Vintage baby shower.

Baby showers are a great chance to have one last final get together with all your besties, before your little one arrives. Sure you will all still meet up after baby arrives, but as we all know it takes a little while for life to get back to normal and settle down. 

This baby shower had a lovely vintage feel to it, with a classic afternoon tea menu. Tea was served from vintage china teapots on a wooden drinks trolley and an assortment of china cups and saucers were placed on the main table, ready to be filled. Sweet treats included cake pops decorated in soft tones of blue and cupcakes with little blue booties on top placed on individual cake stands, looked super cute. Classic vest shaped cookies, decorated in white with silver edging almost looked too good to eat!

Little touches here and there added to the vintage feel. A lovely wooden dolls house with lights inside and wooden letters spelling "baby" displayed on the roof looked really sweet on the main table. A glass jar with the little mans first pair of Dr Martens inside was just so adorable and a display board with the words "time for tea with the Mummy to be".

A backdrop with soft white curtains, a string of bibs and metallic letters spelling "Baby Shower" was the perfect spot for photo opportunities and a last chance to photo the Mummy to be before baby arrives.

A lovely afternoon was had by all with plenty of tea and advice on motherhood shared around.

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A sophisticated 16th birthday party!

Planning a sweet 16th birthday party can be a tricky task. It's just that awkward age where you cant be too cutesy with your theme or colours, yet too much of a grown up theme can be a real no no. However planning this 16th party was no problem at all, especially when the birthday girl Amirah knew exactly the look she was after.

The plan was a party for both family and friends in a local restaurant with a private function room. Amirah had selected the colour theme for her party, which was a very classy palette of gold, silver and black. The centre point of the room, which was also the dance floor, was filled with balloons floating high above with twisty ribbon tails hanging down. This gave the room texture and colour and a feeling of fun!

The main wall was decorated with gold foil curtains and a backdrop placed in front, with further gold foil curtains and "Happy Birthday" balloons marking the celebration. The dessert table complete with birthday cake, was placed in front of the backdrop, drawing your focus to the back of the room. Huge gold number "16" balloons were placed near the backdrop and completed the look.

Amirah achieved the look she was after by sticking to a colour theme and it totally transformed the room, a very sophisticated 16th birthday party! What a pleasure it was to meet and work with Amirah and her family, we feel so privileged to have been part of her celebration.

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Kate Spade inspired 75th birthday party

The Kate Spade theme used in this 75th birthday party is so stylish and classy. The backdrop with its black and white stripes, gold pinwheels, honeycomb balls and pink and black tissue decorations, made it the real centrepiece of the room.

The theme was continued with the birthday cake and cupcakes in co-ordinating colours and sprinkles of gold and pink confetti decorated the tables. A display board with a well known Kate Spade quote suited the birthday girl to a T.

Pink, gold and black balloons were placed around the rest of the room and gold vases filled with fresh flowers and a gold cloche with hearts and flowers added those extra special little touches.

A simple colour scheme with maximum effect. Stunning.

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Zzzzz ....... it's a sleep over party!

 

Party Mums are super excited to share the details of our new sleepover parties.

Kids just love having their friends over and a sleepover is the ultimate. After all, you can't beat having all your besties sleeping over in one room can you? Sleep is usually the last thing on the guests agenda at these parties, but our comfy mattresses and soft snuggly blankets ensure that everyone can get a good nights sleep.

Our beautiful handmade A-frame tents are covered in gorgeous printed fabric, they're tall enough to sit up in and long enough to lay down in. Each guest has their own table outside of their tent with their own lantern, perfect for later when it's dark, but we made sure there's still space for snacks and drinks. We know how important those midnight feasts are!

Decorative pillows and string lights make this party truly special and if you want to add extra touches like party bags, cupcakes, balloons or even the birthday cake, we can take care of that for you too.

Our first theme is 'adventure', in black and white colours, perfect for boys or girls. We are already working on our next themes, with an eye on the global trends as well as setting our own! Of course, your input is important to us, so get in touch and let us know what you think would make a great theme.

Do you know that sleepover parties don't just have to be for birthdays, they can work for any occassion. You could plan a movie night or a spa night. For younger children who want a sleepover, but are not quite big enough, our tents work great in the daytime too, a teddy bears picnic is perfect in our tents. The possibilities are endless.

