This was such a special celebration for me. After three years of marriage, my hubby and I were blessed by falling pregnant with twin boys. As I am writing this, the two munschkins have arrived and they will be 8 weeks old this coming Sunday and they are just too beautiful for words.
What made this day so special for me is just seeing and experiencing how excited and happy all my friends and family was for us. I just felt so extremely loved, adored and indulged and that is something that I am so grateful for and will remember always.
Even now when I potter around in the babes' room, and I see all the baby things and clothes, I am amazed how spoiled the boys were. I was literally showered with gifts and love, what more could any girl ask for?! Everything and everyone just made my heart swell with HAPPINESS.
My shower was organised by my sister and two of my best friends. They got it so right! There are few things that I enjoy more than an afternoon spent in the sun, bum on grass, yummy picnic spread and a cold glass of bubbly with a group of my besties. (Obviously I got the alcoholic-free kind)
And the theme? Bunnies, always bunnies for me. Paired with decor that was earthy and understated, I loved it.
Some of my favourite details?
The canvas 'guest book' - where each guest had to leave a finger print, which now hangs in my baby room.
The 'Milestone' wine tags. Each guest had to bring a bottle of wine and attach a milestone card with a message.
Enjoy the pictures, and download all the printables at the bottom of this post.
Feast your eyes on this beautifully styled gold and pink, twinkle, twinkle, little star, themed first birthday celebration by Outlandish Events.
My favourite details?
- The cake!
- The star and flower candy table backdrop
- The star shaped pinata!
Enjoy and be inspired.
We finally have some pretty pictures of the winner of our 'Win-your-Party'competition last year. Happy birthday Princess Lenieke - hope you had a great first birthday!
Hope you can put together something pretty and special for your Mom this Mothers Day by using our free printable set.
Thank you to Nadine from Sstudio Stationery and Design.
Download the printable's by clicking on the link below
This year for Mother's Day I am making a meringue lollipop for each guest which I will serve with some strawberry ice-cream, topped with sliced strawberries. You can use any fruit of your choice, or drizzle with a nice salted caramel dessert.
Four tips I can share:
1. Follow the recipe to the letter. I did and the meringues come out nice and crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.
2. You can do them using a handheld beater, I did, and all went well!
3 Large Eggs
150gr Castor Sugar (no other sugar)
Piping nozzles to get different patterns in the meringue.
I used a large star tip nozzle to pipe the lollipop and small nozzles to add the detail.
I used the very famous recipe by the Meringue Girls.
The 150gr sugar with 75gr egg whites is the ratio I used and will be enough to do your meringue pops..
Once the meringue is perfectly mixed and not grainy anymore, transfer your meringue into a large piping bag with large star nozzle.
Pipe your pops from left to right onto a piece of baking paper.
Once piped, press your stick in (remember to pre-soak your sticks in water, and when piping, keep in mind how your lollipops on sticks is going to fit into the oven)
Remember to keep a little meringue separate to color for your detailed elements.
Carefully fold the coloring into the meringue. Pipe detail and then add your sprinkles before popping into the oven.
Switch off your oven when meringues are done and let them cool in the oven.
Add your gold leave and Immediately transfer to a air tight container.
We are halfway though Autumn, and Winter is just around the corner. This is the perfect time of the year to incorporate the color of the year,
Ultra Violet, into your special function/celebrations' color scheme.
It is warm and inviting and really just looks lovely!
I have a put together a mood board to inspire you in planning your Winter event.
For images sources and more inspiration, please go to our pinterest board.
Today I am just sharing a few images of this beautiful garden, set-up. for a special bride-to-be!
Enjoy the pictures and your week!
I have set this calender as my mobile phone and laptop wallpaper, and all I can say is that these tones of ultra violet and plum, make me happy every time I look at it!
To help alleviate the Autumn blues, download and set as you wallpaper immediately.
It is almost that time of the year where we all have a solid excuse to gorge on Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns!
To add a bit of fun to your Easter Weekend, SStudio Stationery and Design has designed the loveliest Easter printable's for you to play around with.
Hope you enjoy them and we would love to see some pictures!
EASTER EGG HUNT PRINTABLE SET
Includes a set of 6 signs that you can cut out, glue to a stick, and pop all over your garden.
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Pink and silver and sparkling - what more could a girl want for her 17th birthday celebration?!
Ishrat's love and passion for her work really shines through in every function that she does, in every little detail. Thank you for sharing.
Enjoy the pictures!
Something pretty and floral to brighten up this first month of Fall.
Thank you to SStudio Stationery & Design for designing this pretty wallpaper for us.
I am so excited to introduce you to the new lovely lady that will be designing our free printable's for Plan Me Pretty - Nadine, owner and creative behind SStudio Stationery & Design!
And what a better way to kick of the year than with a free Valentine's printable set. Perfect to help you create a beautiful hamper to spoil your loved one.
The set includes:
- Chocolate Bar Wrapper
- Wine Label
- Valentine's Card
- 10 LOVE Coupons
You will need:
- 80gr Chocolate Bar
- Bottle of Wine
- Remove chocolate bar from packaging. Then carefully and tightly wrap the chocolate in a piece of tinfoil before adding the wrapper.
