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  1. A to Z Party Theme Ideas for 2017 – A whole bundle of super fun ideas for children’s birthday parties

    June 19, 2017 by Faffy Tea

    Look no further – here are 26 unique ideas for themes for your next birthday party!

    Party Themes 2017

    Jump to: A-E | F-J | K-O | N-S | T-Z

    A  – Astronauts Party
    Make paper mache planets to hang from the ceiling and eat dehydrated food. Bake a cake in the shape of half the moon with craters and astronaut figures.

    Bug Scavenger Hunt by MyMummyStyle.com

    Credit: Bug Scavenger Hunt by MyMummyStyle.com

    B  – Bug Party
    Invite guests to wear creepy crawly fancy dress and then go on an outdoor bug hunt and see what beasties you can find.

    C  – Cupcake Wars Party
    Get all party guests to bring in their best home-baked cupcakes and the birthday boy/girl gets to judge them on taste and decoration. Create cupcake banners to decorate the venue.

    D  – Donut / Doughnut Party
    Use blow-up pool rings painted as doughnuts for decorations, and get guests to play a game where they must eat sugary doughnuts off strings without using their hands.

    E  – Einstein Party
    Give guests protective goggles to wear when they arrive, along with a green-dyed drink in a glass beaker. Organise some easy science experiments that all guests can have a go at.

    F  – Froggy Party
    Frogs are the new owls! Cover the floor in blue sheets with green paper lily pads, and serve froggy themed food.

    G  – Great White Shark Party
    Make shark masks for the guests and use fishing nets for decorations. Serve the guests scary red-dyed “blood” drinks!

    H  – Horror Movie Party
    Get guests to come dressed as their famous horror film character, and decorate with gory Halloween accessories. Watch a classic horror movie whilst playing Horror Movie Bingo.

    Sandcastle Cake by Heather Drive

    Credit: Sandcastle Cake by Heather Drive

    I  – Indoor Beach Party
    Don’t worry if you have a winter birthday – turn your indoor venue into a beach and play beach games! Cover the cake in crushed cookies/biscuits to make it look like it’s covered in sand.

    J  – Jungle Party
    Rustle up some leaf sandwiches and play a recording of ambient jungle sounds. You can even DIY some jungle vines.

    K  – Kite Party
    Live in a windy area? Provide all party guests with a cheap kite to use outside and have kite battles! Make some Kite Cookies to munch on afterwards.

    L  – Lego Party
    Purchase a large batch of lego and let guests create their own lego masterpiece, with prizes for the best one. Decorate with lego brick bunting, and hide minifigs around the venue for guests to hunt.

    M  – Monster Party
    Decorate the front door with huge googly eyes, and serve guests purple-dyed drinks. Organise a Monster Hunt party game.

    N  – Neon Party
    Give guests glow sticks/necklaces and let them paint cool designs on each other with glow in the dark body paint… then turn off the lights!

    Pizza Chef Party - Kara's Party Ideas

    Credit: Pizza Chef Party – Kara’s Party Ideas

    O  – Old Folks Party
    Get guests to arrive dressed as themselves when they are 75 years old. Decorate the venue to look like an old people’s home and play Bingo.

    P  – Pizza Parlour Party
    Turn your venue into an italian pizzeria with checked tablecloths and italian flag bunting. Have guests create their own pizzas with the toppings they choose.

    Q  – Quidditch Party
    Buy some cheap brooms and a ball and play a big game of Quidditch (without the flying)! Serve Butter Beer and a Hogwarts themed buffet.

    R  – Rainbow Party
    Get each guest to dress in a different colour of the rainbow, then have a colour-themed scavenger hunt where each guest has to hunt for items that are the same colour as they’re wearing.

    S  – Spies Party
    Create a spy-themed treasure hunt where teams of guests have to solve puzzles and decrypt codes. Use Caution Tape for decorating.

    T  – Tutti Frutti Party
    Serve fruit salad cups and smoothies, and give each guest a temporary fruit tattoo. Play a fruit tossing game or even have a coconut shy!

    U  – Under the Sea Party
    Use green streamers to create seaweed decorations all over the venue. Serve these crab croissants and play Pin the Tale on the Whale.

     Fairy / Gnome Miniature Garden by elowezil.blogspot.co.uk

    Credit: Fairy / Gnome Miniature Garden by elowezil.blogspot.co.uk

    V  – Viking Party
    Turn your usual party buffet into a viking feast serving historical food recipes. Use old rain gutters to create a Viking Boat Race game.

