Real Parties: Tips & Tricks from everyday Mums 2


Welcome back to the Real Parties series here on Frog, Goose and Bear where we’ll be taking the ‘daunting’ out of DIY parties by interviewing fellow everyday Mums for their party planning tips and tricks.  Today I am interviewing one of my all time favourite bloggers, Bron who blogs over at Maxabella Loves.  Bron has 3 cute kids aged 5, 8 & 10.  I first came across Bron about four years ago when we both started blogging and immediately warmed to her honest and humorous look at life and more importantly I knew I’d found a kindred spirit and like minded soul who shared my love of going just a little OTT for parties!  

Bron – Maxabella Loves

How far in advance do you start planning a party?

I’d like to say “months in advance”, because that’s how long I should start planning, but generally it’s just a week or two. I do set the theme about 6 weeks ahead so we can make the invitations and I half-heartedly pin a few things around this time, but otherwise I’m motivated by the deadline! For example, my son has a “Minecraft” party on in 1 ½ weeks and I’ve done absolutely nothing so far.

Maxabella loves parties

What are your top 5 party planning tips?

1. Divide the party into food, games and decorations and keep a list for each.

2. Keep a ‘running schedule’ of party day – both for set up and the actual party – so you know what’s coming up next and approximately how long activities will take.

3. Select party food that you can make as far in advance as possible.

4. Remember, the activities are the most important thing – the kids are happy with a cheezel and a balloon. Oh, and a cake. You’ve gotta have a cake.

5. If you’re feeling daunted, focus on just ‘one big thing’. Every party needs something with total ‘wow’ factor and the rest can be so-so. 

maxabella loves parties

Out of all of the parties you’ve planned, which one was your favourite and why?

Lottie’s carnival party.  It was THE MOST FUN on the day and we loved making all the decorations and food. Adding a special party dress for Lottie made her feel so special. Let’s face it, Carnival is an awesome theme. 

(NB: the pics in this post are from this party)

maxabella loves parties

Where do you draw your party inspiration from?

Mostly my head, but Pinterest coming along has been very helpful! I have a ‘general’ party board, but also about 10 others from various parties I’ve done over the past couple of years.

Maxabella loves parties

What is the next party that you are planning at your house?

As above, Max’s Minecraft party. It’s going to kill me (which is why I am procrastinating).

Thanks for having me, Em! x

maxabella loves parties

Thanks so much for being a part of this series Bron!

You might be pleased to know that Bron managed to pull off an awesome minecraft party for Max.  Here are the pics & details.  You’ll note while you are there that it is probably the best minecraft themed birthday party that you have ever seen!  

Bron has lots of other great party tips on her blog.  You can find all of the wonderful parties that she has put on for her own kids here and her full of great ideas - ‘Party on Down’ series here.  Bron is currently doing a series sharing other people’s parties if you’d like to check it out or share your own!  As well as her blog, you can also find Bron on facebook, twitter & pinterest.


Every fortnight on a Friday morning here at Frog Goose and Bear, I’ll be asking a different party loving Mum the same five questions and sharing their party pics.  In between that I’ll be sharing photos and details from parties that I’ve been involved in recently. If you’d like to share your party tips & tricks and be interviewed as part of this series, I’d love to hear from you too!

I also know that lots of you out there have some awesome diy party ideas yourselves so, as a way of continuing to inspire each other, we’ve started posting DIY party pics on instagram under the hashtag #diypartyfun.  You are welcome to re-tag older party pics on instagram or to post pics to my facebook wall and if you are not on either of those platforms and you’d still like to be involved, you can email me your diy party pics if you like.  Every Monday morning, here on the blog, I’ll be posting my favourite pics that you (my lovely readers) have shared!


P.S. Did you notice that I have moved.  My new blog address is now  If you get regular updates from a feedreader such as bloglovin or feedly, you might like to go and update those now so that you don’t miss any posts!  Or of course, if you’ve never done so, you are most welcome to join up and start following now!!

The beginnings of a baking party …

Just some quick snaps taken on my iphone of the invitations that Goose and I made for her baking party this weekend.  
If you’d like to give them a try for your own baking party, we just printed the invitation onto some card and sewed baking paper onto the front using pink thread and a zig zag stitch.
Before you sew up the fourth side, you slide in a teaspoonful of edible sprinkles (slightly tricky!) and push them as far down as you can so that you don’t sew over them.  Then you sew up the final side.

 Trim the sides of the baking paper so that it is the same as the card underneath and you’re done!
We also made very simple envelopes for our invitations before we popped them in the post.  We did this for a bit of fun, but also because our invitations didn’t fit into the envelopes that we had on hand.  I found these A4 sheets of cupcake paper at ALDI a few months ago and knew it would be perfect for this party.  A bit of washi tape with a rainbow sprinkle pattern made it even more fun.  

Goose has made some garlands using cupcake wrappers, straws and doilies and we’ll be spending the day baking and preparing on Saturday before the party.

Have you ever had a baking party?  
Stay tuned for party pics next week!

Collecting ideas for baking party on pinterest here

For more Frog Goose and Bear parties head over here … 

An ‘Around the World’ themed birthday party

Last week, at the beginning of Melbourne’s heatwave, I helped a friend organise a fun party for her daughter’s fifth birthday.  As a well travelled little girl with parent’s who travel often and extended family and friends living all over the world she chose the perfect theme!  She also desperately wanted to wear her new traditional South Korean costume that her Mum had brought back from a recent trip overseas.  All the children arrived in costumes from all over the world.  Adorable.

As the day was over forty degrees celcius (that’s over 104 degrees faranheit) and the party was at 10.30 in the morning, the food was simple with nothing that required the oven being turned on! 

Along with some cupcakes with flags of the world toothpicks and aeroplane shaped fairy bread, there was food that represented each continent of the world:
Asia – sushi platter , fruit in ceramic spoons (pictured above)
Europe – cheese platter
North America – Oreo cookies
South America – corn chips and guacamole & popcorn
Australia – vegemite sandwiches
Africa – bread and dips
Antarctica – drinks station with lots and lots of ice!

When the children entered the house they were each given their own passport in which they had to write their own name and draw a picture of themselves.  The birthday girl’s Dad did a superb job of making the passports by photocopying his own passport, blocking out some details and then stapling the pages together.
The party guests were also given their own travel bag to collect all their goodies that they would make and collect throughout the party.
Around the house, there were seven activity stations set up.  Each one representing a different continent.  When the children travelled to each table (aka continent) they could complete the activity and receive a stamp in their passport.

The children decorated paper fans in Asia

Made their own Guatemalan worry dolls in South America
(Big thanks to Steph for this timely idea!)
Made American Indian head dresses in North America

Threaded wooden bead bracelets in Africa
Coloured in Babushka doll pictures in Europe

Had their face or hands dot painted in Aboriginal style in Australia along with an Australian flag tattoo …
And splashed their feet in ice and water in Antarctica!
There were also ice slushies and the drinks station in this area.
As well as these fun activities there was also a giant globe pinata 

 a Japanese game of giant Mikado (aka pick up sticks) as well as a paper plane making station, a dress up station with costumes from all over the world and a book reading corner with a selection of books from all over the world.

My kids had such a great time collecting stamps from each of the continents and doing the activities.  This has now become one of my all time fave party themes!  There is just so much scope to be creative and to change things to suit the weather, your child’s age or interests and whatever props you happen to have on hand.  Such an educational theme as well!
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