The Best Disney Princess Party Ideas on the Internet!!!

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Olivia’s third birthday is fast approaching, and following our super successful Moana party last year, I wanted to throw another amazing Disney-themed party for her this year!

However, this year, it’s not just the one film she’s into. She’s into literally ANY princess movie. She loves Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Cinderella and Merida most of all.

I’m also trying to be a lot more conscious of the plastic waste we are producing as a family – so my party-planning tips and ideas this year are also as environmentally sustainable as possible!

So, here is my round up of the best eco-friendly, Disney Princess party ideas I’ve found across the internet!!!

1. Disney Princess Bunting

This is perfect for our party! Olivia doesn’t have one favourite princess this year, so bunting that suits every princess is ideal! Plus, we can make these ourselves using our extensive coloured card and glitter resources and have lots of fun making them.

Our version: do you know which dress belongs to which princess?

2. Princess Purse Party Favours

Amazing ideas for party favours and all made with a hot glue gun – no sewing required?! I’m inspired to go on and make Beast, Olaf, Flounder and Flynn Rider ones too! But maybe we’ll see how the princess ones go first of all!

3. Princess Themed Fruity Treats

These are perfect healthy but fun treats for any princess party! Add in Snow White’s Poison Apples, and you have yourself a tasty princess fruit salad ready to go! These ideas are fab as they will take minimal preparation time, too.

4. Tableware

You will probably need tableware for your party food, and definitely some dinglehoppers!

This is a simple yet brilliant idea in keeping with the Disney theme for the party, and can be made even better by using disposable cutlery made from bamboo, which can be easily composted post-party! I found a pack of 100 on Amazon for £3.46, so not only will they last you for this party but you will have plenty spare for next time around, too.

5. Pin the nose on Flynn Rider!

This is a brilliant idea for a party game, and better than your typical ‘pin the tiara on the princess’! Another great alternative is to ‘pin the kiss on the frog’ if you have a little one that loves Tiana!

6. Fairytale Land Signposts!

Use up some of your old cardboard from shoeboxes (or the endless amounts of packaging that the birthday presents will no doubt arrive in!) to make fairytale land signposts! You can include places from any of the classic Disney films – Pride Rock, The Enchanted Forest, ‘Little Town’, The Wall of China, Agraba etc. etc…

7. Princess Wardrobe Swap

As you can see, little Olivia has quite the collection of princess dresses!

This was so much fun at Olivia’s party! As she has virtually every princess dress that exists, her party consisted of a bit of a wardrobe swap and change for all of the little ones to swap around. It meant QUITE a few wardrobe changes throughout a 2 hour period, but they had loads of fun sharing the dressing up outfits with each other!

8. Disney Bounding

What To Wear When Disney Bound - They Call Me T | They Call Me T

Get the adults involved with Disney bounding! Like the pictures show above, rather than dressing up properly, Disney bounding is when you theme your outfit like the characters instead! This is great fun to get older kids and grown ups into the dressing up too.

9. Make Your Own Crowns

Paper Crown | Kids' Crafts | Fun Craft Ideas | FirstPalette.com

This is a great idea as an activity for the kids to get stuck into at the party, and something extra to put in their party bags! Even better, the crowns are made out of paper and so easily recyclable!

10. Princess Castle

Carboard Princess Castle | Crafting in the Rain

Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to try to create this amazing masterpiece! Nevertheless, this is an incredible idea that creates endless party fun for the children. Simple to make and sure to impress your little ones!

11. Photo Booth

Wedding Vintage Theme Photo Booths 65 Ideas #wedding #vintagewedding

Make lasting memories for your children with Disney themed photo-props to make some amazing photos. DIY them yourselves out of card and paper straws to save money and the environment!

12. THE CAAAAAAKE!!!

Last but not least, the CAKE!!!!

Okay so this isn’t a Pinterest post, but I’m always bewitched by these cake videos. These are simply perfect, and can be made on a smaller cupcake scale (with smaller dolls of course) so that your little one can have a variety of princesses at their party!

