Stone Age Tea Party

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Over the past school term Bubbles has really taken a liking to our stone age history studies, developing a deep love of mammoths in the process so for her 5th birthday tea party a stone age theme seemed like the perfect choice.

As always the decor included lots of items from around the house, including a selection of the girls beloved schleich animals, some simple balloons and a few sprigs of winter foliage.

This year I outsourced the chalkboard art to The Hubsy who did a great job creating some cave art.

Food wise, I made a simple sponge cake covered in white fondant icing to look like ice with Bubbles’ new mammoth toys as decoration. There were also some chocolate bonfire cupcakes made by the lovely Auntie Emily along with a few other savoury nibbles and berries.

Best of all Bubbles had a lot of fun playing with her cousins and went to bed a very happy little girl.

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Bubbles Turns Five!

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I love Jumpey and Bear, mammoths and hedgehogs, seals and sea animals, bears in general, fairies, Neverland, dancing like a ballerina, dressing up like a princess, poetry tea time, exploring nature, Candie Gardens, books, baking, painting, swimming, rolling in sand, getting messy, being loud, sending post, playing in the garden, snuggling on the sofa, being cheeky, giving kisses, and raucous belly laughs!

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, wooden train set, play kitchen, wooden rainbow and my matchbox mouse called Molly.

My favourite books are The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories and Bear & Mouse books.

My favourite movies are Peter Pan, Ice Age, Brother Bear and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are potatoes, peas, quiche, pizza, more potatoes, chocolate brownie, strawberries and yoghurt.

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For more posts about our sweet Bubbles, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

Rainbow Tea Party

 

Blossom requested a rainbow themed tea party for her 6th birthday and you’d think that’d be an easy theme to pull off, I mean it’s just colourful right? But I actually found this theme to be a tough one to pull together.

Thankfully we had all our lovely wooden rainbow toys to make use of and throw in some bright flowers and rainbow balloons with lots of home made goodies and sweet treats and it all came together pretty well in the end. She was chuffed at least, which made the 3+ hours of cake making the evening before worth it, but next time I’ll be sticking to buttercream icing, way quicker and way more forgiving than fondant!

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Blossom Turns Six!

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I love singing and dancing, drawing and colouring, exploring nature, baking, playing with my sister, hide and seek, making dens, reading books, daughter dates, poetry tea time, going to Rainbows, eating chips on the beach, nature walks, family dates at Woodies and walking through Candie Gardens.

My favourite toys are my bunny Boo, my purple scooter, my play tent and toy animals.

My favourite books are Milly-Molly-MandyThe Complete Tales of Beatrix PotterBrambly HedgeJames Herriot’s Treasury for Children and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse.

My favourite movies are The Piglet Movie, Tinker Bell movies and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, ice-cream, chocolate cake, chips, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, roast potatoes and Granny’s yorkshire puddings!

When I grow up I want to be a nurse.

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For more birthday posts about our sweet Blossom, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

Neverland Tea Party

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Over the past year Bubbles has taken a liking to the whimsical world of Peter Pan, particularly the crocodile so for her 4th birthday tea party a Neverland theme seemed like the perfect choice.

As always I opted for balloons, flowers and mostly items from around the house that were nods to the story like cufflinks, a thimble, Tinkerbell, of course and Bubbles’ Bear who kindly played the part of Michael’s teddy bear.

There was also plenty of pirate gold and fresh flowers straight from Pixie Hollow (aka. Tiger Lily Florist) and an impressive crocodile cupcake birthday cake made by the lovely Auntie Emily.

Best of all Bubbles had fun playing with her cousins and then big sister Blossom declared it “the best party ever!” and I felt pretty chuffed too.

(Oh and the Tinkerbell photo credit goes to 5 year old Blossom who helped with setting up)

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Bubbles Turns Four!

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I love Jumpey, Brambly Hedge, Peter Rabbit, Pooh Bear, bears in general, sea animals, crocodiles, fairies, Neverland, dancing like a ballerina, dressing up like a princess, poetry tea time, hot chocolate, nature walks through Candie Gardens, collecting conkers and other nature treasures, baking, rubber stamping, sending post, hide and seek, playing boongerangas and soldiers with Daddy, snuggling on the sofa, being cheeky, giving kisses, and raucous belly laughs!

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, dressing up clothes, my bumbershoot, cat purse and treasure box, and my sister’s ride on Moo.

My favourite books are Bear & Mouse booksBeatrix Potter’s Tales and Paddington Bear.

My favourite movies are Peter Pan and The Heffalump Movie.

My favourite foods are potatoes, sweet corn, quiche, more potatoes, macaroni cheese, strawberries, yoghurt and hot chocolate!

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For more posts about our sweet Bubbles, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

Flower Fairy Tea Party

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For Blossom’s 4th birthday she was given The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by her Granny and Grandpa. It’s a favourite of hers and she can often be found flipping through it and admiring the beautiful illustrations. It’s also a regular read at our weekly Poetry Tea Time.

She told she would like a Flower Fairy Tea Party for her 5th birthday party back when we were planning a Paddington Bear one for her baby sister last December and she has waited every so patiently for it to arrive.

As always it was a simple theme to pull off. I already had a Flower Fairy postcard set of the original Cicely Mary Barker illustrations which we used as invitations and for the decor I simply used the items we had in the cupboards and bought some flowers from M&S.

The cake was a special request by Blossom and my first attempt at not only a layer cake but an ombre cake. I went for the simplest version I could find to increase my chances of success and was pleased with the results even if it wasn’t quite as neat and tidy as the original recipe.

As always my faithful Mum provided the balloons and the sandwiches and one of Blossom’s sweet aunts made cupcakes (something I am not very good at!)

I also managed to squeeze in some extra baking earlier in the week and made coconut ice and fairy biscuit bites which went down a treat.

Now I know some people don’t care for themes, but I do enjoy the decorating and I’m pleased to say it definitely was not wasted on Blossom who kept spontaneously thanking me during set up and announcing how beautiful everything was, it was the sweetest thing!

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