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  1. New Christmas 2016 Range: Enchanted Christmas Forest and new Printable Party Kit

    September 30, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    “Wishing you an Enchanted Christmas”

    Announcing our new range for Christmas 2016 – the Enchanted Christmas Forest!

    This new Faffy Tea theme depicts a magical snowy winter forest, complete with a reindeer. We’ve used a collage effect with fabrics and textures creating a unique, traditional, “shabby chic” design.

    Printable Christmas Party Pack

    Our first product available in this range is our printable Christmas Party Kit, which contains everything you need for an instant Christmas Party:

    – Decorative Sign
    – Bunting in 2 sizes
    – Cake & Food Toppers
    – Foldable Food Labels
    – Circle Food Labels or Stickers
    – Cupcake & Muffin Wrappers
    – Mini ‘Cocktail’ Flags
    – Straw Flags

    All you need to do is purchase the pack for a one-off cost, download the files, and then print as many copies as you need from home. Feel free to cover your entire house in beautiful Enchanted Christmas bunting!

    Christmas Cake Toppers

    Printable Christmas Party Cupcake Wrappers

    We’ll be adding more Partyware and Games from this range over October and November so keep an eye out in our Etsy Christmas shop.

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  2. 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.

     


  3. 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)!


  4. FREE Printable Steampunk Photo Booth Props – Top hat, goggles, moustache, ray gun & monocle!

    January 19, 2016 by Faffy Tea

    We haven’t had any new products for a little while – sorry about that!

    Here’s something new (and tons of fun) – 5 Free Printable Steampunk Props for use in a Photo Booth, dressing up games, weddings etc.

    Steampunk Photo Booth Props

    There’s a top hat, ray gun, monocle, moustache and some cyber goggles!

    The props print to A4 paper or card (they will print slightly smaller on US sized paper). There are 2 pages of props and they are “real to life” sizes e.g. the goggles and monocle will fit to your eyes. Print yourself at home on to plain white card or onto regular printer paper and then glue onto strong card. These are perfect for a Steampunk Party or Wedding!

    Free Printable Steampunk Props

    FREE Photo Booth Props

    These free Steampunk products theme matches our printable party pack that can be purchased from our Etsy shop.

     
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  5. Classic or kooky? Two FREE “Elf” Quote Printable Art Prints – Choose your style!

    November 27, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    How do you decorate your house for the holidays? Do you go for a classic, elegant touches, or a kooky, fun and kitsch look?

    Here are two free printable art prints we’ve designed, both using a famous quote from Buddy in the film “Elf“. Choose your style your match your christmas decor!

    They are A4 in size, so you can print at home on regular white printer paper. These will also print on US ‘Letter’ sized paper (just make sure that the prints aren’t squashed vertically).

    ELF ART PRINT: CLASSIC STYLE

    Elf Quote Art Print

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    ELF ART PRINT: KOOKY STYLE

    Elf Quote Art Print

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  6. Top 5 Unusual Party Games for Adults: Part 2

    August 13, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Last year we put together a list of some very unique party games for big kids (i.e. adults!) – Read part 1.

    Well, now it’s time to list some more!

    1. CELEBRITY HUNT

    Unusual Party Game Idea Find a picture on the internet of a celebrity relevant to your party – the birthday boy/girl’s favourite star, or somebody who’s a bit of an inside joke for you and your friends. You’ll just need a shot of their head and shoulders, and preferably one where the celebrity is making a stupid or scary face (Arnie screaming in Kindergarten Cop works well – see photo!)

    Print out 20 or so pics of the celebrity image, and cut them out from their background (it will work best if they’re printed on to card).

    Hide the 20 celebrities around your house, so that they are peering out from cupboards, from behind the toilet cistern, out of a drawer, out of the toaster, in the fridge… anywhere that looks comical!

    Split your guests into teams and get them to find as many as they can. Once they find a celebrity they can remove them so the other team cant find them. The team who hunts the most celebrities wins!

    2. PASS IT ON – DRAWING GAME

    Pass it On Drawing Game This is a hybrid game, mixing Chinese Whispers with a Pictionary / Win, Lose or Draw style game!

