Hosting an outdoor party inside.

As we cross our fingers and pray for a great British summer, we all know that you cannot guarantee the weather. As any good host will tell you, on our little island the weather can provide all four seasons in just one day, so it always pays to have a back up plan. A good wet weather option can be anything from a marquee in your garden to your garage, that is if it doesn't contain your car, or the rest of your junk that you haven't manage to take to the tip yet! Having this wet weather option can be a life saver and take the stress out of your party planning, but it also means you don't have to make that last minute cancellation on the day.

So how can you have your party indoors but still create that outdoor feeling? Well in simple terms you need to opt for a rustic feel, nothing too uniform or perfectly matched. Relaxed seating can be a great starting point, rugs and floor cushions work really well and if you have the space hay bales can be a great seating option too. Wooden pallets can be used as low level tables and hurricane lanterns with candles will provide a gentle glow as day turns to night. 

Party decor can include glass jars of different sizes and shapes, filled with gypsophila and carnations and for a statement party piece, you could have a balloon garland with lots of foliage or a hula hoop trimmed with leaves and flowers, both look equally pretty. Party signs made using old crates or blackboards continue the theme and wooden ladders can be used as a display for sweet treats or glasses. Galvanised buckets or wheelbarrows are the perfect place to keep bottles of beers and wine cool when covered in ice and make self service super easy for your guests. Party food could include cheeses boards and thick wedges of farmhouse bread, olives, salad and a selection of cooked meats. For dessert, you cannot beat a donut bar, yum!

So with all these fab ideas and decorations to bring the outdoor feeling inside, it makes you wonder why we plan outdoor parties in this country to begin with at all!!!

Happy partying.

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Ready for summer.

What a long winter it has been, it feels like we have had more ice and snow this winter, than the last five winters put together! We can't wait for the sun to make an appearance and to finally feel a warm breeze on our faces, instead of those wintry icy blasts.

With the warmer weather comes outside dining. We just love it when we can enjoy eating our meals outside and BBQ's are just the best. So when you get the chance to entertain outside, wouldn't it be nice to set the scene with some bright outdoor tableware and decorations?

Tropical colours and palm leaf vibes are very cool at the moment and we can totally see why. Bright colours of green and pink look fab together and when you add gold accessories here and there, you really get that wow factor. For a fun look you could always add the odd flamingo or pineapple to the decorations.

If, like us, you can't get enough of the llama trend, how about a bright boho theme for your next garden party? Flowers, repeating patterns, bright colours and of course those cute little llamas. What's not to love? Add wool pom poms, tassels and woven table linen for a truly authentic look.

If tropical colours are just too bright for your taste, then how about a calm coastal look? Shades of blue and white create a nautical feel and string lighting or bunting can really give it that vintage seaside nostalgia. This look is simple, effective and timeless, perfect for any gathering.

So now that we've got our summer entertaining plans sorted, all that's left to do now is book the weather! Let's hope the sunshine drops by soon.

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Operation sleepover is ready for action!

After weeks of research and sourcing the best supplies, our next sleepover theme is finally ready for action. Operation Sleepover is now accepting new recruits to take on the best sleepover party ever!

It's a fantastic theme that we think boys and girls will love to have for their next sleepover. Our beautiful handmade A frame tents are covered in stealthy green and brown camouflage fabric, with netting strung between each pair of tents, excellent for when you are on a covert mission. Barbed wire around the entrance to the tents should warn off any enemy intruders or parents (don't worry Mums and Dads it's only made of string) and sand bags provide the perfect protection to hide behind when you don't want to be seen.

You might be thinking that the inside of our tents contain only basic supplies for our new recruits, but you'd be wrong. Everyone knows that soldiers need their sleep, so our thick foam mattresses and soft, snuggly blankets are just perfect for a restful nights sleep.

Individual tray tables outside each tent allow your recruits to eat their rations easily before bed and a lantern with a battery operated tea light, gives a soft gentle light allowing maps and mission instructions to be read with ease.

Scene setting and props can also be added to your sleepover package, which can include a backdrop and birthday banner to sit behind the tents, or party props like ammo boxes, ammunition and toy hand grenades. There are lots and lots of options, so just let us know your requests and we will try our very best to make it happen.

