MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Filiokus wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
Happy holidays...
Karin & Sascha. xx

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas from us at Filiokus!
Best wishes for Christmas.
Karin & Sascha.

LITTLIES MAGAZINE

Check out our giveaway in the latest Littlies magazine. Get yourself a copy and don't forget to enter.

GOOD MAGAZINE

Bzzzzzzz.
Check out Filiokus on the front cover of the latest Good magazine.

SUNSMART

As we welcome summer it is a timely reminder to ensure your children have sunhats; the perfect time for being SunSmart and to continue sun protection throughout the summer months.

Filiokus has free postage on all sunhats in November.

For tips and information on how to be sunsmart visit: http://www.sunsmart.org.nz/

Filiokus sunhats are currently stocked at Wellington designer Emma Wallace's delectable nana lounge workroom and shop in Berhampore.

If you haven't yet visited 'emma' and seen her beautiful range of women's wear you have double the incentive to zip over to 476 Adelaide Road - she's open Fridays and Saturday 9am - 4pm. Have a peak at: www.emmacollections.com

Meanwhile - remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap.


LITTLIES

Check out Filiokus in the latest Littlies magazine.

IDEALOG

Check out Filiokus in the latest Idealog magazine.

STRAWBERRY HATS


Wellington Strawberry Festival
Wednesday 4 November
8am - 5pm
Midland Park (Lambton Quay)

Filiokus is proud to support the work of Mary Potter Hospice through the sale of Filiokus strawberry hats. We will donate some of the proceeds from every strawberry hat sold. When you purchase a strawberry hat you are helping people who need hospice support to make the most of life.
Filiokus Strawberry Hats
New Zealand Made in 100% cotton drill. Sizes: S, M & L.
Perfect as a sunhat, gardening hat, to wear to parties, a present for christmas.


Meet for Strawberries at Midland Park.

Delicious juicy spring strawberries served with ice cream and topping for only
$5 per serve.

The Strawberry Festival is all about celebrating life. It's a great opportunity to meet up with friends at Midland Park, enjoy the music, soak up the festival atmosphere and feel good about helping out the Hospice. There will be entertainment on all day.

More than 650 kilograms of the freshest spring strawberries will be trucked to Wellington for the Festival.

This Festival is an opportunity for Wellingtonians to actively support the work of Mary Potter Hospice in the most delicious and decadent way. Mary Potter Hospice is a critical community service, providing care and support to people and families throughout emotionally challenging and vulnerable times.

Please note: Payment by cash only for Strawberries.

Tell your friends!
Sascha & Karin

GO BATTY!

Download this spooky Filiokus Bat, and get the children to cut some out. Stick them to the windows, hang them on a tree, stick them to your letterbox or decorate their bedroom just to give you a few ideas. Happy Halloween!

TRICK OR TREAT!


Halloween - 31 October, in early Celtic Ireland the Celts believed that the first day of November was the start of a new season. They called the last day of Summer, October 31st, “Samhain” pronounced “Souen” which is in fact the Celtic New Year.

The Celts believed all those who died in the past year would return on October 31st to try to possess a live body so they could enter the afterlife. Not wanting to be possessed, all the villagers would extinguish the fires in their houses to make the houses cold an uninviting and, in addition to this, they would dress up in a ghoulish costumes in order to frighten away the spirits. Over a period of time the practice of dressing up as hobgoblins and ghosts took on a more ceremonial role.

The practice of Halloween was taken by the Irish immigrants to America in the 1840’s where the customs were warmly embraced. Here in New Zealand the Halloween celebration is developing more & more.
Sourced from 'essentially food' - October/November 2005

COSTUME
Bat Suit & Hat.
Pumpkin Suit & Hat.
Trick or Treat Bag - free with any purchase over $75.

COLOUR SCHEME
Black, black & more black, pumpkin orange and ghostly white.

