CIRCUS TEA & UNDER TABLE DEN

20140510-172925.jpg

Noah is nearly 2! His birthday is tomorrow so the kids & I spent the afternoon putting together a special circus themed party table with an undertable den for him…
We all helped out, I made the cake a couple of days ago and we used what we already had in the craft box to glue, stick, cut out and paint till we were happy, we even had Noah’s approval.
All that’s left to do now is laden it with scrummy party food, turn the music up, open presents and eat cake!

Here’s how we did it…

We started by putting a piece of material on the table securing it with tape, our material was a fleecy blanket from ikea for a few pound.. I then marked up the bars with a pen ready to cut out.

20140510-173213.jpg
We pinned some wallpaper to the wall that would be the canvas for our circus scene.

20140510-173319.jpg
Eden set about making the bunting by using sticky tape to attach coloured triangles to a length of wool (because we had no string)

20140510-173433.jpg
Everybody helped draw and colour our ringside circus scene.

20140510-173537.jpg
The backdrop turned out well..

20140510-173605.jpg
I made a circus parade sign for our circus cage..

20140510-173720.jpg
We started to lay the table..

20140510-173808.jpg

20140510-173821.jpg

20140510-173838.jpg

20140510-173947.jpg

20140510-173954.jpgNoah tested out the under table den..

20140510-174027.jpgSo did Mila

20140510-174326.jpg

20140510-174339.jpgWe used water balloons to fill a basket and stick to the walls, we found that once blown up if we rubbed them on our hands it created enough friction to keep them stuck to the wall..

20140510-174505.jpgWe filled a truck with sweeties.

20140510-174604.jpgAnd wrapped some presents

20140510-174633.jpg everyone did a fab job!!

20140510-175137.jpg

20140510-175151.jpg

BEST WISHES SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

On special occasions I like to personalise how I say happy birthday, congratulation, well done, welcome to the world or just a plain & simple I love you…
With the aid of a marker pen and a mobile camera phone a special message can be easily made and posted directly to your friends Facebook wall…

Here’s some of the things we have posted on special occasions….

20140507-173327.jpg

20140507-173343.jpg

20140507-173413.jpg

20140507-173421.jpg

20140507-173404.jpg

20140507-173428.jpg

20140507-173435.jpg

20140507-173443.jpg

20140507-173507.jpg

20140507-173522.jpg

20140507-173531.jpg

20140507-173540.jpg

20140507-173547.jpg

20140507-173557.jpg

20140507-173606.jpg

20140507-173618.jpg

20140507-173625.jpg

20140507-173635.jpg

20140507-173646.jpg

20140507-173655.jpg

20140507-173705.jpg

20140507-173736.jpg

20140507-173753.jpg

20140507-173808.jpg

20140507-173817.jpg

20140507-173843.jpg
Fill a basket with pebbles and leave a message on a large one encouraging others to write wedding day messages as a keepsake..

20140507-174003.jpgwatering cans can be bought for a few pound, ideal for a summer birthday party to leave on the table with a pot of permanent markers for guests to write their messages on.

20140507-174148.jpga photo of the moon or the sunrise on the day a baby is born is a lovely photo to post onto a new parents wall.

20140507-174319.jpg

20140507-174338.jpg

20140507-174412.jpg

20140507-174441.jpg

The ideas are endless and always a nice thoughtful post to see.
It’s always a nice momento to bring you real life pebble message back with you to sit on the receivers sideboard 🙂

BUSHTUCKER TRIAL / JUNGLE THEMED DAY.

20140311-104016.jpg

We decided to have our own bush tucker trials with tuna filled witchety grubs, meal worms, jungle ants, wallaby willies, fish eyes & kangaroo balls all washed down with a cockroach shakes & piranha shakes. We huddle around a yummy chocolate jungle campfire and embarked on some disgusting bug challenges. At the end we crowned our king of the jungle….

Here’s what we did..

