Birthdays

A Very Special Birthday

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This is going to be a very short post, just wanted to share with you a fantastic place to hold a kids’ birthday party: Les Ecuries du Rosey in Grilly (France). My little Missy was invited here not long ago and I have to say it was one of the best parties she’s ever been to! As you can see from the photos, this riding club is set in idyllic surroundings, perfect for a […]

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A Ladybird’s Dream

Rêve de Coccinnelle, Divonne-les-Bains. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

If you’re looking for a special birthday present or a good quality wooden toy for your little one, you should try the toy shop Rêve de Coccinelle in Divonne-les-Bains. Yes, it is small but it’s such a treasure trove of wonderful educational toys that you will certainly find something unique and different. Laurence, the shop owner, is fantastic: she will take time to understand what you have in mind and show you what […]

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Spring Birthday Ideas

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Are you planning a spring/summer birthday party for your children and don’t fancy the idea of the little munchkins spending the entire party indoors when they could be enjoying the glorious outdoors we’re so lucky to have on our doorstep? My little monsters have been invited to some fab parties lately and that gave us the opportunity to check out some new birthday locations, mostly outdoors and with a stellar […]

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Les Tentations de Camille

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It’s true that the best things in life are sweet and, once you’ve set eyes on Camille’s spectacular creations, you’ll know they’re beautiful too. A young cake designer from Geneva, Camille can turn sugar paste into the most delicate, perfect creations – not to mention great character cakes and cupcakes for little ones. But don’t just take our words for it, these pics can prove she means sweet business! A […]

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Forestland

The bouncy castles at Forestland, Divonne-les-Bains. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

A classic family haunt facing the Lac de Divonne, Forestland might be nothing new under the sun for many expats living in the area but the family and I spent such a great afternoon there last Sunday that I thought a few pics were in order. As well as their usual attractions & accrobranche tree-climbing courses, Forestland have recently added a new outdoor laser game and a play area with 5 bouncy castles – and […]

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A Ribambelle Birthday

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Last week we celebrated my middle son’s birthday and – for the second year in a row – we booked our favourite party venue: La Ribambelle in Nyon (VD). This is such a fantastic place to hold a young child’s birthday (and very honestly priced too) that I just had to share some pictures here – I know it is very popular and very well known but just in case some of […]

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Indoor Playcentres

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Considering we still have so many rainy days ahead of us, I reckoned a post about indoor play centres could come in handy. Last Sunday we took the little monsters to the Vitam’Migros Leisure Centre in Neydens (France) to burn off some of that boundless excess energy and I took some photos to share with you here. On this occasion, we opted for a run around in the Vitam’Ludic play area and laser […]

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It’s a CrocO’deal

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I might be late to the party but CrocO’deal Coffee in Divonne-les-Bains is such a fab child-friendly haven that I can’t resist blogging about it…better late than ever is what I say! If you haven’t been yet, make sure you pop round for a cup of coffee or one of their upcoming activities such as creative workshops, story-time in French, Bébé gym, Zumba or dance classes. Owner Jennifer Letellier opened CrocO’deal Coffee in July 2013: […]

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More Birthday Tips

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My middle son’s birthday is coming up soon (panic!) and this means I’ve been going through all the possible party options I knew of, as well as researching some more. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Vitam’Ludic in Neydens (France) offers a wide range of birthday party packages, so I thought it would be useful to share the info here.  Packages start at 15 Euros per child but you can add some […]

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Cool Party Kits

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Is your child’s birthday coming up soon? Are you thinking of organizing the party yourself, maybe at home or in your village hall but you’d love to find something that will make it very special (without losing your marbles?). If so, Cool Party might be exactly what you’re looking for. Founded in January 2013 by Nadine & Bertha, two mums who met during their children’s football practice, Cool Party offers a series of fab […]

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It’s Party Time!

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A few weeks ago my middle son was invited to a birthday party at Yatouland in Geneva. With 3 kids, I am always looking for new ideas of where to hold birthday parties so I imagine other expat parents might be in the same situation. If you’ve never been to a birthday party at Yatouland but would like to know what it’s like, here’s some photos I took whilst surrounded by a swarm […]

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Paper & Party Love

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A huge welcome to our new expat mumpreneur Carla Rippstein, founder of stationery website Paper & Party Love. Just take a look at her gorgeous birthday decorations, party supplies & printables and start dreaming about your next fabulous bash. Whether it’s a special occasion for mum & dad or a child’s birthday, Carla’s designs will inspire you: believe you me, her children’s ranges are truly fun and adorable!     We […]