INVITATIONS
Use orange card in the shape of a pumpkin.
Spider Web invitation.
Ghost or Bat shaped invitation.
• Don’t forget to ask the guests to dress up.

DECORATIONS
Scary & Spooky.
- Make a sign for your entry 'Haunted House - Enter at your own risk!'
- Anything black or orange - streamers, balloons.
- Tablecloth - Black.
- Use Black plastic plates & cups.
- Black & orange bunting – use material, felt or paper.
- Cobwebs hung from the walls and on the furniture.
- Fill the room with black & orange balloons.
- Cobwebs, Spiders, Skeletons.
- Use candlebras, drape cobwebs from it.
- Scatter spiders, bats and rats on the party table.
- Use a garage or cupboard as a spooky cave.
- Carve a pumpkin into a Jack O’Lantern or draw a face on using a black marker.
- Hang black & orange streamer from the doorways.
- Sparklers are always a hit with older children.



FUN & GAMES
Simple and flexible activities work best.

Bobbing for Apples
An outside game.
Float apples in a large bucket of water. The guests take turns to see how many apples they can retrieve without using their hands.
Have plenty of towels available. Warning - children may get very wet.

Mummies
Divide the children into 2 teams. From each team choose a child to be the ‘mummy’. The mummy must stand still with legs together and arms by their side. Provide each team with several rolls of cheap toilet paper. Have an adult as a time keeper calling the turn changes). Each guest has 1-2 minutes (depending on how many guests) to wrap the mummy in toilet paper. The team who completely wraps the mummy wins. Note - Leave mouth & nose visible.

Blind Man’s Bluff
One child wears a blindfold or scary Halloween mask (make sure they can’t see), they have to try to catch the others as they move around the room or lawn making scary, spooky ghost noises.

Eskimo lolly’s on a string
A great game to play in the garage.
Tie some string between to walls, trees etc. From it hang a row of Eskimo lollys on string. With hands behind their backs, guests must eat the Eskimo lolly. The guest to finish their Eskimo lolly first wins.

Drawing in the dark
Give each guest a sheet of paper and a pencil. Blindfold them or if it is dark turn off the lights. Ask them to draw a spooky house, a bat and a ghost (anything Halloween). Then get them to take of their blindfolds and see what creative artwork they have produced. Display them on the wall or a window.

Slime Surprise
A messy game.
Have 2 buckets of gooey slime with various plastic objects placed in the bucket – spiders, rats, bats, snakes – with some random objects not on the list. Give the guests a list of the items they must retrieve in order. Each guest has a turn retrieving the items on the list – objects must be retrieved in order. The first team to find the objects in order wins.

Slimy Ozzy Glupe
• Large Bowl or bucket.
• Cornflour.
• Water.
• Food colouring.
Mix 2x packets of cornflour, green food colouring and enough water to make the gooey mixture. Combine together.


HALLOWEEN MOVIES

• Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005, rated G)
• Casper (1995, rated PG)
• Monster House (2006, rated PG)
• Ghostbusters (1984, rated PG)

CRAFTY THINGS
Decorate cupcakes.
Make & decorate bats.
Make witches wands or bat wands & decorate.
Make ghosts – use inexpensive white fabric cut into small squares.
Play dough - Make a batch of orange play dough. Set it out on a table with Halloween cookie cutters and wooden dowels for rolling.


PARTY FOOD

American Hotdogs (finger in a bun).
Sausage rolls with tomato sauce (blood).
Popcorn.
Cupcakes with spiders & bats on top (use plastic toys or use sweets).
Cupcakes (pumpkins) - orange icing and green jellybean for stalk.
Draw a pumpkin face on a few large oranges and stick fruit kebabs in it.
Orange & black jellybeans, orange fruitbursts, orange licorice allsorts, false teeth lollies.
Halloween jellies - place snake lollies or plastic spiders etc.
Witches finger biscuts.
Bat biscuts & ghost biscuts (use cookie cutters).
Mummy biscuts - use a gingerbread boy cookie cutter & drizzle with white icing, add eyes.
Ghost Meringues – stick silver balls into the meringues for eyes.
Ghostly strawberry milk - drizzle strawberry topping down the inside of a glass and slowly pour milk into the glass.
Witches brew / Bug juice - lemonade or fanta, ice cream & put in a snake or two.
(Warning - remember to supervise children if using plastic bugs)


CAKE
Ghost cake.
Bat Cake.
Spider Cake.

