Are you celebrating your big day this summer? With peak wedding season soon to be in full swing, we lend a hand with our ideas to help you add the final touches to your celebration. Whether you’re going with the traditional white colour scheme or celebrating your big day in non-conventional style, we have plenty of ideas for the season to rock your boat.
If you’re a couple who love all things vintage and are looking for something with a nostalgic, whimsical feel for your celebration you’ll love the Vintage Rose range. As the name suggests, this collection is unashamedly romantic, featuring a classic rose bloom as a central motif across everything you need to dress your reception. As well as lovely pieces of tableware, perfect for your evening buffet or canapés, the range includes gorgeous accessories to integrate into your celebration. If you want to give your cakes that special extra something add some cupcake cases and picks, perfect for making your sweet treats stand out. We love the idea of creating a tower of cupcakes, iced in pastel colours and topped with pretty rose sugar craft decorations. A co-ordinating cake stand is also included in the range, a simple way to make an eye-catching display. You could perhaps include your cakes in a candy buffet, a trend which is becoming increasingly popular and which makes a great alternative to the standard sit-down dessert course.
If you’re looking for a girl’s birthday range that doesn’t veer towards the pink and frilly, you’ll love our Tree Top Friends collection. Sweet but not sugary, the range has everything you need to create a fun themed celebration and has appeal for a broad age range, from pre-schoolers up to the difficult ‘tween’ age group. With its zingy colour palette of acid green, pink and yellow, Tree Top Friends is a bold alternative to the myriad pink ‘n’ princessy ranges out there, so if you’re looking for party ideas with something a little unusual about them, this is a great place to start.
If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating during the summer, this range lends itself perfectly to a outdoor celebration. Give your outdoor space an ‘enchanted garden’ feel with bunting, balloons and fairy lights – the range includes some gorgeous bunting featuring circular flags reading ‘Happy Birthday’ which can be attached to garden walls or fences, or strung around a parasol or tree. We love the idea of using multi-coloured paper lanterns or pom poms to decorate your outdoor space, too. Available in a multitude of colours, hang a cluster to a tree or canopy – Hobby craft does a good selection in zesty colours to match the other pieces in the Tree Top Friends range.
If you’ve got a pre-schooler with a birthday on the horizon and you’re looking for a theme that’s a little bit different from the ubiquitous pirates ‘n’ princesses, you might like to check out our range inspired by a children’s bookshelf classic. Few parents of kids in the 0-4 age range will be unfamiliar with Dear Zoo, Rod Campell’s internationally best selling story. With this impressive heritage, we were delighted to be able to see the story come to life in our party range, which features original illustrations by the author himself. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a colourful alternative to standard party ware, and includes pieces to dress your table as well as decorative accessories and stationery.
When it comes to ticking off the essentials, you’ll find everything you need to create a party table popping with colour. Bold paper plates, cups, bowls and napkins come in shades of green, red and yellow and feature instantly recognisable Dear Zoo characters; the too tall giraffe, the too naughty monkey and the too big elephant, for example. Serve the classic jelly and ice cream in a co-ordinating treat tub, illustrated with a leaping frog. On the subject of jelly you could stick with your theme and look for some animal-shaped moulds to make your desserts extra special – retailers such as Etsy and eBay are good for sourcing unusual party food supplies.