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Party Tips For Mums And Dads

Here is a quick list of tips for Mums and Dads who are organising a children’s birthday party :

  • Give every child a name badge. Write their christian names in big bold letters ( block capitals are best ) so that they can be easily read. Addressing the children by their names makes them feel more at home and it is better for control because you are speaking to them personally.
  • Don’t forget to bring a lighter or matches for lighting the candles.
  • Consider putting a big sheet on the floor and having the children sit on it whilst eating their party food. Its much easier to gather up the crumbs / mess afterwards if all you have to do is pick up the sheet.
  • Stage manage ” singing happy birthday ” Are you going to have the children sitting at the table or are you going to put the cake on a little table in the middle of the room and have everyone gather round? Decide who is going to take photos / video. Standing on a chair and taking shots looking down can be quite effective.
  • Allocate a place to put cards and presents. If in a hall, put a table at the back of the room for this.
  • Bring some bin liners for rubbish just in case.
  • Buy a cheap balloon pump for inflating balloons.
  • Put balloons outside to help guests find the party.
  • Book a venue with good parking if possible. Avoid venues with limited parking as it makes it difficult for everybody.
  • Avoid venues where the party room or function room is upstairs. Choose somewhere with a room on the ground floor and good access in and out. Why make life difficult for yourself?
  • Bring a CD / MP3 Player / Ipod player with appropriate music. Even if your are having an entertainer, it pays to have a back up.
  • Think about where you are going to put hats and coats.
  • Put chairs / tables out for parents, or decide where you are going to put them during the birthday party.
  • Bring tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits for the adults.
  • If you are having a children’s entertainer make up a little sign requesting parents to talk quietly during the show ( adults can be extremely noisy and become a major distraction spoiling the children’s enjoyment. A polite request for them to be considerate  is perfectly reasonable )
  • Allow plenty of time for setting up.
  • Ring the venue / key holder / manager of the venue before you set off to ensure that the hall / room is unlocked and ready. People do sometimes  forget so it does no harm to check.
  • Make a checklist in advance. Write down everything you need for the party. Have a friend go over it with you in case you have overlooked something. Refer to your checklist on the day.

I hope you find this list useful. Let me know if you think there is anything that could be added.

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Magician’s Lemon Cheescake Recipe Is Magic

Well it’s true, I do know a few magic tricks and some people call me a magician but a chef I am not. On the other hand I do know a good cheesecake when I taste one. The recipe I am sharing with you here is magic so give your taste buds a treat and try it.

How to make lemon cheesecake


Base :

6 oz digestive biscuits

3 oz butter

1 1/2oz demerara sugar

Filling :

397 gms condensed milk

1/2 pint double cream, whipped

2 lemons – juice and zest


Base :

Line a dish with foil

Spread the biscuit mixture, place in fridge to set

Remove foil

Filling :

Bring to the boil slowly

When cool place on biscuit base

Yum Yum, we’re done !

Suitable for freezing

Hope you agree this would make great party food.

Do you like cheesecake?  What’s your favourite?  Have you tried this one?

How To Make Yummy Yummy Chocolate Cookies

Check out this great party food recipe. My Mum loved baking and she wrote down many of her favourite recipes. I have copied this from her hand written notes. We always had great family parties with lots of delicious home cooking. I hope you enjoy these ” yummy yummy ” cookies as much as we did when Mum made them for us.

How to make ” Soft Chocolate Cookies “


4 oz butter

4 oz soft light brown sugar

1 tbspn golden syrup

1 med egg

1 tsp vanilla essence or flavouring

6 oz plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarb of soda

4 oz chocolate – plain / white / milk, chopped into small chunks


Set oven to 190 deg C or Gas 5

Have a baking tray ready

Cream together butter, syrup and sugar

Beat in egg and vanilla with a little of flour

Gently mix in remaining flour and bicarb until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate

Place heaped spoonfuls of mixture onto baking tray, allow room for spreading

Flatten slightly then bake for 10 – 12 mins until cookies are brown underneath and at edges and beginning to brown on top

Cool on wire rack

Cookies become firmer as they cool

Hey Presto!

Try this at your next birthday party or family get together.

I’m on the look out for other recipes to share on my blog. Can you help? Add your recipe in the comment section below.

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Party Food – How To Make A Cake Quick

Here’s another recipe of my Mum’s. Ideal if you are in a hurry and want to make a tasty cake for a party or family gathering.

How to make a Victoria Sandwich


175g butter or marge, softened

175g caster sugar

3 eggs beaten ( size 3 )

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

175g self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 – 4 tablespoons milk


Grease bottom of 21cm round microwave safe dish. Line with paper

In large mixing bowl with mixer at low speed, beat butter / marge and sugar until light and fluffy

into mixer gradually add eggs ( beaten ) and vanilla if liked

Gently fold in flour and baking powder with milk alternately

Mixer should have soft dropping consistency

Spoon half the mix into cake dish

Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2mins

rotate halfway through cooking

It’s cooked when it springs back by touching the top

Leave to stand for 5 mins

Repeat for second half

Decorate as you wish


Not sure what fillings Mum used, I was too busy eating. Any suggestions on fillings and decoration?

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How to make a chocolate cake in four minutes!

Party Food: Quick Chocolate Cake

This was a recipe given to Hazel by my Mum years ago. My Mum was a great cook. If you are having a birthday party, family gathering or just a few friends round and you are pushed for time then try this.


Dry ingredients for a Wacky Cake - ingredients...

Ingredients for a chocolate cake.

4 oz self raising flour

4 oz sugar

4 tablespoons veg oil

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoon cocoa or choc

2 eggs ( size 4 )

What to do

Mix it all together.

Put in the micro wave and cook on full power for 4 mins


You have one very quick, tasty chocolate cake.


Do you know any other really quick recipes for party food ?


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