Wooden Toys NZ – Kid’s Birthday Gift Ideas

Wooden Toys NZ – Kid’s Birthday Gift Ideas

Are you looking for kid's birthday gift ideas? Whenever I need to find a birthday gift I always want to find something special that will be treasured and played with for hours. I usually end up wandering shop aisles aimlessly with three kids in tow. I've gathered...

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Crystal Inspired Sweet Treats

Crystal Inspired Sweet Treats

We made some beautiful crystal inspired sweet treats for Rosa's 'She's a Gem' birthday party. We had geode biscuits, crystal shard jelly cups, gem cookies, diamond encrusted donuts, a crystal grazing table and cupcakes. Geode Biscuits We made these using a little...

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How To Make Edible Crystals

How To Make Edible Crystals

We made these beautiful crystals for Rosa's 'She's a Gem' birthday party. We used them to decorate her birthday cake and for the 'crystal grazing table'. The crystals are made using agar agar powder which is a natural gelatin made form seaweed. Here is the recipe we...

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Frozen 2

Frozen 2

Image: DISNEY The big news is Frozen 2 is set to be released on the 22nd November 2019. Disney has released a 'sneak peek' trailer. This shows Anna has taken out her plaits and and Elsa looks to be on a mission into the ocean. Is she searching for her lost parents?...

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10 Kid’s DIY Christmas Decorations

10 Kid’s DIY Christmas Decorations

I love creating decorations and Christmas is the perfect time to have fun with your kids creating DIY Christmas decorations. Hang them on your tree or find any little spot around the house to decorate. I've found 10 ideas that are easy, simple and look gorgeous. These...

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Teacher Gift Ideas NZ

Teacher Gift Ideas NZ

Are you looking for fun teacher gift ideas? We have found some fabulously cute teacher gift ideas for you. Chocolates and a personalised printable. This has to be my favourite! Such a unique and fun idea. Order your customised printable from NZ business Design by...

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“Chat with an Expert’

“Chat with an Expert’

Juliet Evans from The Party Box Company chats with us about party planning, tips and trends. Before we begin we will give you a brief introduction of Juliet's business. The Party Box Company was created by kiwi mum Juliet in 2017. The Party Box Company delivers ‘boxes...

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Cake Smash

Cake Smash

  Are you looking for Cake Smash Photos Auckland? Wanting to find out how to make the most of your cake smash session? It is a pleasure to introduce Sarah Nutt, Auckland's leading family photographer from Milk Photography Studio. We talked to Sarah about the best...

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Kid’s Party Venues Auckland

Kid’s Party Venues Auckland

Are you looking for a kid's party venue in Auckland? My Kid's Party lists the best kid's party venues Auckland has to offer. Read on to find 30 venues organised for you under Animal Lovers, Party & Learn, Dance and Pamper, Adrenalin Fun, Get Moving and Something...

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Party Venues Wellington

Party Venues Wellington

Are you looking for kid's party venues Wellington? I've found the best kid's party venues Wellington and Upper Hutt has to offer. From animal adventures, water fun, trains and art, you will find something fun and unique to celebrate your child's next birthday party....

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NZ Birthday Club

NZ Birthday Club

Come and join our Facebook Birthday Club which is a group run by Mayhem Creations and My Kids Party.  We wanted to create a place where all parents, caregivers and whanau could come and find an answer to their birthday questions!  We encourage you to ask questions or...

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GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY

THE ULTIMATE KID'S PARTY GIVEAWAY This is our biggest giveaway yet! WIN $388 worth of entertainment and party goodies for your child's next birthday party. The Ultimate Kid's Party Giveaway! THE PRIZE: Five amazing New Zealand Businesses have donated prizes to...

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Kid’s Party Entertainer Tips from Rick Sahar

Kid’s Party Entertainer Tips from Rick Sahar

Rick Sahar has been a professional entertainer since 1984. In 2011 Rick was awarded the "Top Variety Artist" Award in New Zealand. Rick has a few years of experience to be able to share some kid's party entertainer tips with us. He brings to his work experience,...

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Tips for Hiring a Party Entertainer

Tips for Hiring a Party Entertainer

Are you planning your child's birthday party and considering hiring a party entertainer? Emily and Sarah from Pitter Patter Parties have kindly shared with us the benefits to having a party host and what to expect when you book one. Pitter Patter Parties provide party...

