers - I was thinking a grass tablecloth too, but if we DO manage to keep it outside I'm thinking it'd be a bit overkill and kind of a waste. But I am going to think about it proper, because I could either use it for another party or, sod it, go overkill!

Right i'm here.

Firstly i was gonna do mine outside as our local woods had a function room but it was nov and they'd only cater for kids i thought no. However, had it been outside i was going to do nature trail sheets/scavenger hunt with prizes at the end.

If you look on the woodland trust website they gave heaps if activities for kids and free printable sheets. Job done.

Inside the house i hung green balloons from the ceiling like a canopy. I themed it around woodland. I collected loads of dried leaves and fir cones. I know that sounds tricky at this time if year but ive got two fir trees on my road this week dropping fircones so you should find some. I got a grass effect tablecloth and tiny toadstool decirations. I bought potted herbs from the supermarket and put them on the table with tiny toadstools scattered about. Green plates/cups/bowls but red and white spotty napkins and bunting to match the toadstools.

I did make a huge tree which was pretty easy actually and dd liked helping and i got the gruffalo characters blown up for the walls. Photocopy shop/printers should do this for peanuts.

My dad photoshopped a gruffalo invite so it had three candles on a cake with dd's name in and i just had to print them off. If you want them with your ds' name pm me and i'll get him to change them for you then you just print.

For games we made gruffalo masks/mouses from the gruffalo website. We also did a hunt for giant floor puzzle pieces and the kids all put it together. Dh of course read the gruffalo. We had scrambled snake jelly with owl icecream.

Party bags i got papertakeaway bags and glued the image my dad made to the front. Then i got a julia donaldson pack of books from the book people. One book each, then woodland stencils, woodland notepad, squirrel jumping toy thing, a sugar mouse and jelly snakes.

I think thats it. There is a website with free party stuff on it. Do not be fooled into buying the party book. Much of it you can download off the site. The didnt get to do pin the wart on the gruffalo.

That help at all?

Nonsense - where in the country are you - I have a small-village-hall-sized camofluage net...

I am in Oxfordshire.
That all sounds pretty darn amazing DW. I vaguely remember someone having about 20 kids though. Was that you? I will have about 6. (I'm not going to be very nice here) There will be DS1 and 2 girls, one 3yo and one 4yo who will be the only ones interested in doing proper games and using their heads. The rest, unfortunately, are DS's cousins and are too excitable uncontrollable to try any kind of treasure hunt or anything with! Which is a total shame, because I was hoping to send them down to the lake to find the 'gruffalo cake' etc etc. while the fox was roasting! (Unfortunately, my sister would be too interested in drinking her wine and talking to our other sister to worry about the welfare of the children)! There is a really good playground there so I imagined that that would be the main thing the kids would want. It is a way from the BBQ field though, so I would love some proper games. I just don't know how I'd manage it. It's a really stressful dynamic for me to work with as I know the type of party I want, but I also know the type of co-operation I will get!
Also, I am worried that my 'treasure' would get nicked or unsuspecting people would join in thinking it was something being put on by the grounds! I can just imagine being some kind of demented pied piper of random children, marching down to the lake shock too embarrssed to tell them to naff off!!

Oooh ooh oooh!!
The invites include/are masks of the characters (seeing as I will have so few guests - sniff) and then they can wear their masks while on the treasure/gruffalo hunt so that any observers/gawkers know that we are a seperate party!
I tend to worry about random stuff that doesn't need worrying about!
I'm also thinking that just any kind of outside games would be fine, no need to keep up with the woodland theme too much. Although it would be perfect if I could!
I do think I can rope in a teenage neice or two to help. But aforementioned sister usually uses them as babysitters..... I'll just have to get to them first! I really like the idea of the puzzle. I was also thinking of maybe getting a game of gruffalo pairs and whoever matches a pair gets a prize. That way, we can keep them in our vicinity. But that works with the treasure hunt too.
I'm waffling again...............

No way to 20 kids! It was in my house. 10 kids and 30 odd adults <dead faint>

I had the same issue regarding childrens ages etc howver all the families were known to me so i was going to group them into teams. Like my dd has childless couple godparents but i always invite them and their niece and nephew. And my sil and her kids etc etc. so i thought about teams, scavenger style sheets like do a leaf rubbing/ find a fir cone/ what colour is the tea shop sign etc and send them off, well all go off i'd be on my dc's team. Then leave dh and my mother tutting guarding the food and loot etc.

Prize giving for correct answers, like sweets for the party bag and an overall prize. Could you do it like that? Theres no real winner cos you'll even it all up with sweets so it wouldnt matter too much if everyone pooled together. Or just do it together follow a route looking for the next item brining you back to base. Save the playground for winding up time when you've run out of planned stuff or you're prepping the cake etc?

I'm waffling too. My mind goes gruffaloing and i cant stop. And this year my dd said in the back if the car 'ooo i could have gruffalo's child when i'm four couldnt i mum?'

No. It is a complete sentence indeed.

Yes to masks!!! Or you could download image to turn into a badge and put it around your gazebo too so passers by willsee its your party.

