Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Party Inspiration - Rainbows

Hello and welcome to what is going to be a bright day here on the blog.  Bold, bright colours are popular for the our wardrobes this spring and summer if the catwalks are to be believed and there is a trend for bright chevron stripes within the party and interiors worlds.  So today I am going to share some inspiration for a rainbow themed party.  These bold rainbows remind me of my roller boots when I was younger, I had little rainbows on the sides of my boots and I thought they were the coolest thing ever. 


Invitations



Love these bright rainbow invitations from Katy Jane Designs


Colourful rainbow invitations from Paiges of Style



Fun personalised rainbow invitations from Tambo Creations



On trend chevron rainbow stripe invitations from Modern Beautiful


Decorations



Rainbow paper party decorations from Pearl & Earl



This garlnad is fab and the full tutorial can be found on Design Mom



The rainbow table skirt could also be made with crepe paper.
Idea from Birds Party




Rainbow labels and tags available from Tom Kat Studio


Party Dresses



Rainbow striped dress from Best Little Dresses



Rainbow bright tutu from The Apricot Tree



Rainbow dress from Pecan Sandies


Cakes & Party Food



This looks incredible but I am guessing patience in creating it are required!
Tutorial on One Charming Party



Rainbow Ice Lollies from The Family Kitchen



Rainbow Jelly Wedges from Quick Dish



Rainbow Pancakes with Fruit Kebabs from Quick Dish


Have you hosted a rainbow themed party? I would love to share it here on the blog.

Have a bright and colourful day everyone
Zoe
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Monday, 27 February 2012

Love Letters From Jonny's Sister

Good morning, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  My daughters party was a sucess although very noisy & I'm also pleased to report my vintage teaset is still in one piece!  Did you host a party this weekend? I hope it was lots of fun. 


I have seen a growing trend over the past year especially, for personalised products, whether for gifts or interiors, parties or t-shirts, there are some gorgeous products that can share a  persons name or say something special.  Jonny's Sister are renowned for their Love Letters, fabulous letter cushions in many sizes.   Imagine spelling out Happy Birthday in cushions at your childs next party! Or maybe their letter soaps would make the perfect party favour?



Jonny's Sister is nestled in the rolling hills of the Dorset and Somerset borders and all their cushions are made by local seamstresses.  After relocating from London, Jonny's Sister, aka Jane Field, decided to unleash her closet entreprenuer and seeing a gap she designed the Love Letters cushions.  Since those initial designs there are now many other products in the Jonny's Sister collections, with many products still being a single capital letter. 

Vanilla & Poppy Seed Letter Soap

Aswell as the famed Love Letter cushions Jonny's Sister also have soap, bunting, wooden letters, linen hearts and much much more.  So why not make a cup of tea and have a browse as I am sure their Love Letters will find a place in your heart and home.


Enjoy the start of a new week, I hope it has lot's of great things instore for you all.
Zoe
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Friday, 24 February 2012

Online Party Styling

Good morning! I am incredibly glad it is friday and the weekend is almost here. Tomorrow I will be hosting a vintage tea party for my eldest daughters eleventh birthday and she has had alot of fun helping with the planning.  I will try to get some lovely photos to share with you all next week.


Les Enfants Dessert Table


Today I am very excited to share with you a brand new service from Les Enfants.  We understand that sometimes time is limited and planning a party maybe fun but searching for ideas and inspiration is just not possible. So we are here to help and are now able to offer Online Party Styling.  We have a selection of packages to help you with your party planning, whether you need some inspriation for invitations, ideas for creating a dessert table or need help with inspiration for the whole party, we are here to help you. 

For more information or to book this fantastic new service please email info@lesenfants.co.uk with Online Party Styling in the title. 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend
Zoe
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

DIY Surprise Lantern

Morning, I hope you are all having a fab week.  Today I have found another great idea for a diy decoration.  I think this Suprise Lantern would make a great alternative to a pinata if you don't want your little guests to have lots of sweets.  So head on over to Oh Happy Day for the full tutorial and surprise your guests with a sprinkling of colourful tissue paper rain.




