Olympics 2016 Birthday – Classroom Celebrations

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I loved what I made last year, well more the packaging and presentation (I don’t like eating food with my fingers either do my kids , we loved the addition of forks with our cupcakes).

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The school doesn’t allow birthday cakes (they messy and time consuming for the poor teachers) so cupcakes are the favourite.

This year I really wanted a change, I’ve done cupcakes, I’ve done jelly jars so what to do, what to do?….,…doughnuts (donuts).

These were so easy to make and quantity wise fantastic.

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What you’ll need:

  • flour
  • milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • eggs
  • butter
  • The best buy however was the Doughnut Maker itself – I bought mine from Clicks and it was on special for R 199.99 and because I’m also a clicks card holder I got a further R 20.00 off #mykindofshopping! Recipe is included

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For the decor:

  • white melting chocolate
  • milk melting chocolate
  • powdered food colouring (green,red,yellow,blue)
  • ziplock bags

For the packaging:

  • containers (I used foil pie containers from  West Pack Lifestyle)
  • clear packaging
  • stickers  ( I designed a quick label to put on the plastic sleeves)

We made a total of 4 batches and 180 odd doughnuts.Each child got 5 doughnuts (symbolic of the 5 Olympic rings).

The kids loved them and the teacher was thrilled that there was no mess or fuss!!!!

Win-Win

FOOTNOTE:

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These were made for my oldest little boy’s class party.I kept them basic and just did cinnamon and sugar doughnuts.

 

Olympics 2016 Birthday – Preperations

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There’s only a small window (birthdays / years to be exact) of opportunity in which your children want or will allow you to do themed birthday parties.If you browse through the blog you will come across a few.

My window is slowly drawing to a close and since the Olympics happens every leap year (4 years)  I had to cease the moment.

It’s its great that the Olympics fall during both boys birthdays so it’s an ideal theme to pick.

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Lets get started, whats on my list (Boys Birthday 2016):

  • Budget
  • invites (decide on a look that will take you through to the end, the thank-you cards or party favour gift tags)
  • location – a great venue that will accommodate all your guests ,the theme and games you would like to do.Also needs to suit your budget.
  • menu – very important as this is what I call an all-in-one as my family (think my Big Fat Greek Wedding family and you have an idea as to how big ours is)will also be invited so its class mates and family.I do try and make it as healthy as possible and do a variety of foods and I also have finger foods both sweet and savory.
  • Party favour ideas – One of my favourites things to hunt for as I am very against the sweet pack and I try and find items that will go with the theme.
  • Budget – very important as you can really get carried away if you don’t restrict yourself and I really don’t want to go crazy spending money on disposables I’ll never use again.
  • Gift ideas – lets not forget not only are we throwing a birthday party for our children but that there is also a gift that goes with their special day.There will be family and friends who will ask you if there is anything your children might need or want(we have that kind of relationship)so the months nearing their birthdays the boys don’t really get any toys or rewards , but on any random shopping sprees if they see something they like we take out mom’s phone and take a photo.This way if someone asks we simply give them ideas ranging on the budget the person has.
  • Decor – keep it simple and cheap.I usually use either disposable table cloths (super cheap) or we use the white catering table linen my mom made a few years back.I like to use glass for drinks and only ever have a few paper cups for the really small  kids, however in saying that if i look back to last year the paper cups were great because kids don’t sit around with a cup-in-hand and chat that drink up and go so perhaps I’ll use those paper cups again.I also purchase take away card board boxes or the aluminum  ones (really cheap from the Crazy Store) these are ideal for takeaways – all those yummy leftovers get to go home with your guests.
  • Photobooth – old wood board will be getting a chalkboard revamp to look something like:
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  • Games – With it being the Olympics we definitely doing sporting events that everyone can do from the 3 Legged Race to giant eggs and spoon races.Yup moms I’ll be  Papiermâché -ing  giant balloon eggs for the races.Rope for the Tug-of-war I found at Builders Warehouse.

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I print out my list and carry it around in my handbag.It looks like a hot mess when I eventually take it out my bag once the party is over and done with but this sort of list is a big help during my preparations.

Notes:Although the boys birthdays are during the month I always plan and host their birthday party on the last weekend of the month.My reasons……….

  1. Budget – I like to know that I can afford this birthday party.I do purchase a lot in the months heading towards their Birthday month to help the budget stretch.
  2. Weather – it starts getting warmer as we head into the next season so making their birthday later in the month means better weather for the party.

Planes Themed Party

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We have avid future pilots in our little family.So it was no surprise when asked what kind of party was wanted the answer was Planes.

We came across the venue at the beginning of the year and booked it straight away for the boys birthday later in the year , it seemed we always managed to find ourselves hanging out there on a weekly basis.

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The clouds I made using the following tutorial:

How To: Make Your Own Surreal DIY Cloud Wedding Backdrop

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I don’t do sugared party favours but try my best to get something to go with our theme each year.This year was no different ,I came across these for R 5.00 each  almost as soon as the theme was decided on, each child received a blow up plane as their party favour.

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Upon arrival the guests received a passport (which they had to fill with “Stamps”, I found sticker sheets of different flags of the world at the Chinese market so this was their challenge.

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Each section of the playground was a certain country and they had to complete the obstacle before getting a stamp on their passport.

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They loved this and were super hyped to travel the globe so to speak lol!!!!

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My favourite props for the birthday were these awesome locally made aeroplanes I used as decor everyone has asked me where I got them.

I had purchased theses awesome suitcases from Merrypak but sadly the courier company only arrived when we were at the party already – had I had them I would have not blown up the aeroplanes but instead placed them in the suitcases.