Oh yes DW, I am liking your style.
I also thought about printing off characters and sticking them around the place to hunt the character. It's all a varient of the same theme though, so I definately need to think of seperate games. But going on a scavenger hunt could be really good. Especially if I could incorporate all of the elements. Oh no, wait, that means less games if I do that! But yes, the puzzle/pairs game is good as that can be transferred into the house if need be.
Guarding the food isn't a problem. I will have about 30 adults to go with the extremely small number of kids and I can guarantee none of them will be dumb enough to tramp through the woods with me!
I am so looking forward to this party! I want it now!!
And putting prizes into a party bag is a fab idea too. Less sugar circulating the party.
Where did you get your party bag bits from? I was going to pinch someone else's idea about a cone of sweets instead of, as I can never find the stuff cheap enough, but would prefer to stay on theme. Although a cone of popcorn could be gruffalo crumble and so cheap it'd be criminal. Possibly too criminal.......

LOL at both of you waffling - Nonsense you might have noticed that you have inadvertently wandered into the home of like-minded party nutters enthusiasts.

It is me who is mad enough to routinely have 20 DC (although the make up and dynamic and general atrocious behaviour at parties of DD's year group is causing me to consider a complete about face in my objection to "girls only" parties) but never, ever, at home (and sadly not in parks either as I have very badly planned October and November born DC)

popcorn for gruffalo crumble would be inspired - especially if you added chocolate to make it brown (not sure how that would work, but I am sure there must be a way). You could tie something to it - like one of these, maybe? - that and a balloon would be more than enough IMHO.

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 17:33:43

I did the cones of sweets. It was really easy and very cheap as I got huge tubs from Costco as I was doing almost 30 cones.

Love, love, love the chocolate popcorn idea! Could you do chocolate-y popcorn with purple sprinkles prickles, orange smarties eyes and green jelly tots warts maybe to go the whole hog?

I'm know you can find single coloured sprinkles easily and the sweets shouldn't be too hard...

Will google for you after dinner.

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 17:42:10

Orange Smarties If you were feeling really dedicated, you could put a dot of black food colouring on each for the pupil

purple sprinkles or here

Chocolate popcorn recipe

Still looking for green sweets. Jelly beans are easy to get in a single colour and might be wart-ish?

Oh my LORD you lot are brilliant!!
I was thinking perhaps popcorn, a balloon and maybe a woodland creature whistle thing. Can you still get those? But I really like the pencil and dangler <childish giggle> and the idea of chocolate popcorn and all the trimmings is just awesome!!
I'm going to be gutted when I have it all sorted. I'll want to keep adding things as it'll be done so early!
I also think the jelly beans would be brilliant. Perhaps a tad big in relation to the eyes, but as he's crumbled, I shouldn't think it'll matter. Could I make my own orange jazzies? No, no NO! No I bloody couldn't!!
Could we play a game where we actually crumble the gruffalo? Not sure I'm going to make sense here, but I was thinking of the invite saying something about going to look for/catch a gruffalo - and then going on our scavenger hunt/walk. I was thinking of just putting up a big cut out gruffalo somehwere (how???) but actually, if we could 'crumble' him, then they could be taking him home in their (truly inspired) cones. Am I overthinking, seeing as they're all so small? But we can't search for a gruffalo and not find him! I could always change the invite though. That'd be easier! grin
Unless they find him already crumbled? I am giving myself a headache.......

warts should be green jellytots, surely?

If you could fashion some gruffalo biscuits you could crumble those. Maybe have owl icecream and ask whether they'd like gruffalo crumble on top.

We had a link to good diy party bag stuff here:

In fact take a look at her other gruffalo ideas too.
My party bag stuff came from this fab shop near me that blathers went on a pilgrimage to. Things cost literally pence. I need to go in this week so i'll see whats left 'woodlandy' if you like. The other idea, would you be any good at cake pops? I toyed with trying to do a gruffalo fox and owl, then jelly snakes and choc/sugar mouse.

Jesus i apologise for my typing and failure to convert links today. D
We're all ill and dd2 wont be put down so theashing her hands on my iphone.

Thrashing even. <stop it dd>

ggjjfg jjv ic


Hmm, I reckon I will just change the invite (I keep forgetting I have months and months) and there's no need to then overthink everything.
In my excitement of reading about the gruffalo trimmings I didn't properly read the bit about jelly tots! D'oh! Jelly tots would be fab.
Owl ice cream - well. I have stolen an idea from someone else that I found on google and I am going to do a cone, with a scoop of ice cream and then 2 raisins for eyes and a jelly diamond (that you decorate cakes with? In 1972) for the beak. Looked really cool in the photo and you can't have a kids party without ice cream.
Hope you all feel better soon DW.
I am REALLY liking the popcorn cone, so I don't think I will do a traditional party bag. Taking home gruffalo crumble would be brilliant!

Another random question: Does anyone know the font used? Basically I want to scam as much as I can for free, so that would mean pinching using images from t'internet and making my own invites etc but they'd look even better in the proper font. Is that question too much of a naughty one?

Just looked at that link DW.
WTF is she on????
In my head, that is what my stuff will look like. In reality....................

