Green.......Its summer time and all the trees are green and so are my pinatas. 

Its always good to look back on the previous year and see which pinatas people loved the most. 

No.10: Its everybody's favourite but lets hope our children don't start talking like her...Peppa Pig Pinata.

No.9: Olaf Pinata, only available from September to April, from May to August I'll send you a puddle pinata...lol. 

No.8: Frankenstein's Monster Pinata... Or my monster, after making so many pinatas of him I certainly have some 'dibs'. 

No.7: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinata. They can even come with night vision goggles! The most high tech pinata you'll ever meet. 

No.6: Ice-cream Pinata. This is the ultimate summer time pinata and without the calories. 

No.5: Snowman Pinata and his many many scarves.

No.4: Creeper Pinata.... Did you hear about the Creeper that went to the party? He had a blast.... Da boom! 

No.3: First Communion Heart Pinata, all pink and pretty and cute. 

No. 2: Legoman Pinata and as you can see he's shocked and appalled that he didn't make the top spot!! 

No. 1: First Communion Star Pinata. I do adore making these pinatas and adding a touch of fun and mischief to the big special day. 

 

 

 

Being a parent usually means glamorous, crazy New Years Eve nights out are a thing of the past but hopefully a thing of the future too. Why not enjoy the middle ground – your children would be delighted to spend the biggest party night of the year in your company.

You know your children best and know if they will last the distance until midnight, if not then give them naps during the day or bring the clocks forward two hours and have midnight strike at more manageable 10pm. This trick is great for the younger ones and saved me from some grumpy faces in the past. 

At the usual bedtime instead of sending the kids to get their pyjamas on, send them to get their party best on for the rest of the evening. If you have it pre-decided and laid our all the better. Most of the girls will adore this idea but if you son is anything like mine he might dig his heals a little so maybe encourage the boys by adding some tinsel/funny hat/goofy glasses to their attire.

  • Make your own confetti. Coloured tissue paper left over Christmas wrapping, a scissors and start chopping. The kiddies will love this activity and the more they have the more to celebrate the New Year with.

  • Use balloons for the count-down. Filled a balloon for each hour with a little activity to get the party started and label the balloon with the different hours. Then letting the children burst the balloons on the hour and carry out the activity. Activities can include, karaoke, disco dancing, tell jokes, take selfies and gaze at the stars.

  • Use picture props for taking pictures. Children love experimenting with selfies and you would be surprised now much mileage they can get out of some paper props and a funny moustache. If you are feeling adventurous set up a selfie background. These are easy to be found and the selection below can be bought on etsy here.

  • Serve the children’s favourite drinks in grown up glasses and make they feel as important as the adults. Hot chocolate is a favourite in our house and gives a lovely warm belly when finally heading to bed.

  • Redecorate the Christmas tree. It can be as simple as taking the Christmas decorations off, leaving the lights on and adding paper numbers of the New Year. This is the type of job the children can take on themselves and get a great sense of achievement from it.
  • Have a new year wishing tree. This is a great way of getting your children to get goals and think about what’s approaching in the New Year. Also its food for the children to see their parents have goals and desires for themselves as well. Keep all the wishes for next New Years Eve and see how many have been achieved.

  • Smash a piñata at midnight. What a fun way to end the evening. It can be filled with anything like sweets, confetti, little toys and sparklers. Any of my piñatas can be customised with the New Year on it and this star piñata would be the ideal pinata to add 2016 to. 

 

 

New Years Eve is a special time of year and I hope some of these ideas will help you and your family to celebrate and make memories to treasure. Have a happy, healthy new year. 

Ruth x 

 

Tis the season to be jolly...... but perhaps one of the more stressful jobs to do with small children is shopping. Mine for sure don't like it and need to be bribed with some nibbles, I make rush decisions and usually spend more than I wish to. I am all for supporting local shops and traders but this is where a bit of internet shopping comes in handy. Put the slippers on, boil the kettle, sit back and browse.

Another added bonus is the more unique beautiful products that you cant find in the chain stores and large grocery outlets. Working mams and dads making from the kitchen table much like myself.

