Sunday, May 31, 2015

{Inspiration} Farewell Party

We had so much fun with this party! Living in a place like Qatar there always seems to be people leaving so we thought we would share a few of pictures from this 'Berry Berry Sad' party as inspiration for any of you planning a farewell party. The children who thew the party were berry sad to say goodbye to all their friends. You could also use the berry theme for a summer inspired party too - a little more sunny than sad! 


It is an easy theme because IKEA has the perfect table clothes and party ware for it! We designed an invite and water bottle labels to match along with the adorable popcorn boxes (see below) - traditional popcorn box on the outside but the bright berries on the inside. 



We keep the food very simple serving hotdogs and chips for dinner along with snow cones for dessert and a few other treats including those stunning berry cookies by Pet from https://www.facebook.com/PrettyCrumbs?fref=ts and beautiful strawberry cake pops from https://www.facebook.com/Pollipopsqatar?fref=ts


We managed to come up with some creative games that suited kids of all ages. We had a cry off to see who could do the best fake crying - this was hilarious and most of the kids really got into it. We also had a berry hunt - a treasure hunt with cut out paper berries. Then last but not least a pinata because it is not a party without a pinata! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{Party Time} Cute Kitty Cat Party

This week we have guest blogger Jaime from dindindies sharing her recent blog post. We love all the cute kitty details! Pop on over to her Facebook page and say hi!

My daughter Gabriella's favourite soft toy is a little (mangy) cat that her Aunt won in an auction, so for her 2nd birthday this Cute Kitty Party was absolutely purr-fect! I really enjoyed designing all the cute kitty printables and decorations - I just love how the cat paper lanterns turned out.   




A big thank you to my sister and the best aunt in the world for flying out for the weekend to help set up and celebrate with us!

Party styling, decor & printables, cake & party food: Dindindies

Friday, May 1, 2015

{Baby Shower} Pink & Grey Baby Love

My sister is pregnant with her third child and I recently had the pleasure of organising and hosting a baby shower for her.

Jaime had always said that she didn't NEED anything for baby #3 but would love a child-free afternoon to chill and catch up with her great friends. With this in mind, I set about updating our Baby Love party printables to include some pink sparkle.

With the chill factor a high priority for her (mostly mummy) friends, I organised a pamper party. We were sent 2 lovely ladies who set about massaging, manicuring and pedicuring those that fancied the indulgence.

Our mum wasn't able to make the baby shower but chose this super cute cake design which matched the colour scheme perfectly!



I stumbled across these perfectly matched Hershey's Kisses in my local supermarket!


I loved how these popcorn boxes and cupcake wrappers turned out!


Customised water bottle labels are the easiest way to make a boring bottle look très chic! Aren't these spa mask take-home cookies just the cutest thing?!


Cake: Tweedy's Cakes
Cookies: Pretty Crumbs
Printables & Party Styling: ChocolateFish Parties
Pampering provided by : My Pamper Party UK

Thursday, April 16, 2015

{Inspiration} Camping Fun!

Today's post is for all the DIYers out there looking for a simple easy party. The aim of this party is to keep it simple and use what you have. It is a great theme and works well for any ages. This set up was for older kids. Start with a table cloth you already have in the cupboard or if you are lucky enough to have a nice wooden outdoor table ditch the table cloth all together and just go for a natural look. 



We went for a more traditional BBQ/picnic look with the red and white and touches of yellow.  The simple menu of burgers and chips followed by s'mores meant we didn't even need cutlery. Drinks were also kept simple with homemade lemonade and water. 


When everyone arrived they help light the BBQ and while the coals were burning down they started preparing their sticks for when it came time to roast marshmallows. We gathered all the swiss army knives we could find so each child could get a stick and a knife. After a few safety tips and a couple of lessons in whittling they spent the next 20 minutes whittling their sticks to a nice point ready for their marshmallows. This a great activity for older kids and fab for keeping them busy for a while. 


Once the coals burnt down a bit it was burger cooking time! Everyone chipped in and while their patties were cooking they prepared the rest of their bun. By the time dinner had been eaten the coals were perfect for marshmallow roasting and s'mores making! 


It wouldn't be a sleep over without a midnight feast. The midnight feast was a home made chocolate chip cookie, some chex mix and a mini chocolate bar. We used paper CD cases for the cookies - this is a great way to present any type of cookie. Make your favourite cookie recipe and then just ensure the cookies big enough so they can fill a CD case. This also works well as a take home treat. 


Keep it simple again at breakfast. We suggest having everything prepared and ready to go the day before as chances are after a lack of sleep you will just want to lay everything out as quickly as possible. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

{Party Time} Pool Parties

With the lovely weather we have at this time of year we have been having lots of pool party fun. Our rugby stripe table cloths work so well with this theme giving a lovely beachy feel to the set up. We have also used polka dots which is a fun twist on a picnic set up that looks right at home next to the pool. The primary colours provide a bold burst of colour which works well next to the blue of the pool. The pictures below are a selection from a few pool parties we have done in the past couple of months. 




Feeding kids pool side is super easy with one of our burger bars or hotdog stands. Make sure you have plenty though as all that swimming makes a kid hungry. Follow it up with an ice cream sundae station and all your feeding needs are taken care of! If you think they can not last until their meal time without a snack then the popcorn or candy floss is a fun addition. 


 

The beauty about a pool party is it is easy for the children to keep themselves busy swimming. We can provide you with life guards to keep everyone safe and we also offer fun and games in the pool with is a hit especially with the over 6 crowd! The other popular activities have been our always popular pinatas and photo booths.