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easy fruit crafts for kids

Nothing says Summer like some fresh, brightly coloured fruit.  Ice-cold watermelon, bright red strawberries or even the odd fruit daiquri or two enjoyed in the sunshine is what it’s all about.  With the Summer holidays coming up I have DIY’s on the mind and what better than some fun fruit crafts for kids to keep them busy.  So I’ve rounded up 10 of the very best fruity DIY’s – some with free printables for a quick little project and others that are a bit more involved.  Most of these fruit crafts for kids would make great decorations for a fruit themed Summer party too.

fruit themed party ideas

How great are these free printable fruity straw decorations

DIY kids apron

Why not try making this easy DIY potato stamp fruity apron?

fruit themed party printables

These free fruit printables will make fun wall decorations for any Summer party!

fruit crafts for kids

For something a little more involved, these DIY fruit magnets are too cute!

 fruit crafts for children
Fruit isn’t just for eating, it’s for playing with too! Make these free printable fruit toys.

 fruit crafts for kids

Loving these DIY fruity paper plates.  Another great DIY decoration for a fruit themed party.

 fruit themed party ideas
What will you fill these printable fruit gift bags with?

DIY fruit crafts for kids

Wouldn’t these DIY fruit umbrella’s make great little handmade gifts?

DIY fruit party pinatas

These DIY mini watermelon pinatas are cutest pinata’s ever, don’t you think?

fruit themed party free printables

If you want to throw a quick and easy fruit themed party, here’s a free party printable kit ready to go!

P.S. Here’s some more fruit craft ideas in case you haven’t had your fill!

kids party invite sets

Do you make your own kids party invites or do you buy them?  I always plan to make them myself and sometimes do but sometimes life gets in the way and I end up buying them.  Most of the kids party invitation cards you find in the shops tend to be a bit samey and are often themed with TV or cartoon characters which isn’t really my thing.  Recently I went looking for something a bit different for a friend and I came across these really fun and colourful party invite kits.

These invite kits aren’t just for kids parties but they have baby shower ones, general ones which can be used for a range of occasions and of course kids party invites too.  They come as a complete kit with the invites, envelopes, envelope seals and party favour bags included.  All the designs just scream fun and cheer, exactly what a party should be!  For our next kiddy party I’m loving the colourful heart ones or maybe even for my next grown-up party! 

"best halloween party decorations"

Are you having a Halloween party?  They seem to be getting more and more popular in the UK and while I’ve never had one, we’ve been invited to one every year for the last four years.  Next year I am determined to throw my own party as I’m feeling so inspired by all the DIY Halloween party decorations out there.  If you’re having a party or even if you just want to decorate your home for the kids, here are nine of the best DIY Halloween party decorations that are easy to put together in a short time and once done, your home will look pretty spooky but in a fun way.  No blood and gore here as that just creeps me out!  Most of these decorations are easy enough for the kids to get involved in so they will make fun half-term crafts too.  Happy Halloween!

1. Black bat stickers | 2. Witch hat cupcake toppers | 3. Hanging spider balloons | 4. Halloween paper plates | 5. Balloon ghosts on a stick | 6. Halloween puppets | 7. Free printable Boo glasses | 8. Free printable cobweb paper | 9. Crepe paper ghost garland

P.S. Have you checked out the ebabee shop yet?

"9 of the best fruit themed summer party ideas"

Nothing says Summer to me more than fresh fruit.  OK, maybe ice-cream too but fruit is up there with the Summeriest of Summer things.  The bright colours, the fresh flavours, the juicy consistency all shout Summer.  Apart from eating it, I love the idea of having a fruit themed Summer party for a kids birthday, a family gathering or just about any excuse you can come up with to have a party.  I went looking for some fruit themed party inspiration and here are 9 of the best fruit decorations, cakes and more for a fabulously fresh n’ fruity Summer party:

1. free printable fruit garland | 2. giant citrus fruit balloons | 3. easy fruit macaroons | 4. free printable strawberry ice-cream cone wrappers | 5. watermelon favour boxes | 6. felt watermelon cake toppers | 7. free printable paper fruits | 8. pineapple pinata | 9. strawberry shaped birthday cake

Most of these are easy DIY’s or free printable so just click the links for all the details.

It seems to be birthday party season around here.  Anya has a birthday party nearly every weekend from now till mid-July and sometimes even two per weekend.  I now know what mum’s mean when they say their kids have a more hectic social life than them!  For one of the parties coming up, the mum is a good friend and she asked me to find her some inspiration for DIY party hats as she wants to make them herself.  So of course I agreed and thought I would share my favourite finds here too in case they inspire you to make your own.

"DIY kids party hat ideas"

These fruit inspired DIY party hats are so fun.  They are bright and fresh, perfect for a Summer birthday party.  You don’t have to stop at pineapples and strawberries but can include any kinds of fruit you like.