What other things have you had at your princess parties in the past? Let us know in the comments!

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20 of the best Moana birthday party ideas on Pinterest!

With a toddler who adores Moana and a 2nd birthday party to plan, I have, of course, been scrolling through Moana party ideas on Pinterest for weeks now! The trouble is that there are so many amazing things that I want to try, so here is my list of the top 20 Moana party ideas on Pinterest!

1. Heart of Te Fiti cookies

Moana Party Treats - Heart of Te Fiti Cookies Recipe from Paging SupermomMoana birthday party ideas - heart of the fiti sugar cookies
These are a simple, yet effective, Moana birthday party idea! Everyone loves cookies, and whichever design you go for, it looks like they’d be pretty difficult to get wrong! The design on the left reminds me of a jam roly poly, so you could possibly even make one of those in the Heart of Te Fiti shape and colour!
If you love the look of these cookies, have a look here at our recipe for Heart of Te Fiti cookies that are 100% vegan!

2. Kakamora coconut cups

Moana Party Favor Ideas. Complete your Moana Birthday Party with this Kokamora Cups, use the Free Printable Moana Kokamora Faces. This is a great addition to a Luau Party or Hawaiin Party as well. www.anytots.com for more Moana Party Ideas.
These are so cool! You can buy pre-made coconut cups (not real coconuts, I might add), and download the free printables to either get kids to make their own, or to choose a cup that you’ve already stuck a face onto!

3. Moana themed balloons

DIY Balloon and Fronds Tropical Party Table Centerpiece Garland - learn to make this easy table decor for your birthday table, party photo booths or summer party decorations!We made these palm tree balloon columns to fit a pirate theme
This is another simple, yet effective, Moana decoration you can easily make at home! You can switch up the colours of the balloons in the garland, and there’s even a tutorial on Pinterest to make your own balloon arch! Failing that you can use the garland as a table decoration, and have the balloon palm trees placed around the garden to make it feel like you’re on Motunui!

4. Flower garlands for kids

Want to learn how to make this beautiful JAM DIY tissue paper flower garland? Click the pin to find 5 easy steps!
You can either have these pre-made for when your party guests to wear when they arrive, or as a party favour for the kids to take home, or as another activity for them to do at the party – the possibilities are endless! Personally, I think I’d use them for when the kids arrive so that everyone can get into the Polynesian spirit and celebrate the Moana party in style!

6. Coconut bowling

Add a fun twist to summer games with the kiddos -- go coconut bowling!  A simple, fun outside game that'll have the kids giggling the whole time.
Using the Kakamora printables above, you can easily make these bowling balls into “murdering little pirates” and use them to bowl down pineapples, water bottles, or even mini palm trees.

7. Pin the nose on Pua

MOANA PARTY GAME Pua Pin My Nose 11x17 inches and 18x24 new
A classic party game is pin the tail on the donkey, so why not modify it with a Moana twist and pin the nose on Pua? You could choose any character, really! Pin the Heart on Te Fiti/Te Ka, or pin the tail on Hei Hei! All it requires is a printer, some cutting out and some blindfolds for the kids to take part! And, of course, adult supervision when they’re all blindfolded and spinning around in circles…

8. Moana sail boat hot dog trays

Moana Birthday Party Printable Sail Boat Hot Dog Tray
Even though we are vegetarians in our house, we could easily adapt this to use veggie sausages/hot dogs, or we could simply prepare these for our meat-eating guests! Either way, it’s a fun twist on a classic hot dog and the Moana sail boat is just too cute not to try!

9. Sand pudding parfaits

Sand Pudding Parfaits - a delicious Golden Oreo dessert with layers of pudding cream between.
This amazing recipe uses golden Oreos and cream to make a delicious beach-like pudding in a cup! Not only are these super tasty but they’re also no-bake, meaning less washing up and that’s always a win!

