How To Turn Your Home Into A Fun Space For Your Child’s Birthday Party

How To Turn Your Home Into A Fun Space For Your Child’s Birthday Party

You children aren’t going to be young forever. Pretty soon they will fly the nest, and their youth will be gone. For that reason, it’s vitally important you make the most out of your time together. Birthdays are always going to be special, which is why we thought it might be a good idea to publish a post that gives you some great ideas about transforming your home. While some parents choose to make party bookings at activity centres and the like, that can cost a lot of money. Considering that, we think it’s much better to hold your child’s birthday celebrations at home.

Take a few moments to read through some of the ideas we’ve listed below, and organising the perfect party for your child should become far simpler. We’ve done our best to make things simple for you. The suggestions in this post could help to make your home a much more fun environment for everyone who attends. While you could give their room a makeover for the big day, it’s, usually, better to keep the activities downstairs.

Get lots of party decorations

You might not get too excited by having banners that say, “happy birthday” all over your front door, but your child is guaranteed to love it. You can also get these for the walls inside your home. Perhaps it might be wise to get some streamers and other items too? You see, it’s all about getting them excited about their special occasion.

Design some personalised balloons

While most parents simply purchase a cheap multi-pack of balloons for their child’s birthday party, you could go one step further. Why not get some personalised ones with their name on. You could even have their face put on the balloons if you think they would appreciate it. Ten years ago, you might have had to travel long distances to make that happen. However, thanks to and other similar websites, you can now have them delivered to your door.

Put on a nice spread

There is little point in cooking posh meals for the children attending your party. Most of them will have no interest in sitting down to eat when there are lots of fun activities going on. With that in mind, you should make a buffet so kids can eat as and when they feel like it. Just do some sandwiches and nibbles! Remember though, some children will have different dietary requirements, and so it might be wise to speak with their parents beforehand.

Select a suitable playlist

Most children listen to the radio these days, and so everyone at your party should be familiar with songs that are currently in the charts. Even so, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase a standard party CD. The hokey-cokey never gets old.

As you can clearly see, you have your work cut-out. Arranging a children’s party in your home is going to take a lot of time and careful preparation. However, everything should go to plan, so long as you start work straight away.

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The Lowdown on Home Reports

The Lowdown on Home Reports

Home reports are often confusing for those that are in the middle of buying or selling property. The financial terminology is one thing to get to grips with, but official reports are another. The whole process can be headache inducing. In 2014 and beyond, there is going to be a significant onus on home reports. This is going to be soon being an important part of the property market. You will need to get to grips with this, so that you can ensure that you are armed with all of the facts when you are in the midst of selling your home.


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What you need is a no-nonsense guide that can assist you. Here is the skinny on home reports and why they are so important.

Home Reports 101

Home reports are becoming an integral part of the moving house process. When you are in the middle of selling your home, the last thing you want to be thinking about is surveying and reporting on your property. However, you will not be allowed to advertise the sale of your home without a home report. The importance of this document cannot be stressed enough.

From the Buyers Perspective

As a buyer, you want to know that your money is being spent on a worthwhile product. After all, the buying and selling of property should be treated as an investment. As a buyer of any commodity, you need to know that your cash has not been invested poorly. Customers can rest in the knowledge that home reports are becoming more prevalent within the property market. This means that you can have all of the pertinent information on your investment prior to purchase. This allows buyers to make a sound judgement call before they invest their money.

As a Seller of the Property

Home reports enable people to sell their property in a more robust way. You should be aware that you need to seek out the services of surveyors in order to get this task completed. This is not a job that can be undertaken via the DIY route.

What is Included in a Home Report?

The report includes many factors about the property. It will detail the condition of the property. This will be assessed on the infrastructure as well as the interior and exterior of the property. The report will include information on the market valuation of the house. This is to ensure that the house is, sold at a fair price. What is more, the property will be assessed on its energy efficiency. Detailed Harvey Donaldson and Gibson home reports can be obtained. This is to ensure that your home meets the current criteria.

