It seems like a lifetime ago that I last wrote a blog post! When you are self employed there are never enough hours in the day for you to get through all of the things that you'd like too!!
I have had a hectic couple of weeks dealing with some events and enquiries from potential customers. The latest event was an end of term party for a School. The theme was Hawaiian Luau and I have to say that it all went off fabulously well.
The Headmistress had kept everything a secret so no one knew what to expect. All of the doors were blacked out whilst we were setting up so the whole evening was clouded in secrecy so as to create a buzz of excitement. All of the pupils turned up in Hawaiian dress (grass skirts, leis, etc) and all were amazed when they entered the school hall which had been completely bare a few hours beforehand.
The ceiling had been draped in lots of tropically coloured lanterns that contained tealights (battery operated ones of course) the doors were strung with coloured flower curtains and the walls were transformed to look like the inside of a tikki hut on one side and a beach scene on the other. The focal point was the Tikki bar that had been specially constructed by a local joinery company which had been strung with lanterns and fairy lights. All of the pupils were served "mock" tails with garnishes and umbrellas by the teaching staff and there were gammes and dancing galore.
Candy Handfuls boutique bakery created a fantastic centrepiece cake of a tropical island, cupcakes and fabulous Tikki Head biscuits that all of the children were given to take home at the end of the evening. A BBQ was provided by Jacksons Catering which went down exceptionally well with the pupils and the teaching staff.
A tikki King & Queen were crowned and at the end of the proceedings all of the pupils took part in releasing balloons that had been tied with wishes for their future.
It was a truly fabulous evening and everyone had a great time. I will post some pictures of the interior asap, I'm just trying to get hold of some that don't contain images of the children. In the meantime here are a couple of pictures of the cakes provided by the Gorgeous Helen at Candy Handfuls ......
I know that everyone is watching the pennies these days and many brides are keen to look for ways to save money without sacrificing on style. There are numerous ways to save cash from choosing a small wedding, though to getting stuck in and making lots of your wedding elements yourself. This can be anything from having a go at making your own invitations through to sewing your own dress! Now granted that making your own wedding dress isn't for the fainthearted and you need some sewing skills to begin with. But isn't beyond the skills of the most basisc sewer. There are lots of pattens available out there and if you feel that you need some tuition before you atempt anything fancy, there are lots of local and national courses that you can sign up to, where you will be able to acquire some nifty sewing skills.
And even if you feel that you're not up to attempting to make your own dress, you just may feel able to have a try at making your own viel or bridesmaids dresess ...
....or you could even attempt to make tablecloths etc for your reception. The choice is limitless. Whatever your skill level, have a go you'll be amazed at the results you can get with just a few lessons and a bit of practice.