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First Birthday Party Ideas

First Birthday Party Ideas

We asked Jamie Rae of  Adore a’Belles NZ to share with us her tips and ideas for a successful first birthday party... and why we did we ask Jamie... because Jamie Rae is owner of Adore a'Belles which stocks the most gorgeous first birthday party outfits and we all...

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DIY Party Favors

DIY Party Favors

It is a pleasure to introduce you to Alex Divine who owns two boutique event styling businesses in the Hawke's Bay. Alex runs I Do Glamour which is boutique wedding and event styling company alongside Lexi Lu, aimed more towards children's parties and offering the...

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Slumber Party

Slumber Party

  Becky Siame is CEO of New Zealand's nationwide boutique party hire business Joy Co. Becky knows a thing or two about how to host a slumber party and she has shared with us her tips and ideas for how to host the best slumber party ever. Becky's Slumber Party...

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Cream Tart Cake

Cream Tart Cake

After admiring these Cream Tart Cakes on Instagram I couldn't wait to try one for Tommy's Safari Party. This is the recipe we used and it turned out beautifully. Cream Tart Cake Cookie Tart Ingredients: 2 egg yolks 4 Tbsp very cold water 2 tsp Vanilla 2 1/2 C flour...

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

This is our 'go-to' recipe for making any gingerbread type cookies. Great recipe that is easy to work with. Gingerbread Cookies Recipe Ingredients: 125g butter (at room temperature) 1/2 C Brown Sugar (firmly packed) 1/2 C Golden Syrup 1 egg yolk 2 1/2 C Flour 1 Tbsp...

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

This fantastic recipe was shared with us from Melissa at  www.playfulpartyhire.co.nz. Melissa used this recipe for her daughter's Mermaid Party. A great birthday cake for any children with dairy and/or egg allergies. Vegan Chocolate Cake Mix all dry ingredients in a...

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Rosa’s Bath Bomb Recipe

Rosa’s Bath Bomb Recipe

Leading up to Rosa's beautiful Bath Bomb Party Rosa and I became bath bomb experts. We made our own bath bombs practising for her party day. With some trial and error we came up with the best bath bomb recipe for us. Full of lovely natural ingredients that relax,...

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DIY Balloon Garlands

DIY Balloon Garlands

I've made a few balloon garlands now and I'm always pleased with them. They aren't as fancy as 'professional garlands' but for the cost of the balloons they look great. I source my balloons cheaply from wherever I can. I come up with three - four colours that match my...

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DIY Rag Bunting

DIY Rag Bunting

I have often admired rag bunting but had never made one until now. For William's Army Party I thought rag bunting was perfect as it has an 'unfinished' look that suited the decor. It was easy to match camo colours too. This rag bunting is made with 80cm strips of...

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Chocolate Bark Recipe

Chocolate Bark Recipe

I actually don't have a recipe more of a method! You need: Chocolate to melt ( a little actually goes a long way) Decorations for the chocolate (sprinkles, nuts, dried fruit) A pot and a bowl that fits snugly on the pot. (double boiler) Tray prepared with baking paper...

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Marmite and Cheese Scrolls

Marmite and Cheese Scrolls

This is an easy recipe my mum always makes for the kids. It is perfect party food that kid's love. We used: Flaky Puff Pastry Ready Rolled Sheets Marmite Grated Cheese Spread the pastry with marmite and scatter on some grated cheese. Roll them up and cut into child...

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Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe 1 can sweetened condensed milk 3 cups chocolate chips 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Lightly grease and line a tray (about 20cm square) with a piece of plastic wrap or baking paper. In a bowl over simmering water, combine...

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Army Camo Biscuit Recipe

Army Camo Biscuit Recipe

Army Camo Biscuits Recipe .6 C Icing sugar 150g softened butter 1 pinch of salt 1 egg 2 1/2 Tbsp of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavour 2.4 C of flour 1/2 C of ground almonds Brown, black and green food colours. (Please excuse the strange measures. It is just how I...

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Buttercream Icing Recipe

Buttercream Icing Recipe

Every kid's birthday party needs some Buttercream Icing... for the birthday cake or cupcakes this is my 'go to' Buttercream Icing Recipe. 150g softened butter 2 generous cups of icing sugar 1 1/2 tbsp milk Food Colouring Beat the butter until soft. Add half of the...

