Ladybugs 1st Birthday

My youngest daughter has turned one. Definitely growing so fast and developing into a real lady.

Ladybugs and goodie bags

To match this I created a Ladybug theme for her party. Full of ladybug spots and red balloons. All the things that make it colourful. While I did find some ideas for parties online, finding actual items in the shops was challenging.

The Invitation
I created my own invite with Coreldraw, working out a bit of a rhyme for the wording. I folded it in three and placed a some small ladybugs resting on a leaf of green paper on the outside. I also sent the invitation out digitally to those friends and family I do not see often enough to hand deliver.

Bug Serviettes from Woolies

The Decor
We were lucky enough to discover some party items at Woolworths – this included bug masks and some bug serviettes. The focus was on colours so we went with red party bags, spotty bugs on the bags with labels as well as red balloons with black ribbons. For the kids party table I got a bright red plastic tablecloth in case of any unlucky spills!

The Party

Emma Bug at her party


The kids attending were all encouraged to wear spots or stripes as bugs and all entered into the spirit. With wings and feelers and all crazy outfits it was really great. To keep some of the older kids busy I also baked some cupcakes and mixed some icing. Giving the kids some smarties, jelly tots and some plastic knives they decorated their own bugs. One or two dads had to eat the result – but when it comes to parties – it is all good.

Ladybugs are easy, fun and with some pipecleaners feelers are a breeze!!

Some Kids Party Invites

One of the great things in life is getting ready for your child’s birthday! I love the details – invites in particular. Here are a few I have done in recent times for friends and family.

NOAH’S ARK INVITES

A Noah's ark theme for a little one loving animals

My little one loves animals and for this party I did lots and lots of animals. It was pretty easy to do a cake with wafer biscuits for the wood of the ark around the cake with animals in pairs around. Animal blowers, serviettes and moulded chocolate animals spread around. I think for a young one animals are easy – especially if your little one is like mine and asks for Animal planet again … and again.

SCIENCE AND CRAZY SCIENTISTS

For the Boy that loves Crazy things

A wonderful boy I love had his party at the Science centre. Mad scientist is perfect for him – and his brother! It was an external venue – which can be great when you really don’t feel like cleaning up your house after a horde of mad scientists descend! They arranged for a lift to the venue so the specifics were left off the invite. Colours of course were chosen by Birthday Boy!

DINOSAURS ROAR

Dinosaurs ROAR with fun


My next creation was for a friend of mine – her son is like any boy. Cars and noisy things. So for his party we went with Dinosaurs that ROAAAR … and she went all out with the cake. Moulded chocolate dinosaurs to match the invite. Serviettes and a whole bunch of other items are available in this theme. It really is surprising when you look around so we were very pleased with our finds. Some cupcakes were sent to school with dinosaur chocolates on top to keep with the theme for the normal party. When you three – ROARING dinosaurs are cool!

LADYBUGS FOR A SPOTTY DAY

A lady bug for a little lady

Now when you have a lady-bug turning one there is only one thing you can do and that is throw a Ladybug party. Red and black spots all over. We are doing a lovely flower for the cake and having the best lady-bug candle on top for blowing out. Ladybug chocolates, ladybug cupcakes (for the kids to decorate themselves) and a whole lot of spotting food and decorations.

When you start with a theme you will find it really easy to carry on. With invites done it is a lot of fun! So if you need an invite done contact me on my facebook site.

Easy cooking with kids

So my mission was to find something easy to bake for dessert when my lemon meringue failed. My husband suggested I make the Ina Paarmans Chocolate Brownies that we had in the cupboard. So my 2 year old daughter Zoe and I donned the aprons and prepared the brownies. What easy baking!

You simply mix oil, melted butter and eggs with the mixer, add milk, beat again. Add ingredients from box and fold in. Zoe liked the folding in. Unlike the measuring cups where she wanted ingredients everywhere BUT in the bowl the mixing was fun! Even the noise from my mixer did not put her off staring into the bowl.

You pour ingredients into your pan, cook for 35 minutes and allow to cool. I added some icing sugar on top.

And my friends loved the brownies.

Reflecting on it. Had Zoe been maybe two years older I could have measured the ingredients out and just told her what to do (well if we exclude the oven). But it was truly that simple. And I think the simplicity is key – her attention span ran out when I put them in the oven and she went off to play somewhere else.

For another truly easy recipe try the Cheesecake or maybe some chocolate Easter Eggs for your kids. All in the name of fun and creativity in our kitchen!

Home Made Easter Eggs

I know some of us are more challenged than others in the Kitchen. But with Easter coming up we need to get creative!

Found this great link from Ideas Magazine for making your own Easter Eggs with your kids. My memories from childhood are still sweet – home made eggs where you keep running to the fridge to turn. And of course – a stockpile of choccies in the fridge to nibble on!

Give it a try and let us know how it works out for you!

For more nibbles from our kitchen try out the easy to make Cheesecake

Easy Cheesecake – in a packet!

Since we don’t all have to be mothers full time and I mentioned in the Powder Room this site is not ALL about being a mom – I will share my findings. Sometimes we want to spoil ourselves and just be good fun loving women with a sweet tooth. And we never want to work hard for it either. So I found an easy recipe for cheesecake this weekend.

When I say ‘recipe’ I am making it sound more difficult than it was. Ina Paarman has expanded her range to include cakes and deserts. Lovely. I loved her spices – first one I found was chicken spice. Then one for potatoes. Since then I have no idea how many my husband has put in our trolley.

So back to the cheesecake. You take the ingredients out the box, spread it over the bowl of water. Mix for a minute or two. Place in fridge. Mix crumbed biscuits with melted butter for base. Whip up cream. Fold cream into mixture and pour on base. And place back in the fridge for 4 hours (and ignore). And voila. Cheesecake. Only thing you need besides the box is biscuits, butter and cream.

Since it went so well I bought my next experiment in her range. I am going to try the chocolate brownies. This time my husband is happier, since he actually eats chocolate brownies! I will tell you how it goes!