31.8.12

A Father's Day Craft - The Mo Mug

This week at MOPS we made moustache mugs for Father's Day.

           
Mugs were only $1 from kmart and I found these awesome porcelain pens here that you just draw on and you're done.  No baking required!  You just let it dry for three days (although it is dry to touch quite quickly) and then it is dishwasher safe.  Easy!


I don't trust my drawing skills at all so I printed out a free moustache printable, cut out the mo shape, traced around it with a pencil onto the mug and then used the porcelain pen.  I can't seem to find the free printable that I used, but I've just come across this one that has a whole of lot of different shaped moustaches made especially to use on mugs!  


Teamed up with this free printable card from One Charming Party I think it makes the perfect Father's Day gift!


In searching on pinterest (yes, I am addicted) I came across lots of fantastic and simple designs for using porcelain pens on mugs and plates.  I'd love to give these a try next.  These pens are obviously nice and easy for kids to use as well.

The kids have all been to their obligatory Father's Day stalls at kinder and school.  Always makes me smile what they bring home.  

Are you all sorted for Father's Day?


25.8.12

Spinach, Cheese & Corn muffins



In the weeks after my recent op, I had many friends drop around with meals and goodies with I was extreeeeeeeemely grateful for!  The biggest surprise winner for my kids were some muffins made by my friend Anna.  I mean, they had green stuff in them and hers had three times more and in much larger pieces than mine in the pic above!  They chose them over her delicious handmade sausage rolls and had a couple each!

SPINACH CHEESE & CORN MUFFINS

2 cups SR flour
1 can of corn kernels
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup of chopped chives
2 cups of roughly chopped spinach
1 cup milk
1 egg
80g melted butter
2 tbs polenta

1.  Turn oven on to 200 degrees celcius.
2. Grease 12 cup capacity muffin tin.  Or just use muffin cases.
3. Combine flour, corn, cheese, flour & spinach in a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.  
4. Combine milk, eggs & butter in a jug and pour into the well.  Using a wooden spoon, mix together until just combined. Try not to overmix (difficult with kids involved!)
5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and sprinkle with polenta.  (The kids love this bit).
6.  Pop in the oven for 20-25 mins.  


They are particularly delicious fresh out of the oven with lots of butter!


Just like these, these & these lunchtime winners, they freeze well and are great to bring out and reheat when needing a yummy lunch or snack.




We have made them a few times since and they are still a hit.  

I always have lots of eager & adorable helpers in the kitchen.  


Can't seem to get away with cooking on my own.  Is it the same at your house? 



For more easy peasy recipes, head over here.

16.8.12

A PIRATE PARTY TO REMEMBER - the activities

You've seen the food and now it's time for the activities ...  


In true pirate treasure map form, an 'x' marked the location of the party on our front gate along with a few red, white & black balloons.


When guests arrived they could don themselves with pirate scarves (stripy fabric cut into triangles) and eye patches as well as get a scar or moustache painted on their face with face paint and a pirate tattoo!


We set up a bit of a photo booth to take photos of all the little pirates, but to be honest, it didn't really get used.  Next time, I'll do it in a more obvious spot and make sure there is someone given the specific job of taking photos in the photo booth.  


Our pirate ship was made from an old plasma TV screen box (thanks to hard rubbish!) with enthusiastic help from Bear & Frog and the kids are still enjoying playing with it!


The children could then find their pirate 'loot bag'* on the table and run around doing activities around the yard.  For each activity they received a prize for their loot bag...   


ACTIVITIES:

WALK THE PLANK

 walk the plank & receive some treasure for your loot bag.


KNOCK 'EM DOWN

Knock down a tin can pyramid with rice bags and receive some treasure for your loot bag.
Small rice bags thrown at tin cans covered with some printable paper.

     
                                        

TOSS THE COIN

Toss large silver coins into treasure chest to receive some treasure for your loot bag. 
Coins made from cardboard circles (the portholes from our cardboard pirate ship!) covered in aluminium foil & frisbeed into a large box.

                                                       

DIG FOR BURIED TREASURE

Gold coins buried in the sandpit which were then swapped for chocolate coins.  We learned our lesson at an 'underwater' themed party a few years ago where we buried chocolate coins on a very hot day... you can imagine what happened!


WHERE IS THE TREASURE?

Place an 'x' sticker where you think the treasure is buried on the pirate treasure map.  No blindfold required!  I just placed an 'x' on the back of the map and the children had to guess where it was.


PINATA

A treasure chest pinata filled with treasure of chocolate coins and candy jewellery.  I have made pinatas in the past (well worth a go!), but when I saw this treasure chest at my local discount party shop I thought I'd save myself the effort.  


Purchased pinatas are a LOT harder to bust open!  After each child had multiple goes each, big sister Goose gave it an almighty whack...


and the hordes descended!


