A Big Top Birthday – Colourful Childrens Circus Party Theme – Styling and Ideas

Today, I am taking a little step back from Weddings, and the focus falls on the kids with a colourful Circus Party Theme with a moodboard, styling tips, and ideas for party fun.

Children have much more creative minds than us adults, and a few subtle hints from this childrens party theme will send them into a world of greasepaint and the trapeze.

 

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Moodboard Credits

Line 1: Party juice, clown, balloons, stuffed animals

Line 2: Birthday Cake, play accessories (Blowers/Clown noses), party bags , hot dogs

Line 3: Popcorn, tickets stand, Cake table, party invitation

Line 4: Draping, circus tableware, party hats, big top cookies

 

To whisk your guests into a Big Top/Carnival experience, firstly you need some invitations, and this is where you can get creative.

Get some card and shape it like a ticket. Suggested wording is “You are invited to…..Big Top Birthday” and “Admit 1″, alternatively a professionally created ticket style invitation like this is widely available.

You could also fashion invitations in the shape of the Big Top.

For decoration and to create the vision, firstly you will need some red and white drapes, which you would suspend from the ceiling in a Big Top style pattern.

Alternatively if the party is not at home this could be repurposed in a hall or you could hire a large bell tent structure.

Bunting could be hung around the walls and the entrance to the event space.

Adorn the tables with red, blue or yellow tablecloths and place a balloon cluster of these colours in the centre of each table.

Place many stuffed animals around the room to create a circus animal feel.

To make a ticket booth for the entrance, paint a large box in bright colours.

For entertainment for the party, consider hiring a clown and/or a magic show or someone who is talented in face painting would be a great addition too.

For party games, each child could be given a red nose to play at being Clowns, or hey could have a roaring Lion contest or they could also play Pass the Ringmasters Hat  or Musical Clowns.

For craft ideas, they could draw or paint paper plates as circus animals or clowns, when finished, a lolly stick to the back would be applied, and you would have a ready made mask.

You could also print off circus scenes for the children to colour in.

For food for the party, cotton candy, pretzels, toffee apples, big lolly’s, ice cream, hot dogs and pocorn are popular choices.

As for a cake, a clown cake or cupcakes arranged in the shape of a balloon cluster would go down really well, as well as a spectacular Big Top Cake.

 

I have chosen some cool products that would accentuate this Big Top experience….

 

Editors Choice 

Circus Placecard or Photo Holders - Giddy Kipper – NOTHS – Perfect and dual purpose being both a place saver and then a take home gift.

 

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Big Top Circus Favour Boxes – Hope and Willow – NOTHS

 

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Fun and Colourful circus party hats – Postbox party – NOTHS

 

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Clown Noses - Post Box Party – NOTHS

 

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I hope these ideas give you something to think about and some ideas for your own Circus Party theme  for your very own wee clowns, trapeze artists and stiltwalkers.

Well Personalised – Personalised products for Weddings, celebrations and special times

Today I am delighted to spotlight on Well Personalised…..a small company dedicated to producing the best quality designs for personalised products such as Drop top guestbooks, Wedding card sacks and more!

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I had a wee chat to Christina Crane about the company….

 

Who are you, and what do you do? 

“We are Well Personalised,  a company who design and produce all sorts of personalised products for weddings, anniversaries etc.”

“Our Wedding Card Sacks and Drop Top Guestbooks are our signature items.”

“We also offer peronalised cushions, personalised tea cosy, tea towels, ties, pencil cases, hankies and rulers.”

 

When and why did you start your Company? 

We started two years ago, after a massive change in personal circumstances I needed ‘a hobby’ to do from home.”

“In two years it grew from a ‘hobby’ into a business which now drop ships for the UK’s leading online retailer of personalised products.”

“We have multiple ecommerce platforms and sell internationally.”

 

What inspires you? 

“The things that inspire me are Vintage, retro, quirky products and finding the next trend and finding a way to personalise it!”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“Not really, obviously at Christmas the Vintage Hessian Christmas sacks are popular but nowadays weddings happen all year round.”

“We do offer designs to compliment the trends ie. Retro, Vintage and Birdcage themes have been popular.”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“My two beautiful children who have to become oompah loompahs when I get busy!”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“To expand and expand and take on the world,  lol !”

“Our drop top guest books are proving so popular as nowdays most peoples wedding guest books are gathering dust in the attic, and the well wishes are never read again.”

“Our frames mean that you can read again and again the quirky and fun (sometimes serious) notes and messages from your guests.”

“They are also great gift ideas for offices etc.”

 

The Drop Top guest book frames also have their own stand alone website….. Well Spoaken

 

“From our workshop in Kent the solid oak frames are made to order by our master craftsman.  The frames have a unique deign which features a ‘slot’ in the top where guests can ‘post’ the themed ‘tokens’ which they have written their good wishes on inside the frame.”

“The idea behind this is to create a living memory of a special day, this day could be a Wedding, Christening, Baptism, Birthday, Retirement or any event that you wish to remember.”

