Entertainment Inspiration


National Doodle Day!

6th 02 2015. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration by elliekelly



Doodle Day


Every week there seems to be some sort of celebration, awareness or national day, and this week is National Doodle Day! Now to me this is one of the best national days as it highlights a really important cause BUT it is so so simple to get involved! All you need is a pen and a piece of paper.

So as the weather has turned so bitterly cold, and we have FINALLY been blessed with some snow (still not enough to make a snowman), why not get your children to spend just a few minutes doodling. It could be just before bed so they can doodle about their day. Or maybe when then are sitting around the table waiting for tea or even in front of the TV. It’s a great way to get creative and really doesn’t have to take any time at all.

Many of us don’t even need a whole day dedicated to doodling as it is something we do on a regular basis. If you’re like me scraps of paper, old envelopes, the tops of newspapers and the covers of your favourite magazines will be covered in doodles. My doodling often takes place when I am on the phone or simply when I have a mind blank, and I can guarantee I will draw a box with an ‘x’ through it at some point (yes I know very boring!). As simple as a doodle may seem, apparently it is almost like a window into your mind when your attention is focused elsewhere.

Anyway! Whether you believe in doodles having meaning or not I don’t think it overly matters. National Doodle Day is to raise awareness and money for those who live with Epilepsy. By simply donating a pound to do a doodle over £295,000 has been raised to help support the 600,000 people in the UK living with epilepsy. Which is a fantastic amount! The beauty of this National Day is that it is so simple, everyone can get involved and it is for such a good cause.

So whether you chose to doodle with a pen and paper or create your online doodle for Epilepsy, have some fun creating a load of nothing! I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed my time doodling, even if it did take much longer than I anticipated – I got very into the different colours online. It also took me back to when I was younger and Paint ruled my computing world!!

We would love see what you’re children doodle about.

If you would like to do a doodle online visit this site.

Here is how mine turned out!

Stevie 🙂


Doodle 2



Something cool with the kids – Donutting

30th 01 2015. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration by elliekelly


I must say this year I’m extremely disappointed that in Hampshire we haven’t had any snow! (Sorry but I’m not counting the few snowflakes we had yesterday). I know it causes lots of disruptions but there really is something beautiful about England when the floor is white and the trees are frosty! Snow always makes me feel very childish as well. I love building snowmen, racing down hills on sledges and most importantly the bowl of hot soup to warm up after!

So as I am desperate for snow in Hampshire and slightly jealous of those up North who have recently been blessed with the white stuff, I have been inspired for my next blog by Guilford’s Dry Ski Slope.


This dry ski slope located in the grounds of Christ College Guilford, offers hours of guaranteed fun that is usually only found abroad at Ski resorts! At Christ College Ski Club you can of course learn to ski. BUT the thing that really caught my eye was donutting (or tubing as it is also known)!!!

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with donutting, it is where you sit in an inflatable ring and slide down a slope – if you’re like me, trying to pick up as much speed as possible. It sounds extremely simple but trust me there are many laughs to be had here! I have previously done this activity and it is a great way to burn off some energy with friends or family and you are guaranteed to be laughing the entire time

For this activity it is recommended that you wear long sleeved tops as well as trousers, gloves and sturdy shoes. But might I add that you do get extremely hot, so I would suggest wearing layers that you can remove accordingly.  They also ask that anyone under 16 brings a helmet to wear (bicycle helmet is fine). I’m not sure if you can hire helmets so if I have inspired you to go, it is worth giving them a call if you do not have your own.

There is a minimum age for this activity but mums and dads you will be pleased to know there is no maximum! The minimum age for this is 6 years old. Which I think is completely understandable, as carrying/dragging donuts to the top of the slope can be quite demanding. So mums and dads even if you don’t want to donut, little ones may need some assistance in getting donuts back to the top.

Overall, I think this is a great activity for those who have lots of energy and are ready to move on from the soft play centres (as fun as they are), as there is something slightly more grown up about it yet with the same amount of fun and a certain adrenaline rush!

For an hours donutting it costs £10 per person, with no extra charge for spectators and children do not need to be accompanied by a participating adult.

So while I’m doing my snow dance/ keeping everything crossed in the hope of getting some snow, why not visit this dry ski slope and let us know what you think?

Stevie 🙂



Something cool – BeWILDerwood

23rd 01 2015. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration by elliekelly

  Whether it’s creating imaginary friends, making up games or becoming fully immersed in a story or film there is no denying children have great imaginations! Which is why I was so excited when I found out about BeWILDerwood. For those of you who don’t know, BeWILDerwood is an adventure park made up of, treehouses, […]

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Cute bracelet gifts

28th 08 2014. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration, Parties by elliekelly

    A resent client wanted some bracelets to use as thank you gifts for her daughters party guests. Like lots she was keen to spend the money on something useful the children would keep and cherish. The party was a pretty girly one so bracelets were the perfect choice. I found a lovely supplier who was happy […]

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Party Bag Inspiration

28th 05 2014. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration, Parties by elliekelly

  If you have a little time (or cash) we have some fantastic ideas from Pintrest on how to make your party bags stand out from the crowd. We love these at Buttons HQ! some one book a HP party quick! From Catch my Party Pretty simple and very pretty Hello Kitty party bags. Found […]

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Dry ice amazingness

14th 03 2014. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration by elliekelly

  I have just been testing out a new dry ice experiment in the garden, in which I got totally and utterly soaked and I am so flippin excited! One, becase no dry ice went in my eye and caused lasting damade and two because I cant wait to show the kids at tomorrows Harry Potter […]

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Candyland Christmas party

25th 11 2013. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration, Parties by elliekelly

  December seems to be speeding up on us hear at Buttons. I’m sure it is for everyone. Myself and Stevie have not done any Christmas shopping at all yet, and we have a whole host of really exciting parties to prep for so I don’t see it happening any time soon. eek. One of our […]

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Lego Party

30th 09 2013. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration, Parties by elliekelly

    Next weekend I have a Lego themed party for a return client. I cant wait! I am providing the entertainment and dressing the party table, I decided a few weeks ago what I was going to do for both after a bit of research on Google, Pintrest and talking to the birthday mum about what she had […]

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Eye Spy….The Bubblegum Balloon Girls

16th 08 2013. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration by elliekelly

  I use social media a lot, both for business and as a way to stay in touch with what’s going on and what everyone is up to. I follow people from all over the world and in some cases I can tell where they are based from their language, e.g I follow a few […]

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Sainsburys Bumper Book of Summer

9th 08 2013. Posted in Entertainment Inspiration by elliekelly

  I am always on the look out for new party ideas, games and things to do with the children, so when I saw this book on the shelf I thought why not get it and see if it has any gems inside. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t find anything mind […]

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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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