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Five Super Easy Kid’s Party Decorations

What is a party without a cake and some cool decorations – well just a play date really.  But you don’t want to spend too much time (and money) on decorations.  Here are five ideas that don’t take much time to whip up and they are really effective.

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Did you know that there is a world wide shortage of Helium?  Floating party balloons could soon be a thing of the past, with a world helium shortage sending prices soaring.  So instead of floating balloons attach them to the ceiling and hang them down.  If you really want to make sure they stay hanging down (for example:  you are outside and they are hanging from a tent or marquee – pop a marble into the balloon).

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Image:  http://tomkatstudio.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/real-parties-delicious-top-chef.html

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Image: http://daisypinkcupcake.blogspot.com.au

Plastic Table Cloths Make Great and Colourful Door Covers

Here are some great ways to decorate with the plastic tablecloth from a discount variety store.

Check out these lego themed doors.  They are made of plastic tablecloth covers and the same coloured plastic plates.

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Source:   Pinterest

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Source: http://rainonatinroof.com/2013/05/diy-party-backdrop-tutorial-cheap-easy/

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Source: http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2013/07/disney-princess-dream-party-cbias-sponsored.html

So many ways to use plastic tablecloths.  For example if you are having a frozen party, grab an aqua tablecloth and paste on some white snowflakes.

Go Crazy with Washi Tape

One roll of Washi Tape can go a long way to making plain items look pretty and decorative

At parties, we all want the kids to drink out of the one cup and not another kid’s cup.  Grab some plain cups and put their initial on the cup with washi tape.

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Make a cake stand look cute and match it with the party’s colour theme with some washi tape.

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Source: http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/washi-cake-stands.html

Reusable Chalkboard Bunting

Next time you need to create a statement or make a blank wall look good, use chalkboard bunting. It is strung on jute (which gives it a classic vintage feel).  The best thing about this product is you can use it for every child’s party and every other occassion.

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Source:  http://www.stylie.com.au/products/copy-of-chalkboard-bunting-zig-zag-pennant-style 

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Source: http://www.stylie.com.au/collections/frontpage/products/chalkboard-bunting-ribbon-flag-style.

The use of this chalkboard/blackboard bunting is only limited your imagination.

Tissue Paper

We could write a whole blog on uses of tissue paper.  Next time you received something wrapped in tissue paper keep it.  For this easy decoration, you want the tissue scrunched up.

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Source: http://prudentbaby.com/2013/05/baby-kid/a-birthday-to-remember-how-to-make-a-tissue-paper-birthday-number-sign/

Do you know any other easy decorations?

If you are looking for easy to make party food check out our blog on Non Bake Slices.

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Five Storage Solutions for Small Toy Cars

Have you ever, in the middle of the night, stepped on a a small car?  I once twisted my ankle when I stepped on a toy car (but don’t worry I told everyone that it was when I was doing a workout!!!).  Here are five storage solutions you may find useful.  Some of them involve DIY.

DiY Matchbox Storage Garage

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Source:  www.aloandbeholdlife.com

Magnetic Car Mural

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Source: http://blog.landofnod.com

Tackle Box Garage

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Source:  http://datssocute.blogspot.com.au

Ikea Storage Basket

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This idea is functional and decorative.

Source:  Ikea

Hanging Car Organiser

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Source:  http://pickupsomecreativity.blogspot.com.au

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Five of the Best No Bake Slices – Uberyum

Ladies bring a plate. Do you cringe when you hear you have to turn up with a plate? Here are five super easy and super yummy no bake slices you can whip up in no time. Just remember to always take the slices on a nice looking plastic plate (that you do not mind if you never see again).

Caramello Slice

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Image:  www.bestrecipe.com.au

Passionfruit Slice

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Image: ineedafeed.wordpress.com

 

Maltesers and Mars Bar Slice

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Image:  www.createbakemake.com

Choc Mint Thins

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Image:  Thats Life

Clinkers Slice

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Image:  www.bakeplaysmile.com

Which is your favourite?

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Are you a SM?

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What is a SM? SM is a suburban mum. Someone who lives in the suburbs and does very “suburban” activities. For some people being a SM is a matter of pride, however for others learning they are a SM is a cringe inducing moment. So here is a test to see if you are a SM (if five or more apply you are a SM).

  • You have a 4 Wheel Drive, where the only off roading you do, is when you accidentally hit a curb;
  • You wear work out gear to drive to the local coffee shop to buy your daily coffee;
  • Your coffee of choice is a skim milk  weak but very hot latte;
  • You know exactly how many carbs you can consume per day and you may have also been on a Paleo diet or a sugar free diet;
  • You know all your children’s personal best times at Little Athletics;
  • You spend more time at your children’s school doing volunteer work than you do paid work;
  • You socialise your baby at baby classes;
  • You socialise your dog with other dogs at the dog park;
  • You enter your child in every competition which can show off their unique talents (art comps, cooking comps, dance comps);
  • Your idea of gardening is telling the gardener to trim more off the hedge;
  • You believe every child should win a prize in pass the parcel or receive participation ribbons at school carnivals;

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  • You have five different ways to cut out fairy bread into different and unusual shapes;
  • You have a home based business selling the latest “must have” product;
  • You are a mummy blogger;
  • You line up for hours to make sure your child gets a place in the favourite class or activity; or
  • You have a car pool schedule (because that helps reduce carbon miles);
  • You have a colour coded weekly planner that sets out all the different activities your children undertake.

For the record this mummy blogger, got more than five and is loud and proud that she is a Suburban Mum (and she hopes that her husband does not look at the wheel rims on her car as she has done some major off road activity lately). It is also possible that being a suburban mum could be genetic as this suburban mum still takes pride at coming second in the East State School Egg and Bacon Quiche cooking comp and a highly commended at the Toowoomba Art Show.

The term Suburban Mum was created by hilarious blogger and author Jenn Mann (check out http://www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com)

Do you know any other signs of a Suburban Mum?

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