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At our house this week we’ve been ‘super’ busy making lots of
‘super’ props for the ‘super’ fun activities for Saturday’s ‘supergirl’ party.  
Pretty pink printable paper came from a mix of previous party printables and from these free printables!
We’re getting pretty excited!
Pinata made from a recycled pizza box, a recycled cereal box and some crepe paper!  Tutorial here.
Super lollypops inspired by this party & piñata inspired by this party.
What I am most proud of is the superhero outfit that I made for myself!

Made in about 10 minutes by cutting up an old skirt and sewing around the edges, moving the pocket and adding an ‘E’ & a mask from the scraps.  I was ‘super’ chuffed with my thrifty self. 
You’ll have to wait until next week for the party photos!
For more creative spaces head on over here.

A ROCKET PARTY {the extra bits}

Here is a quick and final post on Bear’s rocket party.  See these previous posts for foodactivities & invitations.

Rocket party favours - idea from here
were filled with a mars bar, a milky way, an astronaut cheese stick (ALDI), she glow in the dark stars, a rocket balloon and some UFO lollies (strawberries & cream lollies).

We decorated the shed (mainly because we needed to hide the junk filling the shelves) with black plastic and stars, along with a few star garlands and some planets.  You might recognise the ‘planets’ from Goose’s Japanese party earlier in the year and the stars on the plastic came from our Frog’s dress-up/movie star party last November.  It pays to hang on to things sometimes!  After the kids covered the stars (purchased at Coles!) in glitter I made the star garlands by sewing them together, just like these as I really couldn’t be bothered sticking them all on individually!

I love this photo of Bear taken on the day with his new superhero outfit (handmade by a very clever friend of mine!)  To be honest I think he is squinting from the sun, but I like to think he’s saying – great party Mum, thanks!

And now, the party lives on with now empty pringle rockets and space pyjamas (thanks Granny!) and there’ll be space poker on Friday night in the shed.*

I was really excited today to receive and email letting me know that Bear’s rocket party had been featured as Party of the Day on the homepage of the blog ‘Catch my Party‘.  This blog is a great resource for DIY party ideas and a place where you can share your own parties also.

Catch My Party
To check out more Frog Goose & Bear parties, head over to my DIY party ideas page.
or link up your own party at my DIY parties linky - there are over 50 parties linked up there now and there are new parties being added every week!

* to put the ‘poker’ comment in context you’ll need to read these posts.

A ROCKET PARTY {the activities}

I’m a big fan of having activities to walk straight into at a party. No awkwardness, just straight into the fun. Sets the tone for a fun party to come. Kids can go at their own pace and only participate in activities that they want to. Having activities all set up before hand also makes it easier on the party host so that she’s not running around like a headless chook* I also don’t enjoy running group games, particularly when kids are all of varied ages and abilities and competition is involved.
This rocket themed party was for our gorgeous four year old, Bear.

A surprise hit at the party was a rocket that we made from a large refrigerator box.*** Thanks to our friend Ben (who happens to have an engineering degree) we came up with quite a convincing rocket.

So much of a hit that it was not quite the same by the end of the party…

The kids could play with space playdough, moon sand,

(some may have gone a little too far…)

blow space bubbles

or read some space themed books or have their hair spray painted with space glitter.**

We did have a game of pin the tail on the rocket, but I figure the blindfold part puts all ages on an equal footing and the game can be played in a staggered way. It’s also become a bit of a tradition of ours to have some kind of pin the …. on the …. game to fit the theme of a party.

The kids also decorated soft drink/pop bottles, that I had spray painted white, and made them into rockets…

…then after the food we went over to the park across the road and blasted them into space!

Each child had a turn at shooting their rocket into the air. So much fun!

Purchased here on ebay, they seriously went about 20 metres into the air and and I think the adults (particularly the Dad’s) had as much fun as the kids!

Come back tomorrow for more rocket party pics – the food & the decorations.

In the meantime, for more kids party ideas you might like to visit my Party Ideas Page or check out others’ DIY parties here.

Linking up this party with Bird’s party blog.

* For the benefit of my overseas readers, this is an Australian colloquial term meaning, to run around like crazy.
** Not necessarily a big hit – particularly as a majority of guests had blonde hair & it did not really show up well and most children were just not interested.
*** Obtained by heading around the back of a white goods store and asking for a large box.


Yesterday the girls and I headed off to a ‘Princess Party’ for a very special 5 year old friend. Extra Special as her Mum and I went to each others’ 5th birthday parties too! They now live in the slums of Cambodia doing some amazing work over there within their community and we have really enjoyed having them back for a little while.

We took along some crown cookies, made with my all-time favourite shortbread recipe. After many years of being absolutely terrible at icing biscuits, I discovered that if you roll out some royal icing* and treat it just like a lump of playdough, you can use the same cookie cutter that was used to make the biscuit and make the icing in no time at all – plus it looks much better!** These were sprinkled with some edible glitter as well as some silver cachous.

