Thursday, 24 January 2013

Happy Burns Night Everyone!

Whether you have chosen to hold a dinner party to eat your Burns supper, have a quick dance of the 'Gay Gordons' in your living room or just a wee dram of whiskey to celebrate the life and works of the great poet and author, Rabbie Burns. It is a great opportunity to introduce something new to your children. Why not give them their first taste of haggis? Or recite ( in your best Scottish accent ) a Burns poem such as 'Tam O' Shanter' or 'Tae a Moose' even learn some Scottish country dancing steps such as 'Strip the Willow' or 'Gay Gordons', all of which can be done in the comfort of your own home! 

However, if you are willing to go a step further, there are plenty of London restaurants and family friendly pubs to get you in the ceilidh mood! Have a quick look at the links at the bottom of the page for more details.

Being a very proud Scot I spent a few hours last year trying to find my favorite haggis (Macsween) in London, successfully sourcing it at the one and only Harrods- if you haven't tried haggis before, I urge you to try it and get the little ones involved! 

I hope you all have a lovely evening, no matter how you choose to spend it, 

Speak Soon! 

Zahra xxx

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Whilst the weather outside is frightful...

Good morning everyone! As the snow continues to fall and disrupt our everyday lives I thought it may be helpful to offer some ideas to keep the kids busy and entertained without having to step outside onto the slippery, slushy pavements that are surrounding London and the rest of Britain!

How to make photo props

Mustaches, glasses, hats and lips are becoming every more popular in photo booths at parties and weddings, why not make your own at home and then spend your afternoon having a photo shoot! Here are some I made for a party back in October.

What you will need;

Felt in a variety of colours,
Printable templates ( attached at bottom )
Strong felt glue
A couple of sticks, chopsticks or even straight twigs from the garden will do

  • Simply cut out the printable templates below and trace round them with a light pencil onto the felt of your choice
  • Repeat twice so that you have two identical shapes in which to sandwich the sticks between
  • Glue around the edges and leave to dry

(As I made mine for a client they had to be slightly more rigid so I also cutout cardboard and placed in-between the felt and then stitched the fabric together, however this option is slightly less child friendly!)

Treasure Hunt

A simple and easy way to keep the kids distracted for an hour! ( if you have a dog its great to get them involved too - I would put a lead on my dog and my mum would place a dog treat next to every clue for them to sniff out!) Whether your looking for sweeties, pennies or toys, reading and deciphering the clues or riddles is not only fun, but a great way for children to think on their own feet. 

If you decide to go down the riddle route (best for older children) this blog is great for ideas...

However, here are a couple of my favorites;

Until I am measured I am not know,
yet how your miss me when I have flown. ( answer- time (clock))

If your drop me I'm sure to crack, but give me a smile and i'll always smile back. (answer- mirror)

Little miss Eticote in her white petticoat and her red nose, the longer she stands the shorter she grows. (answer- a candle)

'Mars Bar Truffles'

Cooking is always a popular choice for an activity, especially if the children can make the treat themselves! I remember being taught this particular treat in nursery and have kept it very close to my heart since, in fact I still get requests to make these 'truffles' for family during the Christmas period - if only they knew how incredibly easy they are to make.....

What you will need

5x Mars Bar
¾ Packet of rich teas
Raisins ( optional )
1x Bar of white chocolate

  • So, simply melt the mars bar over a pan of hot water on the oven
  • Whilst melting, place the rich teas in a bag and use a large wooden spoon to bash them into dust (my little cousins love this bit)
  • Once the chocolate is melted, place all of the ingredients (including raisins) into a bowl and mix together
  • Once the chocolate has cooled down a little, get your hands in and begin to roll into small-ish bites
  • At this point, melt the white chocolate and then drizzle onto the truffle bites
  • Place in the fridge and wait.. I promise it will be worth it
  • Serve with hot chocolate and eat whilst snuggled up on the sofa watching the snow fall outside 

Thanks for reading! Please look out for our next installment, 

Speak soon! 

Zahra xxx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A New Beginning

Good afternoon! Here at 'Les Enfants' we have been a tad slow in our blog updates- the Christmas period was extremely busy and kept us all on our toes.

Before I let you all have a sneak peak of our Christmas events I would like to introduce myself. My name is Zahra Noble, I am 23 and the newest member to the 'Les Enfants' team.

I am originally from Edinburgh, but moved to London in order to study 'Events Management' at Greenwich University. I have been decorating shop windows within my families company for many years and love coming up with new and original ideas. Previous to working with 'Les Enfants' I styled and decorated many friends and families themed parties. One example of this could be my own 21st enchanted forest theme party which was held in a large, empty barnyard in the Scottish countryside ( photos below). I spent weeks creating tables out of tree trunks I found in the forest, covered the longer tables in turf (which turned out to be a very messy job!) managed to some how build a swing inside and covered the entire ceiling in cherry blossom and lanterns. It is creativity and design that I really enjoy, and I love the idea of taking a blank canvas and completely transforming a space to create something unique and personal.

When I joined 'Les Enfants' after completing my degree I was immediately attracted to the original and personalised styling that appears in every one of their parties. However, I happened to join at the most hectic time of the year, Christmas! so my stamina was definitely tested!

We had a brilliant Christmas period, but I have to admit I am very happy to wave goodbye to the holiday season and begin planning new and exciting 
parties in 2013.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or queries, and please look out for our next instalment! 

Speak soon! 

Zahra xxx