For some mums, the most intimidating part of planning a children’s party is how to coordinate the theme effectively.
Whilst going out and buying anything, and everything in the product range might seem like the easiest and most convenient solution, it might not always look easy on the eye. This tends to often become a costly matter given most of the items are imported and often, you’re left cash-strapped after buying a few of the non-essential items.
This time around, I didn’t want to spend time designing a personalised theme for my daughters fifth birthday party. I headed over to party store, In Good Company in Parkhurst to see what party themes they had available for little girls. Keeping the interests of my daughter in mind, I spotted the ‘Meri Meri, I’m a Princess’ range of paper items with its soft pinks and blues and immediately knew that it would suit the party that I wanted to create for her. This beautifully decorated party theme has a range of cups, plates, favour bags, cupcake kits and also features a 3d paper castle.
Inspired by the Princess cakes that I found online, I sketched a cake using all the elements that I wanted to have featured on the cake. The Fondant Fairy drew inspiration from the little princess imagery and created the cake in vanilla with caramel and fondant. The cake was so moist and fresh and we still ate it days later! I use the ‘Meri Meri I’m a Princess’ Cupcake kit toppers for the cupcakes and to place on the staircase.
Using elements from the serviettes and plates, I pulled the images onto my menu cards, stickers and tags in a design program called Photoshop. (I needed to scan the plate to achieve this, cut out the princesses and edit them into my artwork). I then had these printed onto cardstock or stickers. The ‘Princess Snacks’ was printed onto card and popped into each child’s food pack. The round stickers were used to seal the little Merignue cookies, the Candy-Corn packs and the Sherbet Fruit Lolly’s. The ‘Thank You’ cards were printed onto cardstock and a hole was punched at the top. I threaded a piece of twine through which was used as a tag on the children’s food packs. The milkshake was printed onto sticker paper and fixed onto mini milk bottles. The menu was placed on each place setting for the adults.
Each child was welcomed by a bottle of milk with a strawberry straw, and then received a bag with their lunch, candy-popcorn, meringue cookies, a fruit sherbet lolly and a drink. This meant no ‘kiddies table’, less fuss for mums and they could take home whatever was not finished. I wanted to avoid the sit-down table for the children as there were some older boys who wouldn’t be keen on a proper sit down with the girls!
For the adult tables, I used self-embossed tablecloths in white and used the minimum in terms of plates and glassware. I only added a teaspoon and cake fork as most of the items that were on the menu was suitable to eat with your hands. I created interest by poking in some of the princess toppers into the moss and flower arrangements.
If you’d like to re-create this party, I’ve included some free printables for you. All you need to do is place them into Word or PowerPoint and resize according to how large or small you require it. Add your daughter’s name in using the text function, save as a PDF and take to any printer to have them printed for you.
Aunty Asfeyah: Most of the catering 084 601 7868
The Fondant Fairy: 084 676 8707
Hiring of flower stands, crockery, glassware and cutlery from Crystal Leaf Decor: 083 515 1222
Party Theme purchased from In Good Company: www.ingoodcompany.co.za
What did I buy from the range: Serviettes (normal size for adults with Princess imagery, and small for children with coordinated flowers from the same range), the 3d Princess castle (which she has kept and is using in pretend play), the favour bags, and the paper plates.
Have a look at Tahani’s party last year: Belle and Boo party