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Easter Break Kids Activities

Easter is approaching and everyone’s thoughts naturally turn to the Easter Bunny and the amount of chocolate that you are allowed to eat! I have managed to eat a couple of Easter eggs already that I so efficiently bought early and have had to organise a repeat trip to increase my stocks!
The Easter school holidays are also approaching and you realise how much energy you really do need to keep the kids entertained – more reasons to eat chocolate – and a good reason to get some Easter activities up your sleeve for the kids. You could even keep them entertained by inviting their friends over for an Easter party in the garden with some simple snacks and a much loved Easter Egg hunt.
Here are some Easter activity ideas..
Easter Honeycomb Faces – Use simple honeycomb decorations and get older children to cut out shapes and use craft materials to build their own Easter character decorations. We were inspired by County Livings Easter Ideas. These honeycomb decorations are fabulous and come in beautiful spring colours so if you are planning a Springtime or Easter party they will go ‘up’ a treat…
Easter Egg Hunt
Hide small Easter eggs around the garden or house – our plastic fillable Easter eggs can be filled with a mini gift, chocolate or clues. We have some fun Easter Hunt kits too including trial markers and bunny footprints – perfect for your children or a party.
Rainy or Craft Day Activities
A bit of craft can go a long way when the children need some downtime and you need a cup of tea. We have some fabulous colouring activities from Easter themed to general fun ideas including colour in your own fairy wings and superhero mask and cape!
Paint the Egg competition
I remember doing this in my youth. Carefully puncture a raw egg with a needle at the top and at the bottom. Blow through one hole until all the contents have emptied. Get the children to paint and decorate their eggs – they can paint them in lovely patterns or you could set a challenge such as ‘popstar’ or ‘animal’ and they could make Easter Characters.
Hopefully the weather will be on our side and the bluebells maybe out so some good outdoor family time will keep them busy!

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Paper Bag Party Flower Decorations DIY

Paper party decorations are simply fantastic with their retro styling and beautiful effect. Mainly used as wedding decoration and for larger events but now being adopted for smaller children’s parties. They look fab simply clustered in corners or overhanging a party table and come in all colours and styles to mix and match from fan decorations to honeycomb balls and beautiful pom poms and paper lanterns. They are inexpensive, recyclable and brilliant.
I found this fabulous paper flower party decoration idea that can be made with our paper party bags.

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Easy Birthday Cake Recipe
The quickest and easiest recipe I have ever found – (recipe also printed below)
It’s a common dilemma – should I make my childs birthday cake or buy it? It often comes down to cost and time and the shop bought birthday cake wins out. I made an effort on my son’s first birthday to make a homemade cake feeling that it was the duty of the doting mother – I was proud of the results but it was far from perfect. However, by the time his second birthday came around, and I was back at work, the shop bought birthday cake became a very tempting option until I stumbled upon this fabulous BBC food recipe that didn’t require hardwork, lots of cash or time and it matched my cooking abilities which are not the best.
It produced an amazing fudgy chocolate birthday cake that
rose in the oven to its expected dimensions (avoided a flat biscuit consistency),
was moist and fudgy and lasted for 4-5 days (so no last minute baking was required)
was admired by my Mother! scoffed by the kids and got a few raised eyebrows from my friends (who have witnessed previous baking attempts)
was so uncomplicated and quick with minimal mess compared to the classic sponge. The recipe says 30 mins prep time – I have literally got it down to 20 mins now!
I therefore feel as a fellow parent that I should share my new found secret and promise that you will love it. Along the way you may have doubts – it is made with oil and water and the cake mix is extremely watery – but bear with it – you will produce an amazing birthday cake for your child with ease- I have made it many times so now feel that it must be a foolproof cake recipe.
Please let us know if you have success with this easy birthday cake recipe – you could send in your pictures to for us to post.
For the cake
225g/8oz plain flour
350g/12½oz caster Sugar
85g/3oz cocoa powder
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 free-range eggs
250ml/9fl oz milk
125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
250ml/9fl oz boiling water
For the chocolate icing
200g/7oz plain chocolate
200ml/7fl oz double cream
Preparation method
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
For the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, or electric whisk, beat the mixture until smooth and well combined.
Add the boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very very liquid.)
Divide the cake batter between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before icing.
For the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth, glossy and thickened. Set aside to cool for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.
To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.
Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the cake all over with the chocolate icing, using a palette knife.

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Here are some  fabulous ideas for children friendly and fun Christmas party food ideas.

Strawberry & Cream Santas by
So quick, easy and healthy! Simply cut the strawberry near the top for a Santa hat, slightly scoop out a small hole with a spoon into the main part of the Strawberry. Add thick whipped cream. Use cake decorations and cream to accessorise your Santa. If you use broken meringue as snow around the Santas then you have your own winter Eaton Mess.

Christmas Tree Pita Breads by Betty Crocker
Use toasted / grilled pita breads cut into Christmas tree shape sizes. Add guacamole or pesto as a base and then decorate with veg and salad. The trunk of the tree can be achieved with a thin bread stick or pretzel. The same can also be applied to pizza - the trick is to use a green base so pesto would work or use a tomato sauce base with a mainly green topping such as spinach, green peppers or peas.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes by
Easy to create with an icing piping bag. Pile the green icing high into a cone shaped tree and decorate with sweets for the Christmas tree decorations.

 Christmas Cake Decoration by Party Parade
Let's face it, kids don't enjoy the alcohol drenched fruity Christmas pudding. They would however love a generous serving of Christmas Chocolate Log. Dress it up and enjoy some wide eyed excitement with Party Parade's fun selection of Christmas Cake Decorations & Sugarcraft.
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I thought I would share these fun ideas for family Christmas cards from your little one. I just created some with my toddler and he loved having his hands painted! They are sure to melt grannies heart.
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