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Checklist for meal planning a party

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play Hosting a party can be a nerve racking adventure. One thing people will always comment on is the food; good or bad, every guest will have a lasting memory, and opinion. My dad reminded me of this when he asked me if I could host […]

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  • Lucy McLane

    This is so comprehensive, I am planning a huge 50th birthday party soon and this will be so very helpful thankyou!ReplyCancel

    • Looks like you’ll be all ready to go Lucy. Just remember to have a drink for yourself and your efforts!ReplyCancel

How to make a Rainbow Layer Cake

My youngest recently celebrated her birthday. We didn’t have a party, just spent the morning in the park with friends and had family over for dinner later that evening.  But, Miss now 9 had one request, she wanted a rainbow layer birthday cake.  Initially I panicked, thought that exceeded my cake making ability, however researched […]

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  • Jac_CommonChaos

    Love it Kat! I made a Monster High layer cake and had no idea those cake slicer things even existed! Took me a while to get even layers with a knife so I am totally grateful for that tip! Her cake looks fantastic, you did an awesome job.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Harper

    Looks awesome – all the way from the UK. x :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jkirbs

    Kat,it looks great.But what size cake pan did u use?ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Yummo Kat!
    Where’s our piece? Perhaps The Organised Housewife needs a birthday party too? Those who live locally can then get to meet you = maybe have a picnic in the park and we all bring a plate from a recipe we found on your site…. grin!
    On a totally different tack – I heard a really great quote on the radio this morning on my way to work which I’d love to share….
    “Help teach your children how to be happy, not rich. That way when they are older they will have learned the value of things not the price…”ReplyCancel

  • Whoa! That looks amazing! I did a layered snickers cake last year but it’s not as impressive as that!ReplyCancel

  • Siham Theccvillage

    That looks yummy !ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Thanks so much. Birthday’s coming up, this post is just in time!ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    I did this cake for my son’s 5th birthday but with m’nm’son the outside.ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    He was very happy.ReplyCancel

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  • cinnamum

    Can you let me know where you bought the cake cutter? am having trouble sourcing one. with thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Falzon

    Hi, I’ve made a rainbow layer cake before and apart from being a bit fiddly and needing lots of room to store the cakes as they were cooling, it was pretty easy! And my daughter absolutely loved it as she is somewhat obsessed with rainbows and colours!
    Just going to get a bit picky though with your text…. you have a couple of small grammatical mistakes which I just had to point out…. In this paragraph “I used 2 x of this buttercream icing recipe, it made just enough, if I used anymore the cake would of been too sweet.” This should say “would HAVE been too sweet”. This is also repeated somewhere else in the text. I’m not doing this to be negative or anything but I just think it shows a bit more care to get little details like this right. I love your blogs and will definitely keep reading them though, don’t worry!ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie

    Hi Katrina – can I ask where you bought the sugared confetti? Thank you. This cake looks amazing. I am going to attempt it in July for my daughter’s 6th birthday party.ReplyCancel

  • June Harling

    If you are making these cakes in the future, use Sugarflair gel rather the Wilton as the colour is much more intense and you will be able to use less.ReplyCancel

**New** Party Printables available for instant download

As you all know I have an online shop where I sell (and some I give for free) digital printables, which include planners, checklists, reward chart, routine charts and so much more.  All my printables, except the personalised versions are available instantly after purchase.  An email will be sent with a link for your to […]

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Awesome Lego Construction Party

This is a guest post by Daneve, from Ah-Tissue I watched Daveve via Instagram prepare for this party, weeks and weeks in advance.  I take my hat off to her, this is a spectacular party!  Whilst some people may not have the time to create all elements of this party, there are some fantastic ideas […]

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  • Marita Beard

    What a fabulous party :) I love the guess how many bricks are in the jar idea, that would be a great school fundraiser too.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a clever idea Marita, a good twist to the typical jelly bean guessing game :) ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    OMG! That party is super over the top. I think my kids would have sensory overload…but they’d LOVE it!ReplyCancel

    • It looks like the kids here had a blast, a lot of work has gone into it, but at the end of the day do whatever makes your little one happy :) ReplyCancel

  • Krystal Cox

    My god, i should make sure my kids never see your blog because there is no way I’d ever go to that much trouble! :-P ReplyCancel