Here are some of the little gems that I found for you this Christmas.....

www.littlegreendot.ie Beautiful handmade cuddly toys and bibs and hats and endless cuteness. 

www.funkycrayons.com A huge selection of shaped crayons but the ones that makes us squeal is the personalised names. These are loads of fun and very reasonable to boot. last date for Christmas orders will be the 10th of December. 

 

www.nameyourgift.ie This marvelous website from Co.Cavan will have you browsing their huge selection of personalised gifts all evening.... but as its Christmas I just had to show you their festive personalised Christmas stockings. Oh and the best bit is they are running a discount between now and Christmas...hooray. 

 

www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com If you haven't heard of the Irish Fairy Door company you must have been living under a rock for the past year but if you have then at least you might have met some fairys of your own. What a wonderful place a childs imagination is and I will fully endorse anything that helps it grow and flourish.

www.cantercanter.com I have been a long standing fan of Canter Canter having got one of these handmade hobby horses for my daughter's birthday three years ago. Our 'Mini' is well cuddled, well ridden and standing up well to all the 'love' that she gets. 

www.pinkycubit.ie Beautiful beautiful beautiful handmade personalised pictures that would be loved by any little person. Last orders before Christmas are the 7th of December, Sorry for the late notice! but still time :o) 

Dinky Dot Designs is brand new and in the process of setting up their website. Until then you can order with Shiela through her facebook page. At the very least head over to give her a like and help her along. These personalised letter cushions are very cute and at only €4 a letter you can order your childs whole name even if they are called Fionnuala!! he he 

www.mariaslittlewrappers.com A chocolate bar from Santa with the childs name on it and their picture....whats not to love. 

www.ventrytoy.com There is so much charm and humor in these wonderful wooden toys they are hard to tear your eyes away from their beauty and craftsmanship. I just love this dear old man and his tractor. 

www.mykidstimestore.com is a great new concept for a work from home small business. The very clever people at My Kids Time have gathered together a huge bunch of crafters, illustrators, toymakers and knitters to name but a few and listed their products under one website, easy for you to browse and shop... They even have a pinata maker... I wonder who that could be! It was hard for me to pick one product they have listed to show you but this one did make my seven year old jump with glee so here it is... build your own Dublin. 

Happy shopping and I hope I have encouraged you to shop Irish and shop handmade. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its been a hectic 2013 having being featured in many magazines, newspapers and even a whole seven minute feature on national television. So did these new comers to the wonderful world of pinatas have a input in to the most popular pinatas of 2013! Or did the old favorites stay steady and rule the top ten? There was new pinatas debuted during the year and did any of them pass out the ever beloved Peppa Pig pinata? ITS SOOO EXCITING..... 

No. 10 

Creeper pinata, a new comer. Doesn't he look serious!!

No.9 

Peppa Pig, the ever popular Peppa who yet again in starring in the top ten. 

No.8. 

Mario, zooming into 8th place, what would princess peach say!! 

No.7. 

Cupcake, good enough to eat!! 

No.6. 

Bad Piggie, I can see a bird flinging match starting over this!! 

No.5. 

Minnie Mouse, fifth spot but first spot in cuteness. 

No.4. 

Teenage mutant ninja turtle. The highest ranking new pinata for 2013. 

No.3. 

Legoman head, doesn't he look happy to be listed!!

No.2. 

Red Angry Bird.... shhh don't tell no6. 

No.1. 

The pumpkin pinata. Halloween continues to be the busiest time of year for making pinatas and why not when you can scare the neighbours with this charmer. 

 

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: nearly all the top ten guessers where listing this one as a shoo in, but alas in the number 11 spot was.... 

The Minion....... stay tuned next year to see if one of these despicable minions makes the top ten. 

Huge thanks to all my lovely customers for allowing a top ten pinata chart to happen, without you all it would be a very boring list. x 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO its the new superman pinata. 

 

 Usually when you miss a call and listen to your voice mail it doesn't result in you running around the kitchen screaming 'Oh My God Oh My God'. Needless to say the hubby and kiddies wanted to know what all the commotion was all about. When I told them that is was a researcher from RTE Nationwide the kids were less than impressed. The hubby on the other hand laughed and said I was going to have to clean what we lovingly refer to as the 'pinata room'. 

