5 of the best children’s party tips!

This is a guest post submitted by Sara West from Tall Tales Puzzle Parties. At Tall Tales Puzzle Parties children can turn detective, become a princess or rescue fairies, escape pirates or hunt dinosaurs. Their puzzle parties in a box give you everything you need to lead your child and their party guests through a riveting adventure – easy-to-follow instructions, puzzles, quests and crafts.  The last few years of entertaining children with my adventure puzzle parties, not to mention the years of having parties for my own two boys, I’ve got a wealth of party tips. Now I want to share my favourites with you. So if you’re party planning for your child’s next birthday or you know you’re going to have to start in the next few months, see if my top five tips that I swear by can help you too. 1. Booking a party entertainer? Then make sure you book the entertainer before you book your party hall. There are lots of halls available for you to choose from but if there is a particular party entertainer that your child REALLY wants you may need to be flexible as they may already have a booking for that morning or afternoon. 2. Go with the party theme your child wants. Just because your daughter is seven doesn’t mean she can’t be a princess! This may very well be the last year that she can have a princess themed party so go with the flow. And if your son has already been to five pirate themed parties this year but still wants a pirate party for his birthday then...

Scary Octopus Cake – Halloween Special

Scary Halloween Octopus Cake   With Halloween nearly upon us my two little boys decided they wanted to make a scary cake. As my eldest son is allergic to many foods, including wheat and eggs, we often find it easier to keep things simple and so we opted to just make some creatures from some cornflakes and chocolate! The great thing about using cornflakes coated in melted chocolate is that the little ones can join in each step of the way and they can get really creative. My two boys love using their hands and simply molding the cornflakes into whatever shapes they want. They create all kinds of weird and wonderful things with them and have lots of fun, this time deciding to make a scary Halloween octopus! The other great thing is that is is really quick to do, so for all us busy Mums, it’s something we can do in 15-20 minutes between dinner and bath time, always a bonus!   To make this scary Halloween octopus cake you will need the following: Ingredients: * A box of cornflakes. * Cooking chocolate. * Rainbow drops. * Eyes (bought from Morrisons Halloween selection for £1 per bag of 7). * A packet of scary sweeties for decoration (we used Harbio), Instructions: 1. Melt the chocolate in a sauce pan (adults only when doing with small children). 2. Pour the melted chocolate over a bowl of cornflakes and pass to the little ones to mix it up. 3. Once the cornflakes are coated in chocolate just let them have some fun. I gave my two boys a clean...

Halloween Bunting – Art and Craft Special

Hey everyone, Today’s guest post is brought to you by the fabulous Diane from The Creation Station, Northumberland, Blyth. Find out below how to make fabulously scary bunting with your little ones 🙂   Halloween Bunting   Bunting is a wonderful way to decorate any room for just about any occasion and is a great craft to do with kids of almost any age. Even babies can contribute by painting shapes with their hands, feet or simple tools:     Bunting need not be restricted to triangles – it can be created from any shapes or images, so here are some ideas for Halloween-themed bunting which you can decorate your house with ready for some spooky fun at the end of this month! You will need: Halloween-themed shapes cut from card e.g. witch’s hat, pumpkin, spider, bat, ghost, cauldron. These ones and more can be downloaded from The Creation Station Store.             Paint or other media in Halloween colours, e.g. black, purple, orange, green. Eyes – either the plastic googly eyes that you can buy, or ones made from circles of card with black dots drawn on. Glue and collage items (optional)   Instructions: Colour, design and embellish your shapes in whatever way you like! Your youngest may like to finger-paint in quite a random way, whilst your toddler may want to experiment with tools such as printing with sponges or shape cutters as well as using brushes. If you don’t like the hassle of paint (or the potential for mess!) you can use paint pens, felt-tips, coloured pencils and crayons.         Once...