Spooky Halloween Party Fun With BEAR

If I asked Mia and Joe to list their favourite things, I’m pretty sure that Halloween, parties and glitter would be very near the top for both of them! So, when they received a party invitation to the BEAR Claws Halloween event a few weeks ago, they were super excited. The fact that it was in London too, and meant a trip on the tube (they love it!) just added to the excitement.

The Halloween party invite, with lovely monster artwork, was safely looked after by Mia on the train. She wanted to be the first to find the BEAR’s party location in the Deep Dark Woods once we reached our tube stop. On arriving at Whole Foods Kensington, and hearing the party music and laughter, they rushed towards it, leaving me and their dad behind! With the party in full-swing, they quickly joined in with games, dancing and some excellent craft activities. The guys from Sharky and George children’s party entertainers really know how to keep the party energy going, it was non-stop fun and the kids loved it!

There was also the lovely and incredibly talented Snapdragon Facepainting on hand to create some amazing spooky designs. Mia loved having her face decorated, and had so many ideas for designs, but ultimately decided to go for a surprise design! Her face paint looked amazing, and she loved her arm artwork she asked to keep it on until the next morning!

There’s nothing cuter than munchkin pumpkins and all of the little ones had so much fun decorating them with spooky stickers. Joe took his pumpkin decorating very seriously, and covered every little space on the pumpkin with stickers. It is now proudly displayed on our fireplace at home, where as he says ‘everyone can see my Halloween pumpkin art’!

Waking up the day after the party to a trick-or-treat parcel from BEAR was the sweetest way of continuing the Halloween fun. Mia and Joe unwrapped a great selection of craft supplies for decorating pumpkins, and to Mia and Joe’s delight, GLITTER!

After popping down a layer of newspaper on our kitchen table, I gave them complete freedom to glitter it up and make their super sparkly pumpkins, and also some spooky mummy masks to wear…also strongly featuring glitter! The addition of some boxes of yummy BEAR Claws went down very well too with the little ones. It’s especially important for them to enjoy healthy snacks at this time of year, and the tasty Claws fruit and veg shapes make a welcome alternative to other more sugary Halloween treats available.

They had fun arranging the BEAR Claws to make lots of different monsters with the body part fruity pieces. Thankfully none of the monsters were too scary to eat! BEAR Claws are made with 100% pure fruit and are baked into delicious (and not too scary!) monster body part shapes. With no-added nonsense, no added sugars or preservatives they are an excellent healthy option.

All Halloween limited edition packs of BEAR Claws include some cool glow in the dark stickers, perfect for decorating your own litte pumpkins!

How scary can you make your BEAR sticker creations?! Share your spookiest crafts across social media using #ClawsHalloween …woooooo!

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A Special Pirate Dinosaur Themed Birthday Party

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If you follow along with my Instagram account you may have noticed that Joe celebrated a birthday recently…I seem to have been constantly baking this week, so had to share some of the cake photos! Joe may have only just turned three, but he knows his own mind so strongly, and was very clear on exactly the kind of birthday cakes he wanted. One with raspberries and cream cheese, and another party cake with chocolate and dinosaurs! He did also ask for cupcakes for breakfast, but I had to draw the line somewhere, so his birthday breakfast below was a very happy compromise (thanks Pinterest!)

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Joe’s birthday happily coincided with a school inset day and my day off work, so we all went on a trip to the ‘dinosaur museum’ in Oxford. It is one of his favourite places and he loves to race around, looking at all of the dinosaur skeletons and shouting out their names!

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He received a super cape as a gift, and was delighted with it, insisting he wore it around Oxford. A visit to the dinosaur museum dressed as a super-hero was pretty much his perfect day scenario! It was Joe’s choice of lunch after the museum and he requested ice cream, so it had to be the G&Ds cafe on Little Clarendon Street. We balanced out the ice cream with the most delicious bagels, and Mia and Joe persuaded the lovely (and incredibly patient) waitress to make them plain bagels with just cream cheese and cucumber (Joe) and plain sweetcorn (Mia). I can’t imagine that either of their choices would do very well if they featured on the main cafe menu!

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A little after Joe’s actual birthday we held a pirate dinosaur themed garden party, complete with pirate ship, jolly roger and real pirate grog (there were dinosaurs too!). We cooked barbeque food, enjoyed the warm weather and Mia and Joe soaked everyone there with a giant waterpistol Joe had received as a gift!

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The pirate grog was iced tea, which I made with tea, lemon juice and some old-fashioned style shop-bought lemonade. We had lots of empty homebrew beer bottles which were perfect for filling with the ‘grog’. On the morning of the party I just chilled them in a wheelbarrow full of ice, and then at party time the pirate guests could just serve themselves! I also experimented with an alcoholic iced tea by adding a little vodka to the mix (and clearly labelling those bottles, for adult pirates only!)

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A pirate party tablecloth made from brown craft paper and a Sharpie marker. You’ll have to excuse my artistic efforts…pirate ships are difficult to draw!

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Ahoy there pirate Joseph! A slightly grainy photo, as taken from a distance on my phone camera, but I had to capture him on his pirate ship!

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And pirate Phoebe, their lovely little cousin, who has just celebrated her own birthday!

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With all of the party preparations I opted for a fairly straightforward birthday cake! As requested it was very chocolately and there were dinosaurs. I think Joe had ideas of me sculpting a dinosaur out of sugar paste and icing, but I think it’s important to know your limits, and simple is always better! The cake is three layers of devils food cake, sandwiched together with a chocolate ganache and crushed chocolate chip cookie mix. I used the same ganache (with a little more double cream added) to frost the top and sides of the cake, and then topped it with more cookies and of course some dinosaurs.

 

Happy Birthday Super-Pirate-Dinosaur Joe! Wishing you the happiest little year!

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