A Flowery Eid Party…2013

We held our annual Eid Party last week (which is always very popular with the under 6s, especially when we lay out our candy bar and fruit table), and this year our theme was spring greenery and flowers. Initially we threw a few ideas around, and wanted to go with a nice peachy-and-mint theme with a vintage feel, but we thought that this would get trashed in about three minutes after all the rabble turned up, so we changed the theme to something a bit easier to do and which looked pretty (and girly!) too.

Of course, as with all of our parties, we had some amazing food, not least because several of our lovely guests contributed dishes and desserts for the party too – you can see below a sample of what we ate!

The highlight of the party though, was probably my two baby nieces poking at each other and pulling legs while they looked bewildered – adorable!

Glueguns & Craftiness: Flowers And Watering Can Art on Walls

Here’s a sneak peek at the decor for the Eid Party we held for this year, which my sisters and I decided to celebrate – and as you can guess, our theme was flowers, spring-time and greenery. Although we weren’t exactly sure what we were going to end up with, we all chipped in to help cut out flowers and stick them on the wall for a nice girly feel (or as my nephew declared ‘yuck, this is going to be such a girly party!)

Here’s what we finished with, I loved the effect of the flowers pouring from the watering can, even if the look did slightly remind me of primary school classrooms! So here’s some inspiration for any party-planning you may have in mind – it doesn’t take long to do, it’s easy and it looks very pretty!

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We Love Miniatures <3: Tiny Cooking Pots & Pans

I bought this a few years ago on a trip to Rochester, in a quaint shop which sold lots of other miniatures like beautifully hand-crafted teeny-tiny furniture, little boxes and even little teeny tiny spoons and forks. I loved these little pots-and-pans collection and bought these mostly because they reminded me a lot of my mum’s cooking pans – my mum agreed when she saw them too – and they even feel solid and slightly heavy like real pots do.

I’ve kept these for a few years now (not because I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someone will buy me a doll’s house one day), but because they’re souvenirs of a great day out, and I love the uniqueness of these (I haven’t seen them anywhere else!)

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The Lego CP30

It’s been a while since I posted some nonsense about Lego, so here’s CP3O on top gold form (plus a silver leg, they must have run out of the gold), looking like the butler-esque robot that he is. Best of all, he’s life-sized too, so you can stand next to him and hook your arms through his, like he’s your robot bride and the Apocalypse has just come. Y’know.



Glueguns & Craftiness: Golden Shields, Swords and Crowns

In the spirit of Jubilee Week, my two nephews and niece were forced to enjoyed being able to dress up in kings-and-queens style outfits as part of their school celebrations. While it’s easier for the girls to pull out their fluffiest, biggest, swishiest dresses and call themselves princesses, for the boys it can be a bit harder to pull out a costume which goes beyond the usual Buzz Lightyear demand or Batman capes. I decided to help out my sister (their mum) with making a worth prince-outfit for them (which really consisted of the shield, sword and crown-making, rather than sewing any tights for them)

First, the shields. Because the boys have to be different so that they can both say they have a better costume than the other, we made one set of armoury silver, and the other gold (which also made it easier to make everything else exactly the same!) Using corrugated card, draw the shape of the shield, cut it out (cuttingit out is a lot harder than it looks, try using something close (but less crazy and illegal) to something sharp like a chain-saw rather than dinky scissors. We used a pen-knife and some very big scissors. Spray-paint in quick-dry paint, and then rope in the nearest child to pick out pretty letters to make the right name. Glue them on, and add some jewels. Don’t forget to use some left over card for the handle at the back.

Next, the sword – which was pretty  much the same as making the shield. Draw out, cut, spray paint. We cut out one and used it as a template for the next to make it look the same, and also made the handle something we could slot the sword through as a 3D-effect. Simple, yet effect. We added stick-on gems on this too, not quite Excalibur but the kids don’t need to know that, right?

Lastly, the crowns, which were even more simple. Get a piece of card, draw zig-zag lines down the middle and cut. Stick the two pieces together and fold into a circle shape (according to kid’s head-size and how still they stand). That way the zig-zag lines can continue evenly and the crowns are a good size. Again, stick on jewels make them all sparkly.

End result: some cardboard-happy boys who woke up the next morning to have a sword fight before school and getting their Jubilee-Kingyness on.
I’m having fun getting into this creativity lark 🙂