GOOD LOOKS - Into The Woods Wedding

Thursday, February 11, 2016

into the woods

If red carpet ready isn’t your style, embrace a more natural, rustic approach. Join us over the next few weeks as we share a mix of humble and refined elements that will create a memorable occasion (and many ideas to steal for any autumn event).

GOOD LOOKS - A Tropical Thank You

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


As my Summer Party is just a casual get together, it makes sense that party favours are not a big thing. The one year I had little glass bottles with a shot inside and had these at each place setting for the grown ups and I gave the kids little plastic water animal pistols. The latter resulting in a lot of fun but water everywhere! 

The next year I bought cute little animal butt magnets and had these on the place cards - but most guests didn't realise that these were magnets and for them to take home. And so this year I went for the easiest idea and had cute sugar cookies in the shapes of summer fruit.

And to to make sure guests knew that they were for them, I added these little Thank You tags! 

GOOD ON PAPER - Free Printables 
Tropical Thank You Tags

GOOD LOOKS - Tropical Party Fun and Games

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

summer selfies

For our Summer Party fun and games, I had strung up some bunting from the trees and had a little area for everyone to stand for some pics. I made some cool props of my own by taking little wooden cut outs I found from Typo (a pineapple, palm trees and a speech bubble) and stuck on some black letters I found at the hardware store...

But if you are looking for something a little easier then this Selfie Photo Booth Props kit from our shop was just as popular!

Summer Party Photo Prop Kit
Props include; #SELFIE, PARTY, pastel coloured ice lolly, cocktail, chevron design tie and bow tie, moustache and chalkboard speech mark all on sticks and sunglasses and glasses. Brilliant for birthday parties, summer garden parties and BBQs, any celebration!

GOOD LOOKS - Summer Party Games

Sunday, February 7, 2016

watch out!

One of the highlights of our Summer Parties, is always the Water Balloon Fight! To be honest it is a bit of pain filling up all of the balloons - so we do it the day before. But it is always worth it - as it really is such good fun!

UP TO GOOD - Sunday Sneak Peek

welcome home to pattern

Are you ready for a sneak peek of something new? Launched in 2006 by London based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns is an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics. And we are excited to introduce later this week some of their goodies for the kicthen and the table!

Their design influences range from mid-century British textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories. Travel also influences their work - and much of their inspiration comes from holidays and field trips, both at home and abroad. Now, it is time for their retro look to inspire your home!

GOOD TASTE - Hummus Recipe

Saturday, February 6, 2016

a hummus hit

For our Summer Party, my friend Donna always brings a hostess gift, but this year I skipped etiquette and said that if she was going to bring something (which always does!) what I would really love is her hummus! It was the highlight of my snacks table and was finished in minutes.

And not only did she share the recipe with me but you can try it out too...

Basic hummus recipe

Serves 6-8 as a starter

2 x 400g cans of chickpeas (reserve the liquid and a few chickpeas for decoration)
4 tsp tahini
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp crushed sea salt
 6 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
 3½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
 Coriander or parsley leaves

Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and tip into the food processor. Add the tahini, crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and seven tablespoons of the reserved liquid from the cans. Turn on the food processor and slowly pour in the oil.

When the mixture is fully combined and smooth, tip it into a serving dish. Drizzle with some more extra virgin olive oil and decorate with a few whole chickpeas. Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped coriander or parsley leaves, for colour.

GOOD LOOKS - The Summer Table

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

summer in stages

Every year for the past three years, we host a big Summer Party and each year it gets easier and easier. The great thing about planning a season themed bash is that when it comes to shopping for decorations and tableware you don't mind investing in some nice pieces because you will be able to use them not only for the whole summer season but can put them in storage and bring them out every year. As long as you stick to bright colours and not too theme specific you only then need to swap out the paper napkins and some garlands...

Here's a little peek at my "Summer Collection" over the years.

For our first Summer party, most of the budget went on basics like the braai, outdoor furniture, so to be honest the only "fun" thing I bought that year were these painted little tins (and a matching bowl and salad servers) that I use as toothpicks and cutlery holders...

This year, I was so luckily at the last minute to pick up 24 colourful Laguiole steak knives on a 50% sale!

Finally after 3 years of paper cups and plates, I treated our table to proper ceramicware - these gorgeous plates are part of Rice Denmarks Collection.

This year I am wanting to look into a more permanent outdoor lighting solution (I'm thinking festoon lights) and for fun I know we are going to be stocking some pretty cool marquee lights that will be the talk of the town! 

What are your summer plans?

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