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 20:31:19

Green jelly tots would be perfect as they have that bumpy, almost warty look to them (I'm never going to be able to eat them again now!) but I was trying to find something you could buy just green ones of to save waste.

Unless Nonesense really likes Jelly tots and doesn't mind eating all of the other colours smile

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 20:40:29

The pencils are lovely and would go wonderfully tied onto your cone of popcorn but I thought I'd link to these just in case - Owl whistles or wriggly snakes

When I did my sweets, I tied a teddy bear reflector into the ribbon round the top and it went down really well. You could even buy Gruffalo ribbon to tie the backs up with.

I do indeed like jelly tots! But, alas, green are my favourite.
Oh I really like those whistles! And the ribbon! The snakes are a bit (dare I say) cheap looking, but they suit my budget perfectly! Although I got DS1 a wooden one for his stocking at Christmas for a quid so I may keep looking around. I love the idea of tying a present to the ribbon and I hate the tat you usually get so I do try to make the effort to get something a bit fun or useful.

Blatherskite Tue 15-May-12 21:06:15

They are cheap but the owl whistles were more expensive so I thought I'd cover both ends of the spectrum smile

You can get rubber snakes that are less cheap but more expensive. I do think the cheap ones can be nice though, I remember being fascinated by the way they moved as a child.

DD is currently obsessed by the Gruffalo and can quote whole sections from memory so there is a very good chance I'll be pinching all of these ideas in December smile

Oh i had those cheap snakes too. Forgot them. The kids loved that crap!

Anyway in regard to the font, as i mentioned up the thread my dad is in graphics (actually typesetting and produces the artwork for huge companies - like the olympics) anyway, he can access pretty much any font and the gruffalo one is actually called something like axel scheffler2 or suchlike and wasnt available to use. My dad used Blackfly mambo for the best 'look'.

I had this image, but doctored to only 3 candles on the cake and dd's name on the cake.

Awww, DW that's a perfect picture! I'm still thinking of invite plans, mask, snake, log, badge etc. Not sure how any of these ideas would work, but I still have months to go thankfully!
Thanks for the font tips.

I tend to be style over substance! blush so I go for look and what I would like over what the kids would like! <bangs head on wall>

A big chocolate/sugared mouse with a luggage tag around it's neck? Perhaps with a Gruffalo stamp. Not sure a luggage tag could hold all of the info though... hmm

Blathers - Go for it! I really thought DS would be 'over' the Gruffalo by now, but we still have to watch it and read both books EVERY day and now DS2 really enjoys it all too! As do I grin

Blatherskite Wed 16-May-12 10:56:23

Well, all I've got left to do on the Octonauts outfits is put some elastic on Barnacles boots, put the badges on and make Barnacles hat.

Then DS comes home with a request from School last night that we send them in dressed as their favourite animal next week! He wanted to be a Killer Whale but I think I've talked him into a Tiger. Looks like the sewing machine isn't going away just yet!

Blatherskite Wed 16-May-12 11:08:05

He'd roast in a fleece suit for a full day a School!

I was thinking black fabric paint/felt strips on a long sleeved orange t-shirt and some black trousers. Considering a tail and ears. Maybe I could get some plain cream-y fleece and make him a furry tummy? smile

It does say "help them to make a costume" and he could help me paint on stripes on the t-shirt and maybe paint a mask to match? In which case, I'd only need a tail. He's not particularly interested when it comes to doing art-y things so anything we do would have to be easy.

Yes, you're right - he would roast - but it would be very cute wink

If you masked up stripes on an orange T Shirt (with torn masking tape) then you could let him loose with black fabric paint and not have to worry about the quality of the result

I bought a Baker Ross pack of foam sheets the other day - I could easily extract one orange and one black for mask making - foam masks being a bit more durable and wearable than cardboard ones?

Blatherskite Wed 16-May-12 11:54:23

All fabulous ideas.

I've ordered a cheap long sleeved orange t-shirt from ebay. Will get some black fabric paint from hobbycraft. While I'm in I might as well pick up some foam sheets and save you posting them stealth. DS is fairly handy with scissors so he could do a few of the stripes for it. Shall I do the furry tummy? Paint/sponge one on with white fabric paint? Not bother?

I'll get some black and orange felt and make a tail too. I've got a huge bag of stuffing that I bought when I made the felt carrot to stuff it with.

The fleece suit would be very cute but I have visions of the poor girl who came as a wolf for WBD and was sweating in the morning line up before they even went in!

I vote sponge on tummy with paint once DS is done with stripes.

You're dead right about fleece, though - one of DD's friends has a tiger costume (inherited from older siblings) which has emerged for WBD (Tiger who came to tea) and for various parties. She always ends up shedding the costume after a couple of minutes hours as it is fake fur and very sweaty. We have a bear "tabard" thing which is a bit easier as it is sleeveless.

I also have a complete spider costume from when DS was in YR if you are interested - I found it still hanging on the back of his bedroom door the other day 5 years later blushhmm

Blatherskite Wed 16-May-12 12:44:29

My egg moulds have arrived grin

You lot will understand the excitement of being able to make car/fish/teddy/bunny shaped boiled eggs and sticky rice. Everyone else is going to look at me like I'm mad - including DH!