PARTY FAVORS / GOODIE BAGS
Glue a bat motif onto a bag, plastic cup etc.
Use black & orange curling ribbon.
Small plastic bats, rats, spiders, fangs etc.
Halloween stickers.
Small toffee apples.
Snake lollies & false teeth lollies.
Torch ($2 shop).
Glow Sticks.
Bubbles.
A5 Sheet (laminated) - fun facts about Bats.

Use brown lunch bags with stickers.
Chinese noodle boxes.
Cellophane bags.
Black napkins.
Black paper or plastic cups.

BATS – FUN FACTS
Go Batty!
1) Bats bob up & down and seem to tremble.
2) Bats like to fly over flat open spaces.
3) Bats are the only mammals that can fly!
4) Most bats catch their food while in flight.
5) Their wings are made of thin skin that feels a lot like your eyelid. The skin is spread among five long bony fingers – sort of like a big hand.
6) Bats knees face backward so they can hang upside down.
7) Bats can detect a tiny mosquito as far as 11 feet away.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!

TIPS
(Check out the $2 Shops, Spotlight, The Warehouse, Iko Iko, Craft Shops for invitations, crepe paper, stickers, tattoos, ribbon, appliques, or buttons. Spotlight has a large range of Halloween items in store.)

A Sneak Peak


Here is a wee sneak peak of upcoming gorgeous new designs to be added to the website very soon. We have some fabulous new designs for Halloween, Summer & Christmas.

A FEROCIOUSLY FUN SHARK PARTY
COSTUME
Shark Suit & Hat

COLOUR SCHEME
Sea blue, grey or silver, and white.

INVITATIONS
Make a bite out of your shark invitations! Make an invitation from grey card or paper. Take the invitation card and use a pair of scissors to cut a large, zig-zagged arc across the cover of the card, so that the card looks like it's had a bite taken out of it by a shark. On the inside - write, "You are invited to (Birthday Child) Shark Party! Join us for a bite!", include date, time, place and RSVP information.


DECORATIONS
• Make a sign for your entry "SHARK ZONE - Enter at your own risk!"
• Anything sea blue, grey or silver, and white - streamers, balloons.
• Blue Tablecloth.
• Decorate the table using shells, driftwood, buckets and spades and plastic sharks and sealife.
• Blue plastic plates & cups.
• Blue & Grey bunting – use material, felt or paper.
• A fish pinata.
• Blue fabric or Organza hung from the walls and on the furniture will create an ocean.
• Make seaweed, fish etc.
• Hang strips of streamers in varying lengths from the ceiling using crepe paper or cellophane.
• Fill the room with blue, green and grey/silver balloons.

FUN & GAMES
Simple and flexible activities work best.

Pin the Tail or Fin on the Shark
Play this game just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey
1) Draw, decorate & cut out a shark using board without the tail or fin.
2) Cut a tail or fin for each player.
3) Add double stick tape on the tail/fin pieces to play the game.
4) Who ever is closet wins.

What Time is it Mr. Shark?
A shark twist on a traditional party game! An outdoor game.
One child or adult is "Mr. Shark" (Give the Mr. Shark player a Filiokus Shark hat) who is positioned at one end of the play area with his/her back turned. The other players (the fish) stand at the opposite end. To play the children ask... "What time is it Mr. Shark?" Mr. Shark replies for example, "Three 0'clock". The "fish" will take take three steps towards Mr. Shark. This continues until Mr. Shark changes his reply to "Dinner Time!" he/she turns and runs to try and catch one of the fish. The captured child then becomes Mr. Shark. If the children reach Mr. Shark before he calls dinner time, then the game is played again with the same Mr. Shark.