Delivery is in the Leeds area and set-up usually takes under 1 hour. We set everything up and return the following day to collect. We do offer a great price for 2 nights, but we will let you decide if you can handle more of the fun! The minimum number of tents is two and the maximum is of course up to you. For areas outside Leeds please contact us for more information.

So when are you planning the next sleepover?

Call us now to make a booking 0113 8800330

Or email hello@partymums.com

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Simple beach themed party.

A beach theme is a great idea for a summer party, its bright and colourful and suits both boys and girls. Weather permitting, a bouncy castle and paddling pool can provide all the entertainment you need. When it comes to the food, fish fingers and chips served in mini galvanised buckets with checked greaseproof paper, look adorable. Bucket and spades can be used as party bags, filled with treats for the guests to take home.

A simple party idea that looks fab. What are you waiting for!

Pineapples or flamingos?

There is no escaping them ,they're everywhere!! Pineapples and flamingos are dominating instagram and the party world. From giant flamingo pool floats and drinks holders to pineapple ornaments and decorations for your home. Both remind you of summer and their bright colours certainly put you in the party mood. The difficulty is choosing which to go for, or maybe you can use both together? I guess you could party like a pineapple and dance like a flamingo!!!

What about you? Do you like one more than the other?

Tell us what you think.

Moroccan party - part 2

We had so much to share about this tween party in Leeds, that we couldn't fit it all in to one post! So here are the rest of the details for you to enjoy.

VIP passes were designed and attached to a sparkly, jewelled lanyard, which were given to the birthday girl to distribute to her guests on arrival. The pass allowed access to the VIP entrance of the marquee and really added to the excitement of the party.

Activities and games. Although this was a slightly more grown up party, the birthday girl had made a request for a few party games, but not the usual games of pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey. Competitive games are more popular with this age group, so we had a chalkboard with game options listed including the cookie challenge and the smarties game. In the end all the games were played by the guests, but the junk in the trunk game caused the most laughter we're told.

We created a craft station where guests could decorate their own sun catcher. This activity fit the theme well, but also doubled up as a take home party favor too. Just make sure this activity is completed early on in the party, to allow time for the paint to dry.

Food for the party was kept quite simple, pizza and fries which suited everyone and was a great choice to allow the guests to enjoy the low table and relaxed seating arrangement. The self service drinks station was popular too.

For dessert we set up a donut station and a sweetie shop, where guests could help themselves, the mini donut wall looked really effective and the gold letter balloons spelling donuts ensured no one could miss it!

A period of free time was planned into the party after food to allow guests time to enjoy some music, or play their own games. Fez hats and belly dancing skirts were provided for dressing up and dancing to the music.

To quieten things down before the guests left we had set up a milk and cookies station, which was the perfect end to the perfect party. 

Party bags in red, purple, blue and black made of organza fabric, tied with ribbon and secured in place with a jewel. Contents included glow in the dark glasses and a ring, flashing glitter bouncy ball, sparkly pen and sweets. Guests also had their sun catcher and VIP lanyard to take with them for nostalgia.

What a truly amazing party and one we would love to plan all over again! We are grateful to have been involved in such a special day.

Games list.

Games list.

Smarties game.

Smarties game.

Sun catcher.  

Sun catcher.

 

Dragon sun catcher.

Dragon sun catcher.

Mini donut wall.

Mini donut wall.

Donut station.

Donut station.

Mini sweetie shop.

Mini sweetie shop.

Moroccan dress up.

Moroccan dress up.

Milk and cookies. 

Milk and cookies. 

VIP passes.

VIP passes.

So many bright colours.

So many bright colours.

Time for home.

Time for home.

Balloons are taking over party world!

We don't know about you, but there is just something about balloons that make you smile. Maybe it's that they come in so many colours, shapes and sizes? Or maybe it's the way they bob about, always misbehaving and not staying where you put them? Whatever it is, they have been a staple of many parties and celebrations for years, always there in the background hinting that this is a great day. 

Well not any more. Balloons are the biggest thing in party world, massive, huge. In fact, balloons ARE the party. You only have to glance through Pinterest to see their presence everywhere from baby showers and weddings, to graduations and retirement parties. Whatever the occasion you are celebrating you can add balloons and depending on your budget this can be a few colour coordinated balloons or a whole ceiling filled with them.

