Posted in Christmas, Family, Shopping

Advent Calendars for all the Family!

Advent calendars do not have to be just for the kids!  This Christmas why not treat the whole household to a ‘countdown’ to remember!  Here’s a whole bunch The Penny Fairy has found online at Amazon to inspire you!

For the kids

For the adults

For the animals

Check online for the current deals, Boots have quite a few options on 3 for 2 and Amazon quite often put some of offer.  Keep your eyes peeled and snap up a bargain, or two!


Posted in Christmas, Family, Price Comparison, Shopping

Toy Kitchens – Christmas Shopping Countdown!

It may only be October, but panic buying season will soon be in full swing!  Over the coming weeks The Penny Fairy will be posting ideas to help you in your festive quest in buying the perfect present for your loved ones.

Week 1:  For your little bakers…..toy kitchens!

Duktig_IkeaDuktig Play Kitchen – Only £59 @ Ikea

This great value wooden kitchen has a light up hob and adjustable legs, so it can grow with your little ones!  Genius!

The simple design fits into any home decor, and the ‘cupboards’ on the bottom are ideal for storage of play food when not in use.


retro elcRetro Diner Kitchen – RRP £160, currently £80 @ Early Learning Centre

With a 50% saving at time of publishing this page, this is a great pre-christmas saving.  The cool retro design will be the envy of all their friends, and maybe the adults too 😉


little tikes food truckLittle Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck – RRP £149.99, currently £129.99 @ Smyths Toys

If you are looking for something different, maybe wanting to keep more than one child entertained, why not buy a food truck!  Not only can they pretend to cook, they can also sell and drive!  More like 3-in-1, rather than 2-in-1.

Currently on offer this is selling fast, with reservations being taken for next stock delivery, so you may need to be quick if this is going under your christmas tree.

Chad ValleyChad Valley Deluxe Large Wooden Kitchen £74.99 @ Argos

Equipped with a fridge, freezer and a chalkboard this stylish silver kitchen has it all going on.   Sit back and relax on Boxing Day whilst your little homemakers busy themselves with all the ‘kitchen duties’.


George @AsdaGeorge Home Wooden Deluxe Kitchen RRP £40, currently £32 @Asda

It might be the cheapest wooden kitchen The Penny Fairy could find online, but it is certainly doesn’t disappoint.  The simple, neutral colours makes it ideal for boys and girls.


There are obviously lots more to find online and in stores, hopefully our small selection above may give you some inspiration when choosing!

Until next time… PFx


Posted in Entertaining Friends, Night In, Party Games

Host your own Murder Mystery Party

It may start with giggles and a little bit of awkwardness, but in no time at all everyone will be in the ‘murder zone’ and the competition will start heating up!

Holding your own murder party can be anything from a simple game of Cluedo to a full on fancy dress, scripted affair!  What format will you choose?  Will you go for a modern day or an historical setting and will it be ‘traditional’ or ‘technical’? The choice is endless, and we reckon you will be putting the next event in your diary before you have found out ‘who-dunit’ at your first party.

Pre-Planned Dinner Party Games

A quick search on Amazon found a company selling a huge array of dinner party games for only £20!  Subjects include, Roaring 20s, Disco, Christmas, Garden Party, Murder at the Manor, to name just a few.

Tins come fully equipped with character sheets, party invitations, evidence sheets, questions and most importantly, instructions!

Check them out, the company is called Murder Mystery Flexi Party.

murder mystery

Buy online, download and play!

There are loads of companies online that have a choice of games and themes customised depending upon the number of players participating.  They hugely vary in cost to fit your budget, with a whole host of additional add-ons.

The Penny Fairy found had lots of options to choose from, and from reading online seems easy to buy and download.

If you have any recommendations on how to use, we’d love to hear from you.

Push the boat out – Hire a Theatrical Group

If you have a special celebration or a large event coming up, you may be looking for something a little more ‘wow’.  Why not hire a theatrical group to come to your venue and entertain you for the evening.

Browsing online will turn up options in your local area.  The Penny Fairy can recommend a company called ‘Company Upfront‘, having attended a couple of their events.  Utterly spectacular, and most importantly very entertaining!

Raid your cupboard

If all else fails…grab the old faithful, Cluedo.  Sometimes the old classics are the best!