This made me think twice about calling her back!! 


Yup this is what the pinata room usually looks like. It has a lot of half made pinatas, paper cuttings all over the floor, baby toys, empty boxes, full boxes, other craft ideas (half finished), newspaper, newspaper and newspaper. What it didn't have was a lot of space. 

So after calling RTE back and arranging a date within the week they were coming to visit and film and interview. Yikes!! I got out the bin and the rubber gloves and got to work. 


I was starting to get somewhere. 


I even had to rope the baby in to help!!


With a bit of organising and elbow grease we finally got there. The room was a ready for the nation too see. Where had all the boxes and pinatas and toys and newspaper gone?? Well lets just say we won't be having guests to stay anytime soon. :o)

The show hasn't aired yet but don't worry I'll be shouting from the mountain tops as soon as I hear. 




 Oh the excitement!! Its that time of year again when we look back and see what has made us pinata happy this past year. Will they be the same as last year? Will there be a new No.1? Will we have decided that 'that pinata' is just not cool any more? 

Here we go..... brace yourselves!! 

No.10. Spongebob pinata.

.

No. 9. Dinosaur pinata 


No. 8. Peppa Pig Pinata 


No. 7. Bad Piggie Pinata 


No. 6. Strawberry Pinata 


No. 5. Pumpkin Pinata 


No. 4. Christmas Tree Pinata 


No. 3. Hello Kitty Pinata 


No. 2. Cupcake Pinata 


No. 1. Red Angry Bird Pinata, charming isn't he !! 


Did you guess right? Is your favourite there? See you in 2013.... 



Sep
21

 

As today is 'World Gratitude Day'.

 I wish to thank all of my wonderful customers and supporters. Every order is greatly appreciated and I will continue to provide the cutest pinatas and great service that you all love.

Ruth xx

 

We are delighted to announce a ‘Piñata Party Club’ which will run every month here on the website and on the facebook page www.facebook.com/pinataspinatas. Running a bit late for this month but sure we’ll give it a whirl!! This is your chance to share your experiences with the pinatas and win a free pinata for your next party.
 
What you need to do? E-mail us a picture of your child enjoying their ‘Piñatas Piñatas’ piñata at their party and we will post the picture in a special album dedicated to the fun times. We will also need your name, child’s name, age and the highlight of the piñata busting (if you have one!!).
What happens then? At the end of the month a ‘piñata party’ picture will be picked completely at random and that child will receive a free piñata of my choosing. Obviously I’ll pick gender appropriate piñatas for the winner.
 
All pictures entered will feature on this Blog and on the facebook page.
E-mail address pinataspinatas@gmail.com
 
Have Fun :O)
 

 

Aug
12

 

With the sun shining brightly on our back gardens of the next couple of weeks it will make planning your child’s birthday party a little easier. However you will need to incorporate some ways to keep the kids cool. So along with the usual drinks and ice pops why not try a water piñata.

When hanging your piñata also hang some water balloons around the piñata. When the children are hitting the piñata they’ll also hit the water balloons!!

 

Guaranteed to make a splash!!!

If you are blessed enough to have a birthday during the summer months you already know that there is very little limitation on the themes you can pick and execute for your child. With the Olympic spirit in full swing at the moment, I can’t think of a better party theme to embrace. There is a whole list of activities to choose from to keep the kiddies entertained.

 

Firstly as the children arrive I’d separate them into groups/teams. How many will depend on how many children are attending the party. Heading straight for the ‘arts’n’crafts’ table let them make up the name of their country and design a flag. Using large sheets of paper and bamboo sticks allow them to make one large flag and several small ones for the ‘opening ceremony’. Once these have been completed you can supply coloured armbands or bandanas to individualise the teams, this will come in very handy during the ‘games’.

Once all the countries and teams are established the ‘opening ceremony’ can begin. Organise the children to parade around the garden waving their flags and flexing their muscles while introducing the teams to the crowds! It would be wise to have a soundtrack pre organised for this, ‘eye of the tiger’ would certainly get the spirits raised.

