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Keep Cool at Summer Parties

Water party gamesSummer’s dizzy heights bring warmth and sunshine; the perfect ingredients for hosting a party outside. They also mean that you’ll need to keep your guests – young and old – cool somehow. Do this with a combination of refreshing drinks, iced treats and water games.


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Make Napkin Bunny Ears

bunny ears cupSimply fold two napkins together for a fun addition to your Easter table. Just wrap round a chocolate egg, tie together with pretty ribbon and hide in each person’s glass, or fold and have poking out of a party cup. Make your bunny ears in a few easy steps…


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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Home-made Bouquet

_MG_2437-EditThis week, a gorgeous DIY project from Christine Leech’s book, Scissors, Paper, Craft. Nothing quite matches the beauty of real flowers but these paper versions of two of her favourite flowers make a quirky and long-lasting bouquet for any bride.  Using a cupcake baking tray ensures the flowers hold their beautiful curved shape.


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Make Heart Paper Chains

heart paper chainsA take on the classic paper chain for Valentine’s Day, an Alice in Wonderland party or simply if you love hearts! These are simple to make at home with the kids and go well with other paper decorations like pompoms and hanging honeycombs. 


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Make Paper Fan Decorations

homemade pinwheelsThese paper decorations look so effective and are really easy to make at home. All you need is coloured craft paper, tissue paper or card, paperclips, glue and string. Hang them at differing heights, in varying shades of the same colour, or bright contrasting tones for a carnival feel.


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Vampire Makeup Video by Antonia Spicer

To complete your Halloween look, the make-up is every bit as important as the fancy dress outfit. Here, make-up artist Antonia Spicer shows us how to create a vampire look in a helpful, step-by-step tutorial.

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Make Lollipop Spiders

spider lolliesOn 31st October, don’t limit the dressing up to the kids. These spookified lollipops are quick, safe and easy to make, don’t require any gluing and look great on a Halloween party table. They’re also an easy way to spruce up sweets to surprise young trick or treaters with.



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Make Decorated Jam Jar Votives

These can be used for storage as well as vases for spring flowers and party cutlery containers, but they’ll look especially lovely illuminating a table at a dinner party. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to make pretty, decorated  jam jar votives, to use again and again. 


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