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 attending parties has been a ‘thing’ as long as I have been doing kids parties (and that’s a long time) but in recent months I have seen some parents really take the party ring biscuit.

I’m not saying every parent who takes their children along to a party of their siblings should be put in the same box (and of course I’m not talking about babies here). I have seen on quite a few occasions siblings sitting to the side of the room with toys or game of their own and even with a packed lunch. This of course tends to be the older children who can understand why they cannot join in with the fun. If there was no option but for them to come along and parents have planned on how to manage the party then high five to them, I’m sure they would rather not be in that situation in the first place.

As an entertainer, It can be very hard to tell who is a sibling and who is a child that is a bit shy and doesn’t want to join in.  When I go around the room at the start of the party with the bubbles encouraging the watchers to get popping it amazes me when parents don’t let me know they are not a guest. I am literally not being paid to worry about your child at this party.

A few weeks ago I arrived early for a party to dress the party table, put up decorations and I also provided the party bags. I went around the room encouraging all the children to join in which they did. Half way into the first section of the party during the Superman Dance I thought there is no way this is 20 children. I did a count as they were having a boogie and we had 24.

I had only set the table for 20 children and provided 20 party bags as this was the guest list provided and of course the number the parents expected. We had to rush to get an extra table and chairs out which of course didn’t look as nice as the table laid with colour matching clothes, plates, runner and sprinkles. And it was stress that was not needed.

WHY would any parent think that that is ok. To bring siblings along to the party and let them join in with all the entertainment and sit at the party food table. I find it totally baffling.

And when it comes to party bags that’s even more stressful. You either order or provide more than needed just in case or know you might have to deal with a mini meltdown when some siblings don’t get one. Again, some parents deal with this very well and tell their children in advance they won’t be getting one and explain why but honestly this does not happen as much as it should (which is all the time!)

I have about 100 other sibling related stories from the years but as I said I am trying not to rant. So my sibling party rules are below.


  1. Do not bring siblings to a party
  2. If you must (you can’t get child care, someone else to take them ect) then check with the birthday child’s parents first, there could be reason why they might need to say no.
  3. Take their own party food (unless the birthday parents have said they are welcome to eat)
  4. Take toys and games to keep them entertained
  5. Explain to them where they are going and why they can’t join in (unless you have been told they can)
  6. Explain to them why they won’t be getting a party bag and maybe even make your own one up for them to take with you.
  7. If there is an entertainer make it clear to them they are not a party guest – I will always make a balloon model for siblings but then at least I know not to spend any time trying to get them to join in.


The thing is I’m sure the people reading this are not the ones who do it anyway. Sigh




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 do a little video. It’s so easy and I got the idea from photos on pintrest.

We used metalic paint to colour the water and i do think this added to the effect but you can use normal paint or food colour.

If you are planning a BFG party and looking for ideas i would team this craft with making dream catchers as this one doesnt take very long but is a big hit!





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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DIY Party Balloons

15th 02 2016. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

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Booking a bouncy castle

4th 02 2016. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  Happiness is when gran arrives at the party with her granddaughter and you get to see the two of them throw of their party shoes and get straight on the huge bouncy castle. I love a bouncy castle and they are a firm favourites for kids parties so I have a few tips on […]

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Mega #tbt of our parties and having fun

24th 09 2015. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  If your big on social media like twitter and instgram then your will most likely be family with #tbt aka Throw Back Thursday when people reminisce with old pic’s. I thought I would do a mega #tbt on the blog today sharing some of our parties and work over the last 4 years.  

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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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