I’m so excited to launch the Spa of Our Own craft party. This party option is available to all age groups and includes the following activities –
Bath Bomb making
Lip gloss making
Make-up bag decorating
Flip Flop decorating (older teens and adults only)
The child or teen party is an hour and a half and for the adult option, I allow 2 hours so you can spend a bit longer making and perfecting your creations.
You’ll make 2 bath bomb muffins, in your chosen colour and scent, adding some beautiful dried flowers on the top. You’ll also package them up beautifully and add a tag so you can gift them if you’d like to.
Next up, you’ll learn to make your own lip gloss in a colour of your choice and then put it into gemstone pots which you’ll decorate and embellish.
All materials are thoroughly tested for fun factor and quality by my team of keen crafters (ie my children and their friends).
We take party testing very seriously here at MBM HQ
Don’t just take my word for it, here’s what one of the mums said after her daughter’s Spa Craft Party
“Thank you so much, Lexy for a fabulous party! Hope and her friends had a great time and they all went home with beautiful flip-flops and lip gloss. Love how organised you are and all the tiny creative details. Looking forward to having one of your lovely parties again in the future.”
All set up for eager 8-year-olds to make lip gloss
So, you’ve got a special party to plan. Perhaps a birthday, hen party or wedding? Wouldn’t it be nice to support small businesses and buy unique, beautiful or handmade party supplies?
I’ve scoured the internet to bring you five of my favourite party supply businesses suitable for adults and children alike, I hope you’re going to love them too!
First up … badges and hats …
If it’s a special birthday, Ellie’s Beautiful Mess hand makes fabric hats and number badges that will make you squeal! The sparkly, glittery, squishy numbers will have everyone singing “happy birthday to you” all day long!
Personalised Felt Party Hat By Ellie’s Beautiful Mess
Let’s talk about party decor
Hello Party sell the most fabulous balloon garlands kits that really stand out from the crowd (I really want to cover my whole house with these). I also think a tassel garland brings a bit of sparkle to any party, plus you can keep it up long after the party is over!
DIY Balloon Garland Kit by Hello Party
Tassel Garland by Hello Party
Balloons to Behold
Bubblegum Balloons make it easy to brighten anyone’s day, celebration or party with their inflated and personalised Bubble Balloons – arriving perfectly party ready by post. Whether you’re hosting a Mermaid themed soiree or a Superhero extravaganza, there’s something for everyone.
Tropical Bubble Balloon by Bubblegum Balloons
You’ve decorated your venue and you’ve nailed the badge or hat to wear. Surely every party needs a pinata? Kate from Pinyatay hand makes every pinata to order and they’re absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Possibly too lovely to smash up, so you could just use them as a centrepiece if you can’t bear to destroy them or you could purchase one of the pull string options.
If you’re organising a hen party you might just want to check out one of the listings at the bottom of the page (I won’t say anymore, chuckle, chuckle!)
Cloud Pinata by Pinyatay
DIY Photo Booth
Foil letter balloons are bang on trend at the moment and Best Day Ever supply some excellent choices which are perfect for photobooth backdrops. Add in some tissue paper pom poms or honeycomb balls and a tinsel curtain and you’re good to go!
Foil Letter Balloons by Best Day Ever
These lovely small businesses are my personal favourites, but I’d love to discover more. Who do you recommend? Which party suppliers, trends and brands are you coveting on Instagram?
Thanks for reading, my next blog is all about independent suppliers of sweet treat and party table accessories, so please get in touch if you can recommend someone who fits the bill.
Hands up if you’ve got December birthdays in your household!
My birthday is on the 1st December and do you know what used to bug me? An advent calendar as a present! (Ungrateful child I know). The thing is, everyone else got them anyway, but mine would be part of my present. (Having said that, I often ended up with 3 chocolate calendars, so it wasn’t all bad!)
I used to think it was bad enough having a birthday 25 days before the big day, however one of my close friends has a birthday on Christmas day. Now that sucks! Especially when you’re a mum!
So how do you make a birthday special in December? It really can be the most wonderful time of the year. But birthdays sometimes get a bit lost and overlooked in December because it’s also a hectic time. I asked friends, families and local parents and it seemed to strike a chord with so many people!
With birthdays and Christmas so close together you can end up with gift and toy overload! A top tip from Laura from Max and Mummy is ‘Max’s birthday is the 1st December. We tend to do presents for one and an outing for the other. This year we are going to see School of Rock for his birthday and he’s got some presents for Christmas!’
Emma, mum to teenage twins with birthdays on Christmas Eve says ‘Always use birthday paper even when tempted to use the Christmas stuff!! Also give separate birthday and Christmas presents, as you wouldn’t buy someone with a July birthday a joint Christmas present.’ These two tips alone were mentioned by nearly everyone I spoke to … you have been warned!
The card shops turn red and green from November on wards. So make sure you buy birthday cards well in advance, as the shops assume no-one has a birthday in the month of December and hide the birthday cards!
Unless it’s a few days before Christmas, try not to put the Christmas decorations up until after the birthday is over. If it falls soon after Christmas, consider taking the decorations down early.
Louise from Bournemouth says ‘Noah loves telling people that his birthday is on Christmas Eve! …it can be hard to fit birthday things in when everyone is so busy and focused on Christmas, but it is such a magical time of year that so far he hasn’t felt as if he’s missed out at all. The Christmas tree gets a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner wrap for the day.’
If the birthday falls between Christmas Eve and New Year’s day, consider having a half birthday and have a party or special day out in the summer. For birthdays in the run up to Christmas, think about having parties or celebrations as early as possible because everyone gets so busy.
Dawn Lovejoy from Dawn Lovejoy, NSE – Joyfully Loving the Journey says ‘My son is the 13th and my daughter is Christmas Day so on the 25th its birthday half of the day, with the other half Christmas. We used to have a party for them in the summer when they were little but now they’re both teenagers! She does feel hard done by, bless her, especially as there is nothing you can do actually on Christmas Day apart from go to a pub or restaurant for lunch, but she doesn’t miss out!’
Rebecca from London says ‘As a Christmas baby, from an entire family of Christmas babies, I recommend treating it as a normal birthday. You can’t ignore Christmas (and I love Christmas), make sure you have a separate celebration for the birthday (never one tacked onto a Christmas celebration).
Finally, there are lots of little things you can do to make December birthdays special.
Joanne Dewberry from Joannedewberry.co.uk suggests ‘Daddy Moo’s birthday is Xmas Eve! I think for children it’s the little touches which are important. Having somewhere separate to Christmas cards to put their cards. Having a birthday cake, making the day about them and not an extension of the Christmas celebrations.’
My birthday is 3rd January and everyone’s partied out by then and completely skint. The little things like breakfast in bed and no cooking or chores helps. Recommends Grianne from Times To Treasure.
In closing, do you or one of your family members have a December birthday? What special things do you do to celebrate? Can you recommend somewhere to eat on Christmas day? So that those poor souls who have Christmas day birthdays can eat something other than Turkey? Or perhaps that would cause uproar with the rest of the family! I’d love to hear your family birthday traditions.