Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas Party Clinic

Good morning, I hope you are all well on this windy Wednesday.  Today I would like to open up the Party Clinic again to help you all with your Christmas party and family get together dilemmas.  The Les Enfants team are here to help you all with your festive celebrations.  So if you want new ideas for party games for all the family or quick and easy decoration ideas or party food suggestions for young and more mature taste palettes I am sure we can help.




All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post and I will post the answers next Wednesday. 

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Zoe
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Monday, 28 November 2011

The Little Ark - Giveaway Winner


The numbers have been put into the random number generator and drum roll please............



The winner of the Ronald the Rabbit chair from The Little Ark is..............


Comment number 26...........Emily


Congratulations Emily, please can you email me zoe@lesenfants.co.uk  with your address and I will arrange for The Little Ark to contact you regarding delivery.


Don't worry if you didn't win this time, we have some fabulous prizes in our Advent Calendar which starts on Thursday!

See you all soon,
Zoe
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Countdown to Christmas - Letter to Santa

Good morning, I hope you all had a fab weekend.  The excitement is starting to mount in my house as it gets closer to starting advent calendars and now less than four weeks until the big day! Yesterday I sat with my daughters to write their letters to Santa and will be popping by the post office for stamps to ensure these Christmas wishes reach the North Pole in plenty of time.  Have you written your letters yet?  Here are some great sets to help make it even more special.



Santa Wish List  from Mrs L Cards



Letter to Santa from Three Little Monkeys Studio



Printable Santa Letter Set from The CreativiDee Workshop


Letter to Santa Kit from John Lewis


There are also some great free printables available or maybe your child would like to just write a letter and draw a picture to send to Santa.  My daughters like to send him pictures aswell to 'cheer him up as he's working so hard'.   Just remember to send your letters before 14 December to get a reply from the North Pole.

Santa
Santa's Workshop
Reindeerland
SAN TA1




Did you enter giveaway to win a Ronald the Rabbit chair from The Little Ark? Check back later today to find out if you have won. 

See you all later,
Zoe
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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Real Party - Fairy Party

Good morning, I hope you are all well.  Today I am thrilled to be sharing a real party with one of my favourite themes, fairies.  Alison of Alison Lawson Cakes created this fabulous party for a friend recently and as a mother of three boys she was more than willing to indulge in the fairy theme and of course the pink palette. I will now hand over to Alison to share the party with you.




A bit about me I am married to James. Before having my three beautiful boys (Fergus -5, Harry - 3 and Tommy - 1) I worked as a Primary school teacher. Now, I work part-time from home designing cakes and parties, whilst looking after my gorgeous husband and little boys.

Party Details Theme – Fairy Frolic!



Decorations We kept things rather simple. The key decoration here was the ‘Fairy Garden’ dessert table. We did use pink and white balloons in the house, which looked lovely. I also sourced a gorgeous bunch of pink blossom (the perfect pink) from my friend Camilla’s garden – looked lovely in a vase with the party favour boxes.

Food/drink



Fairy Dust Marshmallow Pops
Marshmallows on sticks dipped in white chocolate and covered in pale pink glitzy sugar dust!



Tinkerbell Cookie Wands Vanilla Shortbread star shaped Cookie Wands iced in pink fondant. Dusted with pink shimmer ‘fairy’ dust! Tied off with gorgeous ribbon!
(Presented standing on a white box)



Make –a-wish Cupcakes
Vanilla cupcakes iced with a vanilla swirl. Personalised cupcake toppers in the colour palette to match invitation. (Designs include fairy picture, fairy castle picture, 3, Happy Birthday and Georgeous Georgie!)



Fairy Bread (essential at any fair dinkum’ fairy party!)
Fairy Bread cut into the shape of flower blossoms
 



Georgie-corn Popcorn in white paper cones. (Presented standing in a white box)

 

Fairy Nectar and Pink Fairy Nectar Little recycled bottles filled with water or and pink lemonade. Gorgeous pink and white paper straws.

Magical Strawberries
Fresh strawberries on sticks dipped in white chocolate. (presented standing in a white box)

Fairy Garden RollsNo party is complete without sausage rolls!



Favours I used gorgeous pink and white striped Sambellina brand favour boxes. Inside the boxes – gorgeous vanilla cookie wand with pale pink star tied off with ribbon, bottle of fairy crystals, pink musk sticks and a personalised chocolate bar.



DIY Projects All of the printables for cupcake toppers, chocolate label, dessert table labels with a bit of help from my sis. I am getting better at this though, and intend on doing the next design myself!



Vendor Credits
Cake, printables, cookies and party food – Alison Lawson Cakes – www.facebook.com/alisonlawsoncakes
Photography – Alison Lawson
Sweet Style - Party bags, lolly jars, green and white spotted cupcake cases, pink and white spotted plates. Www.sweetstyle.com.au


Thank you so much for looking, and I hope you enjoyed my little ‘fairy’ adventure.


Wow this is such a cute party.  It has also made me very hungry and I would now love some fairy bread!  I love hte mix of green and pink, which suggests little fairy houses on the woods.

Have you created a party for your own children or for a friend? I would love to share it here on the blog.  Please send me an email zoe@lesenfants.co.uk with details of the party and a selection of images.  I look forward to hearing from you.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,
Zoe
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Countdown to Christmas - Advent Calendars

Good morning, can you believe it is now only eight days until our children can start the proper countdown to Christmas?  We have a tradition in our house to make an advent calendar and we try something different every year.  This year we are inspired by the Maileg calendar with little stockings, bags & envelopes and with the help of my daughters I hope to make our own version.