10. Personalised Polynesian Luau party favours

Kids Personalized Luau Party Favors Flower Lei by stargazinglily, $4.25
These are available to buy on Etsy, but it would be a much better idea to have the kids make their own to pop into their party favour bags! All you need is the right beads and some elasticated string!

11. Find the Heart of Te Fiti

Moana Heart of Tafiti Party Favors!  Glass gems - $1 @ Dollar Tree Lime paint pen - $4 @ Michael's
These are so quick and easy to make, and if you make enough for each child they can have a scavenger hunt to find the Heart of Te Fiti, doubling up as an additional party favour.
 

12. Themed character foods

Looking for some awesome Moana party food ideas? Look no further!

You can try out Hei Hei chicken nuggets, coconut Kakamora kebabs – all you have to do is get little themed place cards to pop next to the food… You can even DIY them by using cocktail sticks and printing it out yourself!

13. Moana doughnut boats

This is a super easy Moana party food idea! Download our free printable sails and use cocktail sticks to stick each one into a doughnut to make boats just like Moana's!
These are such a cute and fun idea for a sweet treat at your Moana party!
 

14. Tamatoa croissants

These are amazing! All you need is some googly eyes, cocktail sticks, croissants and fillings! You could even add something “shiny” to his back!

15. A hula skirt table

Luau party
If your party guests aren’t already adorned in Moana-themed costumes, get them into the Polynesian party mood with some tropical hula skirts and the flower garlands that you made yourself or bought pre-made from the shop! And if you don’t want to hang onto these after the party, pop them in the party bags for the kids to take home!

16. Moana inspired face paint

Moana inspired face painting
I mean, you probably couldn’t do this yourself unless you’re a super talented artist, but this Moana inspired face paint is just incredible!

17. Sailboat cupcakes

Wrapper e toppers para mini Cupcake. Barco Moana. Festa Moana.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! The wave pattern around the cupcake case just makes this look really awesome, and who doesn’t love cupcakes? The mast is just a clear straw, and then you have the classic Te Fiti spiral on the flag.

18. Heart of Te Fiti cupcakes

Perfect cupcakes for the best Moana party ever!
These are a simple yet effective design utilising simple food colouring and icing penmanship! And you can style them up with cute little place cards too!

19. Beach jelly pots

Love all of these Under the Sea party ideas!  These little jello sail boats are so cute!
These are technically an “under the sea” theme, but they would work just as well for your Moana themed party!

20. The CAKE

Well, I have seen some pretty AMAZING Moana inspired cakes… Take a look at some of these:
Handmade Moana face cake! Pretty good resemblance and amazing flower in the hair!      Moana Cake

Girl's 'Baby Moana' Birthday Cake     Pastel-para-fiesta-de-moana (15) - Decoracion de Fiestas Cumpleaños Bodas, Baby shower, Bautizo, Despedidas

Moana Cake by Simona Volpe‎     Moana cake

And as hard as it is to pick a favourite… It’s got to be this one:

Te fiti of Moana cake

I mean, it’s just incredible! I wish I could make a cake this awesome!

So that is it! I hope you’ve loved this Moana party ideas round up from Pinterest – let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of them or if you’ve come across any more amazing Moana inspired party ideas on Pinterest!
 
And remember everyone…
 
WE KNOW THE WAAAYYYYYY…. I AM MOANAAAAAAA

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How to make VEGAN Heart of Te Fiti cookies

I was writing my upcoming blogpost about the best Moana party ideas on Pinterest (subscribe to see it when it goes live), and as I was doing so my daughter was just too excited by the pictures of Heart of Te Fiti cookies… So, of course, I had to make some, and we did them vegan style!