Flap the Shark
Cut out two shark shapes (about 30cm long) out of single sheets of news paper and arrange the party guests into two evenly matched teams. Give each team a whole rolled up newspaper each. They must then, one at a time flap the shark (by slamming the newspaper down behind the 'shark' moving it along the floor) and over a string line. The next team member has to flap the 'shark' back towards the team over the team line, and so on until all the team have had a go!

SHARK TALE MOVIE
Need some quiet time watch ‘SHARK TALE’ movie.
(Watch while eating fish n chips).

CRAFTY THINGS

Trace sharks, fish and sea creatures onto coloured card and cut out. Get the party guests to decorate with pencils, crayons, sequins and glitter.

PARTY FOOD
Fish n Chips
Fish fingers
Cupcakes with shark fin (cut out fins using a licorice strap)
Blue jellybeans
Blue jelly
Sweets in the shape of fish.

CAKE
1) Bake a cake in a round cake tin, ice the cake with grey with a shark fin. Use silver cachous balls to decorate.
2) Make a regular cake of any size or shape, and cut a "bite" out of it to make it look like a shark bite. Ice a cake in blue and have a shark fin sticking out. Cut a cookie into a triangle, stick it into the cake, and ice it to look like a Shark.
3) Or have a go at making the
wonderful Shark cake below which was made by Jes at Chirky.


PARTY FAVORS/GOODIE BAGS

Small ocean toys, goggles, shark stickers. Include an A5 laminated sheet with fun facts about Sharks. Bucket & spade, beach ball ($2 shop).

Some suggestions below that you can use to put your goodies in.
Use a small beach bucket ($2 shop)
B
rown lunch bags with stickers
Chinese noodle boxes
Cellophane bags
Blue napkins.


SHARK - Fun Facts
1) Many Sharks lose between 8,000 and 20,000 teeth in a lifetime.
2) Some sharks have as many as 3,000 teeth.
3) The bull shark can live in fresh water and is sometimes found in rivers.
4) The spiny dogfish a small species of shark, can live for up to 100 years.
5) The dwarf lantern shark is the smallest shark in the world, is no bigger than a chocolate bar.
6) Because sharks eyes are on the sides of their heads, they can see almost as well behind them as they can in front.

TIPS
(Check out the $2 Shops, Spotlight, The Warehouse, Iko Iko, Craft Shops for invitations, plastic sharks, beach balls, goggles, bucket & spades, crepe paper, stickers, tattoos, ribbon, appliques, or buttons.)

LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD, FLY...
Check out the new Filiokus Fun Stuff page, featuring the Ladybird.

Ladybird - Fun facts.
• In many countries, ladybirds are considered to be good luck.
• When they fly, ladybirds flap their wings 85 times a second.
• Ladybirds don't chew up and down, the way people do. They chew side-to-side.
• The spots on a ladybird fade as the ladybird gets older.
• Ladybirds come in many colours - yellow, orange, pink, and red. Some ladybirds are black with red spots. Some have no spots at all.
• Ladybirds secrete a yellow oil from their leg joints that stinks and tastes bad.
• Birds don't eat ladybirds because their bright colours are a warning that they don't taste good.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FILIOKUS RANGE!
Finally - new additions to the Filiokus range is emerging...


New colours for samples arrived last week - to blend in with our trademark colour range. Introducing pink!
The Butterfly dress in the making.



Welcome to the Filiokus Blog!
Here you’ll find the latest Filiokus news and we’ll keep adding tips on birthday parties, fun things to make and do, things that inspire us and stories that make us smile. Please visit us now and again, and leave us a note when you feel that way inclined!
Karin & Sascha.