We can also provide party bags for the sleepover. You can choose from Army Hygiene Kits with everything your guests will need for the sleepover, including eye mask, face cloth and army toothbrush and toothpaste. You could opt for the Army Survival Kit, with a pencil and waterproof notebook, whistle that doubles as a compass and temperature gauge, head torch and army dog tag, plenty to keep them occupied during the sleepover. Or you could try the Mission Complete party bag with a selection of classic toys including a glider plane and battery operated hand grenade with sound effects. We can also create a party bag with a combination of all three, it's really up to you. All contents come in kraft brown paper bags with string handles and an army man pegged to the bag.

If you need any help arranging birthday cakes, cupcakes or sweetie treats, you only need to ask, we can handle it all and make your sleepover a breeze. So what are you waiting for?

Over and out.

hello@partymums.com

 

 

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Bake off style party

Have you thought about throwing a "Junior Bake Off" style party? Does it seem like too much hassle, don't know where to start, what about the mess and what would it involve? All those thoughts race through your head, it certainly would be a challenge, but there are simpler ways to throw a bake off style party. Here's how we created a similar party for a young girls 9th birthday.

Throwing a party for a 9 year old allows you to try out difficult activities and intricate crafts, as their understanding and attention span, is that much greater than those of a younger age. However, time at a party can be a deciding factor on what you can and can't achieve, so careful planning is required. For this baking style party we decided to plan a cupcake decorating activity using already baked cupcakes. With a 2 hour party slot this would allow enough time for guests to complete the activity, yet still have enough time for party food and games too.

We used a traditional style marquee, with the guests completing all the baking activities under the canopy, just like they do in "The Great British Bake Off". A hanging rail with aprons was positioned at the head of a long table, which had been set with individual baking stations, prepped for each guests arrival, with cupcakes, piping bags, mixing bowls, spatulas, food colouring, buttercream and lots and lots of sprinkles and decorations. The squeals of delight from the party guests when they arrived was fantastic.

The party guests first task was to decorate their own paper chef hat, this was a fun activity to get things started and to chat through the items at their baking stations. Guests were then allocated 45 mins to decorate their cupcakes in any colour they liked, with sprinkles and decorations galore. Once completed they were instructed to place their finished creations on one of the gold cake stands, ready for judging later in the party. 

We all know that the perfect party food for a "Bake Off" style party, is of course afternoon tea! Mini sandwiches, cupcakes, cake pops and pink lemonade, all served on vintage china, it doesn't get more British than that. Using china instead of plastic plates really gave the party a grown up feel. The birthday cake was a simple single tiered cake, covered in sprinkles with a chandelier style candle holder, which just happened to hold 9 candles. Perfect.

After the party food had all been consumed it was time for the next activity, button pictures. We set up button trays with different coloured buttons, templates they could cover with the buttons and ornate picture frames for the guests to display their works of art. This was definitely an activity that only works for older children due to the buttons being so fiddly, but it was perfect for this age group. With little time left before the end of the party, there was just enough time for a couple of quick games, the donut challenge and the smartie game.

Finally, it was time to judge the cupcakes. With all the guests together, a simple show of hands to vote for your favourite, found a "Bake Off" winner. Yeah! A trophy and rosette was awarded to the winner, then it was time for home. The best part about this party, was that everyone was able to take their own cupcakes home, along with their button picture and a quick visit to the mini sweet shop too.

Sounds like everyone was a winner to us.

We hope this party gave you some inspiration for your next "Bake Off" party?

 

 The Bake Off marquee.

The Bake Off marquee.

 Aprons at the ready.

Aprons at the ready.

 Preparing the individual baking stations.

Preparing the individual baking stations.

 The judging table.

The judging table.

 Pink lemonade served in china tea pots.

Pink lemonade served in china tea pots.

 Gorgeous cupcakes served on silver trays of course.

Gorgeous cupcakes served on silver trays of course.

 Who can resist a cake pop?

Who can resist a cake pop?

 Simple birthday cake.

Simple birthday cake.

 Buttons galore.

Buttons galore.

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 The finished creations.

The finished creations.

 Decisions, decisions.

Decisions, decisions.

 Mini sweet shop.

Mini sweet shop.

 Cupcake decorating is serious business.

Cupcake decorating is serious business.

Party backdrops.

Party backdrops.

Nearly every party you see in magazines or on pinterest will have a backdrop. So what's the big deal about them? Why does your party need one?

Boys party.

We have been busy thinking of a boys theme for our sleepover parties, one that would suit almost any group of boys and really get them excited. After lots of brainstorming we decided on an "Army" themed sleepover. 