 

Let the games begin:

 

Having a chart pre-drawn to let the children see the scores as they go along will encourage competition. Try to imitate the actually games but with a touch of fun such as a relay race using a carrot!! The predictable but fun egg and spoon race, Long jump into a sand pit filled with toy dinosaurs. Discus throw using Frisbees, are just some suggestions. Don't overwhelm the children with too many games as you will be surprised at how long each one will take and you don’t want them to lose interest. At the end average the scores to get the winning team.

Food time: 

Once all the games have been completed the children will have worked up an appetite. Some ideas to make the theme follow through to the table might include threading a gold paper plate with a ribbon to make it them look like medals. Any local bakery would be happy to oblige in custom making Olympic themed cake or cupcakes. Making fruit kebabs using the colours of the Olympic rings would add a touch of colour and in the order of the rings blue/yellow/black/green/red, so for example blueberry/pineapple/blackberry/melon/strawberry.

When they are eating this gives you time to organise the medals and award ceremony. The closing ceremony can be the busting of the Olympic torch piñata which I would be more than happy to custom make especially of the occasion. In the essence of fairness organise that every child receives a medal and rewarded for contributing.

 As firm fans of the delicious strawberry to celebrate 'National Strawberry Week' we are offering our handcrafted strawberry pinata for the wonderful price of €10 instead of €15. This offer is available for the full duration of National Strawberry Week which runs from the 7th to the 13th of June. So if you are planning a party, barbeque or any gathering over the Summer now is your cahnce to grab a bargain.

In addition to this mouth watering offer I will be posting a scrumptious strawberry recipe every day that you can use at your event:

Strawberry Cupcakes  

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling fruit
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 10 ounces strawberries, hulled and cut into small dice, plus more for garnish
  • Buttercream to top

Directions

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 1/2 standard 12-cup cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.

2.       Into a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3.       In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then beat in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined after each addition. Fold in strawberries.

4.       Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cups so that each is about two-thirds full, about 2 ounces each. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the cupcakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely on wire racks.

5.       Make the buttercream and spread or pipe about 1/2 cup frosting on top of each cupcake. Garnish with strawberries, cut into halves, quarters, or left whole, depending on the size.

 

Strawberry Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a food processor, or blender combine the strawberries, honey and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Pour puree into molds and put in freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

 

Strawberry Fool

Ingredients
  • 500g (2 punnets) medium strawberries, washed
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup fromage frais or mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
Directions
  1. Keep 2 whole strawberries aside. Hull and thinly slice the remainder. Combine the sliced strawberries with 1 tablespoon of castor sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the strawberries soften. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, gently whisk the fromage frais or marscarpone and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl until just combined.
  4. Whisk the egg white in a separate bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually whisk in the remaining castor sugar into the egg whites until they become thick and glossy.
  5. Gently fold the fromage frais or marscarpone mixture into the egg white mixture with a large metal spoon. Fold in the cooled strawberry mixture.
  6. Divide the strawberry fool between serving glasses or bowls. Halve the two strawberries and place on top. Serve.

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients

  • 325g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 125ml single cream
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 baking tray, greased or lined
  • 6 1/2cm round cutter
  • Approximately 300g strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • Few drops balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 250ml double cream or creme fraiche

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl. Grate the butter into these dry ingredients and use your fingertips to finish crumbling the butter into the flour. Whisk the egg into the cream, and pour into the flour mixture a little at a time, using a fork to mix. You may not need all of the eggy cream to make the dough come together, so go cautiously.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll gently to a thickness of about 2cm. Dip the cutter in flour and cut out as many rounds as you can. Work the scraps back into a dough, re-roll and finish cutting out  you should get 8 in all. Place the shortcakes about 21/2cm apart on the baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg white, and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of caster sugar. If it helps with the rest of your cooking, or life in general, you can cover and refrigerate them now for up to 2 hours.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden-brown, and let them cool for a short while on a wire rack. Meanwhile, crush half the strawberries with the spoonful of sugar and the few drops of balsamic vinegar if using, and halve or quarter the remaining strawberries, depending on their size. Whip the double cream, if you're using.
  5. The shortcakes should be eaten while still warm, so split each one across the middle and cover with a spoonful of the crushed strawberry mixture, a few halved or quartered strawberries, then dollop some whipped cream or creme fraiche on top, and set the top back on.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 6 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup rum
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine ice, sugar and strawberries. Pour in lime juice, lemon juice, rum and lemon-lime soda. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Instructions