Important Information on Home Reports

You need to be aware that home reports must not be any older than 12 weeks when the property is advertised for sale. However, they do not have an ‘expiry date.’ It is up to you whether you decide to update them in due course. You are also not obliged to fix the problems that are found within the report. But, they are reported so that potential buyers are aware of any issues.

Treat Your Children To The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover – They Deserve It

Treat Your Children To The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover – They Deserve It

A child’s bedroom is one of the best places to decorate in a home because we can have fun with it. It is one place that we must often redo because as the child grows, so do their interests. It is just a natural part of growing up.

We can have fun in there by thinking back to when we were young and introducing features that we always wanted. There are many DIY chain stores out there that offer fantastic products, so it is easy to find inspiration when we run out of ideas. There are no fixed rules when dealing with a room or children; have fun with the project. Let your imagination fly, and treat your children to the ultimate bedroom makeover. Here are some ideas to help you on your way.

Wallpaper Mural

When we speak about wallpaper murals, it conjures up an image of ducks flying in formation over a green landscape. Modern murals are much more than that. Thanks to the digital age, we can take pictures and view the results on a computer screen. Are you aware that there are companies that will make a mural from your digital photographs? In fact, they will print any image for you. Maybe the kids have a favourite hero or television program. Those characters could adorn one wall in the room. If you find an image, make sure that you have the right to use it. Companies could be fined heavily if they printed a picture that is under copyright.


The beds are the biggest items of furniture in the room. Think about giving them something special. Take some sketches to your local joinery and see if they can make the bed to your specifications. The one in the image is amazing; can you do better? It could be a spaceship or bunk bed bus. The possibilities are endless. You might want to ask the joinery to come up with a matching wardrobe too.

The children will probably have friends to stay overnight at some point, so get a sofa bed from Multiyork or your local outlet. The kids will have somewhere to sit and watch TV in the day, and somewhere for their friends to sleep at night. It is wise to buy one with removable covers too, you know how kids are.


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We spoke about the digital age earlier. You can help your child get ahead in the world of information technology by installing a computer, television, and DVD player in their room. They will be able to talk to their friends online, play games, and stream movies from the internet. Some people shudder at the thought of this idea, but with the correct parental safeguards in place, it is essential to their education. Many children have this equipment already, and your little ones might be at a disadvantage if you do not give them the tools they need.

I think you will agree that you dreamed of such a room as this when you were a child. Living standards improve over the generations, and everyone strives to give their children the things that they never had themselves. Are we spoiling them? That will be the subject of debate for eternity. You must do what feels right; only then can you have a clear conscience.

Create More Space in Your Bedroom With These Secrets

Create More Space in Your Bedroom With These Secrets

Are you a bit of a hoarder and do you find that it is necessary to walk into the bedroom sideways because of all of the stuff you have accumulated? You are not alone; many people suffer with the same problem. This is mainly because we have become a throwaway society that doesn’t throw enough stuff away.

Something must be done about this. A cramped bedroom that has clothes piled up to the ceiling is bad for relaxation and bad for your health. Clothes gather dust and give off fibres that will irritate an asthmatic’s lungs and dirty clothes harbor bacteria that can cause nasty skin conditions.

If you need to create more space in your bedroom, here are a few ideas that you can use to help you reach your goal.

Train Yourself

Unless you change your behavior, this problem cannot be cured. Take a long hard look at yourself and try to identify how and why you let this happen. Some people write out a contract for themselves, sign it, and hang it on the wall in a picture frame. The trick is to convince yourself to work every day at keeping your bedroom clutter free.

Tidy Up

The room has to be sorted and cluttered before any further work can begin. For this process to work, you will need to create three piles of belongings. One is for things to keep, another for things to throw away, and a third for things to go into longer term storage places such as the loft or shed. This method is only as good as the effort and determination you put into it, so be strict on yourself.

