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Magical things to do this December

5th 11 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly



70%-100% of my time from now until 3pm on the 24th December will be spent planning or partying in the name of Christmas. And I am totally ok with that.

I love Christmas. It does take quite a bit of planning to ensure I have a life outside work and have time to buy presents see friends and enjoy some of my own magic in the festive season. That’s why I’m going to start planning now what I am going to do on my few weekday afternoons off.

I love to have a trip out with Mark, do some crafting for either gifts or home decorations, a Christmas meal with friends and of course time out to put up and decorate both our tree and my parents (it’s a tradition we go over and do there’s as well with snowball in hand).

If you like me have to get ahead of the Christmas madness to ensure you fit in all you want, then I have some fab family days out below for you.


Meeting Santa

Lapland UK – Berkshire.      Your children will help in the workshop, meet the reindeers, huskies, decorate a gingerbread man and meet Father Christmas!

Fortnum and Mason – London.   Magical storytelling for children 3-11 years and a goody bag to take home.

Santa Cruse on the Basingstoke Canal – Mytchett. Hope on the Rosebud for a trip down the canal before getting of to find Santa in his winter grotto and recvie a gift befrore a trip back for mince pies and warm drinks.



Natural History Museum

Hampton Court Palace

Somerset House

Eyeskate – London Eye



Slava Snowshow – London.   I went to see this show in 2013. This is a really fun and interactive show with bubbles, giant snow balls and fun. A very different style for show for the whole family.

Elf the Musical – Dominion Theatre.   I didn’t event know this was a thing! On until the 2nd January only. Go to the site to see a video.

Disney on Ice – O2 Arena. Worlds of Enchantments, Character from Toy Story, Little Mermaid and Frozen take to the ice.

Nutcracker! The musical – Pleasance Theatre.  Fresh take on the Nutcracker story with modern musical score.


Have a magical time!




Always work with kids

7th 10 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly


I am going to be posting a collection of lovely photos taken at a couple of Buttons parties by the wonderful Kate Griffin soon but I had to just post these few first as they pretty much sum up why I love working with kids.



A sprinkle of magic dust and a wish



How strong are you? Wow that strong!



No caption needed



Remember being that excited



A few Safety Tips for Halloween

1st 10 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

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Pitch to Rich – 3 of my fav’s

12th 06 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

      Have you heard of Pitch to Rich? It’s a business competition to win up to £150,000 in funding and mentoring from the virgin team. Sounds good hay! The Pitch to Rich team have got the 100’s of applicants down to 32 semi finalists and I have been looking though them all today to […]

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3rd 04 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

    I had a call from the lovely people at TATLER a few weeks ago and after chatting for a while about what we do and all things kids and parties, Buttons was invited to be part of their MayBe Baby feature in this months issue where they wanted to highlight products and services fit […]

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Stevie’s Last Day

13th 03 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  Today is a sad and exciting day at Buttons. It’s Stevie’s last working day in the office 🙁 Stevie has worked for me for 3 years now and was my first ever employee. I can so clearly remember the day I told her she was good enough to lead parties on her own. From […]

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9th 03 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  Yesterday I spent 6 hours, pretty much non stop (apart from grabbing swigs of water) at Wembley dancing. I’m just going to say it again 6 hours dancing. I didn’t even dance for that long on nights out in my early 20’s with a ton of alchole inside me. My feet are a lot […]

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Past times that never get old

6th 03 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

    As we enter March (aka the loud month as it is so windy), why not try out some great past time games that don’t include a TV, Playstation or iPhone, just some good old fashioned pens, paper and conversation!   Charades – Who doesn’t love charades!! An old favourite which can be enjoyed […]

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A New Website

29th 01 2015. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  Towards the end of last year I was working on a new site under my name much like this blog. It’s been live for a few months now and I haven’t really given it the welcome it deserves. December was just so busy and there were one or two things I still wanted to […]

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Fleet Launches New Food Festival

14th 04 2014. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

I am on the Fleet & District Festival committee and we have  a fantastic new food festival for North Hampshire launching in Fleet on Sunday 25 May. The first Fleet Food Festival is offering a huge range of activities including a tantalizing array of fresh and regional produce in the food market, tasty street food from […]

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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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