A Fancy Nancy Birthday Soiree

Apologies for the suspense folks, but here are the long awaited pics from Frog’s fifth birthday celebrations.  
Just a little warning – there are quite a lot!


fruit wands – watermelon stars, grapes & blueberries
pink meringues with silver cachous
crown shaped fairy bread
edible tea cups
white chocolate grissini wands with silver cachous
oreo pops dipped in white choc with silver cachous
strawberry cups (chopped strawberries in cupcake cases)
apricot & coconut balls
ham sandwich pinwheels with toothpicks
sausage rolls
mini quiches




Ooh la la Nail Salon
finger nail painting
foot spa (bucket with marbles & warm bubbly water)
toe nail painting

Ooh la la Hair Salon
hair chalk
hair & face glitter
mini plaits with beads

basket full of fun & fancy clothes and accessories
fancy frame for pics
large mirror

make your own handbag
decorate paper plate handbags with ribbons, lace, buttons, stickers & watercolours

pin the jewel on the tiara

decorate your own cupcake

pass the parcel

Wrapping paper decorated by the birthday girl.

Some crazy woman put sequins in between each layer to bling it up a bit as well as an el cheapo plastic necklace and ring.  The two year old niece adored it!

Party Favours

The fancy little ladies each took home a homemade ‘pen-with-a-plume’ (as Fancy Nancy only ever writes with ‘pen-with-a-plume’) along with a fancy notepad and some edible candy jewelry (not pictured).  All of which they popped in their fancy new paper plate handbags.  

This is what it looked like after they’d all gone home…. 
and let’s be honest – it looked like that for days afterward…

You can see pics from more FGB birthday parties over here….

Tell me – have you heard of Fancy Nancy?  
How do you feel at the end of a party?  
Utter relief that it is over?  Or itching for the next one, like me?

*An enormous thank you to all of the Mums and family who just got in there and enthusiastically helped out on the day.  As always, I couldn’t have done it without you!  An extra special thanks must go to my beautiful cousin-in-law Kirra who so generously took most of these wonderful photos.  Thank you.  xo

The beginnings of a Fancy Nancy Soiree

This coming weekend, we are celebrating Frog’s fifth birthday with a Fancy Nancy Soiree.  For those of you who have not heard of Fancy Nancy, she is the star character in a series of gorgeous children’s books who loves using fancy words and goes over the top in decorating everything she can get her hands on. 

The books are Frogs absolute favourites and those that know her will know that the theme suits her down to the ground!  Not that I had a choice – I get little say in the matter of the party themes of my children.

In little snippets of time over the past few weeks…

 we’ve been putting invitations* in envelopes 

and writing on the envelopes all by ourselves.  

We’ve been practising sipping tea with our pinkies out

and we’ve painted the tiara for the ‘pin the jewel on the tiara’ game.**

We’ve made lots and lots of tissue poms.


We’ve made pens with a plume 
(Fancy Nancy only ever writes with a “pen with a plume”)

and fancy notepads for party favours.

 We’ve been finding pink and flourishing bargains at the op shop

and posing in fancy dress ups to get ready to celebrate this gorgeous and flambouyant Fancy Frog turning five years old in style!

Stay tuned for party pics in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you might like to click on the cake below to have a peek at Frog’s previous birthday celebrations.
Do you have a “Fancy Nancy” at your house?  Have you read the books?

*Printable invites purchased here on etsy.
** Lizzie Hall you are the best 12 year old artist ever – thank you for drawing this gorgeous Tiara!  She’ll take commissions folks, so if you need some artwork done for your next party – let me know!
*** Thanks to Kirra and Delise for helping me with the pens and the poms – loved chatting and crafting. xo

DIY Clay herb labels

We’ve been imprinting leaves into clay over in these parts.  Just like we did with our clay necklaces and our little clay decorations, but this time we used stamps as well to make labels for the herbs in our garden.

and little worms to go in the garden as well.

Frog had lots of fun imprinting the leaves into the clay over and over again and using the rolling pin.

The labels have been very helpful when sending the kids outside to pick herbs while I’m cooking dinner …

Do you grow herbs at your house?  What is your favourite herb?  
Mine is definitely mint.  I  absolutely love the smell, but in reality boring old parsley probably gets used more than any other.

For more crafty things to do with kids head over to FGB’s Kids Craft Page …

A Party for a Fairytale Princess

“Once upon a time there was a young princess. 