    W  – Woodland Gnome Party
    Give each guest a red gnome hat to wear. Get them to create their own mini gnome garden, then serve up slices of delicious chocolate log cake.

    X  – Xbox Party
    Decorate with green, black and white decorations and ice the cupcakes with the Xbox logo. Organise the ultimate Xbox tournament.

    Y  – Yellow Party
    This one is more obvious – everything yellow! Serve yellow cake, orange squash, lemon curd tarts, corn on the cobs, mac and cheese and Quavers. Make a Pick a Duck game for guests to play.

    Z  – Zombie Hunters Party
    Setup some zombie targets and get guests to practice their Nerf shooting skills! Serve the party food in Emergency Survival Kit boxes and stick ration labels on soft drink bottles.

     

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  2. Our “Eurotastic! Eurovision Song Contest Party – A few photographs!

    May 18, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    We hope you enjoyed the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest as much as we did! Here are a few photos of the buffet spread and decorations from our “Eurotastic!” Eurovision watching party. We apologise for the poor picture quality!

    Eurovision Party Food
    Our Italian/German party food buffet, Framed sign, Male torso cake stand / table, Foil backdrop and Confetti

     

    Eurovision Party Decorations
    Custom DIY rainbow ‘Eurotastic!’ flags bunting and cheap bunting purchased from Tiger

     

    Create your own boring Eurovision Song name

    Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

    Create-your-own boring Eurovision Song Title sheet adorning the wall, and a specially designed ‘Eurotastic!’ framed sign in rainbow colour scheme

     

    Eurovision Song Contest Buffet
    Glow sticks, pizza, tomatoes/mozzarella/basil to create an Italian flag, fresh pesto, sauerkraut, german sausages and assorted sweet European snacks

     

    Eurovision Flags and Bunting
    Custom bunting, European flags bunting purchased from eBay and a large UK flag!

     

    As well as a delicious spread and a group viewing of the contest, we also took part in a quiz and ran a sweepstake for the winning country (the prize was a Lebkuchen gingerbread heart)!


  3. Woodland Gnome Party Ideas: Decorations, food, DIYs & costumes for some gnome-y fun!

    January 29, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    If you need an unusual, creative theme for a kids’ birthday party this year – you could choose a Woodland Gnome theme!

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for decorations, DIY crafts, woodland-theme party food, costumes and cool stuff to help you throw your Gnome-y party! We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board Woodland Gnome Party! Inspiration, Decorations, Food, Games & Gifts on Pinterest

     


  4. Dinosaur parties are not just for kids! “Rawr-some” adult party inspiration

    October 27, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Phew! It’s been a while since we blogged as we’ve been on holiday, apologies!

    Dinosaur parties are not just for kids! Adults love dinos too (and Jurassic World). Why not host a “rawr-some” jurassic or triassic themed party for your birthday?

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for loads of dinosaur party ideas suitable for a guest list of all ages – there are some brilliant DIY decorating ideas, food, fancy dress, Jurassic Park love and more!

    We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board RAWR! Adult Dinosaur Birthday Party: Inspiration, Decorations & Food Ideas on Pinterest.

     


  5. Throw a 90s Party! Inspiration, games, food, retro fancy dress, music and wacky decorations

    September 7, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    The 90s are back! We love the colours and kitsch-ness of the early nineties and think it would make a great party theme.

    So over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for nostalgic party inspiration from the nineties – Saved by the Bell style design, Dreamphone and other games, wacky patterns, pop music, gaming and uber-cool fashion choices!

    We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board The 90s are back! Nineties themed party inspiration on Pinterest

     


  6. Cheap Party Decorating Ideas – Top 10 craft / DIY ideas to fill your party venue

    April 15, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    At Faffy Tea, we always try and keep the budgets for our parties as small as possible. Sometimes it’s very expensive to buy or make enough decorations to fill a large room or venue. Even balloons are expensive these days, typically £1-£3 for 10 balloons, especially if you need a certain colour scheme.

    Here are our top 10 tips for the cheapest DIY and craft decorating ideas – the best ways we have found for filling large party venues with low cost or free craft supplies.

    Paper Chains 1. Paper Chains – for covering lots of wall or ceiling space

    You would be surprised just how much little scraps of paper go a long way if they are made into paper chains.

    Use magazines, newspapers, bits and pieces from a craft box, brown paper, even printer paper!

    You can also buy bundles of cheap coloured paper from the children’s craft sections.