There are some fabulous advent calendars available that are a far cry from the licensed character ones filled with horrid chocolate.  Many you can fill yourself with little treats for your children, so I would make sure you buy yummy chocolates and treats incase you need a little advent treat too!



Personalised Christmas Advent Calendar from Tillie Mint



Advent Calendar from Dots & Spots



Advent Calendar Peg Rail from Folly & Glee


Advent Village from The Contemporary Home


Perhaps you would like to have a try at making your own advent calendar but prefer a kit or maybe your children love colouring, so would love the advent calendar from Usbourne.



Make Your Own Advent Calendar from Buttonbag at John Lewis



Advent Calendar to Colour at John Lewis

Maybe this year you would like to try making your own advent calendar?   Several matchboxes decorated with pretty paper or painted each with their own number makes a good advent calendar.  Or try making your own crackers using cardboard tubes wrapped in crepe or wrapping paper, numbered 1-24 and neatly crisscrossed to make a small stack.  Another idea is to make a twenty four little stockings, from felt or fabric, numbered 1-24 and hung from a line of bakers twine.   Here are a few more ideas for you to try!



Baby sock advent calendar from Martha Stewart



Stocking Advent Calendar from Canadian Living



Papercone Advent Calendar from Hi Sugarplum


I would love to know if you make your own advent calendars just like I do with my children.  Let me know in the comments below! Also if you try any of the ideas to make your own please share some photos with us via email or on our Facebook page.

Have a lovely day,
Zoe
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Monday, 21 November 2011

Baby Shower Inspiration

Good morning, I hope you all had a good weekend and lots of fun if you were hosting or attending a party.  As promised today I will share some ideas for putting together a baby shower.  This type of party is still a relatively new idea here in the UK so I have found supplies for a baby shower to be quite limited.  But fear not a little imagination and a search on Etsy have drawn some stylish ideas for hosting a baby shower.



Gorgeous baby shower stationery & printable from Etsy designers.


Perhaps the planning will be easy as the mum to be already knows if it's a pink or blue baby but if you don't know yellow seems to be a popular colour theme.  Another popular choice is to have an afternoon tea party, just like the parties shared by Samantha from Tea Party here on Friday.  This is a lovely theme for a baby shower as the it offers stylish indulgence for the mother to be and her guests.  A tea party can easily be hosted in your own home or garden, just as most baby shower themes could. 



Cakes & vintage crockery are a must for afternoon tea!


Just as any party, decorations can make a stylish addition to the venue and you could really have some fun with tiny baby bootees used to hold placenames, banners made from babygro shapes or building blocks decorated with pretty papers as a centrepiece.





A few fun games can add to the fun at a baby shower.  Maybe have baby photographs of all the guests and see who can get the most correct matches.  I love this idea I found on Etsy for playing Baby Shower Bingo!




I think the most important thing to remember is that this party is to spoil the mother to be, indulge her with delicious food, fun and gifts.

Have a fab start to the week,
Zoe
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Friday, 18 November 2011

Real Party - Baby Shower

Another week seems to have zoomed by and I am sure you are all looking forward to the weekend.  Today I have a real party that is a little different to our normal features.  Baby showers are proving more popular here in the UK and there are some lovely venues that specialise in tea parties for baby showers.  The real party for today is from a lovely venue in London that is perfect for holding a baby shower.  Tea Party specialise as the name suggests in tea parties in their private tea room in Finchley.  I will now let Samantha, the owner of Tea Party, tell you a little more about baby showers in her tea room. 



Tea Party loves holding Baby Showers at it’s pretty pink private tea party venue. It’s really girlie so mum’s to be find it a super choice for their celebrations. Bit like a Hen Party, it’s mostly arranged by friend’s, but sometimes the lady herself.




Having afternoon tea can be themed pink or blue, pink & blue and yellow gets a big mention too...we do try to accommodate any special requirements & tastes.





There are always gifts to be opened – my favourite bit...I love to see everything being opened and baby games are played too. I just can’t believe how inventive some people are, I’ve picked up some great ideas along the way, so people are can ask my advice. 




Guests are also able to bring their own bubbly, but generally the ice cool lemonade is enough and are the mountains of dainty & delectable finger sandwiches...a real tea party feast!


Thank you Samantha, it looks like a very beautiful venue. I am now hungry having been looking at all this delicious food! 

Please join me back here on Monday and I will share some ideas for styling your very own baby shower.  Don't forget to share your own baby showers with me zoe@lesenfants.co.uk

Have a fantastic weekend

Zoe
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Real Party - Minnie Mouse

Good Morning! I hope this post finds you all warm and well, it's certainly turned chilly here. Today I am delighted to share with you a party from the Les Enfants team.  Charlotte has been very busy and I was concerned she may see pink spots before her eyes whilst preparing this Minnie Mouse party.



 
Pink was the main colour for this party, in two different shades.

 


 
Stripey paper straws and pink and white cups add to the impact of the pretty table.


 
The tissue paper pompoms make great centrepieces sat in cups on top of a wide satin ribbon.

 

 
White paper napkins were wrapped in a strip of spotty paper and topped with a spotty flower and Minnie Mouse silhouette.

 

 
Each of the tiny white chairs were decorated with a Minnie flower.

 

 
I love these spotty balloons!

 
Charlotte used printables from Photo Designz on Etsy and then created everything else herself.  Aren't we lucky to have such a creative team member!  The children had a wonderful time, most importantly the birthday girl.
Have you created a Minnie Mouse party recently? Be sure to share a link below.  If you would like the Les Enfants team to create a fabulous Minnie Mouse party for your child please email the office info@lesenfants.co.uk

Enjoy your day!

Zoe
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