Tuesday, March 30, 2010

cute contest

There are many things that I love about the whole blogosphere especially all the fab. giveaways and who does not love to enter a competition? So you can imagine my sheer delight when not only did Maddycakes host a Easter and Spring Tablescape Competition - but we came in 3rd place for our Easter Craft party.

Check our our other fun entry here. And better yet check out the Maddycakes Muse blog for great party inspiration!


Sunday, March 28, 2010


If you are looking for great DIY projects for your wedding and would love lots and lots of free downloads then Nonpareil, an online magazine is the place to go! Already with only two issues under their belt they are up alongside the likes of Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides. My favourite idea has to be their Spa Party "Dessert" Buffet.


bonnet beauty

An Easter bonnet parade is always great fun, whether the bonnets are made before the party or as an activity during the Easter event. From adapting an existing straw hat to fashioning a crown out of stiff card, the bonnets can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Use fresh flowers, feathers and little fluffy toy chickens to decorate, tie with our pretty ribbons and then put some music on and encourage the children to parade around and show off their hats.

Baby Boom Ribbons
6 Ribbons, 1.5 metres each



party on

Yeah! It is official, I have my own version of a Keep Calm and Carry On Poster! I thought this one is just perfect for our upcoming exhibitions whereby if you sign up to our mailing list you get a free printable party! And if you love this poster as much as we do, you can buy your own customised one - any words or any colour or any motif sent to you in a pdf. file for as little as R200! So all I can say is Keep Calm and Call Us.




Saturday, March 27, 2010

paper daisies

I love surfing the internet for ideas for parties, and my favourite thing is to find something new but also something that I can do! Like this ceremony backdrop that was featured on Style Me Pretty this week. We have these paper daisies in stock in all different colours including the bright orange used here! So if you want to create a big and bold ceremony centrepiece think abut using these en mass!

Paper Daisies
35cm R22 each
48cm R24 each
Colours available: white, fuchsia pink, turquoise blue, orange and chartreuse green.

And soon to arrive another 10 colours! And a sunburst design!


bunny brunch

Are you planning an Easter breakfast? Check out our online magazine Good Newsletter Issue 16 for some brightly coloured ideas, and here is some more gorgeous inspiration from Country Living!

Some great ideas include:
- String up bunting
- Set the table with bright table runners
- Use pretty paper plates, cups and paper napkins
- Fill jugs and teapots with bunches of flowers
- In egg cups and small baskets fill with almonds and small chocolate Easter eggs
- Set up an Easter Egg Hunt - try our printable party that has an Easter Egg Hunt banner and little signposts to point everyone in the right direction


pop by

We would love to meet you! So pop by our stand 77 at the Living & Loving baby & Kids Expo all day today and tomorrow at Emperor's Palace. There are over 120 stands to see and lots of fun activities for kids including Noddy Shows at 12 and 2pm. See you there!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

style supreme

One of the World's No. 1 Wedding magazines must be Wedding Style Guide, my love for this publication bubbles over... especially as in the last two issues they have bracnhed out a bit to inlcude other occasions like this Easter Entertainer. And I love the fact that the invitation and placecard are free downloads! Be sure to swoon over all their other fabulous free goodies! And best of all you can buy their magazines digitally - now that is world class style!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

easter eggcitement

Our love for paper products has just tripled! How cute is this Easter printable party from Paper Glitter. I love the fact that you can get just about everything you need to put on one very fancy Easter Egg Hunt and brunch. How stunning are the paper flowers and butterfly straws!


Monday, March 22, 2010

picture this!

No words are required for how fabulous this idea is for a wedding photobooth! I am literally already getting my carpenter on speed dial to make this happen for me! Not that I am getting married but I know I will be sure to have 101 brides giving me a call to find if we have one of these! I will keep you posted!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

back beauty

I love the US tradition of making a feature of the Bride & Groom's chairs at the wedding reception. And I especially love the stunnig simplicity of these beribboned ones for the main table from Style me Pretty. Visit our online store for pretty Petersham Ribbon choices.


bread and butter

Here is a great idea from a real wedding featured on Snippet & Ink, Jenny & Kyle used breadboards to serve their h'ordervers. What a great idea for more country chic canapes and well suited to weddings and dinner parties alike. In this style even slices of pizza are guaranteed to please the eye.


Friday, March 19, 2010

st paddy's day

A few weeks ago I suggested that maybe when it comes to decor for a cost effective solution, you should go for a bright and/patterned tablecloth and pretty much that is all you need. Well, I put this into action yesterday and I have to say I think it worked really well! So I am now going to make my third trip to the fabric store to get more lovely linens, lucky them and lucky you!


Monday, March 15, 2010

to have and to hold

I have a special place in my heart for Irish weddings what with mine being inspired by classic Irish symbols like the shamrock and Claddagh. You don't marry a Gallagher without some sort of toast to the Green Isle. I wish I had known about this traditional ritual of a Hand Fastening Ceremony- especially as we have such pretty petersham ribbons in over 100 different colours and styles to suit any wedding colour palette. Check out Style me Pretty for St Patricks Day inspired wedding ideas.



spoil me

These fun badges have just arrived! And I think they are not only great for a Kid's Party but essential for every office - that way you can use over and over again and make even the boss wear it on his or her birthday!

Big Badge
R30 each

Mini badges
R30 for 6


Sunday, March 14, 2010

hippity hop

Planning an Easter egg hunt? Paper and Cake have the path decorated, and the baskets too. This sweet springy collection in pink and green has everything you need to make your Easter hop!
The collection includes:
Easter baskets
Crayon boxes
Cupcake picks
Basket tags
Cupcake wrappers
Bag toppers
Lawn picks
Colouring page
Pennant banner "Happy Easter"
Wearable Bunny Ears
Full page patterned paper
Available from the IN GOOD COMPANY SHOP for R50


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Easter Printable Party
Designed by paper&cake




Sunday, March 7, 2010

chalk it in

A popular alternative to printing stationery items on paper is to use chalkboards like Ingrid & Tim did in their GOOD LIFE real wedding. How about some of these trendy alternatives:

Use heart or flower shaped chalkboard tags (available now at Loads of Living) for placecards.

Make directional signs for guests to find their way to the Wedding, Parking, The Loo, Ceremony etc.

Set an oversized one near the entrance and chalk in everyone's seat or the menu. This is especially attractive when finished off with a brightly coloured frame - and this could make a great addition to your kicthen, study or hallway in your home.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

bubbly & bites

Alex and I really enjoy meeting our customers in person, so we are really excited for this upcoming weekend SHOWDAYS. It is so nice to share ideas with you and for you to tell us all your great party plans. I loved that one of clients is having a Pirates & Pancakes Party! How awesome is that! It made me realise that sometimes I stress too much about the food at a party, I think it is because it is compeltely out of my comfort zone... but I realise that it can be really simple especially if it is interactive. Here are some other good ideas from real people:

Alex's husband had a Beer & Burgers 30th
Ingrid at her wedding had Beer & Biltong for the boys during the cocktail hour while the girls had High Tea
Christi from P is for Party had a Pancake & Pearls Party

So, please do join us for our Champagne & Cupcakes on the 12-14th March 2010.
What ...&... party are you planning?

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