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http://www.merrypak.co.za/product-category/boxes/boxes-suitcases/#prettyPhoto

 

I made the invites myself and the Passport I found online and added to the theme.I also made photobooth signs.

Here are the templates:

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They loved their party so much , when we got home I was asked if they could have another Plane Themed party this year……………………..NO I don’t think so!

This year’s theme will be the Olympics as their birthday is smack bang during the Summer Olympics , drop on by from time to time because I DO promise it wont take a year to post about their party this time round 🙂

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Easter Napkin Ring

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The realization that Easter is possibly my most favourite celebrations has really been cemented.

I love Easter.

I made these Gold Napkin Rings for our Easter Sunday Table.

You can to!

What you will need

  • Foam glitter Sheets – Available at PNA
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and Ruler
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I measured on the smooth foam side of the sheet (Glitter front is face down) See measurements above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cut a slit half way on the top left side and a slit half way on the bottom right side so when you bring both arms together you will slot on into the other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You could always just tape the two arms together if you like.

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Upcycling – Easter Decor

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I like to do a touch of “festive decorating”  over almost any holiday be it a heart wreath at our entrance , Father Christmas Cookie Jar on the kitchen shelf and a little bunny-something over Easter.

Many years ago I went all pastels for Easter and covered a Wooden cross from PNA with scrap-booking paper.

I never used it again after that because I was done with the colours.I thought I’d be smart this year and upcycle it.

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All I needed was the glue, a scissors and a Stanley knife – I removed all the scrap-booking paper – not easy as I used really good glue.This took me ages and then I had a great idea to use a damp cloth and gently wipe.This did the trick and in not time it looked almost good as new – no left over paper that is.

I had some leftover Gold Glittered sheets from a party we had so I used that and some school glue (Pritt) – this way next year it wont be so hard to remove when I want to used it again to match the Easter colour scheme.

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I love how this simple little project turned out.

 

 

Easter Egg Decoration

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This is by far the quickest and easiest Easter Egg decoration ever.

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All you need are White Boiled Eggs (allow them to cool before you start) , Gold Striping Tape (can be found at an good Nail supply store – such as  A-Z Nail Suppliers or  Planet Nails) and a scissors.

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This year my theme or should I say colour scheme will be Indigo and Gold – so everything is either a deep blue or gold colour.

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Personalise Your GOLD LINDT BUNNY

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I’m in Easter Bunny Heaven?

Pick n Pay and Lindt have teamed up and will be giving both you and I the joy of having a Lindt Gold Bunny Personalised , how awesome is that?

A Personalised Lindt Bunny (my favourite of favourites)  yes please!You’ve been around long enough to know how I love anything personalised.

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So…….Be sure to diarise the dates , I’ll see you there.We went this weekend and I cant stop staring at the pretty-ness that is my little Lindt Bunny.

Click here  to find the nearest participating Pick n Pay .

Remember to take a pic with your gorgeous Personalised Lindt Bunny and share.

Use the Hashtag #MyGoldBunnySA

Jewellery Box – DIY

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A gift for each of the grandmothers.

If you follow the blog you know how I love anything personalised.We came across the boxes on a trip to our local PNA and they weren’t to badly priced at R 26.00

I already had the spray paint from a previous project  and had my local printer do the gold vinyls after I designed them on Word and PDF-ed them.

What  you will need:

  • Box – You can select the size
  • Spray paint or an acrylic paint and brush – Once again you can select the colour
  • Personalised Vinyls or Letter Stickers
  • Marble Contact Paper – Optional
  • Utility Knife or sharp scissors for Contact paper
  • Ruler and Pencil to measure Contact paper

To do:

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  2. Lay down newspaper or a plastic in the area you will be spraying – remember this needs to be a well ventilated area. If using the acrylic paints make sure your brushes are clean and your work surface is covered.
  3. Spray and allow to dry  – you may want to then do a 2nd coat if you feel you need to.I did the 1st coat with spray paint and then used my white acrylic paint and brush to finish it.mgfabox.05
  4. Measure and cut out the Marble Contact paper for the inside of the box and adhere it to the inside of the box (inner base and inner lid)  – Remember this is optional and you can just as easily keep it the same colour as the outside of the box.
  5. Screw in all the hinges and clasp.
  6. Add the Vinyl Names on to the lid of the box

Finished Product #sopretty

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Spur Steak Ranches – Kids Valentine’s Day Love Cards

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We love to do a little something for our classmates for Valentine’s Day.We have been doing this since Nursery School Days.

I absolutely adore these Love Cards from Spur Steak Ranches.

See Below as to how we incorporated them into our gift giving.

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Click here to go directly to the Spur Website to download the LOVE CARDS

 

Valentine Tassel Keyring

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Valentine Tassel Keyring

You see them everywhere these days……

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On clothing , on accessories , on jewellery , tassels are very in right now.Even in home decor from blankets to pillows.

It’s a really cheap and really quick Ombre Tassel Key ring you can do for a friend, a teacher , your sister.Anyone you just want to spoil really!

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You going to need: Embroidery Thread, Keyring ,Washi Tape, Scissors, Cardboard / Card

 

The height of your card is the length of your tassel so you can decide. The length of my Gautrain Card was perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Secure the embroidery thread with a little washi tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The begin to neatly wrap your tread around the card until the desired thickness ,snip off when finished.Now ct another piece of tread about 10cm long

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slip the 10 cm piece of thread through from one side to the other and tie a knot as tight as possible

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It should look like this. Take a scissors and though the loops in the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cut another piece of thread and wrap and knot it about 1cm below the knot you have just made.

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There you go! All done. At this stage – trim the bottom to neaten the edge and slip through the keyring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Luck – please share your tassel DIY’s  with me with the hashtag #tasseldiy

To get more Tassel Inspiration Click Here

Enjoy