Am quite amazed that just a few weeks ago they were in China too. Seems so odd somehow

link me to these egg moulds - I am having problems picturing them..


Blatherskite Wed 16-May-12 13:40:11

Here. I have the 4 that are together in the middle.

They look fun - you will have to feed back once you have played with them and I need to play with some of the other toys MN made me buy first.

Blathers they look brill. Are you getting into bento boxes now as well as sewing and cake making etc?

Im in the isle of wight next week but when i get back its all systems go on making the pastillage bits for these various cakes. I need to make building blocks for this other christening cake. Three blocks stacked on top, but im toying with fondant or pastillage. Pastillage i can make ages before and get a really clean crisp edge rather than just flattenening fondant, but it'll be far trickier putting it together. I've watched so many youtube clips now.

I want the blocks like this :

Not this:

Which method is best do we reckon? Cover a cube cake in fondant or pastillage? Make cubes from fondant? Or cut squares from pastillage and glue into a cube? I want that clean sharp look that makes them believable as blocks.

Blatherskite Wed 16-May-12 21:04:03

I just wanted something to brighten DS's lunchbox up a bit. He likes eggs and a fish shaped one would be lots more fun smile

No idea on the pastillage, I've never got more technical that roll out icing - I'd guess stealth is your lady for advice.


I'm at work - back later grin

So I was counting on at least 3 of the children (1 of whom is DS) to get in the spirit of the Gruffalo birthday party but I have just spoken to one of the parents and they have no idea about the Gruffalo!!!
Firstly - how????
Secondly - What is the point in doing all of this just for me and one other mum to 'get' it?
I may as well just save a load of money, have the party at home and buy some multi-coloured shit from Tesco! (Other supermarkets available).

Sorry, DW, no idea what you would need. I just mix icing sugar with water, food colouring if I'm feeling really adventurous.

Blathers - Do let us know how you get on with them. They might actually make DS's eat eggs! And they look cool too.

Oh we had that problem with the gruffalo. Dh sat all the kids down and read it and we also put the dvd on later for stragglers and hangers on!

Ive had my hair done. Whoop. Havent had it done since september!!!! And prob a year before that. I need to find 'me' again. Nails done, hair done need to get over the blatherskite lurgy (coldsore up nose) get some makeup on and get out of the maternity clothes. The over the bump jeans are perfect for hiding wobbly belly when im feeding blush

As we're (hoping to be) outside, I don't think they'll sit still to listen to a story. But I have until August, so perhaps I'll start 'teaching' my family members...

I never want to get out of maternity clothes! You can buy a vest thing that only goes up to your bra, so that when you lift up your 'normal' top, you are fully covered!
I'm not good at adding links like you lot
here goes
You must feel rather good today. I am envious of your new-ness smile

Blatherskite Thu 17-May-12 17:19:16

Nonsense, could you get some cheap copies of the book and use it as the invite maybe? Print the party details on paper and then use it to wrap the book? Or make a book plate type thing with the details on to stick into the front page?

That way you've got unforgettable, keep forever invites and can guarantee that everyone knows the story before the party.

Blatherskite Thu 17-May-12 17:21:51

There's paperback copies of the Gruffalo on Amazon for £3.91 each at the moment....

I'm getting my hair done tomorrow and even got my eyebrows threaded earlier this week. I'm loving feeling like me again.

How can people not know about the Gruffalo, FGS <<despairs of the state of the world today>>

Right. Am home. Feeling like shit. I think I have DD's sore throat/cold lurgy (she managed to come home in tears having lost her dress and her cardigan yesterday hmm) but with added period pains and the fact that I got up at 4:45am. Still, have to stay awake until DH gets home or DD will cut the house up and stick it back together with sellotape while I am asleep...

DrsW - blocks - I remember asking the same question a while ago on a surgarcraft thread. I think squares of pastillage, dried, stuck together, dried again, and then sanded to get the sharp edges. If I was not feeling brave enough to make them hollow then I would assemble them around a block of fondant (solid pastillage would cost a fortune and take about a year to dry) but I suspect they would dry better if they were hollow.

gruffalo is £2.99 on red house but unless you are buying other stuff then the delivery charge would probably make it more expensive than Amazon.

Stealth it sounds like you've got blatherspox like the dw household. You must have caught it here like me. Last night i coughed so much i was monementally sick. Then i cried like a baby cos i'd thrown the warfarin up! Not like you can just take more, nor can i take anything for the blatherspox. Apparently 5 paracetamol in a week!!! A week??!!!!

I do wear vest to pull down and top pulled up when feeding but the mat jeans really do give me that extra coverage and stetchy snuggliness. Why dont they make all jeans like it. No more muffin top!

Stealth i still cant decide on the cubes now. I did think what if a put a ball inside each joining corner of the cube and weld it in. I need a practice run along with bootees, towers and turrets and the fruit cake layer.

Nonsense sending out the book would be really nice idea!

Blatherskite Thu 17-May-12 20:17:20

If it's any consolation - and I'm sure it's not - but I still have my own Blatherspox and it's getting worse. I have the full itchy lungs/dry face/chapped lips/ever streaming now thing going on along with the coughing so hard I have very, very nearly puked.

