Things Kids Say: January 2013

{Things Kids Say}
A collection of Pebble’s musings ~ January 2013, 3 years old

Things Kids Say | Octavia and Vicky“Mummy, let’s play schools!”

“Mummy, I’m doing my study-work”.
Guess who’s Daddy is studying for his Masters at the  moment?

“It’s the truth that you need to give that to me because it’s true and dangerous”.
I think this is an attempt to sound very serious and convincing to get what she wants.

“I liked that cake that I had once ago”
‘Once ago’ is the favourite term used for past tense at the moment.

“No! I want the (insert opposite/alternative of whatever you just offered)”.
For example, you serve dinner in  a blue bowl, she wants a red one. You serve it a red one, she wants a blue one. Not frustrating AT ALL.

“The fairy has her eye things on to respect her eyes. To respect her eyes from the scarecrows.  Cos the scarecrow sticks can hurt their eyes REALLY BADLY”.
Who knew that scarecrows were so… scary?!

Me: what would you like to do tomorrow? 
Pebble: *sigh* I don’t know. I need to think about it in my dreams.

“What can we make with this!?”
She has become the ultimate recycler, every little scrap of rubbish is a new treasure to make something with.

“When is my baby coming?”
She is getting impatient for the arrival of her little baby brother or sister.

“The fairy is talking a stralk along, stralking along, stralking along”
Perhaps a combination of strolling and walking?

“I’m just a bit busy doing all my jobs at the moment”
An echo from things Mummy says?

“Which chair is a photo?…. A helicopter!” {insert fake riotous laughter here}
She is just learning to tell jokes. They need some work :)

Things Kids Say | Octavia and VickyAnd then… she sprayed me right in the crotch.

More Kids Things Say here.

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Food {and The Weekly Kids Co-Op)

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party ~ The Food

Hello! This week I’ve been sharing all of our Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party ideas after Pebble’s super cute 3rd birthday party. So far I have shared:

Today I’ll be sharing The Food!

I was very, very lucky to have LOTS of help with preparing the food for the party. My family are good caterers (perhaps over-caterers!) and we always help each other out for big family events by bringing along a plate of food to share. I personally only prepared a couple of things for the party.

My other secret weapon for catering is this: I only ever have ‘afternoon tea’ parties. We have a huge family which means that, with a few friends too, the numbers of invited guests easily reach at least 40 people. Lunch or dinner are just too much for me to even think about. So we don’t need to provide LOTS of food, just a few nice nibbles.

I made the cake, and these gorgeous Teddy Bears in Cars (‘recipe’ here), and threw the leftover lollies from both of those efforts into some cute paper cups. Apart from that I opened a packet of chips, chilled some pop-top juices and soft drinks, popped a few Iced Vovos and Triple Wafer biscuits on a plate and huzzah! Instant party.

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A very special thank you to these wonderful people:

My sister in law, who made super adorable teddy bear cupcakes. Can you see their little expressions? Their faces all had a different story to tell. Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

My mum, who made her famous sausage rolls, which we always serve cold. Do you like cold sausage rolls? Our family does.

My mother in law, who made her lovely, fresh sandwiches – some egg, some salmon, all delicious.

My Dad, who is the egg man. His business is eggs. So of course he and my step-mum brought along a plate of curried eggs and plain boiled eggs. Perfect picnic finger food.

Come back tomorrow to see the final post in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party series: The Activities!

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Decorations

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party ~ The Food

Welcome back for more Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party fun!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Decorations

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Bunting

I created a simple red cardboard bunting using this template. After creating one red cardboard triangle as a master, I used that to create all the others, tracing and cutting, tracing and cutting. I was very grateful for my trusty teacher tool – my paper trimmer!  The bunting was held together with sticky tape and red wool. Fancy, huh? I am not a seamstress! Paper is my crafting friend, and this was quick and easy to do. We strung the bunting up around the indoor dining area and the a little outside across the pergola.

Cardboard Teddy Bears

My local craft shop was selling packets of cardboard teddy bears for a couple of dollars each. I bought up a few packets and stuck them around the room along with the bunting.


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Welcome sign

I set up Pebble’s blackboard out the front, tied with some fabric and with ‘Welcome’ written across the board. Add a teddy bear and a picnic basket and I think it turned out rather cute, don’t you?

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Red Ribbon and Gingham Fabric

I tied red ribbon to the posts of the cubby and around our letter box, as well as some red and white gingham fabric to the posts along our very long drive way. I have NO PHOTOS of the driveway or letter box, I’m sorry (tsk tsk, naughty blogger)! For the red ribbon I simply used one red plastic tablecloth, cut into strips. Cheap, quick, easy and effective. The gingham fabric was not especially cheap, and next time I’ll definitely be looking into alternatives before I hit the fabric shop! The gingham fabric did look lovely on the dining table though (not hemmed, just torn to size!) along with a red plastic runner.

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Bear Hats

I bought a couple of cheap packets of party hats and printed out these bears, cut them out and pasted them to the hats. Again, super quick, cheap and easy (and Pebble helped). Note to self: remember to give out party hats to each child next time!