We started the day with a jungle trial breakfast, cockroach smoothie (porridge with chocolate sprinkles) and fish eyeballs (melon balls with a raisin iris and jam juice)

20140311-104135.jpg

Then I set about creating our jungle table with all manner of delights..

20140311-104316.jpg

Wallaby willies…..A tin of hot dogs..

20140311-104414.jpg

Witchety grubs, chocolate filled with tuna.

20140311-104510.jpg

Mealworms… Melted chocolate moulded.

20140311-104555.jpg

Kangaroo balls….A tin of meatballs..

20140311-104653.jpg

Cockroach smoothie…. Porridge and chocolate sprinkles.

20140311-104753.jpg

Piranha smoothie, a mix of tuna and milk. Disgusting.

20140311-104842.jpg

‘How long bug’ the kids put the bugs in their mouths and the winner was the one who kept the bug in for the longest.

20140311-104919.jpg

We made feely boxes to hide our jungle stars.. Tissue paper, spaghetti and twig foliage…

20140311-105109.jpg

20140311-105114.jpg

20140311-105120.jpg

Then their star trials began…

20140311-105227.jpg

They did well!!

20140311-105249.jpg

Preparing to eat our jungle ants.. (Chocolate drops with chocolate strands for legs)..

20140311-105436.jpg

Tuna filled witchety grubs…..ewwww…don’t they look happy

20140311-105502.jpg

Even Noah dug into some jungle treats..

20140311-105604.jpg

And we crowned him our jungle king…

20140311-105647.jpg

Jungle camp fire, chocolate logs with brandy snap flames.

20140311-105826.jpg

If you would like to follow more of our daily fun, frugal and magical memory making activities and adventures during a childhood that’s fleeting you can find us on Facebook..https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725?ref=tn_tnmn

More prep for our jungle tea can be found here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.719149908097859.1073742058.287237957955725&type=3

WONKALICIOUS DINNER

20140311-093412.jpg
Everybody loves Charlie & the chocolate factory!!!!….Willy Wonka rocks!

This is one of the kids favourite themed teas we’ve done & very simple to do, an upside down back to front teatime treat based around Charlie & the chocolate factory. A proper healthy dinner and pudding consisting of shephards pie followed by sponge cake and filo strawberry tart…but all with a difference..looks can be deceiving :-)……we rounded off the meal by watching Charlie and the Chocolate factory with our sweets.

Here’s what we did…

20140311-094129.jpg
Ready mixed vanilla sponge from Tesco for the bun and chocolate sponge for the burger.. the lettuce & cheese consists of ready roll icing with food colouring, the tomatoes are sliced strawberries, the ketchup and mayo consist of buttercream with food colouring, & the sesame seeds are chopped nuts.

20140311-094315.jpg

The pizza (filo and raspberry tart topped with grated chocolate, sliced strawberries and pineapple)

20140311-094452.jpg

Shepherds pies..

20140311-094709.jpg

Sweet filo fries and a ketchup (rasberry compote) dip.

20140311-094900.jpg

Tesco value mini pancakes.. (approx. 30 per pack of 6/8) pile on top of each other and skewer down the middle to keep in place the taller the better…you could drizzle with chocolate sauce for effect and yumminess.

We then set about lay and scene setting our table…

20140311-095027.jpg

print off wonka chocolate bar wrappers and golden tickets to place chocolate in to scene set your place settings. (type in golden ticket on google images)

20140311-095123.jpg

scene set with sweets.. i got gobstoppers on sticks from tesco for 50p each… i made the wonka logo and stuck it to a stick. I used simple plastic flowerpots to put sweets in…you can buy them for about £1 for 6 and they are perfect colour to match the theme.

20140311-095233.jpg

simple lollipops with a bit of marker pen colour added to the sticks for effect.

20140311-095336.jpg

again a plate of chocolate with homemade printed labels to add to the effect. i managed to buy some purple wrapping paper and find an old purple curtain to use as a table cloth.

20140311-095447.jpg

20140311-095608.jpg

a jug of chocolate milk shake is a must, make a label for effect.