Sorry I've managed to pass it on over the internet sad

Oh yes, that IS a good idea. And seeing as 3 and 2 of them repsectively are siblings, I wouldn't actually need that many copies! The adults can just get the details.
I think I will leave you all to it for tonight in case I catch your lurgy!
Feel better soon everybody xx

Yes yes blathers thats how fetching i look too. Dry tickly rasping cough. Awful. Everytime i get a coughing fit i wake dd2 on the boob!

Nonsense think you should def put some kind of bookplate in the book but you just have to do rhyming verse as your invite wording! It would be rude not to.

Blatherskite Thu 17-May-12 21:13:51

I read the Gruffalo's Child to the DC this evening. How about...

The Gruffalo says that all children should
come for a part in the deep dark wood
at 12 o'clock
because if you do, lots of fun will be waiting for you

Ok, lame but a start maybe?

<<sticks fingers in ears to ignore the news that blathersplague is going to get worse>>

Sleep time now

Blatherskite Fri 18-May-12 10:43:01

It occured to me this morning that I may now have a justifiable excuse (for DH) to start hoarding fabric offcuts and leftover paints for all of these outfits DS seems to need making. DD isn't going to be far behind, she starts pre school in September and will then need the odd outfit too.


Definitely. In fact, you need several a craft cupboard / box / trunk / room..

Blatherskite Fri 18-May-12 12:46:37

I might have to settle for a few boxes in the garage I think but it's a start.

DSis has a craft room envy

I can't wait to show you this week's bag because you are the only people who will appreciate the thought behind the lunacy of making such a thing for a random 5yo - it is not finished yet but is shaping up to be one of the best I have done - if it didn't have the recipient's name on it I would be seriously tempted to keep it...

Blatherskite Fri 18-May-12 13:43:27

It's Octonaut party day tomorrow. I shall take photos smile

bag is done if you ignore the bits of hand finishing I need to do later

Oooh stealth i love it! Thats just my kind of thing.

Blatherskite Fri 18-May-12 20:43:06

It's gorgeous. I'd be pleased if I got it for my birthday.

Thanks, both. I hope birthday child likes it.

TheScottishPlayer Sat 19-May-12 08:17:37

That is a lovely bag! Blathers - will you post Octonauts pics?

I need to go back through the thread to recap all the pirate party suggestions, but does anyone have any suggestions for cheap small clear bowls? I'd quite like to try the blue jelly with a shark in if I can.

ScottishPlayer - I would go for something like this for shark tanks, personally.

Blatherskite Sat 19-May-12 09:07:53

They're perfect. Lovely clear sides so you can see the sharks.

How are you going to do blue jelly?

Just doing the badges then the Octonauts are ready to go. Will get pictures smile

TheScottishPlayer Sat 19-May-12 09:21:37

Thanks Stealth that's a great idea and I think we may actually have a box of disposable wine glasses somewhere. Must have a look.

Not sure on the blue jelly Blathers - way back when I asked for pirate party ideas there were some links and mentions of blue jelly, so I need to go back and read them properly. Hopefully it's something I can get/do. If not, I suppose I could just do green.

Blatherskite Sat 19-May-12 09:25:54

I think the American's have Blue 'Jello' if you could get some shipped? Or make your own with Gelatine and some blue pop?

Oooh, I wonder if you could set jelly on top of a thin custard layer for sand? If you made powdered custard that set with a skin in it would work maybe?

Green liquorice laces for seaweed too?

It was me who linked to blue jelly hold on....

Ahhh shite. Out of stock. Damn.

I think Blathers is on the right track <<ahem - still waiting for Octonauts photos>> - get some of that icky blue fizzy pop (why is raspberry flavour sugar water always blue confused?) and set it with gelatine.

You have to do it in 2 layers, though, otherwise the sharks will sink.

this is what you need..

Guess who came today to drop off invites to her 5th birthday party....... Thats right folks dniece and guess who'd had her eyebrows threaded.....thats gotta the lowest point surely??!!!

That's just wierd.

Yep. Five year olds look might odd with groomed eyebrows.

Blatherskite Sun 20-May-12 11:52:52

A 5 year old with threaded eyebrows!!! Jesus Christ! shock

I was thinking of maybe Blue Gatorade for the jelly - although as it's an energy drink that could be a REALLY bad idea, or maybe lemonade with a few drops of blue food colouring?

Octonauts photos might take a little longer as poor old birthday boy came down with what sounds suspiciously like what DD had yesterday morning and the party was cancelled. They're hoping to reschedule and I hope they do. Feeling a little responsible though as he was here last week for a play date and I'm worried we gave it to him sad

I took pics of the unworn outfits that I can upload but I didn't get the chance to put them on the children.

Blatherskite Sun 20-May-12 11:59:18

Photos added

Cool bag. I wish I could do things like that. I wouldn't feel bad about passing on sickness. My eldest just had chicken pox and we are literally being treated like we have the plague, even though he is no longer contagious! [Youngest probably has it, but that's beside the point. We don't know he has it yet]!

Hang on. A 5 year old had her eyebrows threaded? Is there a reason for this? Is it because you had yours done? Am I sensing some SIL sick can't be outdone on anythingrivalry thing going on?

