Wednesday, June 9, 2010

QUICK TIPS that will have your guests saying "What a GREAT IDEA!"

Ran out for time for a full blog today, but here are a few quickies for you....

Give you Cocktails or pre dinner drinks, some extra "pop" with lollipops in complementary colors in place of stirrers.
You can even match flavours to your cocktails!

A paint chip strip makes a simple and creative place card:
Cut off a length of two colors, then fold.

A great idea for a tone on tone on tone party -
Why not ask your local paint supplier if they have a stack of last seasons cards?
This is a great concept to base a whole party around.
You can find a few of your favourite colours from the pallette and
buy some sample pots to add accents around the party!

And one more quickie for you.....

A great tip for a Cocktail Party,
or to put at your bar for your next party,

stash ice in a funky colander and set on top of a bucket or a bowl.
You finally have a use for that vintage colander you love,
and you can show it off to your guests,
who will be saying "what a great idea!"

The water will drain out as the ice melts,
and guests will be able to get their ice blocks,
without digging them out of a bowl of freezing water ;)
And if you don't have any ice tongs?
How about grab the slotted spoon from your kitchen drawer ~
but with the colander tip you could even use a ladle.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Firstly - apologies for not blogging lately - have been super busy in the shop and getting the website ready, but have been collecting some great ideas in my notebook!
My first to share is an easy party theme

Yes, that game YOU played as a kid, is still popular! It has had many reincarnations over the years but the principle is still the same - primary colours and circles - what an easy party theme!!!

Use a game mat for your table cloth -
it's plastic and any stickiness or spills will simply wipe off!

All you need to purchase are those Avery Dots in Red, Blue, Green and Yellow, and you can spruce up budget white party supplies! Put the dots around the rim of a paper plate, and in a gird pattern like the mat on the cup.

You also have a Built in Party Game - which you can do with smaller lots of kids, or maybe buy a couple of games and entertain the entire neighbourhood!
You can often find this game in second hand shops
and quite cheaply second hand online on sites like ebay.
Plus there are all kinds of products like shower curtains and bed spreads with the game mat on them that would make great gifts and/or decorations!

You could even DIY a game mat with an old white bed sheet or plastic tablecloth and some paint, or if you are into sewing - you could make a fabric mat, that would be treasured by the birthday kid
(especially if guests used fabric markers to leave a message on each circle).

This would be also be a great 21st/18th Birthday Theme,
and you can incorporate the game into a drinking game of sorts.
And the outfit below would make a great hostess or Guest of Honour outfit!
What makes this work as a theme is the simplicity of the concept, and how if you're not sure how to do or include something, you have an easy point of reference - the colours and the circles.