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My Favourite Party Blogs

Stylish creative children’s parties are what we do best!

For more inspiration here is our list of some of the top party styling blogs on the internet. Enjoy!

fringe cake - A Subtle Revelry A Subtle Revelry – The Art of Merrymaking
Pinwwheel - Pizzazzerie Pizzazzerie – Courtney Whitmore shares her party styling expertise
Love Luxe – UK Wedding and Party Blogs. lots of party and wedding planning secrets revealed by expert contributors
Pretty Little Baby – A beautiful UK based lifestyle blog for modern parents. Loads of party and baby shower inspiration in their archives
Anders Ruff –  Free Printables, tutorials and themed party ideas
100 Layer Cakelet –  Beautiful Lifestyle blog, design and party inspiration from the makers of 100 Layer Cake
Hostess With The Mostess – An epic party and entertaining blog!
Pretty Little Party Ideas – Pretty Little Party Shops Pretty Little Blog
Ellie Kelly Blog–  Inspiring and Magical Childrens Party Ideas from Ellie, owner of the fabulous Buttons Childrens Parties
Celebrations at Home – Entertaining inspiration for every party occasion imaginable
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tiny 5" balloons

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Tiny Balloons – Party Trend!

Tiny little Balloons are my new favorite party decoration. So cute and versatile these balloons can be filled with helium (a tiny and very inexpensive amount!) or can be blown up with puff and attached to balloon sticks. I tape them to striped paper straws.

Here are a few ideas for tiny balloons from Pinterest

Beautiful Balloons in a Greenhouse

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Balloons From Seed

What do you grow in your greenhouse?

We recently organised a photo shoot for some of the shops lovely new products. As it was due to be a sunny day and as I was emptying our rickety old greenhouse ready for its timely demolition I thought it would be fun to somehow include it in some of the shots. So what could be more apt than to fill it with balloons! I hurriedly started blowing them up (yes no gadgetry involved just plain ol’ puff) and was thinking what a super idea this was…an hour later with only the floor of the greenhouse covered, red cheeked and parched I wasn’t feeling quite so jolly!
I love the results though, well done again to the super camera action of Abigail Fahey.

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French Yogurt Jars

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Mini Milk Jars – Ooh La La!

New to Pretty Little Party Shop are these ‘oh so cute’ French Glass Dairy Jars. They make a pretty little alternative to mini milk bottles and are great for drinks or for scrumptious desserts.

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I Like Big Balloons and I Cannot Lie!

Big Round Balloons are a real party showstopper! Use pastels for a touch of sweet style at a baby shower or wedding or add Brights for an instant pop of colour in a centrepiece at a childrens birthday party.  A huge statement at a small price!

Miniture Milk Bottles

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Mini School Milk Bottles – Party Trends

Little mini milk bottles are a a huge trend for UK parties and weddings this year. Pretty Little Party Shop have some lovely mini milk bottles in stock right now, we think they are not too big and not too small but perfectly sized (Goldilocks would love them!)

Mini School Milk BottesLittle Milk BottlesThese lovely little milk bottles come with little golden lids making them ideal for a picnic or a take-home party/wedding favour. They can be used over and over again!

Peppa Pig Pinata Game

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Top Ten Childrens Party Games

What is a children’s party without a party game or ten?

Party Entertainers are very talented, they have up their sleeves some amazing and ultra-fun games and activities for kids. For those of us who wish to get involved and host the games ourselves here is my personal top ten party games (in no particular order)

1: Scavenger Hunt or Treasure Hunt 

This is definitely a game for outdoors! A Scavenger Hunt is where a list of items is given to the children for them to run off and collect the list of items in bags and bring back to be checked off, this is great for younger children. You can easily theme these hunts to match in with your particular party. Here is a beautiful Scavenger list and collecting bag from a Woodland Fairy Party by Thecul-de-sac BlogSpot.

Kids Party Game Ideas Scavenger Hunt

Treasure Hunts generally follow clues (great for slightly older children). For a recent Rainbow themed party I rolled up clues in scrolls of paper and hid them around the garden, each scroll gave a clue that lead the children to the next and finally ending up at a Rainbow (I couldn’t manage a real Rainbow but they seemed happy with a tissue paper one) and at its end a crock of Gold.

I love hunts like these and so do the children, It is also a perfect time filler whilst you prepare the party food. You can make your hunt as short and easy or long as you wish it could even become the main event of your party.

Childrens Treasure Hunt, Kids Party Game Ideas

2: The Bean Game

A personal favourite of my eldest daughter. This game requires no music but plenty of space and is really high energy! It sounds a little odd, but trust me this is a true ‘crowd pleaser’!

