Wednesday, January 11, 2017

{PARTY TIME} Pony Party

It is so much fun to work on a different theme. We love that the birthday boy chose this himself and was involved with the party planning. 
The cake table and candy buffet came together beautifully. The wooden crates and bunting added a rustic, wild west feel. 
The highlight of the party were the beautiful ponies who gave the children rides around the yard. Other activities included fun & games, cookie decorating and face painting. It is always nice to have a variety of activities for the children to chose from to keep them busy and active. 


Photos by AppleSnaps

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

{COLLABORATION} Outdoor Entertaining

We had a lot of fun working on this collaboration with Lulu Hypermarket, Life on the Wedge and Apple Snaps. Our aim was to show that entertaining at home doesn't have to be stressful and can actually be pretty easy during the cooler months of the year. Here we are going to focus on the style of the event so if your looking for more details on the food elements of this outdoor soiree then pop over to Life on the Wedge



When planning to entertain at home you need to focus on keeping it simple! Following a few simple strategies and you really can keep things from getting too complex. First you need to step away from Pinterest and turn towards your cupboards. There is no point finding fab ideas on Pinterest if they are going to be hard or expensive to execute. Look in your cupboards at what you already have and work from there. Pull out some of your favourite plates and platters and see how you can make them work together to bring a cohesiveness to your party. 

A white table cloth is always a good starting point as it goes with anything. If you don't have white table cloth you can always use a white sheet - they are just about always cheaper than buying a table cloth and by the time the table is all laid your guests won't be able to tell the difference. 



When deciding on your menu go for something you can manage easily. Trying out new or adventurous recipes when you are having guests over is never a good idea. For this outdoor party we have used a selection of ready made food items from Lulu - simple - it becomes less about cooking and more about presenting and serving the food. 


This meal was broken down into 3 parts - (1) drinks & snacks arranged on a separate table, (2) the main meal served family style, and (3) finally a small desert buffet set up to the side of the main table. This is a simple 1, 2, 3 approach to doing things as you can prepare it all in advance and enjoy the time with your friends rather than having to spend time in the kitchen checking on food. 




This colourful desert bar is a perfect example of keeping it simple. It is a small selection of fruit and sweet nuts along with a little ice cream. You can either keep it to the side or if you prefer then clear the main table off and place it in the center so your guests don't have to get out of their seats. 



One thing people often forget is lighting. Unfortunately most houses in Doha do not have good outdoor lighting but luckily there are lots of other options these days to add additional lights without having to rewire your house! We are rather fond of these festoon lights but you can also use electric candles on the tables or glass lanterns. Whatever you chose just make sure you get the lighting right - too much and it just too bright and you lose the ambiance and not enough you can't see what you are eating. 



Now go forth and entertain and remember not to sweat the small stuff. Start with items your already have, utilize ready made or prepared foods, and focus on simple but effective lighting ideas. Now that Doha temps have dropped below 20 you might even want a blanket or two outside! 

All photos were taken by the very talented Apple Snaps

Sunday, December 11, 2016

{PARTY TIME} Winter Wonderland!

This was such a fun theme to work on! It was more of a winter party than a Christmas party but there were a few festive elements thrown in. The colour scheme was sparkly gold, silver and white and the party was jam packed full of fun activities. 


The layers of gold, silver and white worked really well in creating a sparkly, wintery feel. We scattered around lots of different styles of glittery gold, silver and white trees to add to the sparkly winter feel. Our Baby It's Cold Outside light box was a fun whimsical addition to the food table. The cute little present boxes sprinkled around the food table were a wee festive touch. 


On arrival the gingerbread houses were all ready for the children to start decorating. We recommend if you are going to make the houses yourself that you get a gingerbread cookie cutter set as it is so much easier and  a lot quicker. However, if you just want to make a few then there are loads of good templates you can download from the internet. 


After getting their fix of sugar from eating more candy than they stuck onto the houses the children moved on to make their own Winter Wonderland. This is a great activity for all ages. Each child got to choose what they wanted to put into their Wonderland and then went about assembling it. This is a fun activity for all ages and produces great results. 



The for the last activity before dinner the children got to make their own gingerbread men necklaces. Both the boys and girls enjoy this activity and again it is suitable for a wide range of ages. 


Lastly, party food! The food was kept festive and light. The cranberry meatballs and pasty stars were a nice play on the traditional sausage rolls. There was also a splash of cranberry added to the turkey and cheese roll ups. Home made cheese and olive pizza (not pictured) was also on offer for those not keen on festive fare. For desert the spiced cookies were a big hit along with the adorable pumpkin spice cake. 



All photos are by Apple Snaps - http://www.applesnapsdoha.com/

Sunday, November 27, 2016

{PARTY TIME} Circus Party

We love a good circus party! This party was for a long standing client who always has great parties. She likes for the guests to be able to move around and engage in the activities they enjoy and stop for a bite to eat when they feel like it. This creates a very relaxed atmosphere where everyone moves around and enjoys the festive offerings. 



A circus themed party is perfect when you have siblings of different ages or genders celebrating together like we did here. The colour scheme was a slight variation on the traditional red, white and blue used for circus parties, we stuck with the red and white but switch the blue to black along with a splash of bright colours just to mix things up a bit. The marquee lights were perfect for this set up! It gave the party a slight retro feel. 



A cake table always adds a sense of occasion to an event but this one also added a sense of fun. The children got to chose their own cake and went with this delightful clown.  



Our different food stations worked perfectly for this party. The guests moved around the different activities and then went and got food when they were hungry. It's a good way to manage things when you have a lot of guests rather than trying to feed everyone all at once. 


There were lots of great activities on offer including face painting, art station, paper craft, caricaturist, pony rides, soft play and of course fun and games because it isn't a party without games! 


And last but not least was our popular photo booth. Our new set up provides lots of entertainment as well as great photos for the guests. Children of all ages can navigate it and have loads of fun adding filters to their photos before printing them to take home. 


We are so excited to have one of our favourite photographers back in town to provide us will beautifully photos. Check her our here - www.applesnapsdoha.com



Saturday, November 19, 2016

{PARTY TIME} Tropical Party!

We loved working on this party. Such a fun theme! This tropical party was for the delightful Fatima who had lots of her own ideas that she wanted to be incorporated into the party. She asked for a contemporary take on the luau theme. 



The colour scheme worked so well against the natural colours of the leaves, rattan and the wood look canopy and photo booth back drop. 


Our new low to the ground table setting with cushions was perfect for this theme. It allowed for a relaxed, beach like atmosphere and was perfect for the guest to lounge around at before and after their meal. 


Like all our set ups the popcorn and candy floss station was tied into the theme. Everyone enjoyed snacking on them between activities. 



The activities included our popular fun & games session and the guests also got to decorate their own cupcakes and cookies. And our new photo booth was a total hit! As there were lots of older guests they got the hang of the touch screen quickly and loved playing around with it adding filters to their pictures and printing them off. This wooden look backdrop was perfect for the pictures, it gave them a real rustic beach feel.