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Army Men Cupcakes

Army Men Cupcakes

These were a big hit at our recent Army party. I used Annabel Langbein's One Pot Chocolate and Rasberry Cupcakes recipe. I love this recipe and use it often for kid's parties. It makes a big batch, uses only 'one pot' is extra delicious and freezes well. I baked the...

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My Philosophy on Kid’s Parties

My Philosophy on Kid’s Parties

Me at a birthday party 1979 It's all about LOVE! I love kid’s parties… I love the excitement of looking forward to an event. The bringing of people together. A chance to entertain and delight guests. I love the organising and planning for it, the creating of things...

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Party Games with Balloons

Party Games with Balloons

What makes a great kid’s party game? Kid's just want to have fun. They want to be loud and move and laugh. They enjoy something a little funny. What do parent's want? Parent's want the children to be entertained, to have fun and for the games to be easy for them to...

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Little Carousel – Featured Business

Little Carousel – Featured Business

The Little Carousel is just what kid's parties in Christchurch needed. The Little Carousel is a boutique event styling and hire business specialising in children's birthday parties. Jen Collett, the talent and style behind The Little Carousel, saw a gap for kid's...

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Lolly Cake

Lolly Cake

Lolly cake is a kiwi classic. So easy to make and a crowd pleaser at kid's parties. I always whip up a big batch making the most of the open tin of condensed milk. I cut it thinly so the sugar hit isn't too high. I store mine in the freezer once sliced ready to pull...

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10 Fabulous Paper Straw Ideas

10 Fabulous Paper Straw Ideas

Paper straws have so many fabulous uses for your kid's party. They come in heaps of different colours and fun patterns and can be purchased easily from many retailers. The best part is that they are biodegradable... not like their 'plastic forever' cousins. I love...

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Sustainable Kids Parties

Sustainable Kids Parties

Through creating this kids party planning website I’ve started thinking more deeply about kids parties. It has directed me towards putting into words my developing philosophy of kids parties. It has started me thinking about concepts for my philosophy on kids parties like sustainability and rubbish-free parties.

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Bunny Rabbit Shortbread

Bunny Rabbit Shortbread

I always like to make a themed biscuit for my kid's parties. I've struggled to find the perfect recipe until I started using my Aunty Lynne's Shortbread recipe. It is easy to roll and cut plain shaped biscuits from but you can also use it with a cookie cutter. These...

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Easy DIY Tiger Costume

Easy DIY Tiger Costume

Creating this ferocious little tiger was so easy! The fabulous tiger fabric cost just $8 from Spotlight. It was a lovely light, stretch fabric that would have been so comfy to wear. It was also non-fraying so no need to hem. I'm all for 'easy and effective', I was so...

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Watermelon Fizz

Watermelon Fizz

I wanted to serve a healthy alternative to a fizzy drink at Rosa's 5th Birthday party so came up with this Watermelon Fizz. The kid's thought it was a fancy fizzy and loved it. This one's a summer party keeper. I use a 'Nutra-Bullet' but any food processor will work....

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Easy Popcorn

Easy Popcorn

You don't need to buy readymade popcorn or own a popcorn maker. I've found this method to be the easiest, healthiest and most effective. I found this method on Simply Recipes. I've tried a few methods but this is now my trusted party popcorn recipe. Two batches of...

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Neapolitan Rice Krispie

Neapolitan Rice Krispie

The first time I saw a photo of Neapolitan Rice Krispie I knew I would have to make it one day. The gorgeous layers of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. Rosa's 5th Birthday Party was the perfect occasion to try some out. I searched the internet for a recipe and then...

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Yogurt Mango Mini Ice Blocks

Yogurt Mango Mini Ice Blocks

These homemade treats are a regular in our house and make the perfect summer party food for little hands. I've varied this recipe in so many ways by changing the fruit to pineapple, banana or whatever fruit I have, sprinkling something else on the top like chia seeds...

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Add a touch of ‘Donut’ to your next party.

Add a touch of ‘Donut’ to your next party.