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Mini Chefs in Coppet

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A huge thank you to South African expat Tamryn Gernandt, founder of Mini Chefs in Coppet for contributing this article about how she set up and developed her business. If you’re looking for fun cookery classes or unique party ideas for your little ones, read Tamryn’s article to find out more about her and Mini Chefs in Coppet !     How I set up Mini Chefs I founded Mini Chefs in 2010. What began […]

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Swiss Museum of Games

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Housed in a beautiful 13th century castle and surrounded by an outdoor games trail as well as a fab playground, the Musée Suisse du Jeu is one of the best child-friendly museums in Switzerland & definitely one of our favourites.     The Musée Suisse du Jeu is located in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) about one-hour’s drive from Geneva, right on the picturesque shores of Lake Léman and just a short walk from the Alimentarium in Vevey, so […]

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It’s Party Time!

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Although we’ve already blogged about planning your little one’s birthday party, when we came across the fab services offered by Swiss mumpreneur Sylvie’s company Party-Kids.ch we couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! Sylvie is a graduate from the Lausanne Hospitality Management School, a specialist in communication, an actress but most importantly a mum who’s passionate about theater, cooking, travelling… Enthusiastic, dynamic & full of creativity, she loves sharing her ideas for the best kids’ parties. Party-Kids.ch is based in Rolle […]

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The Alimentarium in Vevey

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The Alimentarium in Vevey (VD) is one of the best days-out we’ve had with our 3 munchkins this winter. Only one-hour’s drive from Geneva, a family outing to Vevey is a great option on a Sunday: the Alimentarium is open from 10am to 6pm and – after your visit – you can take a stroll to enjoy the superb views over Lake Léman and the mountains. However wonky, a snap of Swiss […]

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Genevacakes Giveaway !

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Read the story behind the launch of Genevacakes, which has been kindly contributed by expat mum and founder Ana Moraleda, and take part in our fabulous Genevacakes giveaway ! ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** One lucky winner will gain a place on a “Fondant cake decoration workshop” (value 360CHF, course duration 6 hours – the prize cannot be exchanged for the cash equivalent or for an alternative […]

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Find a Book, Find a Treasure

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I can never walk past a bookshop without having a quick look inside and, since becoming a mum, I’ve been able to indulge my love of books and retro designs even more. There’s definitely no bigger fan of “The Tiger Who Came To Tea” in this universe than yours truly. On a recent trip to France, I came across the Caroline books series by French cartoonist Pierre Probst and fell in love with […]

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Birthday Planning Tips

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At one point or another, we’ve all been thrown into a frenzy by the scary prospect of having to organize our child’s birthday party. The list of questions in our minds becomes endless: have the party at home or find a location where everything will be taken care of ? Invite the whole class or just a few close friends ? Where to find a nice decorated cake and cupcakes the little ones will […]

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She’s Toute Sweet !

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Here at Geneva Family Diaries our eyes are definitely bigger than our tums, so we might be forgiven if – with so many exceptional Master Bakers in our expat community – we find it really hard to resist the temptation to mention them all…   US expat Nikki is as sweet as her culinary masterpieces and the name of her baking business: Toute Sweet, couldn’t be more appropriate ! So if you’d like to […]

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My Daughter’s Vintage Birthday Party

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When I was small and living in France, all birthday parties took place at home. So when the time came for my daughter’s 7th birthday and considering we were on a budget, living in a flat and unprepared to pay for a hall and entertainers – I searched my memory for clues to a successful home celebration. My daughter was up to it and happy to invite only her three best […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Marta

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We all know that moving to a different country is not always easy, especially if you’re leaving behind friends, family and a job you loved. An expatriate experience, however, could be the perfect opportunity to take stock and follow a dream you’ve always had such as, for example, setting up your own business. There are many talented expat mums in Switzerland who’ve done just that and we at Geneva Family […]

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Kings of the Castle

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The Musée national suisse at the Château de Prangins is one of our favourites. Located just a few minutes outside of Nyon, this 18th century castle overlooking Lake Léman is surrounded by exquisite gardens and hosts one of the Swiss National Museums. We’ve been there many times with the children because it’s one of the most interactive and kid-friendly museums in the area, and also for some fun birthday parties that the children had […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Creepy Crawlies ?

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On Sunday I took my pretend children to the Vivarium de Meyrin. When I say “pretend children” I don’t mean imaginary ones, who live inside my head. These two lovely little ladies do exist, they’re just not mine, but I love to spend time with them and I think I might even be their favourite godmother !   One of the first rainy Sundays of the changing season was the perfect […]

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