20140311-095729.jpg
Again, simple labels made and stuck onto bottle, this bottle has water with washing up liquid in to create the bubble (glue the top on so no one accidentally drinks it) you can buy bottles of pop and replace the labels.

20140311-095847.jpg

Upside down back to front tea…. TIME TO CALL THE KIDS FOR DINNER!!!

20140311-100152.jpg

20140311-100217.jpg

Pizza and chips for pudding..

20140311-100350.jpg

you can get the kids to paint up some golden eggs to set the scene.

20140311-100602.jpg

Burger cake going down nicely…

20140311-101007.jpg

After dinner we relaxed with popcorn and a film.

To find out more about how we put together our Wonkalicious tea you can find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.459965494016303.112759.287237957955725&type=1 & to follow more of our daily fun, frugal and magical memory mucking activities & adventures during a childhood that’s fleeting follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725?ref=tn_tnmn

WIZARD OF OZ ADVENTURE

20140213-094352.jpg

I decided that i wanted to do a Wizard of Oz themed birthday picnic in a crooked wood for Mila. I used as much as i could from around the house with the only expense being her cake which i had planned to be a simple white iced xmas cake with a yellow brick road, fortunately M&S had a beautiful xmas cake reduced which was ideal to lay our yellow brick road on. With a few simple, cheap and effective items gathered we managed to turn a visit to the woods into a magical trip to OZ. Here’s how we find it…

20140213-094439.jpg

We started with our prep, we wrapped presents in yellow paper to represent the yellow brick road..

20140213-094539.jpg

And tin foil to represent the tin man, we tied them all with sting to represent the scarecrow..

20140213-094635.jpg

I made OZ signs for the trees..

20140213-094712.jpg

20140213-094729.jpg

I made a special box which contained wished crystals and a letter explaining how to use them,

We used nail art crystals (a packet of 10 for £1 in Pondland)….. BIRTHDAY WISH CRYSTALS.

20140213-095108.jpg

With Toto in tow we headed to the woods..

20140213-095213.jpg

20140213-095340.jpg
I used some ready roll icing with a few drops of yellow food colouring to make a brick road, this was to lay on the top of a white iced cake to make our OZ birthday cake.
We set up our white iced xmas cake which was half price in the sales and added our yellow brick road. I used a liquorice wood stick to make the sign post.

20140213-095450.jpg

I used Candy floss tub (3 for £1 in Tesco) as Good witch of the east dresses, i tied with ribbon and a magic wand.

20140213-095539.jpg
I then placed our yellow brick road presents along the woodland path, i wrapped them with yellow paper and string along with some wrapped in tin foil to represent the tin man.

20140213-095632.jpg

i wrapped a watering can in tin foil to make our oil can and took a ruby red and emerald green cushions around the base of a tree.

20140213-095717.jpg

We had Rainbows overhead.

20140213-095809.jpg

We took a bubble machine that we hung in the trees to represent the good witch of the east floating down in her bubble.

20140213-095856.jpg

20140213-095908.jpg

we had a jar full of yellow brick road and emerald city sweets (taken from a tin of Roses)
I wrapped up a Wizard of Oz dvd with emerald green ribbon and placed it in a tree.

20140213-100203.jpg

20140213-100211.jpg

20140213-100220.jpg

We made a rope swing, found some witches loot and stumbled on birthday messages from the munchkins..

20140213-100413.jpg

20140213-100428.jpg
We explored the crooked woods..

20140213-100511.jpg

And even found the wicked witch!!!

20140213-100656.jpg

Mila discovered her box full of rainbow birthday wishes….

After a beautiful day over the rainbow we headed back down the yellow brick road… Because There’s no place like home 🙂

href=”https://familydaystriedandtestedblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/20140213-101255.jpg”>20140213-101255.jpg

20140213-101427.jpg

After a beautiful day over the rainbow we headed back down the yellow brick road… Because There’s no place like home 🙂

If you would like to follow more of our daily adventure and activities and find more frugal and magical memory making in a childhood that’s fleeting find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-days-Tried-tested/287237957955725

<a