summer sand bucket list 2018

12th 07 2018. Posted in Family Life by elliekelly


I made a list of all the things I wanted to do last summer and I didn’t do to badly, over half. Without a list I’m a bit like jelly fish just floating around from one week to the next.

A trip to a Lido was on last year’s list that never happened, but myself and Neive ticked that one of yesterday. I think I’d like to try out the Guildford one as well though.


My list for this year, before the sun goes:

  1. Get back to Anglesey for a few days (we had a few days in June for Neive’s birthday and it just wasn’t long enough)
  2. Aquarium (also one from last year we didn’t do)
  3. Sunday play date in the garden with friends
  4. NCT meet up to celebrate our two year olds
  5. Water based / play family day out
  6. One day family festival




adopt a cat party

4th 06 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly


I love finding the perfect party for a child.

The brief for this party was a cat theme with some crafts and games. After chatting though some options I mentioned a lovely adopt a cat party I had seen on Pintrest and the birthday girls mum thought it would be perfect.

With this theme in mind I planned out the two hours.



The children had a lovely welcome to the party with bubbles in the garden followed by decorating cat and dog shaped biscuits with icing and sprinkles. Next, they picked their cat or dog friend that they would be taking home as their party gift.

To officially be able to take them home they needed to make up name and add it to their pet certificates and then pick a bell collar for them to wear home. They all had little boxes to go home in as well. For this party the party mum sources the teddies and boxes.



Next it was time for party food and to sing happy birthday and we finished with some fab party games including a cat pass the parcel and cat piñata.

Ellie x




going on a bear hunt

24th 05 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature by elliekelly

    Yesterday at Forest School we went on a fox hunt. A nice one! The theme for the morning was the book ‘Going on a Bear Hunt ‘by Michael Rosen. I started by gathering the children on our big story tarp and getting them to join in with all the fantastic sounds and words […]

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how to make dry ice smog

22nd 05 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

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royal party games for kids

16th 05 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  The weather looks to be lovely for this weekend in Windsor. Let hope it stays that way for the Bride and Groom and the thousands of people expected to line the streets to help them celebrate. I love any reason for a celebration and party and will be having a little royal celebration of […]

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adveture story parties

30th 04 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  I have been talking to lots of mum and dads recently about our adventure story parties. They always want to know more, to understand how they work and to see if they would be suitable for the age group of guests they will have attending the party. I love talking to parents about all […]

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wild flower seed bombs

19th 04 2018. Posted in Magical Moments in Nature by elliekelly

  It’s Wild Flower week on the first full week of May so we decided to get going early by making some wild flower seed bombs with our Forest School group this week. It was muddy 🙂   After looking at and having a chat about seeds I got the kids to bring over bowls […]

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ice bath play

18th 04 2018. Posted in Magical Moments at Home by elliekelly

  I got the idea for this bath play from a lovely lady on instagram. I dunked a few of Neive’s plastic toys in water and popped them in the freezer overnight. Bing needed a little help to stay under the water 🙂   Neive was fascinated as soon as I showed them to her and […]

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Harry Potter Potion Party

17th 04 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  I am a Harry Potter fan, well, really who isn’t. So planning this party for 8-year-old Alice and all her friends was great fun. Let me tell you, 30 girls dressed as Hogwarts students is a fantastic sight.     I wanted the themed props to really stand out on the table so instead […]

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keeping commitments to myself

13th 04 2018. Posted in What I'v Learned by elliekelly

  Sometimes I just annoy myself with all the things I say I’m going to do but don’t. I don’t think I’m alone in this one. I think maybe lots of us do this? Tell me it’s not just me. And this isnt breaking commitments to others. This is me letting myself down. I’m reading a new […]

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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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