More Storage

Now the room has been cluttered it is time to think about new storage solutions. Storage is most commonly addressed by bigger or built in wardrobes. Built in wardrobes are easy to create by using basic DIY skills to build a frame onto which wardrobe doors are fixed. Sliding doors often come in kit form. There is usually lots of wasted space under the bed too. Now, however, beds from Cheapbeds4u and other shops have addressed this by utilising that space.

Raise The Bed

By building an elevated bed, you will create room for a sofa, desk, or any other purpose underneath. The bed does not have to be elevated very high, usually 150cm is plenty to be able to use the space below.

Smart Furniture

You bed probably takes up most of the room you have available. By swapping it for a sofa bed, you create somewhere comfortable to sit in the day, and a place to sleep, all in one. Sofa beds used to be creaky, uncomfortable contraptions but nowadays, thanks to modern methods and materials, it is hard to tell that you are not sleeping on a traditional bed.

Swap Rooms

This may sound silly, but if you have a brother or sister that is open to bribery, see if they will swap with you. It’s worth a try at least.

With a little ingenuity, there are many ways to create more space in your bedroom. Make use of these and think of some of your own. The results are startling.


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Combining your kitchen and dining room

Combining your kitchen and dining room

The combined kitchen/dining room is one of the most popular home improvements around now, and with good reason.

The trend for spending more time at home, which really began with the new millennium and was perpetuated by the later economic recession, is showing no signs of abating. Householders are spending their time and some money on making their homes as comfortable and welcoming as possible. However, the old-fashioned kitchen/dining room divide does not lend itself to home entertaining: somebody always ends up isolated in the kitchen, preparing the food, while the guests wait in an entirely different area: not very sociable. Therefore it is hardly surprising that so many people are blending their kitchen and dining rooms into one big open plan, walk-through space. A light, airy kitchen, combined with an inviting, relaxing dining area, perhaps equipped with an attractive round dining table, is the modern householder’s ‘must have’.

Structural alterations

However, because the kitchen diner is a relatively new phenomenon, many people live in houses or flats that still have the traditional separate cooking and eating/socializing areas. Many have to undertake large-scale structural alterations in order to merge these into a kitchen diner – having to remove a wall or build an extension. Thankfully, recent changes to planning laws have made this much easier – from an administrative point of view at least. As a precaution it is always a good idea to check with the local authority building and planning departments before beginning such work, because there may be issues around party walls, load-bearing walls, building regulations or local conservation laws, that must be sorted out before such major changes are made.


In today’s open plan kitchen diners, guests and hosts can chat as the food is prepared and as they are eating in the same room. After the meal they might linger at the table with a bottle of wine before retiring to the lounge. While this is very convenient, it does mean that the room must be very carefully laid out and equipped. The kitchen diner has to be a utilitarian and a social space, all at once. For many, the easiest way around this problem is to create a series of zones, which can be subtly marked using furniture and spot lighting.

For example, a kitchen island or peninsula can be used to suggest the division between cooking and dining space. The cook can then carry on cooking, without tripping over, or being interrupted by stray guests as he or she does so, but because the room is open plan the cook can still chat away to anyone else present. The kitchen island can also be a source of extra storage space, which is very useful if cupboards and other wall-mounted storage units have been sacrificed in the creation of the open-plan room.


Furniture is often used to mark the social area of the space, as well as to create a sense of style and ambience. A great example is the use of contrasting or brightly colored furniture to draw the eye away from the cooking area and into the social space. Black sofas, for example, will contrast with pale colored walls and units, allowing guests to see immediately where they are able sit and relax. Lighting, too, can mark the practical from the relaxation zones: typically, the cooking area is brightly lit, while the relaxation or dining areas are lit in a more subdued fashion.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is a popular and practical choice of material for the modern kitchen. It imparts a professional look to the space. Cooker hoods and sink units, and particularly splashbacks, look very good in the material and are very easy to keep sparkling clean. Installing stainless steel features is not difficult and if you need to know how to install a stainless steel backsplash sheet there is plenty of advice available online.