The children begin by walking around the room in any direction, on your command they need to carry out the following ‘bean’ actions:

    Jumping Bean – Jump around the room

    Runner Bean – Run on the spot

    Broad Bean – Jump in a star shape

    Baked Bean – Lie on the floor in a foetal position

   Jelly Bean – Wobble around the room like a jelly

   String Bean – Stand on the spot reach for the sky make yourself as tall as possible

   French Bean – Hand on hip, strike a pose and shout ‘Ooh La La’

Come up with any other bean poses that you wish to throw in; Magic Bean, Beans on Toast, Tinned Bean, Mr Bean etc etc etc.

There is no winner in this game, it is a fun and fabulous warm up to the party or could be used filling in the time when the parents are arriving to collect the children.

3: Pinata

It is no secret that in our house we LOVE pinata’s. I make the children one every birthday and it is not unusual to come to our house and find one at Easter, Halloween, Christmas or simply just ‘because’!

The smashing of a Pinata excites children like no other party game I know. This activity does need parental supervision, I recommend making a line with some tape and ensuring that all the children (other than the child who’s turn it is) stay beyond the line. Once the pinata has burst open we let the children dive in and gather the contents but ask them all to put there bounty of sweets into a large bowl, we then share the bowl among the children or add it to their party bags.

Girls pink pinata, Childrens Party Games Pig PInata

4: The Pirate Ship

Along a similar vein to the Bean Game is The Pirate Ship, Obviously perfect for Pirate themed parties! The children stand in a line facing the adult ‘Captain’ and obey the Captains commands, A great way for the adults to get in role!

Whenever you call ‘Maindeck’ –  the children run back to the line

    Scrub the decks – Children crouch and mimic scrubbing the floor

    Climb the rigging – Children mimic climbing a rope ladder

    Man over board – Children run and jump

    Walk the Plank – Children have to walk one foot in front of the other with their arms outstretched

    Captains Coming – Children salute and shout ‘Aye Aye Captain!’

    Port – Run to the left

    Starboard – Run to the right

    Captains Wife – Everyone courtseys! (causing lots of laughter, especially from the boys)

    Hit the Deck – Everyone sits down (and like in musical bumps the last to sit down is out of the game)

Once the children have mastered the commands you can shout them out at some speed, throwing in ‘Hit the Deck’ to try and catch them all out!

5: Charades

Charades is played very little these days by Children but it can be a superb party game for smaller groups and ideal for children aged over Six. If you are hosting a Childs Movie Night, Picnic or Sleepover a game of Charades is sure to result in squeals and giggles a-plenty. Its a very simple game to teach the children and once they start it will keep everyone entertained for hours. You could make you own charade cards using simple films, TV shows, books, or words.

6: Musical Statues 

A classic! Children can dance their hearts out and when the music stops they have to hold their pose like a statue. The first to move is out! Make it a bit harder for older children by making them stand on one leg when the music stops! Tip: to stop the children getting bored when they are ‘out’ let them help by being your referees!

7: Balloon Pinata

Pop little wrapped sweets inside big 3ft balloons (you could also add tissue paper confetti). Place the balloons around the room and the children can chase them around, sit on them, squash them until they burst releasing there sweeties. A great pinata alternative for young children.

8: Musical Islands

Musical Islands or Musical Pumpkins/Toadstalls/Teddy Bears/Bunnies etc. This game is based on musical chairs, I often have more children to cater for than I have chairs! Using A4 or larger paper or card cut out shapes to suit your party. (I last did this for a halloween party and made orange pumkins). Make the same number shapes as children and spread them out onto the floor. When the game starts the music will play and when it stops playing the children need to find an island/pumpkin to stand on. Each time the music stops take away a pumpkin this will leave one child with no island, that child is out of the game, repeat until there is only one island left. Tip: if you have a large amount of children take away two or more islands at a time or this game may go on a bit too long!

9: Pass The Parcel

Children have come to expect pass the parcel at parties, and it is as popular as ever. In recent years it has become the norm to put a prize in every layer and this has the added complication that you have to remember which children have and have not had a prize yet! If you choose to do it this way a solution is to put a badge or sticker in each layer as a little prize and ask the children to put them on (indicating to you who has yet to win one), I have also seen pass the parcels containing paper hats and sunglasses which can work in the same way! Tip: pass the parcel can become a little boring when there are more than about 10 children, so get the children to form two or more pass the parcel circles and prepare more than one parcel, it will help if you get an extra adult or older sibling to help you with each circle.

10. Limbo

Limbo is still a much loved party game for boys and girls (and adults!). You can create a simple limbo game by getting two adults to hold the Limbo stick, or get a bit more creative and build one out of some bamboo, tape and string, add some coloured tissue paper and voila! It’s so simple, the children take turns under the Limbo stick, with every round the stick is lowered and if they knock the stick they are out of the game. Tip – proper limbo-ing is difficult for younger children and they end up bending or crawling under, make things a little more interesting for the younger children by making them go under the Limbo; really quickly, with their eyes closed, holding hands with a partner, wiggling, whilst singing etc etc. There really doesn’t have to be a winner, the children won’t mind at all because they will be having so much Fun!

DIY Limbo Party Game Ideas

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