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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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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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Vintage Easter party inspiration (DIY party ideas)

5 Apr

With Easter this weekend, this inspiration board is a must. Styled by Julia of In Good Company, based in South Africa.

Decor:

The colour palette is a pastel one: white, green and pink. I love the vintage look. A floral tablecloth and a green check runner. If you are looking for vintage decor to hire see My Pretty Vintage, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Food:

I simply love the retro bottles.  I am sure these can be found in and around your home, simply cover the glass bottles with paper doilies and ribbon to finish off the look. Added to the table are speckled eggs and everyone’s favourite, hot-cross buns.

Games:

For fun with the little ones (big ones too), why not have a Easter egg hunt or the traditional egg and spoon race. Both are always fun.

Trust you love these images as much as I do.

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Have fun!

Nicole