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  1. Bored Kids? Top 5 free ideas to beat the school holiday boredom!

    August 9, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    “I’m boooooorrrrred!”

    Children often complain of being bored when they’re off on their school summer holidays! And parents don’t often have the time or money to take them on expensive day trips, sports activities, cinema and so on.

    Here are our top five FREE ideas to beat the boredom!

    1. SCAVENGER HUNT

    Free Printable Kids Scavenger Hunt

    Give your kids a list of fun items to gather and tick off, or fun challenges. You can hunt outdoors in a garden, park or forest (natural items, creepy crawlies, litter) or indoors (“5 items that are red”, “exactly 50ml of water”, a screwdriver). You can even create a photo scavenger hunt and have kids photograph a list of things and present them to you when they’re finished. Scavenger hunts are great because they can be played in any location, and individually or in a group.

    We have a free kids’ outdoor scavenger hunt that you can print off at home, and it comes in three designs.

    Click on the links below to download!
    Monsters Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
    Birdie Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
    Nautical/Pirate Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

    2. PAPER CRAFTS

    There are tons of free printable paper crafts for kids available on blogs, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Here are just a few:

     

    You can find more free kids printables on our Pinterest board.

    3. MONSTER HUNT

    Monster Hunt Printable Game

    A free printable game by Faffy Tea!

    Hide our cute monsters around your house, garden or outdoor area and get the kids to find them all!

    There are 12 numbered monsters to print and cut out. Each Monster prints to an A4 page, so you can use normal printer paper or white card.

    Find out more & download

    4. FREE BOARD GAMES

    Rain and Rainbows Free Board Game Craft

    There are also lots of free printable board games for kids available around the web.

    Kids will have so much fun cutting and crafting a board game that they can play afterwards! Here are just a few:

     

    You can find more free kids games on our Pinterest board.

    5. BOREDOM BUSTER JAR

    Boredom Buster Jar

    This is a fab idea – a jar full of suggestions/tasks of things to do whenever kids complain that they are bored!

    Why not make your own at the start of the summer holidays?

    Or you can download a set of free printable activity cards to add to your jar, and then decorate / prettify it to create a boredom buster kit.

    Find the free printables over at While He Was Napping Blog.

     

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  2. 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

     


  3. Free “Monster Hunt” Printable Party Game for Kids – 12 cute monsters to hide around your venue

    August 24, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Today we have created another free kid-friendly party game to match our Monsters theme!

    Monster Hunt Printable Game

    There are 12 cute, numbered monsters to print, cut out and hide around your venue. Get the guests to find all of them! Each Monster prints to an A4 page, so you can use normal printer paper or white card.

    Game options:

    • Split guests into teams and make each Monster Hunter Team collect photo evidence that they have found all 12 monsters on a phone, camera or iPad.
    • Get guest to work together to collect up all of the monsters in the fastest time possible
    • Put a prize by each monster so that the more monsters the guests find, the more prizes they get to keep
    • Write a clue on the back of each monster, that leads the guests to the next monster, so that the game becomes a treasure hunt!

     
    Kids Monster Themed Party Game

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  4. Monsters Art Prints Set – Printable artwork for a nursery or bedroom with cute, monstrous characters!

    June 12, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Monsters Art Print SetRAAAWR! Everyone loves cute monsters!

    For cheap and easy wall decorations for a nursery or kid’s bedroom, you can download our printable Monsters art prints and then print and frame them yourself.

    The Monsters artwork set would make a lovely inexpensive gift too – perhaps for a baby shower or first birthday? The set of six is just £4.00, and you can download instantly from Etsy.

    The prints are all 8 x 10 inches, and provided as A4 size files, so you can print from a normal home printer and put in standard-sized picture frames (white frames would look lovely!).

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  5. Unusual kids party theme ideas – very unique and fun themes for children’s birthday parties!

    May 11, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Here are our top 5 unusual and memorable theme ideas for kids’ birthday parties:

    1. Mad Scientist Party

    • Have a green, orange and black colour theme
    • Have your guests come dressed in labcoats and goggles!
    • For party food include popping candy, gold and silver edible glitter, and green jelly
    • Entertain guests by getting them to do science experiments (baking soda volcano and so on)
    • For party favours, fill test tubes with sweets

     

    2. Art Party

    • Use all the colours of the rainbow for decorations and tableware
    • Decorate your venue with frames, easels and paper ‘splats’
    • Get guests to decorate their own cupcake dessert, with edible paint, sprinkles and sweets in a plastic art palette
    • Let guests scribble on the tablecloth too!
    • For easy party favours these could include pens, a mini paint set, face paints and so on

     

    3. Enchanted Garden Party

    • Decorate your venue as a fairytale garden – use fake ivy, gold glitter, swans and butterflies
    • Get guests to make their own miniature garden!
    • Have a tea party theme for party food – with dainty sandwiches and cakes
    • Make a centrepiece using wellington boots and fake flowers
    • For party favours, give all guests a pair of fairy wings or butterfly wings to wear and take home

     

    4. Space Puppies Party

    • Why not amalgamate two completely different things that your child loves?
    • Decorate with stars, planets and rockets… and then mix in puppies, bones and lots of googly eyes
    • Give your guests unusual ‘space age’ food – marshmallows, sherbet, edible glitter and so on
    • Let guests play with glow sticks and glow bracelets (turn down the lights)
    • Use a puppy toy with a paper-mache spaceman helmet (made from a balloon) as the centrepiece

     

    5. Detective Party

    • Turn your venue into a detective headquarters – decorate with suitcases, drawers, clipboards and binder clips
    • When guests arrive give them their own detective glasses and magnifying glass
    • Entertain guests by setting up a treasure hunt for them to solve clues
    • Decorate party food with edible paint fingerprints
    • Serve doughnuts, drinks in takeaway “coffee” cups, moustaches and edible rice paper ‘notes’

     


  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)


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    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. FREE Nautical Scavenger Hunt – Printable hunt sheets for an outdoor kids party

    February 6, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    A February Freebie!

    Free nautical scavenger huntOur free printable scavenger hunt (PDF) is perfect for a kids birthday, family party, or just a rainy day. It has a quirky nautical design, so definitely suited to pirate or sea-themed parties. The scavenger hunt has 14 items to collect, and needs to be played outdoors within a garden, park, woodland or outdoor attraction.

    The nautical theme matches our printable party pack that can be purchased from our Etsy shop, but this scavenger hunt printable is completely free to download and use.

    Print yourself at home on a normal inkjet or laser printer. Two hunt sheets fit on one sheet of A4 card or paper.

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  9. FREE printable “Chirp” birdie forfeit cards for kids birthday parties, pass the parcel etc

    January 20, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Another FREE printable by Faffy Tea!

    Free birdie forfeit cards18 x forfeit cards, with a cute birdie design, for a kid’s birthday party, entertainment for the family, or just on a rainy afternoon! The cards can also be used within another game e.g. Pass-the-Parcel.

    The forfeits are child friendly and family friendly (suitable for all ages). Also included in the download is a printable sheet of ‘blank’ cards (design without the text) so you can write in your own dares or tasks.

    The “Chirp” theme matches our printable party pack that can be purchased on our Etsy shop, but these cards are completely free.

    Print yourself at home on a normal inkjet or laser printer. The 18 cards fit on one sheet of A4 card or paper (they will print slightly smaller on US sized paper).

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  10. What’s your Elf Name? Free fun printable for a festive Friday afternoon!

    December 12, 2014 by Faffy Tea

    What’s your elf name? Ours in Peppermint Icy-Cheeks!

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    Click on the image above for a larger version to save or print!