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 pound large strawberries (about 20), washed and dried well
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios (optional)

Directions

  1. Place chocolate in a bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. One at a time, dip each strawberry in chocolate, twirling to coat; then sprinkle chocolate-covered portion with pistachios, if using, and place on waxed paper.
  3. Chill chocolate-dipped strawberries at least 15 minutes to set chocolate. (Strawberries should not be stored in refrigerator longer than 1 hour as condensation drops may collect on the chocolate.)

Strawberry Jam Cakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for tin
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a standard 6-cup muffin tin; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and zest until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks one at a time until creamy; set aside. Into a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture and milk in alternating batches to butter mixture; set aside.
  2. In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites to soft peaks; fold into batter. Divide half of batter among muffin cups. Make an indentation in the middle of each; fill with 1 tablespoon jam. Top with remaining batter.
  3. Bake until a cake tester inserted in top cake layer comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Unmold cakes, and transfer them to a wire rack to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and juice. Place rack over parchment paper; drizzle cakes with glaze.

 

I hope you all have enjoyed the recipes. Ruth xx

   With the huge popularity of the 'Angry Birds' game it is with great pleasure as a massive fan that I am now making a selection of these crazy birds.  At the moment the Red, Yellow and White Angry birds are available to purchase on the website. As all of the pinatas are handcrafted by myself it is only a matter of time until I get around to the Black, Blue and Green ones, so stay posted. If you wish to order any of these then don't hesitate to get in touch. Is it surprising that these are as addictive to make as it is to play the game?

However firstly I'd like to ask 'Which Angry Bird Are You???'

The red one: Free of swagger and bravado. You are good natured and purposely try to keep things simple. You don't like too many details???

OR

The white one: You are amazingly energetic. You'll work as hard and as long as it takes. You can pelt your enemies easily with your excellent aim. Your ememies better beware when they mess with your stuff.

OR

maybe you are a green pig ?? A thieving sod with no morals and will stop at nothing to get away with your crimes !!

Happy Playing :O)

Written by Elaine from www.babybitznpartypieces.com

Party Bags/ Favour Boxes - Where to Start?

It seems kids have come to expect a "party bag" at the end of a birthday party. So, what are your options and how can you keep the smallies happy without going to huge expense?

 

Some Ideas…… 

You can actually do it very cheaply! You could pick up some colouring/ sticker/ activity books and crayons/colouring pencils (local market or discount shop) and tie with some nice ribbon or wrap in some brightly coloured tissue paper and make your own little gift tags with the birthday child to give to his/her guests. 

Or you could make icing little fairy cakes or homemade cookies part of the entertainment at the party and pick up some nice paper bags and let each child take home their treat. Again, you could make some gift tags with the birthday child to say "thanks for coming!"

 Another option is to pick up some plain white t-shirts in Penney's and some fabric markers and let everybody design their own take home gift! 

And if you decide to go the route of the traditional party bag there are still lots of options to choose from - plastic themed party bags, cute paper party bags, favour boxes, even cotton bags with fabric pens which the kids can decorate themselves! 

You can buy the empty bags and boxes and all the fillers and make up your own bags or you can take the handy option and buy them pre filled, saving you time, hassle and most importantly money.

 

What Baby Bitz and Party Pieces can offer you… 

You will find a wide selection of traditional party & activity bags and boxes on our website www.babybitznpartypieces.com- our aim is to combine choice & quality to bring you the best value for money. We offer a Recession Bundle of party bags which includes 10 filled party bags delivered to your door for just 20 Euro and at the higher end we have cute themed favour boxes and plain cotton bags with fabric pens and we have lots in between as well :) And all our party bags and boxes and party bag fillers are available to purchase separately.

 It is with excitement and wonder that decided to see what the top ten sellers were in 2011. I had a good idea as to what would have made the top five, seeing as I make all the pinatas myself and would know which make a more regular appearance on the studio table. However I must admit I am surprised at the order in which the appear.........can you guess no1???