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Daisies in Glass Bottles

My sister kindly loaned me some glass bottles that she had previously collected for her daughter’s birthday party. I bought a bunch of daisies and popped one in each bottle on the party table. They were such a pretty little addition and so quick and easy to do. My sister recycled sparkling mineral water bottles to create her collection.

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Teddy Bears

I collected all the teddy bears in the house and put them around the house and yard. On the day of the party I was passing by an op shop – I happened to see one little teddy out the front. I grabbed him and found another eight or so inside for $0.50 to $1.50 each. Bargain! I will be donating them back to the op shop soon, for someone else to love, or party with.

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Paper Lanterns

I picked up about five packets paper lanterns, each packet had four different colours and sizes. We (he) strung them up across the verandah for some extra party pretty. Not teddy bear themed, but a quick and easy splash of colour.

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Finishing touches

My local supermarket sold cute little paper cups with red, white and blue spots and stripes, as well as red and white striped straws and red and white gingham cup cake liners. How lucky was that?!  It seemed everywhere I looked there were red and white party supplies! I picked up some large red and white plastic drinking cups, small red party plates and red napkins from Big W. Thanks to my sister, Skye, and my sister in law, Julie, for loaning their cup cake stands for the day.

Check my other party planning ideas:

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Cake

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One of THE most important parts of planning a child’s birthday party is the cake. Well, that’s my humble opinion :) My mum always made us a cake from the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Most newsagents, book shops and large variety shops sell the ‘vintage edition’ of this cook book now, but for many years it was out of print and you needed to scour op shops (or ebay!) to get your own copy. I was given my ‘vintage edition’ for Mother’s Day (thanks, hubby x).

For Pebble’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party I flicked through the book and found a couple of options for teddy bear cakes. Not being known for my cake decorating skills, I chose the easiest option. And then I made it even easier!  Here’s how I made the teddy bear face cakes (I made two, because I’m a chronic over-caterer).

Teddy Bear Face Cake (makes 2)

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Cake

  • 2 x store bought sponge cakes (gasp!)

Chocolate Butter Cream Icing (warning – this is a double quantity of icing and will make A LOT). I like it thick!)

  • 250g salt reduced butter, softened
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons full fat milk

Decorations (this is what I used, but you can adapt to use whatever sweets or lollies you have available in your country)

  • approx 5og desiccated coconut
  • 4 x wagon wheel biscuits (original size) or any large, round, chocolate covered biscuit
  • 4 x large white chocolate buttons
  • 2 x 10cm pieces of thin licorice (I cut up one wider piece)
  • 4 x raspberry lollies
  • 4 x chocolate covered marshmallows
  • 4 x small brown chocolate buttons

1. Very important step: DROP YOUR TODDLER OFF AT THE HOME OF A MUCH LOVED CARER (thanks Grandma). If you don’t have another adult available you could try using a combination of television and left over cake decorations – however this is not recommended.

2. Place the sponge cakes on to your serving dish. I happened to have two round cake boards from a previous party.

3. To make the Chocolate Butter Cream Icing: place the butter into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the butter is as white as possible. Gradually beat in approximately half the icing sugar, beating as you go to incorporate it into the butter. Add the milk, beating constantly, then gradually beat in the remaining icing sugar and the cocoa powder, until the icing is thick, creamy and brown.

4. To decorate the cakes (refer photo):

  • Use a spatula to smooth half the chocolate butter cream icing onto each cake, covering the cake completely (no need to be too neat, bears are furry after all!). Save a couple of tablespoons of icing to use as ‘glue’ for sticking on the decorations (and a couple more if you like eating it yourself).
  • Place a scone cutter or egg ring on to each cake as a guide for sprinkling the coconut into the round nose shape. Use a spoon to carefully sprinkle the coconut into the ring, and gently press down into the icing.
  • Use a little leftover icing as glue and stick the licorice mouth, raspberry lolly tongue and marshmallow nose into place. Remove the scone cutter/egg ring.
  • Use a little more leftover icing to stick the white chocolate buttons and brown chocolate buttons on as eyes.
  • Press the Wagon Wheels into the head as ears.
  • Eat the remaining icing.

5. Very important step: Collect your toddler from their much loved carer’s house and resume normal parenting programming.

There will be more Teddy Bear’s Picnic party planning ideas to come this week, make sure you come back to see tips for food, decorations, treat bags and kids activities.

You might like to see my other Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party ideas:

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: Photos
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Decorations
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Food
Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Activities

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party

Finally I have found some time to put together Pebble’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party to share with you all. Pebble was the happiest three year old that ever there was, she had a wonderful day playing with her family and friends. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and shared the day with us, it was very special.

This party was created with the quickest and easiest options that I could think of. I am not one to sit up until all hours crafting bits and pieces. Especially not while 33 weeks pregnant! This week I’ll be sharing all the details of the party planning so that you can create your very own Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party too :)

For now, here are some photos from the day and a teaser of what’s to come this week on the blog. Are you ready? Let’s go on a Teddy Bear’s Picnic!

Click ahead to see more:

*Thank you to my sister, Skye, for taking so many photos on the day xx

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