Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Baby Shower Buzz

My sister is just about ready to pop with her first baby. As soon as we heard the news she was pregnant, myself and Mum knew we'd have to throw a baby shower! Although this is quite an American tradition, it was a great excuse for a party. I was straight on Pinterest to look at decoration and game ideas. 

Last weekend the party finally arrived and we were mad prepping to get everything ready in time. We'd decided to go for a BBQ out in Mum's newly renovated garden with lots of drinks, sweets and games.

I picked some brilliant decorations from Ginger Ray including balloons, bunting and confetti from their 'Little One' baby shower range as well as some tissue pom poms and tassel garland. These really put the finishing touches to the decor.

Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home

Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home

Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home

Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home


Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home

Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home

Baby Shower Party UK Games and Decoration Ideas at Home

Mum paid for the cake to be made which was a chocolate and vanilla sponge in the shape of a little baby. Such a great little centrepiece for our sweet table. This was my domain to decorate. We had lots of bowls to put the sweets in which I put on a blue and a white table cloth with little paper doilies under each one. The doilies were super cheap from Poundland and they looked really effective, I'd definitely recommend them as you get about 60 in a pack!

We sprinkled the table with Ginger Ray confetti and added the tassel garland to the front to add a little extra. There was lots of different sweets on the table including chocolate nibbles, flumps, strawbs, sour dummies, red laces and flying saucers. I put together some marshmallows on sticks drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkles which went down a treat! We also had a big tub of popcorn which I put in a cute plastic box from Poundland that looked like a popcorn carton. By the way this post is definitely not sponsored by Poundland, I just had a really good time rummaging through their party range!

Throughout the party we had little games to keep our guests entertained which I mostly found on Pinterest. I definitely recommend looking on Pinterest for any party you plan on throwing as there are so many idea! We played baby bingo, guess the baby animal and tasting baby food. Everyone enjoyed the games and we had little prizes to give away to the winners which I'd made up especially. We had a selection of sweets wrapped up in some cellophane with a little gold winner tag.

Although I thought the baby food game would be a real hit, people weren't up for it but a few of us had a go. Even though I knew the flavours it was interesting to try them! If people were up for this I think it would have been a great game.

We had a great time eating lots of food and celebrating anticipated birth of my sister's baby! It's really going to get excited when he arrives and I become Auntie Danni!
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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Baby's first word

For a while now, people have been commenting on how crafty they think I am. How I always seem to be making something, which I guess I am. Finding new craft ideas to undertake is great as it keeps be busy and I have a beautiful output. 

For a while I've been working on a little project for my sister's baby. She is currently pregnant but not far off now. She knows she is having a boy and is going to call him Noah. With that in mind, whilst in Hobbycraft, I picked up these 3D mache letters as well as few bits to decorate them with including coloured tissue paper, pom poms, glitter, blue paint and a sparkly paint.

I got to work as soon as I brought them home, to Matt's dismay I did all this on the carpet although I must add I had lots of plastic bags down!

3d Mache letter decoration baby room craft idea

3d Mache letter decoration baby room craft idea

3d Mache letter decoration baby room craft idea

The tissue paper N was an easy one to do, I just had to make sure I had a mix of the two colours and went over this twice to ensure good coverage. The H was just simply painted in the sparkly paint. I had to do a few coats to ensure you couldn't see the colour from below.

I painted the O and A in the blue paint to give them both a base to their decoration. With the pom pom A I used a mix of large pom poms and smaller ones which I think gave it a really good effect! It seemed to be everyone's favourite decorated letter.

The O took the longest of them all. Gluing the glitter to the O and ensuring it was all coated was very tedious. It took a few weeks but I think it has come out okay!

The finished letters were taken to the baby shower and put on display for everyone to see. Kelly didn't know I'd done them so it was nice to finally give them to her to take pride of place in Noah's nursery.

Have you done anything crafty lately? Let me know in the comments!
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Getting a slice of the action at Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough

In an effort to eat my way along the new hip and happening street in Middlesbrough, we popped into Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar this weekend. Situated on Bedford Street, this small restaurant was filled to the brim with hungry customers all keen to get a slice of the action.

The menu had a great selection of pizzas from meaty to veggie from flat base to calzone. All pizzas are customisable, you can add or take away toppings depending on your preference. Both my Mum and I went for 'No.12' a tomato base pizza with mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan, truffle oil and salami. I decided not to get the salami and so did Mum, she added goat's cheese to her pizza. My sister went for 'No.2' a simple cheese pizza with glorious mozzarella.

Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough Bedford Street

Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough Bedford Street

Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough Bedford Street

Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough Bedford Street

Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough Bedford Street

Barbarossa Pizza Kitchen & Bar, Middlesbrough Bedford Street

It took a while for our pizzas to come out but as they are created fresh and baked in a proper pizza oven, I think we can forgive this wait. Whilst we were waiting our drinks were served. Barbarossa serve a selection of fizzy drinks made by Square Root London in Hackney. I chose a strawberry soda, whilst Kelly went for a lemonade and Mum a cream soda. I thought mine was was lovely, I've never really had a strawberry soda so it was nice to have for a change.

When our pizzas arrived they all looked amazing! Just out of the oven with fresh ingredients. There were pizza cutters and cutlery on the tables depending on if you wanted to eat with your fingers or not. When we tucked into our pizzas we could definitely taste the quality. They were delicious, definitely worth the wait.

Although Barbarossa is on the pricey side, I think it's definitely worth a visit. Fresh delicious pizzas, a brilliant selection of drinks and a great atmosphere.

Will you be visiting?
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