Be sure to share your photos with us if you make this Surprise Lantern over on our Facebook page.
Have a great day
Zoe
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Monday, 20 February 2012

Real Party - Poppy's Naming Day & First Brithday

Good morning, I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.  This morning I have an adorable real party to share with you.  Charley of Cherry Pie Lane contacted me recently to share her beautiful baby girls Naming Day that was also her first birthday party.  I will now let Charley share Poppy's special day with you.



After speaking to a friend who had combined her daughter’s naming day and first birthday, I figured we’d do the same. It makes the whole thing much more of an occasion and I guess cuts the costs/planning time (to some extent!). I knew I wanted to do something for Poppy, but a Christening just wasn’t the way we wanted to go, so a naming ceremony held everything we wanted. After lots of research and venue hunting, we got planning and sent the invites out – these set the red, largely poppy based theme that we used.
Poppy’s Birthday was actually the 30th December, but as the poor girl already has Christmas shadowing her day, we thought we’d move her party to the 21st January. We live in Berkshire and are covered by the Bracknell Forest Registrars. They have a variety of locations in which the naming ceremony can be held – we picked the Syrett Suite in Easthampstead Park.

The ceremony was fab, not too long and covered all the promises that you would expect to hear from us as parents and from her chosen guide parents. We had one of my all time fave photographer buddies, Sassy from Assassynation, come and take the photographs for us & I’m sooooo glad we did. Not only are the photos amazing, but it meant that we didn’t have to worry about catching pictures ourselves.



After the ceremony, we chose to go to a venue that we had hired a little closer to our home – another good call here, judging by the amount of times I had to walk up and down the road to fetch things I had forgotten! Being a bit of a control freak, I had wanted to do as much of the work as I possibly could.

I chose to hire a fab florist, Jay Archer (really, seriously fab & such a great help with the tables too!), as I know that that is definitely one area I suck at!! Jay was in charge of some beautiful table dressing – a fabulous wreath made using red anemones (as a fantastic alternative to Poppies) and some gorgeous, rustic ivy, raffia and wax flower garlands. I made up some white glazed letters, to hang into the ivy, to spell out ‘let them eat cake’. I have since dried some of the wax flower bunches and anemone heads to use in a shadow box frame for Poppy.


The one venture I made into floristry was making the jam jar vases. I was so pleased with how they turned out, so simple & cheap, but they actually looked pretty cool! I collected a whole bunch of jam jars, grabbed up some cheapy flowers from the supermarket and trimmed them to fit the jars. I then filled the jars with water and added glitter and sequins. They caught the light beautifully too.


I tried to make the centre of the reception a bit of a tea party and so I planned to have the food and drink tables as the main attraction. I originally wanted to have 4 main tables; 1 for drinks, 1 for savoury food, 1 for desserts and 1 for the sweets. I ended up having 3 as the desserts and sweets all fitted on to one table, plus time somewhat dictated how much we could actually get done!

The drinks table was adorned with a ‘Drink Me’ garland, which was strung to hang, but looked equally nice laid in front of the glasses. I also made up a series of ceramic labels for the drinks jugs so that people could easily see what was in each container.



The main food table was laid out with meats, cheeses, salads and bread – I crazily did all of the catering myself too... who needs sleep?! The gorgeous vintage crockery and cutlery used is all from my own collection, which I have been building out of newly acquired pieces and other bits handed down from my Grandparents. I also made a ceramic ‘Eat Me’ garland which ran along the front of the table.



The sweet table came together quite nicely, with the cake as the centrepiece. I made the cake, which was triple chocolate, iced with chocolate butter cream and covered with chocolate fingers, caramel truffles and butterscotch discs. I then layered fresh raspberries on each tier and added in some stunning red sugar paste poppies made by Helen of Cat’s Whiskers. I finished it all off with a dusting of gorgeous holographic red edible glitter – this really sparkled!



The cake was surrounded by heaps of cupcakes and vintage china & silverware filled with various sweets. I made a load of banoffee cupcakes, which vanished before we could grab a photo! One of my very lovely friends & also now one of Poppy’s guide parents, made some fabulous cupcakes decorated with gorgeous red poppies and sprinkles.





