Elegant beach party decor | Mint, coral and gold

19 Jan

My guy and I are spending a wonderful weekend in the little coastal town of Paternoster on the West Coast in Cape Town, South Africa. Check out my photography blog, www.nicolehenriques.wordpress.com as I will be writing about our weekend soon.

The little place that we are staying at, La Mer, is on the beach. The tranquility of the village with its white buildings and wide stoeps adds so much charm. My favorite place however is on our balcony, as it has a view of the ocean. Let me simply inform you that I LOVE the beach.

The image below is of our view, I took it with Instagram. Follow me @nicolehenriques if you are keen to see a glimpse into my daily life as I share images of items and events that make me happy.

La Mer | Paternoster

As I sat and watched the waves, seagulls and people interacting on the beach, I recalled this elegant beach party post that I saw on the pretty blog, these ladies are awesome. Although it was designed for adults, the decor on the table can be changed to reflect little ones characters more.

The tent:

  • Simply get a piece of white material from your local material shop. Make sure it is long and wide enough.
  • Four poles to place in the corners of your tent. Make sure they go deep into the sand so that the tent does not collapse during the party.
  • Pretty rocks or something to keep the ends from flapping.

The table:

  • Have an old door off it’s hinges? Why not paint it white and use it as a table top. 
  • Old crates, painted white too, to serve as the legs.
  • Scattered cushions as seats.

The picnic box:

  • White medium sized crate with holes drilled in for the rope handles.
  • Go green and fill with bio-degradable paper plate and cup as well as wooden cutlery. After the party it can all be disposed of in the nearest dirt bin. *Do your little bit for our environment.






Nautical theme birthday party for little girls

25 Dec

I love the ocean and I think that having a beach party is a great idea. It can be comfortable and elegant all at the same time. Since I have started blogging I have come across quite a few gorgeous beach themed events. Today I would like to share the Nautical theme for little girls with you.

Once again the fantastic HWTM was a fantastic source of inspiration. I fell in love with the navy, pink and white color theme for this party.


These are such simple ideas however the execution needs to be perfect. To help you I have added the links for you to download the sweet jar labels here. If you prefer the blanks cards click here.

Another great download is the note to let your guests know to help themselves. To download this note click here.

For a South African twist, I found these great candy labels on The Pretty Blog, designed by mstudio. To download them click here.

Trust you love these pretty finds.


Rockstar/ Popstar launch party

9 Sep

I saw this idea on HWTM and instantly LOVED it. I am sure that many parents get asked by their pre-teenage daughters or even sons to have a disco styled party. Perhaps they would like it for the 13th birthday, the official mark of becoming a teenager. Well if you are apprehensive about having a real disco style party, this one is for you.


What better way is there to show that you are a rockstar or popstar, than by having your own albumn launch party. The decor can be centered around the albumn cover. The party girl/boy could even sign these before issuing the invitations to the VIP guests.


You can have any type of food at the launch party, but keep it aligned to the theme, so whether you can print containers to match the theme or you colour coordinate it all. As long as it all ties together.


Find an area in your home that you can decorate into the disco or VIP lounge area and kit it out with a karaoke machine, which is always fun.



If you would like, you can get the kids to dress up so have props available, or get them to make their own props.

Party favours:

Once again you can have any party favours as long as it matches the theme. In the image below they used chocolate shaped as a mic. Really clever.


Dreamy Owl party inspiration (DIY party ideas for kids)

4 May

I found this gorgeous party inspiration on HWTM. I love the dreaminess of the pastels used in the color scheme. You can personalise everything for your little one or you can keep it generic.


The owl design was used to introduce the party theme.


This party has a lot of arts and crafts, but they are as easy as 1,2,3. There are large owls made from poms poms and peer to create the facial features and bunting lined the walls.

This theme can be made for boys as well, by simply changing the colour scheme.


The candy/ dessert table is where it all comes alive, it is filled with owls.

Have fun!



Activities to do with kids at parties or just for fun

19 Apr

A child’s laughter is the best sound, for me, in the world. When children laugh they laugh from their belly. Not a care in the world, just pure joy and happiness. I love being surrounded by little ones and in so doing I enjoy playing with them, getting down to their level, whether it is colouring in a picture, painting, doing arts and crafts and simply running around having fun. When was the last time you spent time, real time, with your little one or a little one that’s important in your life?

Take time out and cherish the moments with your little ones. In this blog I have added a few activities from various blogs I found, I am sure it will keep your all busy for hours on end.


Have fun!





Carnival theme party inspiration (DIY party ideas)

15 Apr

I love love love bright colours. This party theme was created by Jennifer from HWTM. Besides the bright colors that attracted my eye and I’m sure yours as well, she has kindly created free stuff to download. Yes, you read correctly, free stuff. I have added the links to these at the end of the blog.

I am not going to say much in this blog as the images speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Have fun!





Free printables:

Birthday parade banner

Birthday banner: girl

Birthday banner: boy

Sweet station labels

Bubble bottle wrap

Juice box wrap: fruit punch

Juice box wrap: mixed berry

Blank labels

Parade animals

Happy birthday labels

Birthday number flags 1/2/3/4/5

Adorable train party inspiration (DIY party ideas)

14 Apr

Trains, trains, trains, little boys love trains. When I saw these images I knew I had to blog about them. The ideas and colours used in this inspiration board is fantastic.


Station: All aboard

Design an invite as a train ticket. It is so well suited to introduce the theme of your party because before you board any train you need a ticket.


Station: Let’s party

White, navy blue, sky blue and red set the theme of the party. You know the saying, “less is more.” That is exactly how this party was set up. The bold colours were enough to set the scene at the table.

If you live in Cape Town, South Africa, why not have the blue train venue as the backdrop. Fits perfectly.


Station: Let’s eat

When you on a train journey, lunch or munchies are pre-packed. Do the same for each child’s place setting. It is practical and sophisticated.

  • Popcorn in a cone – take a A4 sheet in a color or pattern of your choice and make a cone. Stick it together and there you go. No mess no fuss popcorn holder.
  • Lunch in a box or bag – Find a style or design you like. Wrap it in the color of your choice and add the child’s name to the front. If you in Cape Town, Merrypak is great place to start for this and lots of other goodies.
  • Cupcakes – cake is often wasted by little ones. Cupcakes are the better option. To stick to the theme, why not source a train design cupcake holder. If you cannot find these, find a plain cupcakes holder in a colour of your choice. If in Cape Town, speak to Cynthia of Flourpower cakes and cupcakes. I have used her before and she is phenomenal.
  • Cookies – get a biscuits design in a train design and package them individually.
  • Candy station – find a corner and create a candy station. This would be a great ‘stop’ on the train journey.


Station: Where the fun never stops

To keep the children entertained on the train journey try these activities:

  • Find an image of a train on the internet. Print out enough copies and paste the sheets on cardboard. Then simply take a pair of scissors and cut out various pieces to make puzzle pieces. You can also find someone locally to make the puzzles for you. Simply present them with your image.
  • Children love to colour. Have another ‘station’ as the colouring in corner. Print various sheets of trains and add crayons to a corner. Quick and easy. The children will love it.

Party bags:

Station : End of the journey

Find a white or brown paper bag and decorate it. Add a thank you message on the front and a picture of the party child if you like.  Fill with goodies and you are good to go.

Trust you found this blog helpful. Please leave your comments.

Have fun!