Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Favourite Themes - Little Red Riding Hood

I must share a confession.  Certain themes really appeal to me over others and they make my job an absolute pleasure.  Often these themes are the less commercial ones, they allow a party planner and stylist to create something unique and bespoke, without having to deal with licensed merchandise.

I wanted to feature some ideas on one of my favourite themes, a theme so far we have not been asked for but I wait in hope ...... Little Red Riding Hood.

The red cape, the apples, the forest setting all make me smile.  I've shared below some inspirational ideas from some talented stylists and suppliers out there.

Very cute invitations all available on etsy

Saturday, 14 February 2015

My Little One Turns 6

I'm a party planner, I plan and organise parties for children, almost 7 days a week at the moment.  Last year my little one had a big Lego themed party and I pulled out all the stops.  This year he started early asking about his party and mummy has been so busy that I failed to do anything about it.  

We love having our parties at home but in February our lovely garden was just not an option.  So on route to school last week I had a quick brain wave.  Let Jake take a small group of friends to the cinema, followed by a trip across the road to Pizza Express.

Whilst walking to school I managed to get the 12 names of friends he wanted to ask, all the mummies were texted and replies came quickly.  I got home and checked what films were on and Big Hero 6 looked like a winner.  

So with two rows of cinema seats booked, and an area in the restaurant, my party planning skills and contacts came to the fore.

Now what do we need ? Invitations - How cool are these from Etsy.

Monday, 11 August 2014

My perfect party: Festival fun!

Every month, we ask one of our readers to tell us about their perfect party. This month, mum of two Abbie, from Amersham tells us how she would host her dream party...

Who are you hosting your party for? My little boy Buddy's birthday is in August so it's always the perfect excuse to have a party outside, ideal when there are loads of kids!

Where would your party take place? My dream would be to hire a big cottage in the country somewhere with a massive garden and hold a mini festival, we'd call it Glastonbuddy!

Where would your guests stay?  Our friends and family could pitch up tents and stay the weekend and for anyone who doesn't love tents (like me!) would be able to stay in the lovely cottage.

What food would you serve? There would be BBQs on the go all day with mini hot dogs and burgers for the kids and posh burgers for the adults. The next morning, we'd serve bacon butties for everyone.

How would your party look? There'd be tipis, bunting and fairy lights all over the garden with a mini stage for the entertainment.

What music would you have? My little boy is obsessed with Jake Bugg and always dances when Jake's songs come on, so the dream would be for him to play a few songs, maybe even get him to throw in a few covers of Buddy's favourite disney songs.

What other special features would you have? The kids would love a silent disco (and so would the adults!), not to mention a Frozen sing-a-long. And in true festival style there'd have to be a mini fairground, an ice cream van and warm beer in paper cups for the mums and dads!

What would be in your party bags? 
All guests would leave with a 'Glastonbuddy' T-Shirt, festival wrist band and a CD with the party playlist on. 

Abbie and Buddy want a summer festival party!

Fancy throwing your kids a festival-themed party? Contact us here. 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Perfect props: Take your seats

For the most part of your child's party, your little guests are running around excitedly, testing out sweets from the sweetie table or perhaps making a bracelet at the bead bar. But once they're done with all that, they need to rest their weary legs, even if it's not for very long! You wouldn't think that a simple chair and the way it is styled could make such a difference to the look of your party, but read on to see some of the things you can do...

At Les Enfants, we often jazz up chairs with aspects from the party theme and set them at tiny tables for the smaller guests. For example, we decorated some simple white chairs with records that said the birthday girl and boy's names for a Grease themed party.

Grease is the word on these chairs
And even tying something like simple turquoise ribbons on the backs of white chairs creates a whole new, elegant look. Meanwhile, tying balloons in your colour scheme can brighten up a table of chairs and looks magical like it did at this rainbow themed party. 

Sitting pretty

But recently, we've got some new chairs in and they are so cute, we have to admit we're in love! They have an adorable, almost vintage feel and come in white and a pretty pastel pink. And if you like them as much as we do, you can now hire them from Little Party Hire!

The new colours mean you could alternate the chairs to give a  more colourful look for your party. Whether you do alternate pink and white chairs, or have some white tables and some pink tables, or even just hire all white chairs, but with a pastel pink for the birthday girl! It's such a simple thing, but really effective and can help pull your theme together.
Sitting comfortably

                      Fancy seating some guests in style? Contact us here to plan a party.