Birthday parties

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Happi Yumi cake toppers
Nash Alpine, a graphic designer by trade, started her small business Happi Yumi after becoming a mother. Unable to find lovely, personal pieces for the parties she was organising, she started creating her own customised partyware -- et voila! Nash made some darling Fairy Princess Cake Toppers for Ava, and they are so, so cute! She ...
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Easy DIY goodie bags
We just brought Ava to her creche with 14 of these cute bear goodie bags. I thought to share this with you, as they were totally easy to make! (We did it late night yesterday evening!) Just cut the top part of a paper carrier bag, and cut out two ears from the left-over top ...
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My Little Day: Un Super Anniversaire
There are people in this world who know how to throw a birthday party for their children with panache (Esther being the prime example). Then there are people like me, who draw a blank when it comes to entertaining 10 kids in my house for a few hours! (I am really good at entertaining adults, ...
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A Fairy Princess Party
It was Ivy's birthday yesterday and she had a few friends over after school to help her celebrate. I have decided to embrace the girly princess stage she's in right now, and so we had a proper Fairy Princess Party complete with lots of princess dresses, pink balloons... and fairy wings! I didn't plan any ...
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Homemade Cupcake Toppers
This craft idea is so simple I almost did not write about it, but I quite liked the result, so I wanted to share it anyway. Last weekend was Violette's birthday and she had gotten it into her head that it was going to have a bunny rabbit theme and that we were going to ...
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Crochet creations at 2good2betrue
2cute2betrue is a small Dutch label set up by Judith de Ruyter when she was pregnant with her 6th (!) baby. The label offers a collection of crochet toys and accessories which are designed by Judith here in the Netherlands and are handmade in Thailand as part of a Thai government project to support local ...
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Party kits from My Little Day
Yesterday was my son Quin's 6th birthday and we had a little party for him after school. I followed Esther's idea and told him he could invite six friends because he is 6 years old. I picked the kids up from school, brought them back home, and we played a few games in the garden, ...
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Pretty Spring party dresses by Millie Manu
Spring flowers are finally in bloom in our garden -- I saw daffodils this morning! This means that Spring is around the corner, with all its positiveness. A sweet smell in the air, gorgeous flowers sprucing up everywhere, fresh green leaves on the trees, the first picnics on freshly mown lawns, little boys in shorts ...
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Miko Design
Mikodesign is a small Dutch label owned by the lovely Erika Harberts. Erika lives in Rotterdam with her husband and two darling daughters (who have inherited 100% of their mother's good taste and creativity!), in a beautifully decorated flat with a little studio space in which she creates all of her amazing dolls, DIY kits, ...
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Glitter tattoos!
These Glisten Up! glitter tattoos have been a huge success in our house lately. We got them for Pim's recent disco party, and the entire family -- grandmothers included! -- now is adorned with these glitter designs. They work a bit different than the usual tattoos: first you transfer the sticky design on to the ...
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A disco party!
Our son Pim turned 6 years old last week. Six already! Time goes so fast... Wasn't it only yesterday that he was a tiny little baby, the cutest little toddler...? Anyway (sigh), Pim loves everything to do with music and dance, so he requested for his birthday a 'disco party'. Even though I wasn't too ...
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Djeco Stupix
My girls do think they have the most hilarious sense of humor, but it reminds me of the kind of humour pre-pubescent boys might have: It's just not really refined. (Their idea of a good joke is making fart noises.) You can just imagine their joy when I took them to buy a present for ...
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Mini candy bars
Today I am so happy to write about Terron de Azucar, a lovely spanish brand, run by Rebeca, which makes the most beautiful mini candy bars!!! All in them are so full of details, and all of that in a mini size. Aren't they lovely? All made by hand by her and personalized with the ...
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Linen Party Hats from Colette Bream
For Christmas this year Esther sent my kids these adorable little party hats. It was one of the first things we opened on Christmas morning and so my kids spent the remainder of Christmas wearing them. It made for some super cute and festive photos (see here, here and here)! The handmade linen hats are ...
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Cake Pops
Some gadgets are essential in life, like a can opener and, for me, an espresso maker. Others are not essential at all, but really fun to have. Take the cake pops maker, which my girls were given for Christmas. It will definitely not be used daily, but it is great to have for rainy afternoons ...
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Imaginative party selections at Carousel
I just received a little package with a selection of stocking fillers and toys from new shop on the block Carousel... and oh, how pretty it all is! Carousel recently launched with a beautifully designed webshop and a superb selection of children's party products. Everything about Carousel is just so stylish -- the website, the branding, ...
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The Kid Who -- for great gift giving!
The Kid Who is a freshly launched online store with a great collection of the coolest contemporary children's products. Simply everything is want-able in this shop, for kids and for their parents alike. I love how fresh and fun the products are. Besides the superb collection of gifts, the collection of wrapping paper, gift-tags and cards ...
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A rock and roll birthday party
Last weekend we celebrated the 6th birthday of my son Nicolas. He and his friend Nacho wanted a party with loads of music. And they sure got it!. They very much enjoyed their birthday -- singing, playing the drums, guitars and piano! All made at home with cardboard boxes and wood. The name of the ...
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Super hero photo booth
A few weeks ago we threw my son Henrik a super hero party.  I thought it would be fun for the kids to feel like they were real super heroes flying through the sky saving lives, so we created a city scene photo booth.  At first the kids didn't understand why they needed to lay ...
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DIY: Personalise your party glasses
Last weekend we celebrated my son's birthday.  Today I would like to share the glasses I made for the day. It is a simple idea that helps the kids keep track of their own glasses!!! I got the milkshake glasses in "La Fiesta de Olivia". They are are so nice, remind me of some "old ...
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Apple stamping and tote bag making!
Last May it was Sara's 7th birthday, and she wished for a 'sewing' party with her girlfriends. I suspect this has to do with the craft night I organise with a few of my girlfriends every 2 weeks on Monday night, which involves tea and homemade cake and lots of chit-chat. Sara loves the idea ...
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DIY: personal birthday candles
This week in escarabajos bichos y mariposas, I wrote about the candles I make for my parties. I like them being more personal. The ones in the pictures are from my son's cowboy  birthday party. To make them long I use a wooden skewer, I attach the candle to the stick with some string and ...
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Engel -- bunting and more
What a wonderful mini-present, this adorable bunting birthday card by Dutch company Engel. The card itself features sweet printed bunting, but in a little plastic bag attached to it (with cool neon stitching), is an adorable mini bunting -- such fun to decorate the cake with, or the party table, for example! And it comes with ...
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Kids Birthday Cake book
I think it's safe to say most kids in New Zealand grew up with a copy of the Australian Woman's Weekly Kids Birthday Cakes recipe book.  My sister and I would read it over and over deciding on what cake we would have at our next birthday party, and now my kids love reading it.  ...
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