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

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stealthsquiggle Fri 20-Apr-12 22:58:21

We appear to have filled another thread shock

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

Tinkerisdead Tue 24-Apr-12 15:07:53

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!

Tinkerisdead Tue 24-Apr-12 16:03:52

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!

Tinkerisdead Tue 24-Apr-12 16:14:24

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.

Tinkerisdead Tue 24-Apr-12 16:15:42

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

Tinkerisdead Tue 24-Apr-12 16:16:41

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!

stealthsquiggle Tue 24-Apr-12 17:31:51

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.

stealthsquiggle Tue 24-Apr-12 18:18:35

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).

stealthsquiggle Tue 24-Apr-12 18:21:13

girly dragon tails??

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

stealthsquiggle Wed 25-Apr-12 22:14:24

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....

stealthsquiggle Thu 26-Apr-12 21:21:18

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

Tinkerisdead Fri 27-Apr-12 10:38:41

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!

stealthsquiggle Fri 27-Apr-12 10:44:30

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

Tinkerisdead Fri 27-Apr-12 10:52:36

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!

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