Monday, 21 July 2014

Party like a prince!

It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming Prince George to the world and suddenly, his first birthday has crept up on us. A feeling a lot of parents will know all to well! 

To commemorate his first birthday on 22nd July 2014, the Royal Mint have released a £5 coin in Prince George's honour. But we've gone one step further, and we've mocked up a whole party on behalf of the prince.
Like the rest of the nation, we often covet Kate Middleton's style and when she was in New Zealand recently, we ogled over her clothes, and Prince George's too. Kate tends to go for a simple and elegant style and Prince George follows suit. So, when we started to imagine Prince George's first birthday, we knew it would be an elegant and stylish affair... 


The Les Enfants take on the royal celebration*

To create an elegant look, we chose a soft colour palette of pastel blues, whites and milky yellows. The theme came to life with large balloons - a very popular option right now - complete with tassels and pom poms, to help create that party atmosphere.

We know kids love a sweetie table and they are great because the colours can be tailored to any theme. We chose white and pastel blue jelly beans, small pastel cupcakes and our personal favourite pieces, royal cake pops! The pale blue cake pops gave a nod to the prince as they were emblazoned with crowns, as were the macaroons - another party favourite right now. 


We had great fun styling the playful royal party, and even had a gorgeous Prince George look-a-like come along to enjoy the party with some friends. We only hope Prince George's real birthday party is as much fun.

Happy Birthday Prince George! 


*Photography by Danielle Owen, visit: www.danielleowenphotography.co.uk


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Friday, 18 July 2014

Fantastic themes: Red Fire Trucks

It's not just us who get excited by planning bespoke birthday parties. Over in the States, gorgeous parties are just as popular as they are here. We spoke to Samantha Spector, Event Planner and Designer from Milk and Honey party planning in the US, about how they recently themed a first birthday party. To say we're inspired is an understatement..

"Maybe it’s the whimsical themes and color schemes, the exciting milestone or the adorable guests of honor, but when it comes to planning first birthday parties, nothing really compares.

Christian’s first birthday was no exception. The party took place at one of San Francisco’s most gorgeous outdoor venues, Crissy Field. And in terms of the city’s unpredictable weather patterns, it turned out to be a lucky day!

The Golden Gate Bridge was a perfect backdrop, the reddish color of the bridge went perfectly with our red, light blue, light grey and white color scheme. The theme of the day was red trucks and we incorporated a chevron motif into the d├ęcor as well.

Iconic. Could you ask for a more suitable backdrop?
The dessert bar was the main focal point of the party, featuring a gorgeous chevron two-tier birthday cake with a big red truck on top. Sugar cookies in the form of red fire trucks and blue and grey number ones decorated the dessert bar and picnic tables, and finally, an assortment of red candy topped it off.

Treat yourself to a dessert

The light blue checkered linens were a perfect twist on the classic picnic design. We had red plates, light blue utensils and food labels that went with the theme. Cupcake toppers completed the cakes and even the focaccia sandwiches we served, too. 
We stuck with picnic friendly foods that were filling enough for a lunchtime party; sandwiches, salads, skewers and a large cheese and cracker spread. 

Decorations included custom made birthday banners, tissue pinwheels, oversized round balloons and white hydrangeas in tiny buckets.

Since the guests included many kids in a range of ages, we needed to have entertainment to suit everyone. Enzo, one of San Francisco’s favorite kids’ entertainers, came and played an array of instruments to accompany his songs. The kids played on grey chevron picnic blankets while he performed and played with an assortment of toys including a tent that looked like a red truck, a light blue inflatable pool filled with balls and plastic truck toys. The goodie bags (or favours as well call them) included “Red Truck” board books and white lamb rattles for the tiniest guests.

Judging from the exhausted kids at the end of the party (baby Christian climbed into another kid’s buggy to fall asleep), it was a success!

The gorgeous birthday boy 
How did we do it?
Planning & Design – Milk & Honey Special Events, http://www.milkandhoneyspecialevents.com
Photography – Katie Rain Photography, http://www.katierainphotography.com/
Cake – Baked Love, http://www.sfbakedlove.com/
Red truck cake topper – AfterHoursCakery,https://www.etsy.com/shop/AfterHoursCakery
Linens – La Tavola, xhttp://linens.latavolalinen.com
Rentals –SF Party Rentals, http://www.sfparty.com/
Custom made banners, food labels and sandwhich toppers – LolosBoutique, https://www.etsy.com/shop/LolosBoutique
Red candy – Sweet City Candy, http://www.sweetcitycandy.com/
Custom made sugar cookies – Decorated Desserts, https://www.etsy.com/shop/DecoratedDesserts?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Flower arrangements – Milk & Honey Special Events, http://www.milkandhoneyspecialevents.com/
Entertainment – Enzo Garcia, http://www.enzogarcia.com/
Food – BiRite Catering, http://www.biritemarket.com/catering/

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Party time: Personalised perfection

Initials look cute on party products
Whether you're celebrating a birthday, baby shower, bar mitzvah or a Christening, it's always nice to put your own stamp on things. And nowadays, there are lots of ways to personalise your party. Not only can you choose your own theme or colour scheme, to suit your taste, you can also add initials and even names to plenty of party products to give them a unique twist. 


We love these party packs made for a Christening with the guest of honour's initial on. We also personalised sweet boxes and paper napkin rings for this particular celebration. Not only do they look stylish, they're the perfect way to make a party your own.

You might also be keen to use your child's name on some of the party products, whether it's chocolate wrappers, a back drop or the food boxes. We had these bespoke milk boxes made with the birthday girl and boy's names on. It's small touches like this, that really make a party unique. And when the guests found they were full of yummy sweets, they loved them too.