Continue Reading "5 of the best DIY party hats"

"5th birthday party dress"Last weekend we celebrated Anya’s 5th birthday with a small party at home.  It was a very girly do with lots of paper pompoms, pink tissue and 5 giggling girls.  Last year we had a big party where I hired a venue and invited loads more kids but this year we wanted a more intimate do at home.  "lady bug cupcakes"Anya loves lady bugs so that’s what we chose for the cake: lady bug cupcakes in pale pastels.  I wanted to keep it simple with a home-made feel so we chose cupcakes instead of a big cake.  I wish I could take credit for making them but they were made by my talented friend and cake maker Mirna.  For the food we chose Anya’s favourites and very kid friendly things like pizza, chicken goujons and crisps all home made.  I thought the food would look pretty served in little cardboard boxes lined with pink and white striped tissue. "girls 5th birthday party ideas"Having the party at home meant space was limited and there was no room for an extra table for the girls to eat on.  So I lay a white sheet down on the floor at one end of the living room and scattered the sheet with little gold stars and some honeycomb balls and this is where the girls ate.  The kids loved the honeycomb balls and started playing catch with them!"5th birthday party ideas"With a December birthday you have to have the party indoors as it’s way too cold.  So that usually means a venue but I so loved having the party at home and keeping it really small and simple.  I think Anya enjoyed it more too.  All in all the sun shone, the food went down well, the decorations were destroyed and the girls giggled and screamed while my husband and I watched and celebrated our baby turning 5! 

{Anya wears technical dress,  cupcakes by Mirna Cakes,  decorations bought from deco pompoms and petra boase.}

Garlands galore…

July 24, 2013

"vintage bunting vintage garlands"One of my favourite ways to brighten up a kids room is to hang up a garland or some bunting.  Even the most blah space can instantly come to life with one of these.  And of course no kiddy party can be complete without bunting.  Currently my favourites are these beautiful handmade ones by Numero 74 which include garlands made from vintage fabrics, crochet garlands and more.  And they’ve just added party packs to their range with bunting adorned invitation cards and the prettiest party bags I’ve seen.  "handmade kids party decorations"You’ll find all these at Mokkasin which is fast becoming a favourite shop of mine not just because of their wonderful selection but also their photo styling is so stunning like in these picture above. 

mama & baby…

July 18, 2013

"confetti spoons confetti shorts baby"This week’s picks for mama & baby… this summer, let mama decorate her outdoor table with these cheerful confetti spoons while baby wears those cute confetti shorts*.

*Via pinterest

"princess cake London"

Today is my daughter Anya’s 4th birthday… happy, happy birthday Anya!  We had her first proper birthday party on the weekend.  So far, we’ve only had a little celebration at home but I think 4 is the age where they really start to appreciate a party with their little friends.  She asked for a pink party and a purple princess cake and that’s what she got.  I thought I would share some pictures of her party and also take this opportunity to introduce my newest sponsor Hugo & Adele which is a super pretty party shop.

"girls pink party ideas"

When I started looking for her party decorations, I soon began to despair as all I could find was shiny plastic things which I am really not keen on.  And then by chance I stumbled upon Hugo & Adele and it was love at first sight.  Hugo & Adele are a small shop selling the prettiest party wares and they had nearly all the stuff I was looking for.  So I ordered all the paper plates, paper cups, paper straws, party bags, bunting and more for the party from there.  When the goodies arrived wrapped up in soft pink tissue, I was delighted as they looked even better in person than in pictures.  I’m so happy they’ve since become a sponsor as I really love their store and would wholeheartedly recommend them because not only is their stuff lovely but they were also very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

"pink party table decor ideas"

For the kid’s table I bought a white paper table cloth and thought it would be fun to give each child a set of crayons so they could draw while they waited for their food.  This worked really well as not only did they have fun but it kept them occupied {read: out of trouble!} while the food was being served.  I kept the decorations simple on the table as I felt the cups, plates and straws looked lovely and didn’t need much embellishment.  I did however make some washi tape bunting which I hung all around the table.

"kids party food ideas"

I served most of the food in pink and white cupcake holders for the kids but made disposable platters for the adults, using cardboard and pink patterned tissue paper.  The party food was simple and of course very, very kid friendly!

"pink polka dots party bags"

While the whole party theme was pink and white, I used a combination of polka dots, stripes and solids.  I also used a variety of pink shades ranging from pale pink to bright.  I loved these spotty party bags and thought it would be fun to stick those cute pencils on the front.  The party bags turned out to be a bit of a kid magnet so it was a little difficult convincing the kids to wait till the end to get one!

"pink paper party cups"

Anya really enjoyed her pink party and I loved putting it together for her.  I couldn’t have done it without the help of my husband and very good friend Angus.  I’d also like to say a big thank you to our friend Antoine Aoun for the stunning photography, Mirna Cakes for the striking cake and finally to Hugo & Adele for the beautiful paper party wares and decorations.

UPDATE NOV 2015: Unfortunately Hugo & Adele are no longer operating. But if you want some fab party decorations similar to these, you’ll find them at pretty little party shop

mama & baby…

November 15, 2012

"linen party hat kids"

This week’s picks for mama and baby… this Christmas, let mama wrap her gifts in this gorgeous pompom wrapping paper while baby celebrates in that adorable linen party hat.

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