I am really enjoying getting back into handmade presents at the moment, but what to give to a girl returning next week to her home in the slums of Pnom Penh? As her birthday theme suggests, she loves pink and glitter and princesses, so I found some glittery fabric to match and made a little drawstring bag with some matching fabric covered hairties***.

As mentioned before, I always like to find uses for party items after a party (got to justify the expense somehow!) so this was a perfect excuse to re-use the printables from Goose’s “6th” Princess Party. You can find these printables here if you are interested. I printed some of the images onto sticker paper for her to make her own stickers and used some on the birthday card as well.

If you are after some birthday party inspiration, you may like to check out my DIY Party Ideas Page or to head over and see the new parties that have been added to FGB’s DIY Party link up. Feel free to add your own parties to share with us all!

* purchased from the supermarket.
** Attach the icing to the biscuits by brushing on a mixture of icing sugar & water.
***These are sooo easy to make and sooo addictive. Very simple tutorial here.


As I’ve mentioned before, I organise a “craft” once a month for our MOPS* group. Last week at MOPS we made Anna’s Emergency Cookies. It even comes with a free printable….and you know how I feel about those, as well as having a soft spot for things in jars!

As the school holidays were coming up I felt it the perfect item to have on the shelf when looking for an activity for the kids or if someone is coming over. Also a good gift for someone who has just had a baby. Of course we had to test it out…

& there were a couple of very willing helpers, especially when it came to licking the spoon.

It just so happens that we have had such emergencies more than once over the last couple of weeks. I have never been good at biscuits but these are the best biscuits that I’ve made in a long time! Nice and soft and chocolatey & by the fingers in the photo below you can see I’m not the only one that feels that way…

While we are on the topic of Anna… She passed on to me a lovely blog award a month ago now… thanks so much – I’m honored! Anna’s blog Shiny Happy Art is one of my absolute favorites, for her honesty & sense of humour, her fantastic artwork and her shared love of birthday parties & simple meals.

As part of the Liebster blog award, I need to list three other blogs that I like which I feel are worth some “extra attention”…

Sarah from Oesch & Doots – for her beautiful photos & thoughtful thoughts on motherhood.
Brenda from Mira Narnie – whose been a friend right from the start of this blog and has great recipes & craft ideas!
Kate from Loose Change – although she hasn’t blogged in a while (hint, hint) I really enjoy her intelligent and down-to-earth writing. I also feel privileged to have her as a friend in real life!
Lucy from the Kitchen Maid – for her creative writing and yummy recipes – someone else already gave her this award, so I thought I’d just give her an honorary mention!

* Mothers of Pre Schoolers. The other MOPS craft activities that we’ve done this year are here and here. All things that can be made quickly and very easily. The activities are for the Mums while the kids have their own program.


It has been a whole year since I first started this blog!

Regular readers will know that I am just a little obsessed with birthday parties…You can see some of my parties here, but to celebrate this bloggy birthday… I’d love to see your parties!

I love trawling through ‘party blogs’ looking for inspiration, however often these parties are super-styled with professional photographers and look like they must have cost an absolute fortune!

I’d love to get together a collection of ‘real life’ DIY parties put on by ‘everyday’ people.

I know lots of you have put on some gorgeous parties for your kids (& yourselves) and I’d love for you to share them here! So, join in and link up any party post you’ve ever done. Tell your friends. Link as many parties as you like and hopefully this will become a resource for other ‘everyday’ Mum’s like me looking for some ‘achievable’ DIY party inspiration!

As has been requested by a few of you, feel free to grab the party linky button on the side bar over there and pop it on your blog.

P.S. Thanks Maxabella for the suggestion!

MY CREATIVE SPACE…in Japanese style!

My creative medium of choice would most definitely have to be paper. I feel much more confident with paper than I do with fabric or food or any other type of creative endeavour. I have a new paper crush on Japanese origami paper. In preparation for Goose’s Japanese themed birthday party, Goose & I have been playing around with paper…

I always like the idea of making water a more enticing option at parties so Goose and I peeled off the original labels, googled the Japanese symbol for water and used a free Japanese style font from here to type ‘Water’ (for those who don’t actually read Japanese). Then we stuck them on some of our favorite origami paper with a glue stick and we had some very cool looking water bottles, if I do say so myself!

We also had some fun making our very own cocktail umbrellas with origami paper also. Follow the tutorial here if you’d like to make some of your own. We drank it in little shot glasses – meant to be representing somewhat the little teacups used in Japan – containing some peach tea granita.