10: Spider

9: Legoman

8: Octopus

7: Hello KItty

6: cupcake

5: Peppa Pig

4: Red Angry bird

3: Witch

2: Dinosaur Egg

Drum roll please.......

1: Pumpkin.

surprised??

 I'm delighted to announce that Pinatas Pinatas will be featured on this years Late Late Toy Show. Its due to air on Friday 2nd December at 9.35pm on RTE1. The Late Late Toy Show marks the beginning of the festive season for families in Ireland and has long been a treasured tradition.

http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv-radio/tubridy-in-stitches-after-toy-show-jumpers-labelled-a-crime-2947867.html?start=1

The Irish Independent have started the cheer by visiting behind the scenes of the Toy Show. It was here surrounded with the hundreds of toys that they decided to take a picture to give the readers a taster of what was to come. Luckily for me, my Woody the Cowboy pinata stood out and was then published for all to see. Woody has officially used up his full 15mins of fame.

 

 

6 to 4 weeks before the party:

Before you do anything you must decide on a budget. Once that’s agreed on you can then decide on either a venue or a party at home.

Choose a theme for the day with your child. Whether it’s a Dinosaur or Tea party, Cowboys or Princesses they will feel extra special if it’s a theme they have chosen.

If you are using a venue then now is the time to book it to avoid any disappointment. If you are having the party at home book any entertainment that you may like such as a bouncy castle, face painter or entertainer. These usually book up quickly so this should be done as soon as possible.

Pick a party time or date, making sure that it doesn’t clash with any other family events. Usually children’s parties last between two to three hours long.

Draw up a guest list.

 

3 weeks:

Order your piñata from Piñatas. Why not have the birthday boy/girl have a look on the website and decide which piñata they’d like.  

Make or buy the party invitations and send them out. Encourage your child to help you with this job. It’s best not to send the invites any earlier that this, as you don’t want the day to slip through the calendar of family days out and other activities.

Make or buy your decorations for the party. Bunting and balloons really add to the overall atmosphere of the party and will get the kiddies all excited when they arrive.

Make or buy your party bags and organise what will go into them.

Also now is the time to stock up on any prizes that will be given out for party games.

 

2 weeks:

Decide on what activities and games to play, factoring in the ages of the children taking part.

Plan or decide what food you are going to serve. Now is not the time to try new foods, stick with familiar favourites that everyone will enjoy.

Organise a few pairs of helping hands from any willing relatives or friends.

Order your cake if you are not making it yourself.

 

1 week:

Receive your handcrafted piñata from Piñatas Piñatas.

Buy in the food.

Call all entertainers and suppliers to confirm orders are on the way.

 

1 or 2 days before:

Write out a schedule of the party if you feel it is needed.

Check and recharge all batteries, especially the camcorder and camera.

Buy candles for the cake.

Download some children’s songs to play at the party.

 

Day of the party:

 Set up a fully stocked nappy changing area for any babies attending. 

Collect your cake.

Put balloons or a party wreath on the door/gate so the guests know which house it is.

Get your child to fill the piñata with goodies, children love this job.

Make sure there is tea and coffee ready for adults.

Give the birthday boy or girl a kiss then relax and enjoy the fun.

 

When there's a birthday in your family, make the birthday boy or girls entire day filled with unexpected fun and make them feel extra special. Surprise the Birthday person with these six fun/funny things throughout their entire day. This day only comes once a year so make it extra fun for them.

  1. Trick Candles - This trick somehow never gets old, even if they are.
  2. Extra Taped Presents - Tape all edges of wrapping paper down, watch them attempt to un-wrap. Or even wrap it multiple times.
  3. Giant Gift - Wrap a small present inside an Extra large gift wrapped box.
  4. Scavenger Hunt - Make them work for their gift, write up clues let the birthday person play detective. Boys especially will love this.
  5. Sing Happy Birthday - Using a helium balloon sing to them Chipmunk Style. A choir of chipmunks is even funnier.
  6. Have a piñata - jammed packed with goodies and get the recorder out this is one you are going to want to keep.