Metallic colours are very popular and marbled balloons are starting to make an appearance too. Giant balloons look amazing and you can trim the strings with decorations too, which can work well in a photo booth situation. Script balloons with the words, baby, love and party look fantastic and individual foil letter balloons in various colours allow you to spell out any word.

Balloon garlands are very effective in creating a focal point and whole walls decorated in balloons look amazing.

Makes us want to get creating something straight away.

 

Moroccan Party - part 1

What a fabulous party this was to plan, bursting with colour and full of gorgeous features that would easily work for an adult party too. We are so excited to be able to share the photos with you.

The brief was to create an evening party for a 10th birthday, the guest list was small, only 8 guests in total, but the idea was big. The birthday girl wanted a grown up theme and if possible an outdoor party, which living in the UK is a challenge in itself. She didn't want it to be formal, just more of a chilled out affair, with a few games for fun too.

After coming up with various ideas, we knew we had it right when the moroccan theme started to come together. A large marquee was the first priority, no chance of the weather spoiling this event! With informal seating inside, which were floor cushions and a table at low level, this gave the feeling of being an intimate affair with a relaxed atmosphere. Bright colours for the tableware and a mix of different fabrics, plus a lantern centrepiece completed the look. 

Decorations inside the marquee coordinated beautifully with the theme. First there was the canopy ceiling to create above the table area, we wanted the guests to really feel like they were eating at a moroccan banquet. We selected rich colours of purple and gold to trim the ceiling and suspended a moroccan lantern from the centre, it really gave the space a different feel.

Around the inside of the marquee we hung gold and silver fringed curtains, which sparkled and shimmered in the evening light and numerous balloons in gold and purple were placed here and there. At the far end of the marquee we created a focal point using a balloon garland and the birthday cake, drawing your eyes to the back of the room.

Creating the balloon garland was great fun and using a mix of colours and sizes worked really well against the black background. We used rose gold letters to spell out the birthday girls name and rose gold numbers for her age below. The birthday cake of course complimented the theme, with matching cookies too.

As this party was to have a more grown up feel, we set up a drinks station where guests could help themselves and included various accessories to trim their drinks like stirrers, straws, mini cocktail umbrellas and an ice bucket, the guests loved getting involved in this.

Battery operated candles in lanterns were placed all around the marquee and at the entrance, in anticipation of the sun setting later in the evening. This subtle lighting gave a gentle glow that added to the atmosphere.

Food options, treats, games and party bags will all be covered in the next post, there is still so much more to share!

So maybe just one last element to mention today.

The entrance. This would be the guests first impression of the party, so it needed to have a wow factor. Gold fringed curtains covered the doorway and a red roped barrier prevented access to the marquee, with a VIP entrance sign on display. This was a select party, strictly for invited guests with a VIP badge. What could be more exciting than that to a group of 10 year olds?

More on that in the next post!

Low level table covered in a velvet feel fabric with gold palm leaves.

Low level table covered in a velvet feel fabric with gold palm leaves.

Bright colours and textures combined together.

Bright colours and textures combined together.

Canopy ceiling created an authentic feel.

Canopy ceiling created an authentic feel.

Balloon garland.

Balloon garland.

The birthday cake.

The birthday cake.

Co ordinating cookies.

Co ordinating cookies.

Cake and cookie table.

Cake and cookie table.

The entrance.

The entrance.

Ready to party

The venue has been decided, the date booked, guests invited and the theme picked. Months of planning and preparation, it's all looking fantastic, just the final bits and pieces to finish off. Then, the great British weather throws you a curve ball! It's the middle of May and yet we have temperatures of 11 degrees and heavy rain and hail forecast. I mean hail in May, what on earth?

So big decision to make, do you carry on regardless with the outdoor themed party and suck it up, we are British after all? Or do you look at the possibility of rescheduling, whilst still keeping an eye on the cost and availability of the venue? It's a tricky one you need to ensure all your guests can still attend, catering needs thinking about and who is to say the weather will be any better for the new date?

One thing is for sure, it certainly keeps things interesting planning an outdoor party with the great British weather! 

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