    DIY Giant Party Swirls2. Giant Spirals – for filling big empty spaces

    If you can find some cheap A3 card (or larger) from a pound store, cut out a circle, and then cut a spiral going inwards.

    Hang the swirl up from the centre of the circle and “ta-dah” a giant swirl decoration!

    The kids can help make these too.

    Fern Garland DIY Party3. Foliage – for free, rustic decorations

    If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, or a nearby outdoor space such as a woodland, go and see if there is anything you can use for indoor party decorations.

    • Twigs can be spray painted and used in a vase
    • Leaves or ferns can be tied on to twine for bunting
    • Branches, if pliable enough, can be bent into hearts or wreaths for hanging on walls


    Picture © www.designlovefest.com | LINK

    Book Pages for Party Decorations4. Book Pages – for shabby chic weddings, baby showers & hen parties!

    If you have books that you no longer want, the pages can be used in loads of ways to create vintage, shabby chic or literature themed party decorations

    Pages can be hung like bunting (as they are or cut into flag shapes), stuck together to create a collaged table runner, or even use as a wall backdrop for the buffet table. Very “Alice in Wonderland“!

    Cheap Party Decorations5. Drinking Straws – for the easiest and longest DIY garlands

    Thread string through cheap plastic drinking straws to create metres and metres of coloured garlands.

    Criss cross them when hanging up to create a luxurious and colourful effect.

    You can even used them to make shapes such as flags and stars. Take a look on Pinterest for some more inspiration.

    Picture © www.greenweddingshoes.com | LINK

    Wrapping Paper6. Wrapping Paper – for the cheapest papercrafts of all

    From a cheap card store (e.g. Card Factory) or supermarket, wrapping paper can be cheaper than rolls of white paper, and much more decorative.

    These thin, cheap wrapping papers can be used for as a very inexpensive table runner or wall backdrop for decorating your party.

    Pretty!

    Free Party Decorations7. Toys – for decorating with what you already have!

    Instead of spending money buying new decorations, why not use things that you already have?

    String up some toys that you or your kids already have to make a “temporary” garland or even a ‘chandelier’.

    Plastic toy soldiers, dinosaurs, action men, my little pony, cowboys… you can base the whole party theme around these toys too.

    Picture © www.tarawhitney.com | LINK

    DIY Cheap Party Decoration8. Junk – for ‘upcycled’ party decorations

    For a couple of months before a party, save some of the junk that you would otherwise throw away or recycle:

    • Egg carton can be used to make flower garlands
    • Any glass jars or jam jars can hold tea lights or paper flowers or foliage for a pretty display
    • Toilet rolls can be made into favour boxes (see here), garlands, crown party hats (see here)


    Picture © buzzmills.typepad.com | LINK

    Paper Plate Party Decorations9. Paper Plates – for getting creative

    For leftover paper plates from your last party, or for cheap Pound store plates, you can use the plates’ circle shape for some lovely easy DIY decorations.

    Make buttons for a shabby chic party (see example)
    Make jellyfish for a sea, mermaid or pirate party (see how)
    Make huge flowers for the wall (see how)
    Make a hungry caterpillar garland (see example)

    Picture © johnsonsfirstcomeslove.blogspot.co.uk | LINK

    Monsters Party Pack10. Printables – for everything else!

    There is a huge amount of party printables available on the web, including full party kits, bunting, games, photo booth props, gift boxes, buffet decorations and so on. You can find printables for all themes and colour schemes imaginable.

    For just the cost of printer paper and ink, you can have a beautiful themed party.

    Some printables are completely free, and some charge a small cost. Go explore on Etsy.com, or search ‘party printables’ on Pinterest.com. You could also visit Faffy Tea of course!

     


  7. Free Kids’ Printables for Rainy Day Fun

    March 19, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    This rainy time of the year is such a bore!

    Over on Pinterest we’ve been collecting together completely free digital downloads & printables from across the web for kids (and big kids!). There are loads of games, crafts toys and activities – perfect for doing on a rainy day.

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board Free Printables for Rainy Day Fun on Pinterest.

     


  8. Alternative Hen Party Ideas – Stylish, Unusual & Geeky Hen Night fun, costumes, decor and gifts

    February 24, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    We want to celebrate the anti-pink, anti-fluffy, anti-trashy hen parties!

    If you’re looking for unusual hen night ideas, for an alternative bride-to-be, take a look below and visit our Pinterest board for even more!