An army themed party would be such good fun. First of all there is the camouflage fabric tent, who wouldn't want to sleep under one of those? Then we could add all sorts of army themed accessories like netting, sand bags and plastic barbed wire to decorate the tents. Optional extras could include ration packs and army survival items like a compass, torch, water bottle. You could use Nerf guns and have shooting practice, or walkie talkies and have team games completing missions. We could go on and on with our ideas.

So what do you think, is an army themed sleepover a good idea?

Get in touch and let us know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend.

Primary Proms.

So we've been thinking about organising a party in the summer. Nothing new there we hear you cry. That's true, but this particular party is a first for us, a Primary Prom.

So have you ever heard of one, or even have a child that's attended one?

At first we were a little unsure, it seems a bit grown up and shouldn't you keep some occasions for children for when they are older?

But then, when we thought about it......what a lovely idea.

Your primary years are very special, full of first experiences and strong bonds that you create with your peers and sometimes friendships that can last your whole life. The end of your primary years is the end of an era, a milestone in your life and also the start of a new chapter. Friends may go off in different directions, to different secondary schools and new friends can be made.

So how about one last hurrah with your primary buddies before the big change?

We would love to know your thoughts on a Primary Prom.

Leave us a comment of "Yes" or "No" to Primary Proms.

Have a good week.

 

 

 

 

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Party trends for 2018.

What party trends can we look forward to in 2018 and which trends from last year will we keep? Well balloons, donut walls and personalised party favors are keepers for sure.

Balloons really are a party staple, so there's no chance of them going anywhere. How they are displayed and used has certainly become much more sophisticated. There are now so many colour options and sizes available that displays of cascading balloons make a real party statement and instead of floating high in the air, balloons are now being used to decorate venues at floor level. Balloon garlands that start outside the venue and continue inside are a real show stopper! Script balloons will remain a party favourite, as will foil number balloons. They're such a simple addition to the party and work great for photos, especially when used with a backdrop.

Donut walls. Who doesn't love a donut wall? They are just so cute and what a great way to display your party treats. You can go with a colour theme, large donuts, mini donuts, big boards, small boards, it's totally up to you. What you might start seeing more of in 2018, is donut walls using perspex stands, giving a more clean line look. Any way you choose to display them works for us, we're just glad they are a trend that's here to stay!

Personalised party favors, especially when it comes to weddings, will continue to be popular. "Bride Tribe" bags, temporary tattoos and glasses are just a few of the most popular choices, with the bride to be's name and date of the wedding detailed on the products. Personalised favors for baby showers will remain too, as baby showers continue to become more and more popular.

So, if theses are the trends that are staying, what new trends can we look forward to? Well lets start by mentioning colour......ultra violet. Yes, you heard us right, ultra violet will be the big colour of 2018. It's a very bold colour but it can be toned down with other colour options as shown in one of Pantones suggested colour palletes. Ultra violet looks great with copper, giving it a real feeling of luxury. For a more simple look, pairing ultra violet with green actually creates a very calming influence and leads us nicely into another one of the trends of 2018. Flowers.

Adding greenery to a party gives a real feeling of texture and brings the outside in. Displays of lavender not only look great but smell gorgeous too and help incorporate the colour of the year. The use of more wild looking flowers, hanging them from the ceiling, creates a rustic look and gives a very english country garden feel and large floral wreaths will create a real party centrepiece. When it comes to using flowers this year, the simpler the better.

Theses are only a few of the predicted trends of 2018, we will have to wait and see how the year parties out to know if they were correct.

Can you predict any party trends?

 

Happy Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 Amazing balloon displays by Luft Balloons, just love seeing their creations.

Amazing balloon displays by Luft Balloons, just love seeing their creations.

 Luft Balloons again, creating an outside inside display. Gorgeous.

Luft Balloons again, creating an outside inside display. Gorgeous.

 Script balloons.

Script balloons.

 Foil numbered balloons.

Foil numbered balloons.

 Mini perspex donut stand.

Mini perspex donut stand.

 Super cute sophistication.

Super cute sophistication.

 Bride tribe sunglass favors are pretty cool.

Bride tribe sunglass favors are pretty cool.

 Personalised baby shower favors.

Personalised baby shower favors.

 Pantone colour of the year 2018.

Pantone colour of the year 2018.

 One of Pantones colour palletes for 2018.

One of Pantones colour palletes for 2018.

 Gorgeous lavender.

Gorgeous lavender.

 Flowers by White Lilac, design by Matthew Oliver.

Flowers by White Lilac, design by Matthew Oliver.

 Large floral wreath display.

Large floral wreath display.

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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