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 




When and How to Wash Baby Toys

11th 05 2017. Posted in Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly


When Neive really started to play with her toys I thought I better start washing then. I wasnt too sure what to use and how often i should do this so i spent some time on Google and asking friends. I thought it might be helpful to share what i did.

We have a dog, so as well as Nevie slobbering all over the toys they were also going on the floor and picking up dog hair.

I washed her soft toys in warm water with a little bit of hand washing liquid. I did this with one toy to start with and let Neive have it back to ensure she didnt have a reaction to the solution. I have no idea if needed to do this or not as it should have been washed out but i wanted to be safe.

I then washed her hard toys with out batteries in warm water with normal fairy liquid and i wiped all the toys that had batteries in with anti bac wipes and then a damp cloth. I did check this and Dettol have on their site that that’s fine to do.

I did this every couple of weeks and then again if i took her toys out with us, she had a cold or had other baby friends over. Babies with blocked noses are no fun at all so if you can avoid germs spreading do it.

I did this until Nevie was crawling and putting anything and everything in her mouth (see poor Humpty Dumpty in the photo) as it seemed a bit pointless after that. I now only tend to wash toys that have been in other babies months, out with us or if Neive has been poorly.

We dont have a dishwasher but I know some toys can also go in them as well.




Baby friendly holiday Isle of Wight

28th 04 2017. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  We got back last night from a short Family holiday on the Isle of Wight to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary. With two dogs, four adults and one baby it took quite a bit of searching to find the right place. I had to write about this place as the owners really put […]

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Emergency Blanket – Sensory Baby Play

20th 04 2017. Posted in Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  I got this top play tip from my NCT friend Kim and it has been one of Neive’s favorite baby play things since she was around 5 months old. An Emergency blanket! They cost about £1.50 so a total bargain for hours of baby play fun. I got mine from Amazon in packs of […]

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First blog as a mummy

4th 02 2017. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

    So after a very long time away from blogging I’m back, and now I’m a mummy!! I had Neive (Neive Isla Kelly, 8lb) on the 24th June and I can’t believe she is already 7 months old. How time has flown. I took a few months off work while the team looked after […]

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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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Getting the nursery ready – time lapse

9th 06 2016. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  We have been working on the nursery on and off for weeks in between work and all the other job and with two weeks to go we are finally finished, i think. How can such a little person need so much stuff!    

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Cloud Mobile

17th 05 2016. Posted in Family Life, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  Our task for the Make Films course I am taking was a ‘How To’ film so I made mine on the cloud mobile I was planning for the nursery.      

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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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Memories to cherish – Make Films

8th 04 2016. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly

  I have recently started an on line film making course with Xanthe Berkeley and I am loving it. I really enjoy making films and have been doing some for Buttons for a while now but I was keen to learn more and start making them to capture the everyday and special times in my […]

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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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