Blathers, they are absolutely fxxking fantastic. Gutted that the party was cancelled. Honestly you should be so so proud of those. Well done you!!

Loved looking at your updates pics. First i always forget to ask, did you pipe 'rose victoria'

And i see that you've shown dd's birthmark has faded. How long did it take? Dd2 has a big v shaped storkbite in the middle if her forehead. I call her the vulcan. Is it likely to fade do you think? Although it feels like she wouldnt be her without it!

Nonsense nooo. This is dh's niece. Sil has been known to stick her in heels, clip on earrings, nail varnish makeup, hair extensions, hair curled on straighteners. This was a new low high.

Blatherskite Sun 20-May-12 19:55:24

Yes I piped Rose Victoria. I marked it out in dots with a toothpick first to get it right then piped over the top. It took ages!

DD's is a hemangioma rather than a storkbite (DS had a storkbite on the back of his neck) and it's almost gone now - she's just coming up to 2.5. They can take up to 10 years so she's been lucky. Hemangiomas are raised and puffy and deep, dark red, she used to get stares and comments when she was tiny sad Luckily it is in her hair so it was covered a bit as her hair came through even with her super fine blonde hair. DS's storkbite is in his hair and he has the thickest hair ever so it never gets seen any more. My guess would be that it will fade but I don't know for sure.

Crikey! Child cruelty this time surely???

Blathers, I am thinking of a rhyme for the invites. However (and I can't believe I am admitting this) that is from The Gruffalo's Child. My theme is The Gruffalo. I cannot mix the two unless I go all out mixing and include lots from the second book! I actually feel a bit ill thinking about it. Am I weird? I do believe I am, but even whilst explaining it, it makes total sense to me........

Blatherskite Sun 20-May-12 20:24:36

I did say I'd been reading the Gruffalo's Child. The rhyme was stuck in my head smile

TheScottishPlayer Mon 21-May-12 13:37:52

Those Octonauts outfits are AMAZING Blatherskite.

Thanks for the blue jelly links - party not for a while yet, so fingers crossed it comes back into stock before then.

shock at 5 yr old with threaded eyebrows.

Finished outfits look great, Blathers. I hope the party gets rescheduled and they get to wear them soon before they grow out of them

Blatherskite Tue 22-May-12 22:07:51

I hope so. I spent ages on those outfits!

On to the next one now though - have stitched a tiger tail tonight

how is the DS participation element of tiger construction going?

Blatherskite Wed 23-May-12 08:02:40

So far, it's not sad DS has never been particularly creative so it's always a struggle. However, I've now done so much that I risk not wanting him to help for fear of spoiling it!!

T-shirt arrived yesterday and has been washed. I need to go out and buy black fabric paint today (I got orange last time for some reason confused ) and then we can have a go at the tummy and stripes tonight. I've painted most of the mask too, I just want him to do the stripes.

Blatherskite Wed 23-May-12 17:11:31

Ah, sticky spray mount fingers. I remember them well

Blatherskite Thu 24-May-12 16:28:32

Tiger t-shirt is finished. Tail is done. Last hurdle is to get DS to help me with the mask.

Have I bored everyone else off the thread with my costume updates?

Im here, lurking, im on the whole family holiday on the isle of wight. It was going lovely. Then my brother announced his new girlfriend and her 2yr old were on the ferry coming to join us for the week?!! Only i'd ever met her, no-one else!! And now shes here the two of them saying they skint. My mum is buying all food and the dw46 clan buying drinks. They've paid zero. We've bought her child ice creams drinks etc, then she gets her child one and offers mine nothing.

I'm ready to get the ferry home! Oh and my brother who is 31, got pissed, crashed out in my caravan and pissed all over the lounge!!!

I am here too, but largely only lurking because I have been away for work (being forced to concentrate, and take exams and stuff shock). I was so bored that I have a whole page of dragon doodles and lists for dragon parties (which I couldn't find when I packed this morning but is probably buried in course notes somewhere)

Costume sounds fab, Blathers, with or without DS's "help". DrsW can your mother not give DB a good slap a stern talking to?

Blatherskite Thu 24-May-12 20:12:42

On the plus side, it must be never boring in your family DW smile

DS has wrecked painted the stripes on the mask. I painted it orange and did some white bits and he's artfully splodged black all over it. Still, he's happy and it definitely looks like he's done it himself. I have wrecked the t-shirt all by myself. 1 over damp brush and 1 lot of dodgy paint meant that a few of the stripes are a bit blurred but all in all, it looks OK. From a distance, it may even look good. DS thinks it's ace - until he has to wear it! TBF it does have long sleeves. I think I might be sending him with a back-up t-shirt tomorrow.

The tail looks good though.

T-shirt pics are on my Twitter timeline if you're about Stealth. Congratulations on your win too.

Put pics in profile....and what win???

Sounds brill blathers. I'm in awe. Although mil showed me how to reverse stitch on my machine so maybe one day!

Well they still aint putting hand in pocket. Dh bought the kids a bubble gun. The new GF said it was amazing, not thanks! Dh asked if she wanted a drink when buying a round, she said 'no but i'll have some
crisps'. My mum is ready to blow as shes paying for their caravan too and we watched my bro win on a fruit machine and hide the winnings.

