Monday, 25 November 2013

Celebrate: Winter 'One'derland First Birthday Party

Hello party-lovers, apologies for the lack of posts - I have been busy behind the scenes creating a very special party. My youngest turned one recently and I wanted to create a Winter 'One'derland for him, using a colour palette of icy blue, frosty white, sparkling silver and a pop of festive red. Snowflakes, soft floaty fabrics and natural elements were all brought together under an abundance of twinkly fairy lights in various hues and styles.

Instead of a full layout of food, I decided to create a dessert table and hot chocolate bar, perfect for a small family gathering. The backdrop was created using a piece of snowy fabric, then topped with ribbons of blue organza fabric and handmade silver circle garlands. I then finished it off with a large paper snowflake and a few iridescent hanging baubles.

I created a lovely icy word-smudged canvas by attaching letters in various fonts, then dabbing over with blue and silver paint before removing the stickers. I then gave the corners and edges of the canvas a spray with faux-snow, to create a snowdrift effect. I love how it gives the effect of a child finger writing on a frost covered window.

I reused the pink/gold ribbon topiary from my daughter's last party and resprayed the pot silver, painted the dowel blue and then replaced the ribbon loops with mini white pom poms and blue and silver ribbon loops. Love this one so much, the other topiary was covered in beaded garland and placed at the hot chocolate bar.

Nibbles included cupcakes, shortbread fingers, cookies, frosty fancies and 'icicles', (breadsticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with blue sugar crystals), along with snowman marshmallow pops.

I had my heart set on creating a snow globe cake and I am so pleased with how this turned out. I purchased 2 plain white iced sponge cakes and covered the top layer with blue icing and mini white sugar snowflakes. The bottom layer was covered in blue icing snowflakes and crispy chocolate snowballs were piled around the base. The snow globe was made from a small upturned plastic jar, set upon a small plastic plate. I attached a piece of silver beaded garland around the lip of the jar. Inside I placed a penguin tree decoration, with the hanging part removed. Best cake yet, I think!

The Hot Chocolate Bar was set up with marshmallows, candy canes for stirring, squirty cream, chocolate sprinkles and chocolate wafer sticks. The guests used blue spotty paper straws and wooden spoons in red gingham cups or mini kraft cups.

The backdrop was simply made by using blue snowflake wrapping paper, and a handmade sign hung in a red frame.

A happy 'Thank You for Making My Party Snow Much Fun' Sign was displayed in a red heart shaped Ikea frame.

I made a sign post from an old jewellery stand, with 'Candy Cane Lane' and 'Sweet Street' being displayed.

Tin cans covered in ribbon, lace and beaded garland made creative holders.

I covered the condiment's containers in co-ordinating paper to keep the look cohesive.

Whilst a large penguin stood guard. (He was actually a gift bag that I had picked up along with a few other penguin party items in a previous January sale.)

And no party of mine is complete without a photo booth, this time it had to be an igloo...

...Complete with ice blocks, snow balls, winter animals and icy lights as props. I used our wooden chest as the base covered in more snowy fabric. Large pieces of cardboard box made the sides and roof, which I covered with old pieces of white packing paper. I then draped another piece of snowy fabric, this time a dripping snow type. I purchased both fabrics from the local discount store. I used old wrapping paper tubes to prop up the roof, attaching them to the side panels. I draped fairy lights inside to give a magical effect. 

It looked stunning set up the night before, with just the lights glowing. The birthday boy loved it.

Other decorations included a ribbon-wrapped willow wreath with a silver '1'

and a Party Sign, made from a staircase spindle painted silver and stuck into a foil covered plantpot. A bracket was attached to the spindle so a party arrow and lantern could point the way...

Games included 'Penguin Slide' - 2 beanie-toy penguins raced across the floor, 'Pass the Polar Bear' - whoever had the polar bear when the music stopped was out, and 'Musical Statues' - Everyone had to 'Freeze' when the music stopped. My eldest niece read 'Henry's Holiday' - a Penguin story and then everyone made snowflakes out of silver paper doilies.

And when everyone was full and happy the guests went home with a piece of snow globe cake, a cup filled with a sachet of hot chocolate, a candy cane, chocolate coins, a chocolate smartie filled penguin, and a snowflake tattoo. The girls also had face glitter and a snowflake wand. The boys had ice gliders (paper planes).

It really was 'Snow Onederful'. Hope you enjoyed that visit to my boy's magical onederland and it has given you a few winter-themed party ideas. Any questions please just leave a comment, I am happy to get back to you.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Creative Decor: Glitterized Frames

Signs, Word Art and Pictures are a perfect way to tie a theme together, whilst imparting information in a subtle, fun way. My favourite medium to use is 'Word', you can download suitable fonts and then create fun signage or quotes. Now what to put these signs or pictures into can sometimes pose a problem. You don't want to spend a fortune on fancy frames for just one event (although, any serious handmade party-planner will have a stash of props that can be re-used for the next party!) With that in mind my top tip is to buy inexpensive plain frames and decorate them. They can then be repurposed for the next theme with a little paint and embellishments..

Today I am sharing a quick and easy way to add a bit of glitz and glamour to the Ikea Tolsby frame.

A fab frame in its own right, I have seen these utilised at parties many a time on my visits around the web. But sometimes a little glitter is required!

Fine glitter works best for this project. Mix in an ample amount with some clear-drying glue and simply 'paint' it on with a brush. 

Leave to dry, then give another coat. 3 - 4 coats gives a nice even finish. 

You can also paint your frame first with your chosen colour to give a more solid colour-base. The glue will dry clear to leave a beautiful glitterized frame. And because the glitter was mixed in to the glue, you have no worries about the glitter flaking off.

Pink and Gold made the perfect combination and added some royal glamour to our Princess Cake Table. A silver one would be perfect for a Winter-themed party or a red one at a Christmas Celebration or a Wizard of Oz themed party. The possibilities are endless - all you need is a sprinkling of glitter and a bit of imagination.

Thanks for reading, any questions just leave a comment and I will get back to you.


Monday, 19 August 2013

Celebrate: Pretty Princesses & Super Heroes Grand Ball

This Party has certainly been a labour of love and I am really pleased with how it all came together. Although, I could have done with another half hour setting up time as there were a few things I didn't have time to do, but overall it turned out lovely.

Let me invite you in to the Grand Ball...

We started out with a large hall, which we arranged the tables and chairs to suit our needs. As I was planning on different sections on one long table, I separated them by using plain coloured cloths, with paper plates to match. Each Princess had a dainty goblet to sip their royal juice from. The colours corresponded to each Princess or Super Hero.

Superman, royal blue.

Spiderman, red.

Batman, yellow.

Hulk, Green.

Aurora, pale pink.

Belle, yellow.

Tiana, lime green.

Rapunzel, lilac.

Cinderella, pale blue.

Snow White, red.

and Ariel, purple.

The centrepieces were a big hit and I had some great compliments. It was fabulous to see them set out in all their glory.

Re-using the fairy arch from my daughter's 3rd Birthday, I created a Pretty Princess Throne complete with mask, crown, number 5, ribbons and vines. She looked very sweet upon her birthday throne.

Pink and Gold helium balloons were attached to chairs to add a festive touch.

I hired entertainers as that is something I am not confident doing on a large scale. She did a fab job, keeping 30+ children entertained with lots of dancing, a puppet show, dressing up as a Princess for a photo shoot against a dreamy backdrop,

face / arm painting. (My oldest boy showing off his scary spider),

and each child got a special balloon model at the end. (The birthday Princess with a special rose)

and here is my daughter in her special handmade-by-me Princess gown. She even had gorgeous gold nails for the occasion and dainty gold slippers adorned her tiny feet.

I set up a table just for the cake, a perfect way to showcase it. More handcrafted decor added a personal touch,

A glitterized Ikea frame holding a large pink number 5,

The perfect Princess quote with 'Wish' highlighted in pink, to echo blowing out the candles and making a wish.

A thank you sign, (very hard to photograph sorry), saying 'Thank you all for coming, hope you had super fun! Love & hugs, Princess Chloe'

A great tip for creating an eye catching backdrop at a venue, that you can't attach to the walls, is to take a large piece off a cardboard box - which needs to be sturdy - and cover in tissue paper, wrapping paper or fabric, then embellish as necessary. You can make this up ahead of time at home, then just transport the whole thing to the venue. You can then prop it up on a table set against a wall. Add a tablecloth and some accessories and voila! ready made backdrop!

Large tissue paper pom pom flowers made in eye-catching pink and gold striped tissue paper added interest, along with a pretty mask and a large ribbon-wrapped monogram. I also glitterized a wooden princess word, to set in front of the cake.

A handmade Princess pennant style bunting was hung across the front.

The cake turned out very well considering it was totally made up as I went along, in about 15 minutes! Now I am certainly no cake decorator, but I am good at 'winging' it. Simply put, I purchased 2 budget-friendly store bought cakes in 2 sizes, with basic decorations on. I removed the store decorations and placed the smaller cake on top. I ran a length of gold rope ribbon around the base of the smaller cake. To cover the indentations made from removed decorations, I squeezed on pink icing from a tube in little swirls, I then sprinkled on gold edible pearls. On the top of the cake I squeezed on more icing, then wound around a pink and a clear beaded chain, pressing it into the pink icing to hold it. A mini glass slipper and gold crown ring added the princess-y touch. To finish off a wide pink satin ribbon, with pink artificial flower was attached to the bottom edge of the cake. 5 tall gold candles and a topper with 'Princess Chloe 5' on was added after transportation.

Simple but pretty.

As this cake was small and really for the purpose of blowing out the candles, I just purchased a large 'tray bake' celebration cake to cut up ready for the guests to take home in their favour bags. This pretty cake was then consumed by family afterwards.

Using the same technique as the cake table backdrop I created a Super one for the adult's table using appropriate wrapping paper and bunting, re-used from my boys' previous lego party. A large superman style 'C' completed the look, along with a fun sign.

At the end of the party each Princess or Super Hero got to take home a coloured co-ordinated favour bag, full of royal or super goodies...

A really cost effective way to maintain the theme was to buy individual coloured paper bags in the quantity desired and simply attach a superhero word sticker for the boys or a princess sticker for the girls. We had fun handing out the bags, matching them up to each guest's costume!

It really was an awesome party, I am so grateful to all my family and husband for pitching in with food prep, clearing up and minding the baby...

who looked adorable in his costume, which was store bought, but monogrammed by me. I also dressed my other 2 boys in blue and red and made them monogrammed capes and masks.


My daughter became 'super princess' halfway through by donning her own cape and mask. 

Super Fun!

I will be doing a few posts on specific decor items, but any questions please leave a comment.

Thanks for coming, hope you enjoyed the party!


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