For this particular party, we didn't stop there, we also had bespoke food boxes made for our tiny guests to eat from. We think you'll agree they look gorgeous. And it's exciting for the birthday girl or boy to see their name on lots of the party products, as well as being a great keepsake to show them when they're older. 
Personalised and packed with yummy sweets
             
French fries anyone?











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Monday, 14 July 2014

Fantastic themes: Footie fever

Table for 11?
The World Cup has come to an end, and for many of us, it's time to recover the remote control from the firm grip of our husbands! Sadly for England, football was coming home sooner than they could say 'World Cup'. 

But football isn't forgotten about that easily and no doubt your sons and maybe even your daughters are already training for their next season on the pitch. And before we know it, the Premier League will be dominating our television screens again! 

But even if you're not a huge football fan, a football party is a great idea for a children's birthday party. A football party really offers a chance to personalise a party, choosing your child's favourite team's colours, whether it's West Ham or West Brom. 

At the party, kids can tire themselves out with games of football which also gives children a chance to get to know each other, while parents can mingle on the sidelines.

And when it comes to food and drink, you can bring the pitch indoors! Team colours can be reflected with the choice of balloons and tablecloths, right down to the straws. Food can even be served in football themed boxes and what football-themed party would be complete without these cake pops...


Who can resist a football-shaped cake pop?

If you've got football fever and would like a football party, contact our party planners here. 


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Party ideas: On yer bike!

There was plenty of excitement in the Les Enfants office this week as the Tour De France raced past just minutes from our office.

Crowds gathered with banners to welcome the cyclists who had made it to stage three of the famous race.
The atmosphere was electric and reminiscent of the Olympic atmosphere back in 2012. 


But even though we were busy trying to catch a glimpse of the peleton, we were of course still thinking about parties!

Sport can be a great basis for a party, and if you're having trouble thinking of a theme, you can always rely on sport whether it's football, swimming or indeed cycling. With BMX's well and truly back in fashion, and cycling a past time that never gets dull, a cycling party could be the perfect thing for your little ones. 

If not all your guests have a bike, you can rent them across the country and many companies also have all-weather routes for your party to road-test. 

If you're based in a city and worried about the logistics, you can always organise a coach to take you to a more leafy destination to get the most out of your cycle. It's all part of the fun and makes a great day out, that will of course tire your kids out too!

Just don't forget your helmets! 


We'll race you to the party

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Fantastic themes: Red, white and blue

Happy Independence Day 


It's July 4th which means our friends across the pond will be celebrating Independence Day today. Traditionally, in the US, Independence Day is marked by fireworks, parades, BBQs and a general carnival atmosphere. You've got to hand it to those guys, they sure know how to party.

It got us thinking about themes for our own parties this side of the Atlantic. Whilst you might not be hosting your own Independence Day party, an American theme can look great for any kind of celebration.

You could choose to have a general American theme, with flags, cupcakes and balloons to really set off the red, white and blue colour scheme. Or perhaps you'd like to add some American traditions to your stars and stripes style party? 
Girls could have a cheer-leading party complete with pom-poms, and activities can include making up a cheer especially for the birthday girl. 
Boys meanwhile could have a an American football themed party, learning how to play the game, while dressed in all the gear, of course. 

When we started thinking about hosting an all-American party, out mouths were watering when we thought about what food we could eat. No American-themed party would be complete without burgers and chips, or should we say 'fries'... If you don't fancy burgers you could try hot dogs or chicken wings to keep to the theme.

For dessert you could have smores, where traditionally, marshmallows are sandwiched between chocolate biscuits and roasted on a fire, to create a gooey, sticky, tasty treat. An American delicacy, or so we hear. And to wash it all down? We suggest cream soda and root beer, naturally. 


Don't forget to put Miley Cyrus, 'Party in the USA' and One Direction's 'Kids in America' on the speakers to set the mood.

Happy Independence Day everybody! 


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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My Perfect Party: A passion for pink

Elaborate or elegant, low-key or loud, each month, we ask one of our blog readers to tell us what their perfect party would involve. This month Georgina Childs, one of our event assistants, from London tells us about her dream party...

Where would you host your perfect party? 
My perfect party would be a garden party, with a pink theme throughout. I'd have it one Saturday evening in July to welcome the beginning of summer. A 'Summer Fling' if you like. I'd have to pray for good weather though!

Who is the party for? 
I’d like to invite my friends and my family, my neighbours and their children, the more the merrier. 

You can invite one celebrity. Who would you invite and why? 
Beyonce of course! I’d let her have some fun first, then I’d want her to perform. 

What theme would you choose? 
My favourite colour is pink, so that's why I'd choose a pink theme. And all the guests would have to wear one pink item too, and the boys wouldn't be allowed to get out of it! 


What features will your party have? 
A photo booth with lots of silly props, so people can take home a photo and remember all the fun they had. I'd also love a pink sweetie table, with cake pops, sherbet and jelly beans in all different shades of pink. I'd quite like a pink bouncy castle as well. I'm not sure all this would fit in my garden...
Les Enfants recommend pink sweets for the sweetie table
What food would you serve?
Because the party would be quite informal, and in the evening, I’d have picky food like mini portions of chips, mini burgers and hot dogs and plenty of pink cupcakes for afterwards.  

And what would you like to drink? 

Homemade pink lemonade would suit the theme. Followed by pink champagne and pink cocktails for the adults. 

What top three songs would be on your party playlist? 
My three favourite party songs; One Direction, Best Song Ever. Katy Perry, Birthday and Vance Joy, Riptide. 

What would you put in your party bags? 
I’d send my girly guests home with pink nail varnishes and lipsticks and for the boys, a pair of pink socks! 

What would you wear to your party? 
Pink of course! I’d wear a pale pink dress and sandals so I could dance all night whilst Beyonce was performing. 
Georgina would love a pink party

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