Gift ideas for kids age 5 to 11 years to take to parties

Gift ideas for 5-11 year olds to take to parties - Bubbablue and me

As soon as children start school, the birthday invitations begin.  They always seem to come in clusters as well, starting at larger parties, then gradually as children move through the school, they get smaller.  It’s hard deciding what to buy your own children for birthdays or Christmas but so much harder trying to work out what your children’s friends like or might want. If I don’t know the child, then I’ll always ask N what the birthday child enjoys. Things… Continue Reading “Gift ideas for kids age 5 to 11 years to take to parties”

Pizza Express party confidence

birthday party at pizza express - bubbablue and me

In the past N hasn’t been a keen party goer. He’s gone along to some, to others he’s refused.  And there’s always a time beforehand when he says he’s not going. But all parties so far were with lots of other children he knew.  This week, N went to his first party where he didn’t know anyone other than the party boy. It was his old best friend from nursery and he was having a Pizza Express party. N had… Continue Reading “Pizza Express party confidence”

How to make birthday party planning easier

How to make children's birthday party planning easier - Bubbablue and me

I’m not a party planner. I’ve not even organised that many birthday parties.  I’d probably rather have a smaller get together with friends, but when you have children you can’t get away from holding at least 1 birthday party.  I might moan about organising parties, but given I’m a project manager and love order and logistics, I can certainly share my tips on making party planning easy. I’m focusing on children’s birthday parties, but these tips are easily applicable to… Continue Reading “How to make birthday party planning easier”

Children’s birthday party convert

From a birthday party hate to a party lover - Bubbablue and me

N doesn’t really do birthday parties. I love children’s parties because at the moment, most parents stay which gives me a great opportunity to catch up with mums I don’t get to see at school. But N isn’t usually a fan. So he normally refuses to go to any he’s invited to. It doesn’t even matter who the child is, it’s usually a no. The parties he has been to since starting school (other that his own) have all been… Continue Reading “Children’s birthday party convert”

How to create the perfect pirate party for kids

Craft-pirate-treasure-chest

Unlike many children, N’s not really big on birthday party themes.  But even he requested a pirate party theme when we were in the early planning stages of his last party. He didn’t get one because he won’t do dressing up, doesn’t really take part in themed games or activities and the theme was going to conflict with the car theme his friend had asked for.  But he does enjoy watching Swashbuckle  and finds pirate books funny, so I think… Continue Reading “How to create the perfect pirate party for kids”

Birthday cake planning and children’s chatter

childrens chatter birthday cake planning Bubbablue and me

When he was at his day nursery, it was the norm for the birthday boy or girl to bring in cakes or treats for the children in their room on their birthday.  So before his birthday this year, I asked him if others brought treats or cakes in.  He said no, so I didn’t send him in with anything.  It’s always a relief not to spend the evening before baking frantically, so I didn’t think anything of it. But it… Continue Reading “Birthday cake planning and children’s chatter”

A Mad Science party for 5 year olds

How to make science bunting

When we started thinking about N’s birthday party it was all a bit of a blur.  Unless your child has a particular yearning for one theme, you can come unstuck with all the offers out there.  We joined up with his best friend as their birthdays are only a few weeks apart and they’d be inviting the same people from school and NCT,  and then it was on to party planning. The party theme You’d think 2 boys the same… Continue Reading “A Mad Science party for 5 year olds”

5 non-boring party bag ideas for pre-schooler to 7 year olds

5 non-boring party bag ideas for kids - Bubbablue and me

It’ll be N’s birthday in the next month, so we’re in party planning mode.  Well, I say we.  N keeps changing his mind over the type of party he wants, or whether he wants on at all. The plan is that we’re having a joint party with his best friend because their birthdays are close together.  It’s  no brainer given they’re in the same class, and know similar people outside of school as well. So the mum and I have… Continue Reading “5 non-boring party bag ideas for pre-schooler to 7 year olds”

Halloween party play

halloween party play - bubbablue and me

Being that time of year again, we’ve just had our traditional Halloween NCT party.  One of the girls often invites everyone round to their spookily decorated house for the children to play, the adults to chat, and for us all to eat way too much. N of course, decided beforehand that he didn’t want to go.  ‘I don’t like parties, I’m staying on the farm’.  No, you’re coming. I didn’t make him dress up because I knew he wouldn’t want… Continue Reading “Halloween party play”