I got those paper bags (check previous post) and I have decided that I’m NOT spending any money for getting the stamps – was mulling a bit what to do (as only letter stamps I have are tiny) and found an idea amongst google search results – create your own by using foam sheets. Actually, this was the first USEFUL use of foam sheets imho. I had to dig around our craft supply boxes and managed to find few scraps (pheww!) – I distinctly remember gifting few unopened packs in last years’ TEECH shoebox appeal as I thought little ones’ might like it, mine are getting to be “grown up” these days 😀

[if you can, please support your local shoebox appeal – it is a great way to be involved – boxes are usually packed for young and the old and you will put a smile on someone’s face]

Anyway, back to the topic. I’ve created the letters and used a clear acrylic block (with a dab of washable glue) to stamp them. Love how it’s looking up! So far we stamped the bottom row and girls are loving the fact that they’re making the party bags!



Birthday Party Favours

Rolling onwards in the disco theme.

I’ve hunted down ideas in the Pinterest stack (you can see the influence in the invite) and decided on the party favours. I found the selection of neon leg warmers (girls) and headbands (boys) on ebay, just ordered the paper bags I found on Amazon:

And all I have to do now is wait for mr. postman.

Then step 2 is to mix it all in with a selection of sweets and add the names using these printables and we will do a bit of home craft (I’m thinking potato stamping!) to do these.

Pictures to follow in few days.

It’s that time of the year again…

… and we’re going NEON.

Welcome to the roller skate birthday party preparations. Let the games begin.

Now, initially, there were rumors that the little wonderfuls would like Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory parties, but that went down the drain on Monday. Luckily I hadn’t had time to go nuts but I’ve found sooo many ideas that my brain was already buzzing. Oh well – perhaps we do that next year, who knows. Onwards and upwards and lets get into ’80s feel as neon and skates are screaming for large hair-dos!!

OK, so plus side is – it has to be out there (we can’t fit in the house) and it has to be indoors (as outside is either wet or freezing) – I was maniacally googling and calling around on Tuesday morning and voila – there was a space in a sport centre nearby and they had the date that is perfect (and a Saturday, which makes my life soo much easier). Now, I got to choose between 12 o’clock slot and 3 o’clock slot – now that was a dilemma – earlier slot means there should be something children can have for lunch (even if reality is that they will skip straight to sweets and snacks) and the later one is the one where by the end of it we will all be ready to collapse.

Risking the early morning panic – and my manic behaviour – I’ve picked the 12 one. Only time will tell how bad did I do 😀

Now, back to work – I have some party invitations to whizz up – last years’ movie tickets went really well with the audience so I’m thinking of what to create to keep the standard going 😉 I loved little beach huts we did this summer (just tried to link them and then I realised – as usual – I forgot to write that post, so here they are)


summer party invites

And now I’m crawling through the google image results for that just perfect template/image/something magical I can reuse and tweak into the perfect invites. Not there yet.

On the other hand, I’ve found neon leg warmers that will be our party favours, printable cake toppers that I’ll turn into stickers and mini disco balls for the cake they ordered. That will require blog post on it’s own – to be continued…

“Not all of us get to work one night a year. Am I right, Sandy?” – AKA Guardians Party

More posting these couple of days then in months, ha? Well, January is busy for me.

The second party theme this month is “Rise of the Guardians” for my younger one who is currently into Jack Frost. Can’t blame her – it’s frosty outside and Jack is nipping at our noses!

So this one has been a bit of a challenge for me. Not so commercialised as the Smurfs, it will mostly rely on creativity and imagination. I got lucky and found couple of bloggers showing results of their parties.

As house decorations base will be white and blue, I’m trying to make it easy to swap from one party to another.

  • white garland base will get Jack Frost, Toothiana, Sandy, North, and other characters hanging over heads – [TODO] print them, cut out and hang
  • keep white tissues snowflakes that top up the garland decoration – it will fill the ceiling and more environment friendly than balloons [TODO]
  • get children in pre-party spirit by colouring in the characters that we will stick on the walls [TODO print]
  • create a “happy birthday” sign (to go on our garland over the table) [TODO]


  • design the invites and print and cut them [TODO] – for details click here to see my previous post
  • [TODO] create 12 movie related things that children can keep – haven’t decided what yet, might be needle felted jack frost
  • [TODO] design and print the popcorn boxes
  • sort out the living room to resembles cinema theatre with seating plan (row and seat markers, cushions on the floor and sofas) and obligatory middle passageway for topping up snacks
  • I really love this idea for party bags. I will do a twist on it, pre-cut templates for the elf, get the children to assemble the elf body (cone) with a jingling bell on the top, fill it with sweets and pack their own party bags that way 🙂

GAMES – found a blog about guardians party and think it is a great idea to get the children to complete tasks to become guardians. You can find colouring sheets, connect the dots and 3D templates on the movie’s site.

  • finding of gold coins around the house that tooth fairy (my older one) has hidden earlier
  • playing pass the parcel with each layer having a sweet and a description of character’s route to center – I found these online and will cut them out
  • create your own party bag – red elf with sweets, mentioned above


  • sweet and salty popcorn
  • chocolate cup cakes with white chocolate frosting and jack’s staff toppers [TODO print] in blue cup cake cases [TODO]
  • and i’m thinking of making cheese straws in the shape of Jack’s cane, or if you want to go for a sweet version take a look here
  • white and blue marshmallows
  • candy floss in sand if you can find it/make it
  • blueberry juice or water bottles marked with guardians tags or white fruit shoot (that gets guardian label over it)
  • and the cake – need to still design a picture that I’ll order to print an lay on top of the iced cake. a job for this weekend…

If you are short on time, here are some shopping links: