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




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 but just as much fun the rest of the year.

You will need:

  • Two teams of children
  • Two children who have volunteered to be the mummy
  • Two rolls of toilet roll
  • A camera!

You need to get the mummies to stand apart near there team and ask them to keep nice and still with arms across their body. Then tell each team then they will all have the same amount of time to wrap their team mate up but the best mummy (no gaps or cloths showing) wins. Get them to start at the legs and roll the toilet roll around and around until they are at the neck. I always tell the children to go around the head but leave the mummy’s face open. You might want a couple of adults hand to help just in case any children find this harder.

Hula Hoop Race

You will need:

  • Two hula hoops
  • Two teams

Get each team to hold hands with each other and make a line facing the other team. The aim of the game is to get the hula hoop from one end of the line to the other. The hoop therefore needs to go over the children’s heads and they need to step though it one at a time. Give the children a demo of this first and I like to have three rounds as this game is quite a fast one.


Film Game 

You will need

  • A play list of film songs
  • Prizes

Gather the children around you on the floor and tell them that each song you play is from a film. They must put their hands up if they know the name of the film to win a prize. This is a great game for between two high energy games. Think Disney film, Frozen, Moana, Star Wars, Lego movie ect.

Smartie Race 

This is a really fun one! You can see my older blog post on this gae with a list of what you need. Click the link


Have fun partying!



Top Party Games for ages 3-6 years

26th 10 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  At this age the classics are the very best! If you have a theme to the party then you will be sure to find tons of themed party games you could also incude but i say unless you are used to dealing with groups of children then dont add in to many ‘diffrent’ games […]

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Party Gatecrashers – Siblings

15th 07 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  Being a parent is bloody hard work, I did know this before I became one but now I reallllly know it. So I am very mindful not to judge parents or any parenting. But, this I just can’t get my head around. I’m going to try not to have to big a rant. Siblings […]

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BFG Dream Jar

13th 06 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  We made 185 dream jars at the Fleet Food Festival at the end of May. They were such a hit we ran out before the end of the day! So many people around the festival who has seen the kids with them came to ask how they were created, so i thought I would […]

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How to make Pass the Parcel

12th 06 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  When i started in children’s parties over 10 years ago I think it would be fair to say I was not a fan of pass the parcel. So I changed the way we played it to ensure the we didnt have any tears and now  I love watching children play this game. This is […]

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Hawaii / Moana Party Table Styling

12th 05 2017. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  Timelapse from our Moana / Hawaii themed party a few weeks ago. You can see more images and info on the Party Pieces blog     

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Buttons is 5 !!!

21st 06 2016. Posted in Making & Baking, Parties by elliekelly

      As I sit in the Buttons office on my last week before Maternity leave starts (eek) I cant quite believe that Buttons Children’s Parties is 5 years old this June! Time has flown by and I have achieved more than I thought possible when I decided to start my own children’s party […]

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Friendship & Bracelet Making Party

9th 05 2016. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  Our brief for this party was friendship, making bracelets and lots of colour. Amalia was turning 7 and with her 13 friends we created lovely beaded bracelets and played some fab team and party games. The main colours chosen for the table and venue decorations were purple, pink, yellow and green. As well as […]

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Mixing Party Themes

3rd 03 2016. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  What to do when you have a joint birthday party and the children would like different themes. Just go with it I say. In an ideal world twins, siblings or friends sharing a party would like the same theme or aren’t fussed about a theme at all but in reality that’s not always the […]

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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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