Inspiration: Alfie’s space party

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  5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Blast off! Anyone who knows me knows I love a good party, and that extends to celebrations for little ones, too. This year, we went to infinity and beyond for Alfie’s 4th birthday with an out of this world space theme (that’s the end of the puns, promise). Having […]


Carousel Logo

Ooh, there are some lovely goodies over at Carousel. It’s a great place to browse if you’re looking for party inspiration – you’ll find striped and spotty paper party bags (including some rather funky kraft ones) and everything you could possibly need to fill them, from unusual sweets and pocket money toys to fake tattoos. […]

Pretty Little Party Shop

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Who doesn’t love a party? And who doesn’t love prettying up their bash with bright balloons, fancy decorations and funky tableware? Well, say hello to Pretty Little Party Shop which offers all those things and then some. Tissue paper pom poms? Check. Polka dot plates? Check. Star-spangled cupcake covers? Check. You can pick ‘n’ mix […]

Homemade Slime Recipe

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In my quest for the perfect budget children’s party favour the idea of slime entered my head (potentially because Kate suggested it). Having been mildly obsessed with it as a child I thought it could be a cool take-home from a party. My hunting for a recipe led me to this homemade slime post and […]

Inspiration: Alfie’s monster birthday party

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Still finding it hard to believe, but my little boy turned three a couple of weeks ago. He was adamant he wanted a monster party and being eight months pregnant I decided to outsource this year – the problem with toddler parties is that you’re not just catering for 15 children, but potentially 30 adults […]

Party Bag ideas on a Budget


Last Spring as I was planning Milla’s birthday party with a friend the guest list including siblings came to about 60 children. As I was in charge of the party bag element I felt a little weak at the idea of even £1 per child. Add to that my hatred of waste and I was […]

Air Heads Animal Balloons


When it comes to celebrating birthdays we like to keep things simple around here. A few games, good food and a couple of imaginative touches to raise excited smiles. As soon as I spotted these Air Heads I knew they would be perfect for Monty’s party this coming weekend. The set of six balloons each […]

Belle & Boo Party Range

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So many new and exciting lines coming through this year and one of the cutest has to be Belle & Boo’s new party range. With everything from invites to party bags covered you can add a little (or a lot) of charm to your child’s party.   The range includes much of what you’d expect: […]

New Shop Crush: Pipii

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It shouldn’t surprise you that I can get a little, erm a lot, obsessive in my googling. Last night I got it into my head that I simply must find some paper snowflake decorations to hang. During my little frenzy of snowflake searching I came across my new shop crush: Pipii. With Monty and Betsy’s […]

Alfie’s dinosaur-themed party

Alfie with Dad

  So, Tuesday was Alfie’s birthday and on Sunday we had (as requested by the young man himself, pictured above with my dad) a dinosaur party. Luckily there was a wealth of ideas and products out there, so here’s what we did. Naturally, my first thought was the invites. I like personalisation, but bespoke stationery […]


If you ever need to stock up on goodies to fill up party bags or are on the lookout for super wallet friendly gifts and treats, Tickseed should definitely be bookmarked. With many of the items eco friendly, wooden, and full of wholesome, ‘old’ style fun, they’ve also got excellent customer service as well, which […]

Helen Rawlinson Trick or Treat bags


Just a quick one in the run up to 31 October. We’re a little too young for trick or treating this Halloween, but that doesn’t mean Alfie doesn’t love this goody bag (see smiley face while clutching it below – apologies for blurry pic) from the ever-fabulous workshop of designer Helen Rawlinson – it’s currently […]

Bubble Wands


It’s a really simple one but an easy pleaser nonetheless. Bubble Wands produce super sized bubbles just by waving them in the air. Perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers who can’t manage the blowing element of bubbles. I have found this giant bubble wand on Amazon for just £1.50 which makes it a good party bag […]

Helen Dardik – Bookplate Downloads


We love Helen Dardik here at Bambino Goodies and her blog is a source of daily inspiration. Her work oozes carefree happiness and we have featured her Etsy store and Chocovenyl stickers before. Last year she created these darling bookplates as a free download which were an instant hit. I have them earmarked as a […]

Bird-themed party ideas


As I told you last week, I chose a bird theme for Alfie’s first birthday party/naming ceremony.  I uncovered a beautiful Happy Birthday banner, $13 (plus $3 p&p) at Earmark Invitations, which provided inspiration. I then began a search for paper bird garlands. I was sorely tempted by the doves at Paloma’s Paper Birds but, as it […]