Blatherskite Thu 24-May-12 22:33:13

It's a faff but for you....I'll try pinching them off twitter.

If I can't make it work, I'll text them to you.

I can see i can see from your link. Absolutely brilliant. Honestly you are so good at costumes!

TheScottishPlayer Thu 24-May-12 22:45:46

I've been lurking too. Though as a novice party planner I'm taking more than I contribute to the thread!

Did I say thanks for the re-post of the blue jelly? I've got my fingers crossed it will come back into stock before I need it.

I've decided that instead of wording about getting an extra helper to do face painting I'm going to turn my craft table into a kind of 'pirate station' - leave out some face paints and some of the foam masks someone linked to from baker Ross etc - their own parents can help them get ready. I might get some cheap pirate rings too, as well as the paper bags to decorate for booty bags. Plenty to keep them busy while everyone arrives. And of course just loads of balloons about the place for those that just want to run around!

I found a silicon mould on eBay to make skull and crossbow chocolates which I'm quite pleased about! I'll put a couple in cellophane bags for the treasure chest/party bags etc.

Blatherskite Thu 24-May-12 22:47:46

Thank you blush

Now I've just got to hope Ds will wear the bloody thing tomorrow. I'll get photos of the whole lot on if he will.

In other good news, the Octonaut party is being rescheduled to a time we can go too so all the outfits will get worn smile

TheScottishPlayer Thu 24-May-12 22:48:05

DW46 - holiday situation sounds a nightmare!

Remember scottish, we insist on photos. And take them before pesky kids trash all the detail!

TheScottishPlayer Thu 24-May-12 22:48:46

Excellent news on the Octonauts party Blathers!

Blatherskite Thu 24-May-12 22:51:47

Don't worry about the giving a receiving of help ratio Scottish - you're helping but helping us get all this stuff out fo our heads so we can carry on with other important stuff smile

If you haven't got the masks yet, it might be worth asking DW to look in her cheapy craft shop for you as they sometimes have them super cheap in there. DS has one that my Sister got him. I got fabric aprons for DD's party from there for something like 35p each! They've been washed and reused many times so they have been an absolute bargain!

Blatherskite Thu 24-May-12 22:53:00

I'll upload proper Tiger outfit pics tomorrow when I can get on the computer

TheScottishPlayer Thu 24-May-12 23:09:22

Thanks Blathers! This thread has totally inspired me re: DS's party and given me loads of confidence to organise everything myself! We're on holiday next week do when I'm back I can really get into organising it grin

I haven't ordered the craft pirate masks yet so will await more details of cheapy craft shop!

I do need to find a black waistcoat for DS's costume but apart from that his outfit mostly sorted I think.

Blathers - my timeline is full of work stuff and Eurovision and seems to have lost you... I will try again in the morning.

DrsW - so far in the last couple of.months I have won Jamie O fish book & vouchers and a signed Julia Donaldson book grin

Blatherskite Fri 25-May-12 07:07:44

I saw the Jamie O book and vouchers but missed the Julia Donaldson book. Now I am very envy

The DC and I got to meet Oliver Jeffers once and each of the children have a signed book from him which is rather cool.

Have accepted you back on Twitter - seems it's still playing silly buggers and unfollowing random people - had to lock my timeline as I got busted in RL. Should really namechange on here too but I like Blathers and post most on this and another long term thread where a namechange would be obvious and confusing sad

On my lists for dragon parties (which I still haven't found - really must check through those course notes --before I put them in the bin--) I realised I already had more than enough stuff to do and caught myself contemplating making the party longer... It would be really cool to know someone who could teach them all to do a dragon dance, though

<<slaps sense into self>>

Blatherskite Fri 25-May-12 11:56:22

Oh goodness that's cute!

DS went off today in his t-shirt but refused to wear his mask or tail when he got to School. Hopefully the teacher will have talked him into it. Some of the kids had full furry suits! They're going to be baking

meant to say on Twitter - my MIL's birthday is the day after mine - it does get in the way, doesn't it?

I should persuade DH to go the Pandora route for MIL, I think - would solve present problems for a few years, anyway..

I have ordered a pink dragon kit and a blue dragon kit (I know, I know, but they were the best colours...) - I think they will be the mascots/themes for the party and then be presents for DD afterwards.

Blatherskite Fri 25-May-12 12:47:48

I think that's why BILs like them for SILs and FIL for MIL - easy, peasy Birthday/Christmas/mother's Day presents.

Am tempted to order a dragon kit myself and I don't need one!

Blatherskite Sun 27-May-12 20:20:06

I got the Gingerdead and letter cutters for my birthday! <skips off to make biscuits>

Cool! I was planning on tweeting birthday greetings, but got distracted by old friend announcing they were going to drop in for tea, which is lovely, because we don't see them often and their DC and ours get on extremely well, but I suddenly remembered that he is precisely a week older than me, so emergency baking had to be done...

How was Jamie's?

Blatherskite Sun 27-May-12 21:41:58

His birthday today as well then?

