Until I had kids I regularly indulged in what my husband called ‘gourmet porn’ – glossy food magazines brimming with mouth-watering recipes, sumptuous photography and beautifully styled tables. Then my babies came along and I quickly realised that spending an entire weekend preparing for a dinner party was simply not feasible – my interest in foodie magazines waned. When I finally came through the baby wilderness I reacquainted myself with the epicurean shelf at the newsagents. Donna Hay Magazine quickly became my new favourite – simple, quick recipes using seasonal produce and photographs that make me sigh with pleasure.
Although I always find oodles of recipes suitable for the whole family in the regular Donna Hay Magazine it is the annual Kids’ Magazine that provides sensational ideas to last a year. There are lots of recipes for everyday meals, lunchboxes and for children to attempt on their own but it is the ‘Special Days’ section that will have you finding a permanent place for this magazine on your shelf.
As you’d expect from Donna Hay, the birthday parties featured in the magazine are perfectly styled. The very pretty ‘Garden Tea Party’ includes sweet strawberry jelly set in floral teacups, brownie ‘pops’ dusted in coconut, butterfly cakes and delicate paper tea party decorations.
Turn the page to the bright and bold ‘Mexican Fiesta’ – tasty nachos served in paper boats, fiesta flags circling the room, striped jellies and corn on the cob set the scene for a very jolly party.
Donna Hay’s ‘Space Odyssey’ party is a would-be astronaut’s heaven with jet packs for each guest to wear, a show-stopping Spaceship Smash Cake and an intergalactic take on fairy bread.
Here’s the best bit about Kids’ Magazine parties – virtually everything you see you can make yourself at very little cost. Even better, the materials required can be found at the supermarket, newsagent or, if you want to be a little bit more fancy, at a craft shop. No over-the-top partyware, no elaborate food that doesn’t appeal to kids and no insane outlay of money or time. To top it all off, lots of the decorations are so simple that the kids can make them and be involved in creating their own party. That’s my kind of party.
I highly recommend adding some back issues of Kids’ Magazine to your bookshelf so that you have a multitude of party themes at hand. The Donna Hay Kids’ Magazine is $7.95 and available from newsagents or online from Donna Hay. Back issues are also available from Donna Hay.
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(via Babyccino Kids)