    • LOL Krystal, there are a lot of elements to this party, but I like the idea of just picking a few ideas that you think your kid will love ;) ReplyCancel

  • It looks amazing . ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Hi, I was just wondering if I could please possibly get details of the material for the little stuffed heads. They are INCREDIBLE!! What an awesome thank you gift. Thank you :) ReplyCancel

{The Twins Parties} 2 parties in 1 day – Part 4: The Lego Birthday Party

Pin It This is Part 4 of ‘The Twins Parties – 2 Parties in 1 Day’ series, view Part 1,  Part 2 & Part 3. Now that the Rainbow Birthday Party is over its time to swap over a few of the decorations, set the table for the next group of kids to arrive and have a little […]

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  • Well done. You did a fantastic job!!ReplyCancel

  • Great party idea! I have two boys and they both love Lego which leads me to my next question, how do you keep your Lego neat and organized? I feel like there’s bits and pieces everywhere all the time! Would love some tips!ReplyCancel

  • Amazing! I think even my husband would enjoy a Lego birthday cake :) thanks for sharing your ideasReplyCancel

  • Cath

    I LOVE your lego party….where exactly did you get the lego moulds for the small icing legos you made? thanksReplyCancel

  • Karen – see the large yellow Lego head in the picture it is a sorter & storage container available at most department stores. This is a fabulous party idea.ReplyCancel

  • I may have skipped over it accidentally, but how did you make the little lego pieces that are on top of the cupcakes?ReplyCancel

  • PouchieMumma

    So very very cool. I’m thinking of doing it for my LEGO enthusiast husband
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  • You did a fantastic job. I will have to keep this theme in mind for future parties :-D ReplyCancel

  • Wow What a great party!! So simple yet so bright and colourful!!! I love it! Great for any boy of ANY age! (and us oldies who LOVED lego when we were younger!)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for a wonderful idea! I have twin boys who love Lego, I now know what to do for their next birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Great job! I am still in awe that you did two parties in one day! Great theme.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Fantastic party! Great menu, superb organisation and SO much colour! Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • What a fantastic idea for a themed party!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Hi Kat, fantastic job ! Do you know what icing your friend Carrisa used for the Lego bricks ? I have the brick & minifig molds but have not had any success with my icing mixtures & my sons birthday is in 3 weeks ! I wanted to perfect them by then ! cheersReplyCancel

  • Chelseamcpublicity

    This is just what I need to navigate my way through my son’s 5 year old Lego party!! Thank you!!!
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  • Erik2254

    wow my party is going to just like yours .Iove the great ideas
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  • You have just made me giddy with excitement! Now I really can’t wait to have this lego themed party in August! :D ReplyCancel

    • Anything with primary colours will match this theme. Have fun decorating and baking!!ReplyCancel

  • Mcbear73

    just wondering where you were able to get lego toppers for cupcake from – i have been unable to find in australia as yet?
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  • [...] year the twins celebrated their birthdays with a party each on the same day, Lego and Rainbow parties. We decided many years ago, for my sanity that we would celebrate the kids [...]ReplyCancel

  • amna zeeshan

    no dought its wooooonderful +i even got alot of ideas from this party ,thanks for sharingReplyCancel

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{The Twins Parties} 2 parties in 1 day – Part 3: The Rainbow Birthday Party

Pin It This is Part 3 of ‘The Twins Parties – 2 Parties in 1 Day’ series, view Part 1 and Part 2 We started the first of our parties with The Rainbow Party.  I didn’t want to hold the party inside so we set everything up on the patio. I moved all the tables […]

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{The Twins Parties} 2 Parties in 1 day – Part 2: The prep

Pin It This is Part 2 of ‘The Twins Parties – 2 Parties in 1 Day’ series, view Part 1 here Now that I have made the big decision to throw 2 parties in 1 day for the twins we had to come up with themes.  Miss 9 wanted a Rainbow party, she loves colour […]

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  • Wow Katrina. You are amazing! I’m very inspired.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Great ideas! I have my daughters 8th birthday in May, we are having a disco themed party but I was tossing up whether to have it at home (like we do each year) or at a kids party venue. But your ideas have made me realise its easier and cheaper to have at home.ReplyCancel

