Daisy and Finns Party Ideas

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Inspiration for creative kids parties, activities and mischief ! A cool , quirky edit of living with kids in East London.

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What outdoor activity do you enjoy doing most with your kids?

What's a great theme you've done for your child's birthday? Please share a link with a photo.

Niamh

Daisy's Mad Scientist party was fantastic. It was Halloween so really easy for costumes and ghoulish party treats. Each child had a work station with safety goggles, stained apron ( red food colouring), on each tray they had a jug, mixing bowls, test tubes, pipettes etc etc. We set up about 4 experiments for examples neutralising vampire blood with ground garlic ( bicarbonate of soda mixed with vinegar & red food colouring). They then had free time & we provided lots of containers of flour, bicarb, vinegar, colour water etc .They were so engrossed in mixing & experimenting it was fantastic . The only way to get them to stop was by doing 'explosions' is mentos in cola! Lunch was served in individual plastic cauldrons which then doubled as part bags ( re filled as they made explosions).It was fantastic! There are photos and lots of other great party ideas on our blog www.daisyspartyideas.tumblr.com
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What's a creative gift wrap idea? Please share a link to a blog post if you have one!

Niamh

My little girl made this wrapping paper using mini printing blocks we bought at a car boot ( yard) sale. She used black paint and the reverse side of some old technical drawings. They look so graphic, yet perfect for kids wrapping paper - top it off with a red ribbon - perfect ! See the photo on http://daisyspartyideas.tumblr.com/page/5
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What's a great item to include in a birthday goodie bag? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.

Niamh

My kids really look forward to getting their party bags, however they are more interested in quantity over quality! They've had what I consider to be really lovely gifts however they are really looking for sweets, chocolates and something they can play with instantly ! We made these really easy marble pouches as an economic party bag present - they were a big hit ! I've posted photos & 'how to ' on http://daisyspartyideas.tumblr.com/
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What's your family's favorite nostalgic, silly, or practical holiday tradition? (If there's an image that goes along with your tradition, please share a link.)

Niamh

I made our Advent calendar over 10 years ago out of calico with little pouches for each of the 25 days. I think it’s stood the test of time quite well ! I used to travel a lot more than I do now & could fill it with lots of bits & pieces that I gathered on my travels through the year. Since the kids have got older all they really want in it are sweets ( I’m sure that’ll change in the years to come) so I fill it with 2 small packets of haribos or lollipops etc. We’re not yet at the stage where they are taking it in turns..maybe next year ? The kids love it so much they’ve been asking since the beginning of November when the advent calendar is coming out. I love that it’s part of our Christmas tradition now!
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What fun activities can you do with your toddlers?

Niamh

The most consistent , fail safe activity for toddlers? Pouring ! Yes , that's right, pouring ! Take a tray or baking tray, a small jug (preferably plastic) or 2 and lots of different containers...cups, bowls, beakers etc etc. Make sure they wear an apron & you have paper towels at the ready! Place everything on the tray & fill the jugs with water . Show them how to pour the water into different containers & sit back & watch ! They LOVE it ! Give them a sponge to mop it up, they can squeeze the water back into the jugs. Just make sure they keep everything in the tray and you'll be able to relax !You can vary it by adding food colouring to the water. My kids started doing this at Montessori & they kept asking to do 'pouring' at home as well ! It helps their hand eye co-ordination,fine motor skills,understand concepts of place and direction, such as up, down, under, beside etc etc.But more than that they just love doing it, it's part copying doing something 'grown up' and part achieving something. They are in control of what they are doing. Pouring can easily keep them occupied from half an hour to an hour on a good day ! For a bit of fun after that try bubbles...a little bit of washing up liquid, water & a straw.Mix together & blow through the straw.... you'll get bubbles galore !
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From Twister to "sardines in a can," we're always looking for indoor games that get our kids moving and burning off energy! Can you share a physical game your kids love that can be played inside?

Niamh

A really easy game to play with all ages is "Simon Says".The aim of the game is to catch the kids out but we play it as a way to keep them occupied if we are delayed somewhere or to burn up energy on a rainy day or as a party game!The way to play it is as follows: -One person( usually the adult) is the caller. -The caller shouts instructions eg "Simon says dance gagnam style" "Simon says hop on one leg 50 times" - If the caller says "Simon says' then all players have to obey.If they do not say 'Simon Says' the player should NOT do anything! It's a really fast game & the kids get so excited that they concentrate on the instruction & forget about the 'Simon says' element. It's great fun catching them out! Here's some examples of instructions, if the kids are older it's great to keep changing the instructions quickly, if they are younger go a bit more gently! - Simon Says do 10 star jumps -Simon says balance on 1 leg for 20 seconds - Simon says clap your hands 5 times -Simon says sit down -STAND UP( if you do this quickly you might trick them!) - Simon says dance like a chimpanzee -Simon says bark like a dog -Simon says cluck like a chicken -Simon says lie down & go to sleep -GET UP you get the idea ! You can make it as physical as you like in short bursts which means it'll burn energy but not get out of hand! Enjoy !
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Does your family have a special St. Patrick's Day tradition? Please also include a link to a photo, if you have one.

Niamh

St Patrick's Day is always a big deal in any Irish household. Pre-children our celebrations were great 'craic' now however things are much more family friendly! We still make it special feasting on fresh oysters & black velvet cocktails ( champagne & Guinness), brown soda bread & smoked salmon. The part the kids love though are the shamrock cookies! They vary every year,we have 3 different sized cookie cutters, we ice with the traditional green icing but this year we'll include pink just for the 'craic'!We make loads so the kids can take them into school with their bunch of fresh shamrocks pinned to their collar ! Happy St Patrick's Day ! I'm posting photo's on Paddy's day so plse come & have a look!
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What's your favorite guilty pleasure snack? Please share a link to the item or, if homemade, to your recipe and photo.

Niamh

I can half convince myself that this is kinda healthy because it's made with a whole banana but where Granny Molly’s Easy-Peezy Banana Squeezy cake gets me is that I just can't stop at one!! Super quick & easy to make,I have half an eye to the fruit bowl and if a banana starts to turn black that's it we start baking!! To make them.. 4 oz unsalted butter 4 oz dark brown sugar 4 oz self raising flour 2 eggs, beaten half to a whole banana (depends on size!), mashed a big handful of raisins - or not if you’re fussy! buttered and greaseproof-lined loaf tin 1. Cream the butter and sugar together 2. Add beaten eggs 3. Beat furiously with a wooden spoon the old-fashioned way!, for 3-4 minutes 4. Carefully add mashed banana + raisins. 5. Fold in flour. 6. It’s now a gloopy unpromising-looking batter. Don’t panic! 7. Bake at 180C for 20-30 mins until risen, golden and springy – a skewer will come out clean. Et voila! Delicious. It’s somewhere between a cake and a pudding – cos of the squeezy banana. We scoffed it down with custard, warm from the oven
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