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A Fun First Birthday Cake (and it is sugar free!)
I find first birthdays particularly bittersweet, because I love and cherish the sweetness of that first year of life. I think back to those first moments when they were born, and I am utterly amazed by how much the sweet babies grow in just one year! And because the first year of life is so ...
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Cotton Twist's cute customisable invites
Birthdays are such highlights for children -- the anticipation of the weeks (months!) ahead, the days leading up to it... Thinking of which presents to ask, what party theme to choose, which friends to invite, preparing the invites for the big day. It is all so exciting and makes children feel so very special. We already know ...
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Cooking for a big group of people
Tamar's birthday was a few weeks ago. Because his birthday is so close after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, we don't always know if we feel like celebrating with even more food and drinks. So I waited 'til pretty much last minute until deciding I was up for organising a party... but in the end I did ...
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Engel + Famille Summerbelle bamboo tableware collection
My friend Sabien's company Engel is all about partying. It became well-known for its bunting, but nowadays Engel offers everything you need to celebrate and decorate: big pompoms, fun party hats, colourful garlands, pretty paper flowers and so much more -- it really is a party treasure cove. Engel also offers handy (and eco-friendly!) bamboo children's tableware: sweet little sets including a ...
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A stick-themed 9th birthday party
Pim turned 9 in February, but something very sad happened in our close surroundings around that time, which made it difficult for me to get myself in the mood for organising a party back then. I kept postponing it, until suddenly I realised the end of the school year was near. Oops! So on the last day ...
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A flower party for Ava's 6th birthday
Last weekend, Ava finally celebrated her sixth birthday party with a few friends from her class. We had decided on a flower theme, which we thought would be cute for a bunch of 6-year-olds. It ended up being a lovely sunny day, and the flower party theme was so good (and so easy!). I always like ...
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Tuesday Tips: A simple birthday party
Esther has organised some epic kids birthday parties, some of my favourite being the disco party and the stick horse party . I on the other hand am terrible at this! I seriously cannot compete. BUT I do think it is important for my kids to have their friends over, host them in our home and basically say ...
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Cute mini party crafts from Cotton Twist
I have recently made a fun new discovery: Cotton Twist mini craft kits. These cleverly designed, all-prepared mini craft projects are such fun entertainment! Making things easy for busy parents, Cotton Twist has put everything that's needed for one cute craft project into one little kit. There are cool superhero masks, dinosaurs, princess crowns, pirate catapults, ...
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See you next week!
We've decided to take a little blogging break this week to enjoy some time away from our computers. We are each in our favourite summer spots enjoying slow, lazy days with our families, and we hope you won't mind if we push the pause button this week and resume as normal next week? In the meantime, ...
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A dolls' garden party for Ava's 5th birthday!
Ava recently turned 5 -- the age where a birthday party really, really matters. We had family and friends over on the day of her birthday (the so-called 'family party'), but she was also really looking forward to the party for her little friends. I had been really, really busy with work and all sorts of ...
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Birthday gifts for a 10-year-old boy
I still can't believe my baby is TEN!! It's been an emotional year as I anticipated his birthday and reflected on the past decade, but then when the day finally arrived, it was happy and joyous (and I didn't even shed a tear)! We celebrated our big boy with pancakes for breakfast, an afternoon spent at ...
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Birthday gifts for a six-year-old girl
Birthday season has just come to an end in our family, which consists of five birthdays in quick succession. Marlow is our odd one out with a birthday in November, but the rest of us all have birthdays in the springtime. Our birthday bunting literally goes up and down and up and down from April ...
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Ivy's colouring party
Ivy turned six last week and we hosted a little party in our back garden to celebrate her big day. It's become a tradition in our family of hosting parties at home and on the actual day of the birthday rather than waiting for a weekend day to celebrate -- it's our way of keeping ...
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A Spy Birthday Party for an 8-Year-Old
This year Elias wanted a 'Magic' birthday party. Not being a member of the magic circle myself I was thrown a little by how I was going to pull that off – so I started to brainstorm other possibilities with him – we decided upon a ‘Spy Party’ and I immediately got Pinteresting. There were ...
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A LEGO party for Pim's 8th birthday
Birthdays are a big deal for children, and we like to celebrate it appropriately. We make a big deal out of it. Our children get a party for family and close family friends (the 'family party'), and then they get to invite a few classmates for another party (the 'friends' party). For his 8th 'friends'  birthday party, Pim ...
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A strawberry high-tea for Sara's birthday
Sara turned nine (nine!!) a few weeks ago, so last week we organised a birthday party for her and her friends. I always ask what sort of birthday my kids would want (we've had themes like horses, knights, disco, cooking, sushi and a treasure hunt before), and this time, Sara came up with the idea of strawberries. ...
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Family tradition: the birthday crown
In the Netherlands, it's a tradition to give a child a birthday crown for the day when it's his or her birthday. Typically it's a home-made, simple crown made of thick paper, decorated with some curls and colours and usually there's the number with the child's age glued on it. When the child is old ...
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A Flower Fairy 5th Birthday
It was Ivy' 5th birthday on Tuesday and I think (hope) the day really lived up to her expectations. She started talking about her birthday about three months ago and together we counted down the days every day for the past 60-something days! (Not sure if it's a girl thing... but she was more excited ...
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Pim's seventh birthday party -- an adventurous treasure hunt
For his seventh birthday party, Pim wanted to organise a treasure hunt. I love treasure hunts at this age, because children are just learning to read and write and they love practising their new skills. But we wanted to take the concept of a treasure hunt a bit further and make it a bit more ...
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'Out of the Blue' birthday party
Quin turned seven this week and since his birthday fell during the school holidays, we were able to really make a day of it. We ate pancakes for breakfast, opened presents and enjoyed a slow and lazy morning. Emilie and her girls are in town, so it felt extra special to have friends to spend ...
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Birthday party: Decorating cupcakes
One of my childhood friends always had the best cake at her birthday parties. Her mum would make (or buy?) the most ordinary cupcakes, and set the table with different sort of custards, frostings and toppings. I loved to pile up my plate with candy, and create the most enormous cupcake possible. For Sara's birthday ...
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An 8th birthday party with a cooking theme
It was Pim's 7th birthday last Monday so I'm planning a little birthday party for him, and I realised that I never posted about the cooking party we had for Sara's birthday last year! Sara has enjoyed food since she was a baby, and she loves helping me in the kitchen. So it was no ...
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Sycamore Street Press birthday cards
Sycamore Street Press is a family run paper company that you might remember from the exquisite Baby Milestones Cards I reviewed a while ago. It is run by husband and wife team Eva and Kirk Jorgensen, who raise their two gorgeous kids together and come up with the most beautiful letter-pressed and printed designs. I ...
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