    • I think having it at home can be more personalised, decorations, food and the games you play. But there are also some great positives having it away from home too, no tidying or cooking!!ReplyCancel

  • Dianna

    Katrina, I love reading all your posts. You make me want to be a better mum and wife. Very inspiring!!ReplyCancel

  • Alli

    I love throwing my boys parties. Lucky though I have 6 months between them- not an hour!!! Well done!
    My tip is I keep a birthday book, which is just a note book and keep ideas for the parties in it. Any ideas I see around online, in shops I write them down so I don’t forget. Then I start buying/ planning a couple of months out, buying whatever I will need in bits and pieces so it is not one big bulk buy in the end.
    It works out well for us. Oh and pick themes that are easy to decorate!!!ReplyCancel

  • with the test tubes were they for lollie bags or during the party great ideaReplyCancel

  • love it – you are a brave woman! well done! :) ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    if you freeze the cake (without icing it) it is much easier to cut/shape and ice the night before the big day. Don’t be afraid of roll out icing, it is exremely easy to use and the finish is great. Make the butter icing the day before as it saves heaps of time, and use colour concentrates to colour the roll out icing a couple days prior – just wrap in gladwrap so it wont dry out. A pizza cutter is great to cut the icing off at the base of the cake! ReplyCancel

  • Again you are wonderwoman! I love those pompoms. I’m hosting a baby shower on Saturday and starting to stress a little that I’ll have too much to do on the day. I think planning is the key.
    I also make myself a run sheet with every teeny detail of the day and what I need when so I don’t forget anything. ReplyCancel

    • I hope the baby shower went smoothly and you all had fun celebrating!!ReplyCancel

  • No mention of stuff for adults. I’ve been surprised at how it’s the norm here in Sydney for parents to hang around, growing up in uk it was never like that. Or is that coz my kids are still young (eldest 7)? Did you prep special food for adults?ReplyCancel

  • Janithom

    We had my youngest daughter’s 18th back in January at home, we had a Hawaiian themed party. My son and his partner came and help do the decorating of the back yard, We had simple finger food, and we made a punch or people brought their own drinks! It was a fantastic night, and the last major party at home as all four of mine are now over 18 woohoo. But organisation is the key, and a good crew to help with decorating and clean up is the major key. ReplyCancel

    • miss Prudence

      couldn’t agree more! I bet BIG people’s party’s take on a whole different level!ReplyCancel

  • Start planning early! At least 2 months in advance I get the kids to choose their theme, as it gives you plenty of time to begin picking up bits and pieces as you come across them and helps to spread the cost as well.

    I just blogged about my 6yo’s Lego party too. Aren’t they fun!ReplyCancel

    • It was fun, making all the edible lego bricks :) I’ll pop on over and have a look!ReplyCancel

    • Melanie, I tried to reply to your lego party, but can’t comment. Can you change your setting options so somebody can reply as their name and not through the google account??
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  • So my triplets are only 4 months, but I’ve still wondered how we will be co-ordinating parties over the years. This is such super advice. Thanks, it will be stored in the back of my mind for many years to come!ReplyCancel

    • It’s hard but you will know in your heart when is the right time. Enjoy your triplets, you will certainly be kept very busy.ReplyCancel

  • [...] This is Part 3 of ‘The Twins Parties – 2 Parties in 1 Day’ series, view Part 1 and Part 2 [...]ReplyCancel

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  • Trish (the other Trish)

    great tips thanks for sharing Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    I love this party idea. Any chance you have any pics of how you used the ah-tissue poms? I’m interested in them (rainbow colour) and wondered how they looked hanging… ReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      Oops just noticed it in one of the other rainbow party posts… thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Hi Katrina i was wondering what you put in the lego party loot bags Thanks.(it is probably staring me in the face sorry)ReplyCancel

  • miss Prudence

    Plannin ahead – simple as that. Start buying a few months ahead -make a theme choice as early as possible and start buying and planning with your child, make lists, strike 2 things ( at least) off your list just prior to the final shop eg, if there are cupcakes, do they really need the pretty iced cookies? Allow kids to run around and have fun – it is a party and this is how they learn to socialise – they don’t need to be scheduled the WHOLE time! It is amazing how many bargains you can pick up or by making your own – but it takes time!ReplyCancel