- Soak the wine bottle in water, remove wine label. Dry. Take some nail polish remover to remove last of the glue residue. Dry. Add wine label.
Enjoy your Valentine's Day - it is all about having some fun, so treat someone that is dear to your heart.
Today I am sharing a beautiful and elegant, delft inspired, bridal shower. An old friend recently started a lifestyle blog, The Gooseberry Blog, all about what she loves and find interesting in life, travel, fashion, pretty things and her career of being a mommy. And this is where I came across these lovely images.
Her brother got married in December, and she and her sister, owner and creative at Paper Envy, was asked to plan and style the event.
My favorite details?
- The Paper Wall.
- The diamond drink stirrers, which also doubles as name placecards.
- The Crown!
When I saw the theme for this first birthday party, the song 'Wild One' immediately popped into my head. And how appropriate!
"Gonna break it loose, gonna keep 'em movin' wild
Gonna keep a-swingin', baby, I'm a real wild child
Gonna meet all my friends, gonna have our self a ball
Gonna tell my friends, gonna tell them all that I'm a wild one
Ooh, yeah, I'm a wild one"
Enjoy the pictures!
From planner and party stylist, Melissa:
When Josh's mommy, Samantha contacted me about his 1st birthday, I was over the moon to hear the theme! Something original & fresh with a unique colour palette. I had such fun planning this party as Sam was easy going and open to any suggestions and ideas. They celebrated Josh's 1st birthday at one of my favorite venues, Willow Feather Farm in Irene. Apart from the tribal elements we added the trendy foxes, raccoons and deers onto the party packs, which all worked really well with the venue.
All in all, I'm not too sure who enjoyed the celebration more - the party planner or Josh.
Today I am sharing a beautiful Ballerina Themed birthday, styled and coordinated by Zenobia of Blue Olive Events.
I simply love all the ballerina details that Zenobia incorporated into the decor and candy table - very clever!
My favorite details? All of it! But especially the ballerina biscuits, cupcakes and table center pieces.
Enjoy the pictures, lovingly shot by Photo Paige.
Sigh, this pink ballerina first birthday for little Didintle was executed to pink perfection. I love every little, perfectly pink detail! Thank you to Karin, Karin Meiring Photography for sharing this lovely party with us.
Enjoy the pictures!
I am so excited to officially launch our 'Win a Party' competition for 2017. One lucky person will win Party Decor and Sweet Treats for their next big celebration worth R 13 375! WOW! Details and terms & conditions at the bottom of this post. Good Luck!
Prize consists of products and services from the following brands:
Ever After Events – R3280
1 x Electronic Invitation Design
1 x Party Banner
25 x *empty* Goodie bags/boxes with thank you tags
1 x Custom Bunting
25 x Custom Stickers
Hand Creations Decor Hire
Décor worth R1000
(Please note that there is a refundable deposit of R350)
Fabiola Cakery – R850
1 x Themed cake to the value of R850
Marethe.com – R 2200
1 x 1.5 Hour photoshoot on the day of the event
(Includes 40km travel roundtrip, anything over this distance will be charged at R4.00/km)
Nicole’s Macaroons – R520
1 x Box of 40 Macaroons in a select flavour of your choice
Pinatas Galore – R1000
1 x Life sized piñata of choice, OR
2 x Large piñatas of choice
Plan Me Pretty – R750
25 x Iridescent Straws
20 x Iridescent ‘Party’ Napkins
25 x Paper Plates
25 x Paper Cups
25 x Bamboo knives and forks
6 x Confetti Balloons
2 x Paper Bunting Flag Strings
6 x Honeycomb and pompom Balls in various sizes
S Studio Designs R 1275
1x Lasered Wood Caketopper
25 x Lasered Wood Cupcake/Food toppers
1 x Lasered Wood 800mm sign (eg name cut-out)
Sweetly Detailed – R2050
Candy Table Items
25 x Cheese Cakes
25 x Cake Pops
25 x Donuts
25 x Cupcakes
Whiskaway Hand made Ice-Cream – R450
25 x Ice-Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Terms and Conditions.
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The Spring Rose Festival at Ludwig's Roses is one of my yearly highlights. Who cannot look forward to being spoiled in such a special way? This year we were treated to a rose inspired menu paired with Kleine Zalze Bubbles and Wine. The food was beautifully prepared by the on-site venue; The Rose Shed, led by chef Tony Barnett.
And to top it all of, each of us were gifted a 'Forever Delight' rose plant and a bottle of their Pure Rose Water.
The official festival is on until Sunday, please treat yourself to this amazing assault on the senses, the rose smell is intoxicating, the floral decor details is something to be admired and the collection of VW cars and toy car collection is not something you will probably ever see for free in your life again (and also an excuse to drag hubby with!).
If you cannot make it this weekend, Heike (Mr. Ludwig's daughter) tells me that the roses is best viewed in the month of October, and they even have a tractor that drive visitors through the rose fields! So you can take your ouma and oupa too.
Images by: Marethe.com
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