Entries Tagged as 'birthday party themes'

how to throw a Bollywood party

Birthday’s are a big deal in our home.  Everybody’s birthday is celebrated and marked in some way but especially Anya’s as for kids, there’s nothing more special.  Anya’s birthday is in December and due to a major house move in December 2014, we weren’t able to have a proper party for Anya’s 6th birthday.  So when she turned 7 last month, we wanted to celebrate properly.

Winter is always a trickier time for parties as having an outdoor party is out of the question.  I didn’t want to hire a venue as it never feels personal enough so we decided on a small party of 10-12 kids at home.  And then we thought about possible themes.  We went through quite a few ideas but none felt inspired or exciting enough until I thought about a Bollywood party.  Anya was so excited by this idea that I knew we had found our theme.

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"9 of the best fruit themed summer party ideas"

Nothing says Summer to me more than fresh fruit.  OK, maybe ice-cream too but fruit is up there with the Summeriest of Summer things.  The bright colours, the fresh flavours, the juicy consistency all shout Summer.  Apart from eating it, I love the idea of having a fruit themed Summer party for a kids birthday, a family gathering or just about any excuse you can come up with to have a party.  I went looking for some fruit themed party inspiration and here are 9 of the best fruit decorations, cakes and more for a fabulously fresh n’ fruity Summer party:

1. free printable fruit garland | 2. giant citrus fruit balloons | 3. easy fruit macaroons | 4. free printable strawberry ice-cream cone wrappers | 5. watermelon favour boxes | 6. felt watermelon cake toppers | 7. free printable paper fruits | 8. pineapple pinata | 9. strawberry shaped birthday cake

Most of these are easy DIY’s or free printable so just click the links for all the details.

"princess cake London"

Today is my daughter Anya’s 4th birthday… happy, happy birthday Anya!  We had her first proper birthday party on the weekend.  So far, we’ve only had a little celebration at home but I think 4 is the age where they really start to appreciate a party with their little friends.  She asked for a pink party and a purple princess cake and that’s what she got.  I thought I would share some pictures of her party and also take this opportunity to introduce my newest sponsor Hugo & Adele which is a super pretty party shop.

"girls pink party ideas"

When I started looking for her party decorations, I soon began to despair as all I could find was shiny plastic things which I am really not keen on.  And then by chance I stumbled upon Hugo & Adele and it was love at first sight.  Hugo & Adele are a small shop selling the prettiest party wares and they had nearly all the stuff I was looking for.  So I ordered all the paper plates, paper cups, paper straws, party bags, bunting and more for the party from there.  When the goodies arrived wrapped up in soft pink tissue, I was delighted as they looked even better in person than in pictures.  I’m so happy they’ve since become a sponsor as I really love their store and would wholeheartedly recommend them because not only is their stuff lovely but they were also very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

"pink party table decor ideas"

For the kid’s table I bought a white paper table cloth and thought it would be fun to give each child a set of crayons so they could draw while they waited for their food.  This worked really well as not only did they have fun but it kept them occupied {read: out of trouble!} while the food was being served.  I kept the decorations simple on the table as I felt the cups, plates and straws looked lovely and didn’t need much embellishment.  I did however make some washi tape bunting which I hung all around the table.

"kids party food ideas"

I served most of the food in pink and white cupcake holders for the kids but made disposable platters for the adults, using cardboard and pink patterned tissue paper.  The party food was simple and of course very, very kid friendly!

"pink polka dots party bags"

While the whole party theme was pink and white, I used a combination of polka dots, stripes and solids.  I also used a variety of pink shades ranging from pale pink to bright.  I loved these spotty party bags and thought it would be fun to stick those cute pencils on the front.  The party bags turned out to be a bit of a kid magnet so it was a little difficult convincing the kids to wait till the end to get one!

"pink paper party cups"

Anya really enjoyed her pink party and I loved putting it together for her.  I couldn’t have done it without the help of my husband and very good friend Angus.  I’d also like to say a big thank you to our friend Antoine Aoun for the stunning photography, Mirna Cakes for the striking cake and finally to Hugo & Adele for the beautiful paper party wares and decorations.

UPDATE NOV 2015: Unfortunately Hugo & Adele are no longer operating. But if you want some fab party decorations similar to these, you’ll find them at pretty little party shop

"3 year old party ideas"

"cowboy theme childrens party"

"colour themed birthday party"

Birthday parties, they’re oh so important for the little ones and why not?  A day filled with lots of presents, lots of cake and lots of fun… what’s not to like?  I still love the magic of my birthday and always celebrate.  None of that I’m too old to celebrate rubbish for me!  Back to the bambinos though, a kiddy birthday-do needs decorations, needs colour, needs fun things and maybe even a theme.  Oh and lets not forget the party favours (known as ‘back presents’ where I come from… you get presents on your birthday so you give back too, get it?).

Kids party decorations aren’t hard to come by, but if you’re looking for something that little bit different, check out the delightful ‘my little day’.   It’s a French kids party store with lots of bits and pieces for all your kids party needs.  They’ve got party theme packs including a dinosaur theme, a carnival theme and a pretty as a picture liberty print theme too.  Also gracing their online shelves are favours or ‘back presents’, themed invites, beautiful bunting, plates and napkins, even fancy dress; in fact they have everything you could possibly need.  And all their stuff has been infused with a style so sweet coupled with a happy childishness… perfect to delight both mama’s and kiddies too.

Head on over to ‘my little day’ to check out their goodies.   Only problem is that the site’s in French, so if you don’t speak it, grab someone who does, or learn… it’ll be worth it!  Their prices range from €1.50 for party favours to around €35 for a themed party pack.  And they deliver to Europe.  Have a browse, smile and think back to your childhood birthday parties, what lovely memories.  Now, if only ebabee no.1 would hurry up and have her next birthday!

P.S. Checkout ebabee, out baby auction site with loads of bargains.

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