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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 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?

stealthsquiggle Sat 28-Apr-12 17:04:01

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

stealthsquiggle Mon 30-Apr-12 12:49:22

Has the man no sense of priorities shock?

stealthsquiggle Mon 30-Apr-12 14:50:24

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

Tinkerisdead Mon 30-Apr-12 18:39:13

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!

stealthsquiggle Mon 30-Apr-12 19:05:29

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

Doilooklikeatourist Mon 30-Apr-12 19:48:57

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 !

stealthsquiggle Mon 30-Apr-12 22:20:53

Sounds like an excellent party envy

Tinkerisdead Mon 30-Apr-12 22:23:52

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

stealthsquiggle Tue 01-May-12 10:26:43

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

Tinkerisdead Tue 01-May-12 21:45:59

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

Tinkerisdead Tue 01-May-12 22:06:34

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

Doilooklikeatourist Tue 01-May-12 22:31:01

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 >

stealthsquiggle Tue 01-May-12 22:31:41

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!

stealthsquiggle Tue 01-May-12 22:38:03

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

Tinkerisdead Wed 02-May-12 03:34:06

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.

Tinkerisdead Wed 02-May-12 03:37:06

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

Tinkerisdead Wed 02-May-12 03:37:50

Convert links!

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!

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