Back in December I asked my daughter Faith what she would like to do for her birthday. Closing my eyes, internally begging the powers that be not to hear the dreaded word…. PARTY! That whole ask the universe thing was obviously more on Faiths side for this one, yep she wanted a party! When trying to get pregnant we didn’t really plan wisely, both of our children were born two weeks either side of Christmas… expensive time, however I do believe I managed to get away with 10 years of using that excuse!
Instant pounding heart and sweaty palms at the concept of having to entertain a bunch of pre teens who were not my offspring! Sixty seconds trying to figure out how to say “Hell No” nicely, led to pangs of mummy guilt and then the actual words leaving my mouth being “Of course you can flower” WTF!! There was one condition though, which was that she helped me to plan it. Help me she did, even creating her own Pinterest board (the kid is hired, just as soon as it’s legal for her to be self employed and send me her invoice).
Faith is very friendly, gets on well with lots of her peers but actually only really likes to hang around with a few close friends. So that big party I had freaked out about was not what she had in mind… phew!
Faith decided she’d like a tea party for just four, a photoshoot and a glitter bar. Now this on paper sounded easy, totally doable, completely within my capabilities because after all I do style weddings for over a 100 people on a regular basis! Then why did I get so stressed about it? I wanted so bad for Faith and her little friends to love it. I wanted to make up for all the years I’d said no to her having a party and I wanted them to just have fun!
I spent hours blowing up balloons, knotting, stringing and gluing them together to create a colourful installation backdrop for their photoshoot. Spray painted lids to coordinate with the colour scheme for sweet jar favours. Made place cards. Went backwards and forwards to the shops to find cute little extras to add to the table styling and days stressing over small details I may have forgotten.
Working in the wedding industry has given me fantastic connections and so many suppliers offer way more than just wedding services, the majority of us are very creative and can transfer ours skills to any occasion.
CALLING IN THE CREATIVES…
Family Photographer and now lovely family friend Jenny South Photography agreed to do us a mini friends shoot.
Festival & Party Makeup wonder woman Chloe rocked up with enough glitter to cover attendees at Glastonbury, I must admit I wanted to have mine done because they all looked awesome!
Close friends and cake creator extraordinaire Jenny of Edible Essence made the most adorable birthday cake… it was so lovely we didn’t want to cut it up. I think I had a piece of cake every day for about a week, it was seriously scrummy!
If the smiles, giggles and spinning each other around on my shop floor wasn’t signs of a successful party then the statement Faith made on the way home was definite clarification that I’d done a good job…. “Thank You Mummy, that was the best birthday I’ve ever had”.
PARTY PLANNING & STYLING PACKAGES
If you dread the thought of putting a party together and would like someone else to do it for you then get in touch.
We can arrange a suitable time to meet for a planning session. We’ll talk over all your requirements and ideas then create a moodpboard together. If you require more than styling we have a black book full to the brim of who’s who when it comes to entertainment…. magicians, face painters and even circus act performers!
From our meet up I’ll pull in all the right suppliers, find the perfect venue and decorate the space to utterly wow your little people.
From a Princess Glitter Party to a Monster Ball we can cater for any theme and any size