Donuts Yes donuts are 'on trend' and rocking the party scene. Such a fun, crowd pleasing addition. Have a look at how you can add delicious donuts to your next party. A donut wall. Use a peg board for an easy DIY Donut wall. Some party hire shops are also beginning to...

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Great NZ Birthday Cake Book

Great NZ Birthday Cake Book

What is the favourite book in our house at the moment? The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book! Come bedtime we have had arguments every night over who gets to read it first. We have hundreds of little bits of paper stuck in pages marking their favourites. It may be worn out before their next birthdays actually come around!

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Kid’s Party Venues Christchurch

Kid’s Party Venues Christchurch

I like to try and come up with new and original places to host my kid’s parties. We have had a great little ‘bike themed party’ at Christchurch’s ‘hidden treasure’ the Westburn Bike Park in Burnside and a ‘frozen themed party’ at Soyo Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Riccarton. Sometimes places you may not think to host a party will actually work well. ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’, so there is no harm in asking if it is possible to use a place as a party venue. I’ve researched lots of great places and I hope this is a helpful resource for you. I would like to keep this article updated so if you know somewhere fabulous that I have missed please let me know.

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Kids Parties at the Air Force Museum – Advertorial

Kids Parties at the Air Force Museum – Advertorial

Do you have a little aviation fan? Perhaps a budding Richard Pearce or Jean Batton? Vintage and aviation is all a bit trendy at the moment and the Air Force Museum in Christchurch has fabulous party packages for you to celebrate your child’s birthday with ease and style.

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10 First Birthday Party Ideas & Activities

10 First Birthday Party Ideas & Activities

Your babies First Birthday is such a special celebration. I’ve shared with you my three children’s first birthdays and 10 tips to help you celebrate yours. One of my best pieces of advice for you is to get lots of photos. Ask someone to be in charge of taking the snaps for you and arm them with the camera.

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Asylum Paintball – Advertorial

Asylum Paintball – Advertorial

So what would be your kids ultimate birthday party request? LOW IMPACT PAINTBALLING! I know my boy would LOVE to go paintballing with a group of friends.

Asylum Paintball in Kingseat, Auckland is the only place in New Zealand to have the new revolutionary low impact children’s paintball. Children as young as six can play with the lightweight, low impact balls and lighter weight markers (paintball guns).

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Easter Rocky Road

Easter Rocky Road

If you are looking for a cute and easy Easter treat this rocky road is great.

Simple and gorgeous – just the way we like it.

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4 Kid’s Party Trends

4 Kid’s Party Trends

To finish off my ‘Party Trends for 2016 Series’ I have four goodies for you. I’m in the middle of ‘party prep madness’ at my house. I’ve included many of these trends into my kids parties. I have two of my children’s birthdays a day apart! I know, terrible planning from a self-confessed planaholic. Anyway here are the final four trends…

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Kid’s Party Trends

Kid’s Party Trends

I've got three more hot kids party trends for you with great ideas on how to incorporate them into your celebration. 1. Useful Favors Hallelujah, at last... I've been a fan of this for a while and it seems bags of party favors are hopefully leaving us. On trend now is...

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Kids Party Trends

Kids Party Trends

Want to know what’s going to be hot for kids parties this year? I’ve hunted out the top trends emerging for the coming year so you can ensure you are hosting a party with the latest style. 2016 trends are looking extra gorgeous and I’m looking forward to using many of these elements in my own kids parties this year. I’ve included practical ways to incorporate these into your parties and I’ve found local sources for products. Here are three top trends with more coming next week.

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Mini Me Ambrosia Recipe

Mini Me Ambrosia Recipe

Ambrosia is one of my favourite Christmas desserts; quick, easy and delicious. I've been exploring creating food for kids parties which is a mini version of the original. We've all seen individual jelly cups at kids parties so what about little cups of yogurt...

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Dad Bakes the Cake

Dad Bakes the Cake

What do these two handsome new-age dads have in common? They make their kids birthday cakes! My mum often jokes that my dad didn’t know where the tea towel was and now we have hands-on dads that not only empty the dishwasher but they make spectacular birthday cakes.

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Teacup Biscuits

Teacup Biscuits

These are the cutest little biscuits and so easy to make. I first learnt how to make them from a family friend in Oamaru. This is Rosebud’s modified version. Rosebud is only three and can whip these up on her own.

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