Whilst the adults stuffed their faces and filled bags with sweets, the children got on and played with toys, tunnels & ride ons. These were put together out of our toy collection and that of another very good friend and guide parent to Pops!



After lots of stress, no sleep and heaps of worrying, I *think* and hope that it all went well and that people had a nice day – looking back at Sassy’s fab photos brings a big smile to my face anyhow!

Links:
Photography: Assassynation – www.assassynation.co.uk
Ceramic Signs & Details: Cherry Pie Lane – www.cherrypielane.co.uk
Floral Wreath and Garlands: Jay Archer Floral Design – www.jayarcherfloraldesign.com
Sugar Poppies: Cat’s Whiskers Cake Design – www.catswhiskerscakedesign.co.uk
Ceremony Venue: Easthampstead Park - www.eastpark.co.uk
Ceremony Registrars: Bracknell Forest Registrars - www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/liv-naming-ceremony.htm
Reception Venue: St George’s Parish Church - www.achurchnearyou.com/owlsmoor-parish-church

Wow, this is a fabulous party and the details are fantastic.  I love Charlie's ceramic signs, they make a gorgeous addition to the party decor.  Charlie, I think you deserve a medal for doing so much of hte catering yourself, especially when looking after a one year old and running your own business!  It looks like everyone had a wonderful time and I am sure Poppy will love looking at the photos of her special day in years to come.

Have a fab start to the week everyone,
Zoe
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Friday, 17 February 2012

Superhero Costumes

Good morning, I hope you have all had a fab half term.  I am sure many of you have been juggling working and childcare this week and like me are glad to have made it through the week! I thought today I would continue the superhero theme with ideas for dressing up, I know I could have done with some superhero powers at times this week.  There are some great costumes available that allow your childs imagination to shine through, rather than the more traditional Superman or Spiderman costumes.


Make Your Own Girls Superhero Costume from Kotori Kits


Superhero Dressing Up Cape from Red Berry Apple

Superhero Costume from Harmony At Home Children's Boutique



Personalised Superhero Cape from Babypop



Superhero Mask & Wristcuffs from Baby Dear



Superhero Wings from Small Fly



Fantastic tutorial to make your own superhero costume


Have a super weekend everyone
Zoe
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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

DIY Superhero Mask

Morning! I hope you are all well and having a fun half term. We've been busy making little toy mice and hope to start making their clothes today, look out for Issue 11 of Mollie Makes tomorrow so you can make your own mice.  Craft parties are becoming more and more popular and I hope to offer some more crafty tutorials in the coming weeks, but for today I thought I would continue the superhero theme from Monday with a great tutorial for a superhero mask.  this is a no-sew mask that is very easy to make, so you could make them as going home gifts or the chidlren could make them whilst at the party.  This tutorial is from Kinderpendent, a great blog full of ideas tutorials for all sorts of fun crafts for children. 



Superhero Mask Tutorial

Have fun!
Zoe
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Monday, 13 February 2012

Party Inspiration - Superhero Party

Hello and a big warm Monday welcome, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Today we are donning our capes and sharing our super powers.  Children love pretending to be superheroes and this whole make believe world lends perfectly as a birthday party theme.  With the primary colours as the palette for this theme you can easily add to your ideas, perhaps with red, yellow and blue plastic cutlery or bowls or by making a blue cape with your childs inital on the back in yellow and red.  But let's start with invitations and printables.












Superheroes need lots of energy as they never know when their powers will be required.  Serve healthy snacks or fuit and veg along with stripy jellies and star shaped sandwiches and serve crisps or popcorn in comic book papercones.









Idea from Life Frosting


Have some fun with props for your superhero photos!



Idea from Love the Day



Idea from Domestic Charm

After some games worthy of superheroes, perhaps musical superman instead of statues, you can send everyone home with a new mask and superhero lollipops. 



Idea from Zakka Life


I hope your little superheroes have lots of fun and be sure to share your superhero parties with us.

Now I'm off to find to find my Wonder Woman cape!! Back soon.
Zoe
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