How to pick a child’s party venue

16th 02 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly


You don’t know what you don’t know.

So, when it comes to planning a child’s party, if you haven’t done it before then there is a whole lot to learn and I hope this post helps when picking a venue.

Home –

I think your home is a lovely option for younger children and smaller parties with older children such as our Chocolate and pamper parties. It saves on hall hire and lugging all the food, decorations ect in and out of the car 4 times. It does add a bit of pressure to get the house ready and tidy up at the end but if that doesn’t bother you and parking won’t be an issue around your home then maybe this is the option. If you have an entertainer they might ask you to move any toys out of the space so the children don’t get distracted.

Village or Church Hall – 

There are tons and tons of these around to hire. Some a lot nicer than others. I really would do some research and if there are no photos go and take a look before you book one. Top thing to look out for: parking, use of a kitchen, fridge, kettle ect, do you have to take all the rubbish away with you, is it clean, when can you get access and do they have a contact on the day in case you need them (I have seen locked out with parents who can’t access the hall one more than one occasion). For a two-hour party book at least 3.5 hours so you have one hour to set up, 2 for the party and 30 minutes to pack away. Prices start from £40 for 4 hours and can go to to £150.

Soft Play – 

If you are looking for an all under one room party, then this might be the option for you. They will normally provide food, a private room to eat and access for all the kids and adults in one package. Things to think about are similar to the hall list with parking and cleanliness but also ask about how busy it might be, will there be room for the parents if they stay, access to drinks, when do they need final numbers, can you bring you own cake and decorations.

Something a bit different – 

You could also look at hiring an outside space in a park, a local woodland, the beach, golf or rugby club, leisure centre, riding stables, restaurant.

I also have a few other party planning posts that might help


Party Games for childrne 7+ years 

Party Games for 3-6 year olds 

How to deal with siblings guests 

How to make a Pass the Parcel 

Mixing Party Themes 

DIY Party Balloons 

Booking a Bouncy Castle 

Party Table – The essentials 

Party Table – Centrepiece and props 


Ellie x




How to measure your success

6th 02 2018. Posted in What I'v Learned by elliekelly


With your own ruler.

In the dictionary is says “the attainment of wealth, position, honours, or the like”

I used to measure my business / life like this. How much money have I made, what new things have I brought, do I have more clients, have I worked with bigger brands and more celebrities this year than last.

It’s exhausting. It’s a life full of pressure.

The reason I started working for myself was so I could work from home and have a dog, I could pick who I worked with and so when I had children I could be at home with them as much as I wanted.

Building Buttons over the last 6 years has given me all those things plus more. We got Milo within a year of me leaving my Event Manager job, I get to pick my staff and the suppliers I work with and I wasn’t in a position where I had to put Neive in nursery before I wanted to.

I love my work and I love the life it gives me.

The main culprit of me not feeling satisfied with my success was social media. It is pretty hard not to see what everyone else is up to and compare. It took me a while of feeling bit low to realise that if I really did want what ‘they’ had then I could probably get it. I work hard and learn fast. So, the reason I didn’t have what ‘they’ have is that I don’t want it / don’t want is bad enough, or I would have at least tried for it.

You must remember the behind the scene sacrifices that these other people have made for what they have, it won’t have happened over night and it most likely wasn’t easy to get.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not finished. I am a person of drive and I want to do more. I want to get some more staff, work with more brands, more lovely parents and of course earn more money in the next few years. And for the years after that I have big plans.

The difference is I now refuse to let the journey towards my goals mean I miss out on all the great stuff I already have and the joy to be had in every day. And I have at least 30 more years working (that is some realization!) so I really don’t need to achieve all my dreams right now.

Party candy table

And with that in mind I’m going to go and eat some Nutella on toast and spend some time with my daughters and husband who I can hear playing downstairs.

Ellie x









Handmade Gifts – cloud decoration

2nd 02 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  I love crafting. I don’t really have a favourite type of craft, I just love to try new things out. I think my plan to handmake lots of gifts this year is going to really help me get back into crafting and making. This is decoration I made for my friends little boys 1st […]

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What I’v learned – Branding

29th 01 2018. Posted in What I'v Learned by elliekelly

  The most important step in starting a new business or moving a business forward. In 2011 I started Buttons. It was not a big grand plan. The aim was to work from home so i could have a dog and be in a the position i wanted to when i had kids. I made […]

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Handmade Gifts – Cookie Jar

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  A year of handmade gifts   The second gift I made for my friends little boy (see the Story Stick gift in this blog) was two cookie jars. One a choc chip cookie monster jar and one smarties rainbow jar. It took me a while to find a recipe that sounded good and then […]

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Handmade Gifts – Story Stick

21st 01 2018. Posted in Family Life, Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  A year of handmade gifts   My first handmade gifts of the year were a joy to come up with and make. And I have to say a kinda perfect one to start with. My friend’s little boy just turned 4 and has a lot of new toys to play with from Christmas and […]

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Intentions for 2018

4th 01 2018. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  I set Goals for my business, but I don’t make New Year resolutions. I’m not sure why, I guess it’s the setting yourself up to fail part. This year after some inspiration from Dawn French (I have her Me . You dairy) I have made a list of intentions. Maybe they are the the […]

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Toddler stocking gift and box craft

11th 12 2017. Posted in Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  This is a super easy toddler stocking filler and also gives your toddler a fun but calm craft to do later in the day or on boxing day. You need: A little box or bag A selection of box decorating crafts such as crayons, stickers and gems. Don’t be tempted to use felt tips […]

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Easy Woodland Wands

23rd 11 2017. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature by elliekelly

  I’m all about making little magical moments every day. My job involves creating big magical moments for children that take weeks, something months of planning but I do believe in filling everyday with little bits of magic as well. I don’t have tons of time, show me a parent who does. So, my daily […]

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Party games for children 7 years +

8th 11 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  When children turn 7 they tend to move away from the classic party games such as pass the parcel, duck duck goose and musical bumps and at Buttons we have a great collection of games that older children love. Below are a few of the top games     Mummy Wrap  A Halloween classic […]

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Ellie KellyHello & welcome to my blog

I'm Ellie a lover of celebrations, bunting, balloons and bubbles. This is my party and lifestyle blog. I'm married to Mr Kelly, we have a 4 year old Border Terrier, Milo and a baby on the way. Put on your party hat, grab a bit of cake and take a look around.

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