On the occasion of her fourth birthday 
she invited all of the princes and princesses 
of the land to help her celebrate. 
 The party was to be held at her castle
 on the eleventh day of November from two o’clock 
where they would play party games and eat cake until four.”

If you’d like more info on the details of this princess party, just send me an email and I’d be happy to share!

For more FGB parties head on over to the party ideas page…

linking in with Bird’s monthly party linky which is full of ideas of everyday parties and more!

Whiskers & Fluffy

Meet our new pets.  Fluffy & Whiskers.
Ignore the giant bruise on Bear’s forehead (he ran into a pole in the playground) the toothpaste still around his mouth and the broccoli gone to seed in the background. 

Then go on and ignore Frog’s unbrushed hair with the newly self acquired fringe* (It was just in the way Mummy so I cut it off) and the unmown lawn in the background. Ignore the fact that their mother gets a hive-like rash on her arm every time she touches the lovely new pets.  Instead let’s focus on the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they are getting from cuddling the cute little creatures and the fact that we’ll no longer need to mow our lawn as the guinea pigs are doing it for us!  

In other matters, Frog Goose & Bear will have a suitcase or three at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage this Sunday the 23rd of September from 11-4 in the ballroom at the Thornbury Theatre in High St Thornbury.  It has a focus on vintage, upcycled & handmade goods and I have no idea what to expect, but I think it sounds like lots of fun! 

Have you been to a suitcase rummage?  

What pets do you have at your house?  

Are you allergic to your children’s pets?

* aka ‘bangs’ for you readers from the US.

Icecream in a Bag & Pasta Jewellery!

Pretty chuffed to see my tutorial for making ice-cream in a bag featured on the home page  over at Kidspot today!  Head on over here for the deets on making your own.

You’ll also find there another FGB tutorial, featuring the fabulous Frog, on how to make your own coloured pasta jewellery!

Or for more ways to amuse the kids this weekend, you might like to hang out at the FGB kids craft page. 

First Day of Kinder…

Today little Frog finally got to start kinder!
I cannot believe that it was a whole year ago that her big brother started kinder.  

Frog has been so keen for so long and now she finally gets to go all on her very own.  

They’ve had a bit of slow & staggered start and then she had gastro the night before her first full day, much to her devastation, then school sores before the next one!  She has been so desperate to go that she’s been packing her own backpack, with hat, snack & water bottle, just to drop her big brother off at his kinder.*

The same backpack that her big sister used 5 years earlier, that is way too big for her but she insists on having.  This child is hilarious.  She is so independent and so full of character.  She does not stop talking for most of the day, decides her own fashion and insists on doing almost everything all by herself.

My little girl (“I’m not little Mummy, I’m big!”) is growing up so quickly and I can’t quite believe that she’s a kinder girl already.  I’m loving this age (I think I say that every year!)

* Frog is in 3 year old kinder and Bear is in 4 year old kinder.  Yes, I will practically live there this year!  That’s what you get for having children only 15 months apart!


And finally the last photos of a very pink Supergirl Party!  In this post you’ll find the decos… 

This is what happens when one of your clever and creative sisters stays over the night before a party and adds her ‘extra touches’ to the props for the party activities.  Brilliant – thanks Clare!

Lots of bunches of roses collected from multiple gardens along with some of Clare’s artwork in various spots throughout the shed.  Love the  the soft feminine vintage chic meets retro cartoon girl power.

Although there is no full room photo, you’ll just have to imagine the inside of a large colorbond shed with all of our junk covered with old curtains and sheets, along with some beautiful bunting made by the clever Amy from Giggleberry and

some paper garlands (of course).

And I just couldn’t resist putting this photo in of a gorgeous superhero (nephew) at the photo booth*.

To see the rest of the photos from this very pink Supergirl party, you can see the food here and the party activities here.

To see more of the parties that we’ve celebrated here at FGB, head over here.

* photo booth makes it sounds really fancy, but really it is just a sheet stuck up on a couple of old doors, with a child-made cotton ball cloud and some buildings, also child-made, made out of cereal boxes.


I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get around to posting the rest of the Supergirl party posts if I didn’t just post the photos without words.  So, if you have any questions, just ask me in the comments section.  Here are the photos of the food…


Supergirl party activities here.  Supergirl party ‘decos’ coming very soon.
For more DIY party ideas, head over to FGB’s party ideas page here.

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