How To Catch A Star

I saw Oliver Jeffers book ‘How To Catch A Star’  in the bookshop on a family visit to the Science museum and I couldn’t resist taking a look inside (OK, I was captivated and stood and read the whole book!)


There is something incredibly powerful about children’s books which are written by an author who illustrates his/her own books or an illustrator who writes their own text. Oliver Jeffers books are truly magical with text and illustration working together to create some wonderful stories, with distinctive illustrations.

How To Catch A Star

‘How To Catch A Star’, is an inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars…

There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together. So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…


We love this book and its messages about hope, perseverance and friendship. The illustrations are beautiful and we’re now on a journey of discovery with other books by Oliver, ‘Lost And Found’ is rapidly becoming a new favourite to join an old friend (and interestingly has a similar theme of hope, perseverance and friendship!)  – but more of that later!

Here are the details for both the paperback edition, and also the board book (a shiny and sturdy alternative, durable and very popular in our house!)…

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007150342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007150342
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007324618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007324613

Eco-Friendly Party Table Ideas

Organising a children’s birthday party, whether at home or at a pre-booked venue, can always be a bit tricky, especially when catering for a larger number of children.

Eco-Friendly Party Table Ideas 

I love this uncomplicated yet visually stunning idea for setting up a table for a children’s eco-friendly party.

Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes and Balloons

The concept is simple, each child has their own individually packed cardboard box (fully recyclable!) with a drink inside and a selection of party nibbles.

If you want to recreate this look then Little Cherry have some great lunch boxes made entirely from recycled paper. Their boxes are sturdy enough to be reused, have a handy carry handle and are completely plain for you to decorate to match your party theme with sticker and ribbons!

The alternate coloured balloons add some creative detail and can be taken home by the children afterwards! Always a bonus! Little Cherry also sell biodegradable balloons and ribbon! Their biodegradable balloons are made from natural latex which biodegrades within about 6 months, they are also traded fairly and have been certified as coming from a sustainable source. Their range of natural ribbon is compostable and dyed using natural dyes.

There is plenty of scope for personalisation and creativity, as this idea would work brilliantly with lots of different colour and party themes.

You can set your table up in this style regardless of whether it’s a trestle table or round table, and an added bonus is there’s less to clear away afterwards and less time needed to actually serve the food.

The birthday cake can still be displayed centre stage for that wow moment, or brought out as a surprise after the food has been eaten!

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