Jamie's was OK. My choice was limited as I can't eat chilli and pretty much everything had it in and my main course was sopping with grease but everyone else's food seemed nice and they were really good with the children.

I doubt we'll go back but it was nice to try it.

Yes but he's lots older than you

Shame about Jamie's. I don't remember a massive amount of chilli, but then I don't suppose I would have noticed.

Blatherskite Sun 27-May-12 22:09:16

I'd say about 75% of the menu had chilli listed as one of the ingredients and my Sister's meal didn't have it listed yet she was sure she could taste it. I am really, really crap with it. It used to make my face swell up so I've avoided it and have never built up a taste for it so now it blows my head off. Carluccio's is very similar and uses much less chilli.

Do you have anything nice planned for your birthday? We'll be on holiday but I'm sure I can manage a tweet on the day smile

Mine co-incides with lots of jubilee stuff, so not sure what we will end up doing.

Blatherskite Mon 28-May-12 09:50:13

You lot will be able to help!

Ds's school have just sent a mail reminding everyone about dressing the children in red, white and blue on Friday and also to "request that you put something special and ‘celebratory' in their lunch box". The fundraising team are "giving each child a Union Jack flag and a celebration red, white and blue cake". I was thinking of putting a decorated biscuit in but that seems a little overkill on the sweet stuff now. I was planning a strawberry/melon/blueberry fruit salad but he has fruit every day so that's not really a treat.

What else can I put in that's 'celebratory'?

coronation chicken sandwich grin?

Blatherskite Mon 28-May-12 10:03:57

Ha! I'm afraid he takes after me and doesn't do curry though.

I'm considering a red, white and blue jelly. Strawberry from a packet and then some lemonade and scary blue pop set with gelatine?

or, if DS will eat it, you could get brown and white bread and cut it to make a "union jack" sandwich (I have tried to find a picture to show what I mean and have failed completely)

..or sandwiches cut into crown shapes?

Blatherskite Mon 28-May-12 10:15:05

Popcorn! With red, white and blue sprinkles!

Ours is a air popper so the corn doesn't come out sticky enough to colour 3 batches individually but I could mix some with multicoloured sprinkles. I think I'd rather do that than try colouring the popped corn with food colouring. I could make it quickly in the morning if it was just a case of tipping sprinkles in and then it would be fresh.

It's also then a wholegrain too so I don't have to feel too guilty--

Genius idea. I just have to come up with red, white and blue clothing for DD. Should be do-able, but I am hoping that it remains hot as I am reasonably sure she has a red, white and blue sundress - job done!

Blatherskite Mon 28-May-12 22:02:18

DS has a cheap t-shirt with a union jack on that I got from the supermarket (DH has pointed out that it's actually red, grey and almost black but it gets the idea across I think), some red or blue shorts depending on which he chooses and some union jack socks. DS is obsessed with "our flag" ever since my brother gave him an atlas so everything will get worn to death I'm sure.

I keep looking at all the stuff in the shops and resisting the temptation so far. If I look at the dress that I have in mind and decide it is not suitable, then jeans and a newly acquired T-shirt it will be.

Blatherskite Tue 29-May-12 18:46:50

Saw these and had to show you guys. Aren't they cute smile

Oh they're gorgeous. I haven't started investigating "cute" dragon cakes/cupcakes yet (party is not until October, after all...)

I was going to say that we need a new victim customer, but I guess once DrsW is back from nightmare holiday then it will be all systems go for naming/blessing planning and the various cakes she is committed to.

I am tempted to do union jack cupcakes for village party - I bought a magazine to read on the plane last week and it has templates for a complete set of cupcake toppers which make up a union jack from 24 cupcakes... Currently the DC are making crowns for the same event and I am mostly refraining from interfering helping too much.

Bonjourno i'm back. Good lord what a holiday. I'm ashmed to say i had my judgey pants on. The GF and her child were filthy. Childs clothes made me sad, and i know thats wrong and very un mnetty but flame me if you will. Child in same two outfits for a week and absolutely crusted up. GF wasnt bothered, shes very into festivals etc so fair enough thats her thing but this gorgeous little 2yr old was just pure grime. Anyway, who am i to judge.

Everyone except my lot got a sickness bug so we had a lucky escape there. Glad to be home as my mum just kept taking dd1 off all the time and i could feel the tears pricking. I'd told dh i wanted to use the opportunity to do stuff with her as its harder now dd2 is around. But i literally got left holding dd2 whilst they all went on rides, treetop walks etc etc.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. I've got nothing to do really for this service of thanksgiving. Dresses are bought, invites/order of service is done. Need to re-do bunting and make the fruit cake. I want to do flowers for each table but not sure what to do yet as it'll be a diy job. Ive done enamel buckets before but they may be a bit big.

herecomesthsun Tue 29-May-12 20:12:09

DD 3 months old will be wearing this union flag sleepsuit and DS will be wearing a black T with "keep calm it's the diamond jubilee" on it. I have bought these with the thought of using on a cake for our street party, but tempted to keep as keepsakes instead cos they are cute. (Am not even a royalist disclaimer)

cute sleepsuit grin

do you think I can persuade DD to change to pirates as a theme? (A: not a chance. Might as well try and divert an avalanche hmm)