What you will need (this will make 20-25 small cookies depending on individual sizes):

  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g Vitalite dairy free margarine (Flora also have a dairy free range)
  • 70g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1tsp/a splash of soya milk (we used Tesco own brand)
  • A green icing pen

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4/180 degrees C and place a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray ready

2. Place the flour, margarine and sugar into a bowl and mix it with your hands until it is mixed well and forms a breadcrumb texture

3. Add the vanilla essence and enough soya milk to make the mixture sticky – you can mix this in with a spoon to save your hands getting even messier!

4. Roll a small ball of dough in your hands and flatten it out into a thick oval shape, repeat until there is no mixture left

5. Place the cookies into the oven for 20-30 minutes, checking them periodically until they’re a light golden brown colour

6. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool

7. Once they have cooled down, grab your green icing pen and decorate them! It’s easier to do the swirl in one smooth motion and enough pressure to make sure the icing sticks to the cookie

8. You can eat them right away, but if you want the icing to set a little then pop them in the fridge for an hour or so first!

Let me know if you’ve tried them! I plan on doing these again for my daughter’s birthday party at the end of the month so would love to know if you’ve found any more Moana inspired party foods!

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Mental Health Monday: New Year’s Resolutions

Today is New Year’s Day.

The first day of 2018. Does anyone else think 2017 just flew by?

Anyway, most people reading this will have made new year’s resolutions last night… a few common ones in my house growing up were to stop biting your nails or to lose weight. It’s only since I’ve grown up and left my mother’s house that I actually stopped bothering with resolutions, and realised how superficial those ones are.

For us mummies who have been through the horrors of pregnancy and childbirth, and gained a lot of weight in the process (I gained 3 stone in total!!!), it’s completely understandable that you want to lose that extra weight in the “mum-tum” region. I still have my little tummy pouch and I hate looking at it, as stupid as that sounds. For some people, setting those personal fitness goals might be the perfect way to motivate yourself and get the job done, for others, it can be a clear example of setting our expectations too high and putting too much pressure on ourselves. For me, I’m a healthy weight and not at any further health risk, so waiting until I have the time to spend toning up instead of adding it to my already full plate (a pretty poor expression when we’re talking about weight loss, so forgive me) will help me in the long run. It gives me time to focus on my education and my daughter, without constantly jumping on the scales to see how much I weigh. I know I weigh more than I want to, so what is the point in checking every day until I know I have time to do something about it!

Our blog has spoken a lot about self care, and maybe your New Year’s resolutions are your way of achieving that – great for you! But for the mums, like me, who have plenty going on already, a smaller goal for self care might be better. At the end of the day, if you set your goals too high, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of feeling like a failure and then not being proactive enough to succeed.

2018 is the first year since I left home that I will be setting New Year’s resolutions. But they’re not just about my health and fitness. I’m focusing instead on living a level 10 life, and I discovered this idea through the realms of bullet journal ideas on Pinterest.

Your level 10 life makes you assess each of the ten areas of your life…
1) family and friends
2) personal development
3) spirituality and (my own addition) inner peace
4) finances
5) career
6) giving/contribution
7) fun
8) marriage
9) physical environment
10) health and fitness

You score them out of ten, and then give yourself small goals on how to improve. You can see mine below…

 

I showed this to my stepdaughter and she was genuinely interested in my goals and how I was going to get there. I felt like that was a better message for her to receive than for her to hear myself and her mother saying we wanted to lose weight in 2018 and however many years after that. I had to hear my mother say it every new year and all it did was make me set the same goals when I was old enough to learn and want to follow in her footsteps.

So this new year, focus on the little things you can change to bring you more positivity! Don’t set your goals too high and put extra pressure on yourself… we have enough of that already just being parents!

If you’re already living your level 10 life, then that’s fabulous, but for me, it was a reality check having to assess my happiness and work out how to improve it. I think this exercise will ultimately improve my mental health and help me to feel more positive about life and it’s changes, but time will tell!

Let us know in the comments if you have any resolutions or habits you want to kick, whatever they may be! Or even if you’ve tried the level 10 life spread and want to share its success/drawbacks!

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