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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.

Enjoy,

Nicole

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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.

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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.

Nicole

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.

Invitation:

The owl design was used to introduce the party theme.

Decor:

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.

Food:

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

Have fun!

Nicole

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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.

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Have fun!

Nicole

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