    Prepare a number of word cards with people/places/songs/sayings/situations your guests will need to draw. Make them reasonably hard.

    Split your guests into two teams. You will need at least 6 people per team and even numbers in a team for this game to work well. Get the teams to arrange themselves in an order, and make sure that they are not sitting too close to each other. Give everyone in the team a pen and piece of paper.

    Let the first person in each team choose a different word card, and then give them 30 seconds to try to draw that word on their piece of paper, as best they can.

    When 30 seconds are up, the first person passes their drawing to the second person in their team. The second person looks at the drawing, hides it, and then writes down a guess of what the drawing is on their paper. This part is not timed.

    The second person passes their written guess to the third person. The third person is then given 30 seconds whilst they draw the second person’s guess on their piece of paper.

    When 30 seconds are up, the third person passes their drawing to the fourth person in their team. The fourth person looks at the drawing, hides it, and then writes down a guess of what the drawing is on their paper.

    … and so on until you get to the last member of the team. This member guesses out loud what they think the previous drawing is of. If they get it right they get a point!

    The game starts again with a different member of the team starting by picking a card.

    3. SKITTLES RELAY

    Unusual Party Game for AdultsSplit your guests into two teams.

    For each team set up a large bowl of Skittles (or another small sweet/biscuit variety).

    Also for each team set up a number of pieces of paper (50+) in another bowl, with a number between 1 and 8 written on each piece. The paper should be folded so guests can’t see the numbers.

    Make each team stand in a line and sound a bell or whistle to start! The team member at the front picks a piece of paper from the bowl and then has to count out and eat that exact number of Skittles from the bowl. They open their mouth to you to show that they have been eaten, then run to the back of the line and the next guest in the line picks from the bowl …and so on!

    The team wins when all of their Skittles have been eaten or they get through all of the pieces of paper.

    To make it harder:
    A. On the pieces of paper state a number AND a colour e.g. orange. So that guest not only has to eat the amount of Skittles but also has to pick out and eat only orange ones!

    B. Instead of numbers, on some of the pieces of paper make guests do a quick forfeit e.g. 5 Star Jumps or Give everyone in their team a high five! These guests will not eat any Skittles on that particular turn!

    4. WIND UP TOY RACE

    Toys Race Party Game Why go to the races when you can create your own?

    Buy a number of cheap wind-up toys in the same style, shape and size. Create a race track with individual lanes by using strips of tape on a table. (Or if you’re really clever, build a race track in a large wooden box with sides built up to split the lanes).

    Get your guests to pick a toy each, or even get them to place bets on which toy will win. Wind up the toys and start your race! The guest who backed the winner gets a prize.

    5. WATER GUN SHOOT OUT

    Unusual Outdoor Party Game

    This is a game for outdoors only!

    Buy some water guns/pistols and then set up a water shooting range, for guests to have a go at knocking down objects.

    Anything that water can knock down will work, but ping-pong balls on top of a line of beer bottles or golf tees works very well.

    Give guests a certain number of ‘shots’/squeezes to shoot off as many ping pong balls as they can.

     

     
    Unusual Advent Calendar

     


  7. 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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  8. 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!

     


  9. 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.

     


  10. Wedding or Party Printable Table Numbers! Easy DIY numbers with vintage hand-drawn design

    January 29, 2015 by Faffy Tea

    Brand New! We have just created some printable handdrawn-style table numbers, perfect for a wedding, party or posh event.

    There are 8 different popular colours in the pack (please see below for included colours) and in each colour there are the numbers 01 – 24.

    These are digital files and you can print as many as you need for just one cost!

    Printable Wedding Table Numbers

    The numbers are A4 size, but because they are PDF files they are scalable so can be printed at any size. They look great printed on flecked/natural card in a centrepiece arrangement, or can even be printed on plain white printer paper and put in a picture frame.

    Vintage Wedding Table Numbers DIY

    Vintage Handdrawn Wedding Table Numbers

    Here are the 8 colours included in the pack:

    Printable Table Numbers Pack Colours

    We hope you like them and find them useful for your event!

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