  • […] Come favor possiamo scegliere una versione originale dei classici tubetti: delle provette! Basterà riempirle di confettini e scrivere sopra con un pennarello e un’etichettatrice la data della festa e il nome del festeggiato. Idea perfetta di The Organised Housewife. […]ReplyCancel

{The Twins Parties} 2 parties in 1 day – Part 1: My reasoning for 2 parties

A few weeks ago my twins (boy/girl) turned 9 and I we celebrated with throwing a birthday party for each of them on the one day. When the kids were young we always had family over to celebrate their birthdays. However, we didn’t have a party with all their friends every year, as their birthdays […]

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  • Aw, what a cute pair of kidlets you have! ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Gorgeous cakes!! They look so yummy. Do you always make their cakes or have you bought them in the past?ReplyCancel

  • Lil_miss_kymmy

    wow thankyou for sharing your twins parties with us this isa great help for me as i have 9 week old twins (2 boys) and its great here your ideas
    thankyou kym ReplyCancel

  • I think its a great idea having a birthday party for each, my friends twins decided to go to different high schools so they could be their own person and have a sister instead of being ‘the twins’, look forward to the next installmentReplyCancel

  • I think your awesome and wished more people thought like you… Even though they are twins they are different people and it is awesome they can celebrate their special day with their special friends… Great work! Twins individuality needs to be celebrated moreReplyCancel

  • I don’t have twins, but my 2 are born on the 19th and 20th of March. They’re turning 2 and 4 this year. :) I know there will be a day I will need to do seperate parties, but I’m having a lot of fun planning 1 party for the both of them. Last year it was a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and this year we’re doing Pirates and Mermaids! I’m looking forward to part 2 tomorrow to get some tips. :) ReplyCancel

  • Wow they look so much alike! I have twins (girl/boy) turning 2 this year. I am very conscious of as they grow older that we don’t always treat them as ‘twins’ as they will grow to have their own personalities! ReplyCancel

  • as mum of 2 sets of twins aged 4 (B/G) & 1 (B/B) i am liking these tips :) ReplyCancel

  • ive got identical girls that turn 4 in october,always had a party together and they only have one cake between them.be god for some ideas and tips.Maybe when they get older and in school i may have to have 2 parties.ReplyCancel

  • Perfect post for me too, although I do not have twins, my 2 kids share the same birthday! I know what are the odds of that other than twins right! I have been telling everyone my kids will have seperate parties, and they think I am nuts! But they should get to celebrate their day the way they would like! I habe thought bout doing the 2 parties on one day thing, so can not wait to read the next part of the post!ReplyCancel

  • I love celebrating that my girls are twins but I also love the way you’ve acknowledge your twins as unique little human beings! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • My sister in law has twins (b/g) that are born on different days! But I think it’s more us that would want the parties on the same day- they’re the 27 & 28 dec so after the Xmas festivities we would rather it on the one day. ReplyCancel

  • i <3 you – our ID girls have together but apart parties atm – next year i'm starting separate parties (they will be 6 this year) – they have their own friends, own cake, each sung happy birthday – they might share a birthday but they are INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE (a pet peeve of mine as my girls are ID) – we have done this from the very beginning and has helped them develop their own identity i am sure – we also have nbr 3 born 3 days before them (2 years after them) so looking forward to the years to come when ppl ask if we will be coming the big two's 18th with her 16th – yeah nope not likely LOL.ReplyCancel

  • I love the Women’s Weekly cakes in there. So pretty! What a wonderwoman you are throwing two parties on the same day! ReplyCancel

    • Not a wonderwomen, just happy to know it’s only 1 day every 2 years!! LOL. I love the AWW birthday books too, ReplyCancel

  • I just want to say thanks for sharing those lovely photos of your children’s birthdays. I know a lot of people follow your blogs and take inspiration from you (me included) and its just really nice that you can be so personal with all us strangers out here in cyber space. Makes us feel like we know you in person :) keep up the great work!!ReplyCancel