To make your own granita there is a tutorial here, but we just made up some Bickford’s Peach Tea cordial and poured it into a metal slice tin, popped it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then scraped it with a fork roughly every hour after that until it became a granita type consistency. To drink/eat, we poured (using a Japanese teapot of course) some soda water on top of the granita for a fun refreshment at the party! A sprig of mint from the garden doesn’t go astray either.

Continuing on our paper theme Goose continued to make literally hundreds of paper cranes, her obsession knows no bounds…

Being summer and all, it was the wrong season for some real blossom branches, so we used some scrunched up pink tissue paper to make our very own cherry blossom tree.

As I am more than a little party obsessed and because my party posts are the most popular on this little blog of mine with people searching for ideas for their own parties (just as I do myself!), I’ll be breaking the party up into many different posts with as much detail as possible, so stay tuned for quite a bit more Japanese inspired creativeness over the coming week!

P.S. While on the topic of Japanese, paper and parties, you’ll find some great Japanese style printables – some of which I used in the party – here, here, here and here.


It’s party time at our house at the moment with the little Frog turning two this week. So I thought I’d share a recipe that we have been having at parties for years, but at this time of year would be perfect for a lunch or a dinner with a bit of a salad on the side. You could even make them into giant rolls. It’s always a hit with both vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Savoury Rolls

{AKA Vegetarian Sausage Rolls}

source: Sanitarium

420g can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 small onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander

½ cup rolled oats

1 egg*

½ medium capsicum, finely diced

2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce

2 sheets reduced fat canola puff pastry, defrosted

Milk for brushing


Place kidney beans, onion, garlic and coriander in food processor and pulse until blended but still coarse. Transfer to large bowl. Add oats, eggs, capsicum and chilli. Mix well.

Cut each pastry sheet in half. Spoon mixture down one of the longer edges. Brush opposite edge with milk. Roll, starting from the mixture edge, to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining pastry sheets.

Brush logs with milk and cut each log into 5 even lengths.

Bake in hot oven, 200° C for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Makes approx. 20.

Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce.

I’ve obviously sprinkled a few sesame seeds on mine too, just for that extra touch;)

*I have substituted the egg for some grated zucchini when making this recipe for vegans and it works really well and I’ve brushed the pastry with rice milk.

For a ridiculously easy sausage roll recipe (of the carnivorous variety) check out this Cheats Sausage Roll recipe here.

Now it’s your turn. Link in below with your easy peasy recipes sometime this week.
If it’s party food, dessert or a main meal, it doesn’t matter.
Just don’t forget to mention this linky in your post so that other people can join in the fun!

AT MY HOUSE… {stopping to smell the snails}

At my house I often find myself having tea parties and stopping to look at the small things when I should be doing a whole lot of other much more important things…..

… or should I?

I have a china tea set that was mine when I was a little girl. I have been saving it, still in it’s polystyrene packaging, for my children to be old enough to be extra careful with it. This weekend, while completely overhauling the children’s bedrooms with new bunk beds and the rearranging and finding of homes for a multitude of things, I took these down from the high shelf and as I did so, a plate dropped and smashed. After all these years of keeping it on a high shelf, away from the little ones, it was me, the extra careful adult, who broke it. I think there may just be a simple lesson in that…

I am constantly reminded of the things in my life that I really should be grateful for and to stop worrying about those unimportant things that I convince myself are important.

What lessons are you learning at your house?


On Saturday our little Bear turned 3 years old. Although he is now adamant that he does not want to be 3 and still wants to be 2 thank you very much!

The party went fantastically well.
Here are a few (well, more than a few) photos of the day….
Please excuse while I completely over indulge…..

Some food pics….
Flowers (which I think are canola?) were sneakily picked growing along the side of the road!

The cake…

The decorations…

The fun extras…

The entertainment…
My Dad (whose own farm started Bear’s love of all things farm) organised an amazingly generous gift of a real live animal farm in our front yard! I’m not normally someone who likes to pay people for children’s entertainment – in fact I’m a little against it, but, why look a gift horse in the mouth (excuse the pun!) when the kids will absolutely love it!! It just made the party!

It also meant that apart from a little game of pin the tail on the cow, the application of some ‘farm animal’ tattoos and the blowing of some bubbles, I didn’t have to organise any other activities!

Huge thanks to my talented sister Clare for creating the cow and applying lots of tattoos (among many other things on the day!)

To top it all off, there was even a very special Daddy & daughter fiddle duet!
A new song her violin teacher had taught her just 3 days prior had quite the ‘hoedown’ feel, so Goose & her Dad gave us all a fantastic little toe-tapping concert, along with a solo of ‘Happy Birthday’.  Brought tears to her proud Dad’s eyes :)

Most important thing of all was that the little (now “big”) birthday boy had fun!

And of course, for this ‘party Mum’, so did I!

For more FGB parties, you might like to check out our parties page.

P.S. For those who are interested, the cake inspiration came from here…
P.P.S. For more farm party prep. ideas see here.

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