    ACTIVITIES

    Unusual Hen Party Activities

    1. The Flying Trapeze. A few places around the UK offer Saturday trapeze workshops including www.aerialedge.co.uk in Glasgow. View on Pinterest
    Picture © www.aerialedge.co.uk | LINK

    2. Selotape Portraits! Got Hen Party guests who don’t mind looking a bit silly? Make all guests do a Selotape (Scotch Tape) Portrait and put them in a photo album for the bride. View on Pinterest
    Picture © yatzer.tumblr.com | LINK

    3. Super Hero Cape Making Workshop. This is a bespoke Hen Party craft activity by The Crafty Hen, but you could also organise your own craft session. View on Pinterest
    Picture © The Crafty Hen | LINK

    4. Jane Austen Murder Mystery. This classy, fun entertainment idea is available for instant download from Etsy. View on Pinterest
    Picture © MurderMysteryGames on etsy.com | LINK

     

    COSTUMES

    Alternative Hen Party Costumes

    5. Vintage Ghosts! A half silly, half stylish hen party fancy dress idea. View on Pinterest
    Picture © imarkoe on Blogger

    6. Matryoshka Russian Dolls fancy dress costume idea for group. Make sure you stand in a line from tallest to shortest for the photos! View on Pinterest
    Picture © Costume Works | LINK

    7. Trolls! Was the bride-to-be a child of the 1990s? View on Pinterest
    Picture © jasontravisphoto.com | LINK

    8. Pop Art – Roy Lichtenstein inspired make up. Get all of the Hen Night guests to come in a costume inspired by a work of art? View on Pinterest
    Picture © imgur | LINK

     

    DECORATIONS

    Quirky Hen Party Decorations

    9. Alternative to Penis Straws… Baby faces or current faces of the bride-to-be – do it yourself! View on Pinterest
    Picture © 100 Layer Cake-let | LINK

    10. Gorgeous ‘Little Red Hen’ upcycling bunting made from vintage Ladybird book. Find it on Etsy or make your own! View on Pinterest
    Picture © PeonyandThistle | LINK

    11. Do-it-Yourself – a Ken Doll Cake Topper. I don’t think we need to say any more do we?! View on Pinterest
    Picture © Quinn Curtis

    12. ‘Fill Me In’ Party Poster – Hen Do guests can colour in and add messages into the speech bubbles! Available from Not on the High Street for £9.50 plus delivery. View on Pinterest
    Picture © World of Moose on notonthehighstreet.com | LINK

     

    GIFTS FOR THE BRIDE

    Alternative Hen Night Bridal Gifts

    13. How to make a Wedding Advent Calendar. Gift as a gift to the bride so they can countdown to the wedding in a fun and special way. View on Pinterest
    Picture © Something Turquoise | LINK

    14. Pretty ‘The Bride’ necklace – alternative to tacky L-plates! Available from www.weddinginateacup.co.uk for £18. View on Pinterest
    Picture © www.weddinginateacup.co.uk | LINK

    15. Barbie Skirt! This image has no source and no explanation but we would love an alternative bride-to-be to rock this look at their Hen Party? Perhaps a clever maid-of-honour could DIY one of these? View on Pinterest

    16. Hen Bag! With plenty of room for essentials and available from Firebox.com, why not give a quirky bride-to-be this crazy bag as a gift? View on Pinterest
    Picture © Firebox | LINK

     

    Pointing hand For even more ideas and inspiration, follow our Pinterest board!

     


  9. Game of Thrones-inspired Party Ideas! Decorations, Food, DIYs & Costumes

    January 15, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    We can’t wait until Game of Thrones is back on our screens in April!

    Are you throwing a Game of Thrones themed party this year? Over on Pinterest we’ve been searching for Westeros-inspired decorations, DIY crafts, party food, costumes and cool stuff! We will be adding to the board constantly so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board Game of Thrones Birthday Party: Inspiration, Decorations & Food on Pinterest.

     


  10. A Vintage Christmas – Classic and vintage-inspired Crafts, DIY, Decor ideas, and Partyware

    October 29, 2014 by Faffy Tea

    We are very inspired by the Christmasses of the past!

    On Pinterest we’ve been searching for vintage and vintage-inspired Christmas decorations, crafts, wrapping and partyware, as well as free graphics and ideas for some DIY projects before the big day! We will be adding to the board up until Christmas so why not give us a follow?

    Follow Faffy Tea’s board A Vintage Christmas – Decorating & Craft Ideas on Pinterest.