  • I look forward to part two…ReplyCancel

  • i think its a great idea. crazy, but worth it. they will love that you are treating them as individuals. cant wait to read part 2!!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter (4) and I have the same birthday. I find I’m too exhausted after planning and doing her party to even bother having a cake! ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic! My husband is a twin and hated having to share everything with his brother as people couldn’t be bothered to even give two small gifts instead of one large one to shareReplyCancel

  • that’s a personal peeve of mine naomi – i don’t care if they get presents or not, all i ask is they have individual birthday cards – not even expensive ones – handmade or cheap shop works for me – it just shows you have thought of them as two people, not one single entityReplyCancel

  • jstar8

    What beautiful kids! I’ve never seen girl / boy twins look so alike!! Fabulous cakes, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ooh I can’t wait. I have been stalking you for these parties I’ll be back tomorrow. ReplyCancel

  • Kyles

    I am a twin and earlier this year I decided that I am going to have my own solo birthday party this year, as I have NEVER had my own party. I will be turning 35. It made me really happy to read that you want your children to have their own special moment. Being a twin is an amazing experience and my twin sister is my best friend, but sometimes you need your own Happy Birthday song.ReplyCancel

    • As much as every year I want to sing a seperate song for each other people don’t realise and sing happy birthday …. and …. . the kids at such a young age don’t see the fault of it, but I do, they are 2 people that deserve their individuality. ReplyCancel

  • My oldest two girls are one the 16 and 18th of march( they are turning 19&18) and all but one year has been separate celebrations,my third daughter is on April 7th so that one year we had a big party for all threeReplyCancel

  • Lauradb

    I have twin girls and they have always shared a party and a cake but weve always just had the family over and a few of my friends with children their age. They are now 5 and in separate classes at school so for their 6th birthday i would like them to have their own party with their own cake and everything. Thanks for sharing your twins special day and your ideas :) ReplyCancel

  • Such a wonderful idea Kat, they are just gorgeous and look so happy. They are truly lucky to have such a fantastic mother like you.ReplyCancel

  • Mumma44

    I have been thinking of 2 parties for my soon to be 10yr old B/G twins. My 6 yr old girl twins want a party this year and are already talking cakes. I have always done two cakes as they both have different taste in colour and flavour.

    I wait to see how your 2 parties in one day goes before putting the idea to Hubby :) ReplyCancel

    • If you have the energy give it a go, the look on my Mr 9′s face when his friends sung him Happy Birthday brought tears to my eyes, that song was all for HIM. ReplyCancel

  • 3 0f 3

    Such a beautiful idea im only coming up our first birthday for twin girls but i will keep your idea in mind as they are two different people but i may do them a day or week apart ReplyCancel

    • I considered a week apart too, but was happy to get it all over and done with, I think having them on the same day was less effort than on different days. Enjoy all the moments with your twins!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Fitzgerald

    You are such an inspiration. I have my beautiful boy’s 2nd birthday in 2weeks! I would like a Thomas the Tank Theme and do Thomas cupcakes.We are going to A Day With Thomas and I don’t won’t to cart around too much food.Suggestions please for nice healthy picnic food.:)ReplyCancel

    • Great picnic food would be egg sandwiches, quiches, wraps filled with ham and salad, fruit sticks (cubed fruit on kebab sticks), You could do jelly cups to match thomas colours. There are so many possibilitiesReplyCancel

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  • Tammy

    ooh, love the ladybird cake.
    And congratulations on your decision. I also am a twin (identical) and don’t think I had more than 1 individual party while at home (including a very small, family only 21st as my sister was newly married months earlier and my wedding 13 months off). That individual party was because I was on a foreign exchange at the time!
    Admittedly, we did mostly share friendship groups, but there were some differences.
    Now, with a milestone birthday due next year, we have already been trying to work out if/when/how to organise a party/parties/event, more tricky because unfortunately we have had some relational difficulties over the last few years.
    Individuality in twinship is to be encouraged, but nurture the twin relationship too.ReplyCancel

  • Myangels3

    I have 7yr old twin girls and we have always done one party, two cakes, for the same reasons as you. For their birthday this year they wanted separate parties, but at the same place, with the same friends! We ended up doing a combined one, but I think from now on they will have a party each.
    Can’t wait to hear how yours went.ReplyCancel