At the end of the party, their pirate 'loot bag' was their take home bag filled with the goodies they had collected during the party.  'Pirate' is a very popular theme, so no trouble at all finding inexpensive pirate themed goodies!  


Had to include the following shot, 'coz Grandpa & Uncle Thomas coming all the way from Adelaide for the party was pretty special.


 Always a little sad when party time is over - bring on the next one!

Pirate Party food - click here.
Pirate Party invitations - click here.

More FGB parties - click here.





* I purchased these muslin bags on etsy.com and then stamped a ship stamp and the child's name.

15.8.12

A PIRATE PARTY TO REMEMBER - the food


We celebrated Bear's fifth birthday on Sunday with a pirate party! Bear is particularly keen on pirates so it was the perfect theme for him!  He had an absolute ball which is, after all, why we go to all the effort!  As per usual, I'll separate the party into two posts.  This one about the food and the next about the activities or we'd be here all day!


To put it into perspective our party was held at 2pm with roughly 20 children and 20 adults.  I usually seperate the food into two sittings, savoury while the activities are going and then dessert served with birthday cake at the end.

SAVOURY


popcorn in cones - I use this template to make my cone shape & I always use the sweet & salty flavoured popcorn premade at the supermarket.  It's delicious!


octopus dip - hommus dip with capsicum octopus, olive & bread eyes secured with toothpicks - thanks kymmie & pinterest!  

sea salt chips - it's just such a nautical flavour!

cabana & cheese - secured with pirate sword toothpicks that were purchased here.  


desert island dip - french onion dip over a block of cheese to secure the cabana skewer & toothpicks to secure the capsicum leaves.  Red capsicum 'x' marks the spot.  Saw it here & just had to try!  The dips looked awesome, but it's never a popular party food :(


chicken sandwiches - recipe here. Thanks to my sister Lou for making them!

squid - thanks to my friend Susannah who inspired this one! You cut six slits into the bottom half of the hot dog prior to cooking and as soon as you pop them into the water to cook, they just curl right up.  These were a huge hit!


egg & bacon pies - we have these at every party.  The recipe is here and you can freeze them weeks in advance.

sausage rolls - you can make and freeze these weeks in advance also.  I can email if you'd like my recipe.


pirate fruit swords - thanks again Kymmie for the idea!

'walk the plank' bread - fairy bread cut into rectangle shape with choc sprinkles.



DRINKS

water bottles - decorated just like the invitations with old maps and twine.  Should I admit that I chose the bottles at the supermarket that had a little wave print on the bottle...it matched the theme...


white cups with red stripy straws - So much easier to find your drink if you name the cups and it saves on costs too!  We had a drink dispenser with fruit juice cordial in it alongside the cups for the kids to help themselves.


tea & coffee - set up for adults to help themselves along with kettle, milk, sugar, teaspoons & disposable mugs.  These teas are the Madame Flavour ones from the supermarket, 'coz I think they look a little fancy...

There was a small amount of wine & beer for the adults as well, but no need for a photo of that one at a children's party....


DESSERT



strawberries - served in stripy cupcake holders with little wooden forks.  You might recall seeing these at a certain fireman party a couple of weeks ago... Lou always has awesome party ideas and at this party, just like hers, they were a big hit with the kids and disappeared quickly.... this will become a new party staple!


pirate ship jellies - thanks to pinterest once again.


pirate swords - the new must have at every party, coz the kids love them.  Grissini bread sticks dipped in chocolate.  These swords were covered in gold and silver edible glitter.


lollypops - wrapped in pirate fabric scraps & twine.  Fabric leftover from the gorgeous bunting that my sister made last year for her son's pirate party and kindly lent to us!




anchor biscuits - my faithful shortbread recipe can be found here.  These can be made days in advance which is always a winner!



cannon balls, pirate teeth & bullets - lollies in stripy bowls.  These were a steal at $2 each from kmart - bargain!


THE 'TREASURE MAP' BIRTHDAY CAKE - let's face it, this is the most important part of the party as far as most kids are concerned and particularly for the birthday child.  This fact always causes me no end of stress at 1am the night before the party which is when I always seem to be decorating the cake!  Thanks to some awesome tips from Simmoney (you must check out her son's neverland party!) one sister for baking the cake and the other for helping me style the ocean, this cake caused very little 1am stress (although it was still decorated at this time) and I was very happy with how to turned out!


I even followed Simmoney's tip of hiding some treasure (smarties) under the 'X' on the cake!  It's all about the extra touches ;)


 Just keeping it real - couldn't have done it without the extra help in the kitchen!  As well as these two wonderful helpers, extra special thanks goes to both of my sisters for being 'above & beyond' party helpers who just 'get it'.


After all the info in that post, you should have all you need to have your very own pirate party, but if you do have any party questions, you know I always love to help when it comes to parties so please feel free to email!

Stay tuned for the next post with the pirate party activities!

What's the next party you are planning?  

If you'd like a squiz at previous parties here at Frog, Goose & Bear, just head over here.



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