“Guests love the thrill of writing their messages then watching the token ‘bounce’ off the fixed motifs bringing back memories of ‘Connect 4/Penny Slots’.”

“Each frame is personalised with motifs which are printed with the names or dates of the special event which are fixed to the frame backing.”

“Each frame is themed with tokens to compliment the design.  A range of background colours means the frame will fit in on any wall.”

“Every home should tell a story’, with a drop top guest book from WellSpoaken we can guarantee a talking point, and a reminder of that special occasion.”

 

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Thank you so much to the team for sharing their fantastic products. I particularly love the drop top guest books, such a great array of designs and a lovely talking point among guests.

And just how cute are the Wedding card sacks, its like your very own Wedding day postal delivery.

 

To Contact Well Personalised

Website: http://www.wellpersonalised.com/

Email: hello@wellpersonalised.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wpersonalised

Facebook

 

 

Andrea Hawkes Bridal – A Contemporary Collection for the Modern Bride

Today I am thrilled to share the 2014 Collection from Andrea Hawkes Bridal, a contemporary collection for the Modern Bride.

Andrea Hawkes  is a new London Bridal designer currently launching her 2014 Collection.

She has set up her studio in Hackney Central, London where all her couture gowns are made using the finest sourced natural fabrics.

Having worked for some of the leading British Bridal Designers, such as Phillipa Lepley and Suzanne Neville  she has gained extensive experience of working with brides which has naturally led her to open her own studio, developing a contemporary collection for the modern bride.

 

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Andrea says “My love for contemporary fashion design together with classic shapes and textiles has inspired me to create my own Bridal design company.”

“My first collection has been designed around the philosophy of a modern contemporary Bride, combined with traditional methods of dressmaking.”

“Andrea Hawkes Bridal is based in the artistic and fashion led creative hub of Hackney Central, London. Studio One is located on the first floor of the Grade II listed Old Town Hall Building situated next to St. John’s Church.”

“It has been a natural progression for me to start my own bridal design company, having worked for some of the most established British Bridal Designers.”

“My ethos is to provide a personal and professional service in a welcoming and relaxed environment.”

“The concept of simplifying the bridal experience by offering an honest approach to having a beautiful wedding gown made.”

“We offer a couture service based on the collection designs. This includes a calico toile fitting and the required amount of dress fittings leading up to your wedding day.”

“Each wedding gown is specific in design and fabrics to the individual modern bride.”

“All dresses are made in our London Studio using a combination of luxurious fabrics such as, European silks and French laces.”

 

Audrey

 

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Cecilia


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Coralie


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Florence (With silk mohair cardigan)


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Helena


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Olive


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Ophelia


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Thea


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Thank you so much to Andrea for sharing her exquisite new collection with us on the Blog today.

I love the Audrey, so very chic and very SJP, perfect for the Bride wanting a more understated but still beautiful bridal look.


Shoot Credits


Hair – Ross Mclaughlin Hair.

Make up – PandA Makeup.

Shoes – Harriet Wilde.

Accessories –  Kelly Spence Design and Designers own.

Studio – 63 Sun Studio, London.



To Contact Andrea Hawkes Bridal 

Website: http://andreahawkes.co.uk/

Email: studio@andreahawkes.co.uk

Phone:  0208 5255397

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndreaHawkesBridal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreaHawkes_B

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/AHawkesB1/

Hattie and James wonderful Worcestershire Wedding at the Avoncroft Museum

Its a beautiful start to the week with Hattie and James  wonderful Worcestershire Wedding at the amazing Avoncroft Museum.

Images of the day were captured by David Perkins.

 

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David Perkins is a Weddinng Photographer living on the South Staffordshire & West Midlands border with his wife and 4 children.

He has been a wedding photographer since 2001 and loves the freedom that wedding photojournalism gives couples to enjoy the experience of the wedding day.

For most of the wedding day he keeps a low profile, photographing you and your guests and sharing in the experience of your wedding day. For a small part of the day he shoots group shots so you can tick the boxes and then spend some time creating some fabulous and fun wedding portraits.

David shoots all over the U.K

 

The amazing location of the Wedding Reception has an incredible history.

Avoncroft Museum is home to over 30 different buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire. The Museum is spread over 19 acres and includes a wildflower meadow, period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of historic buildings.

In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a medieval merchant’s house from Bromsgrove.

Then, as now, their priority was to retain historic buildings in their original location.

Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures where this had not been achievable and the museum now displays and cares for twenty five historic buildings that range in date from Worcester Cathedral’s fourteenth century Guesten Hall roof to a post second world war prefab from Birmingham.

 

I had a wee chat with Bride and Groom, Hattie and James about them and their day…

 

How did you meet?

“We met at a Rotary Youth Leadership Award residential when we were 16 and 17 in the Forest of Dean.”

“We were both thrown into the wilderness by our respective colleges, no make up nor straighteners (for me not James), to face a magnitude of challenges including abseiling and raft building.”

“James forgot my name on day 1 despite it being on my jumper but we left RYLA with both new skills and new friends to meet up weeks later at a Cheltenham music festival and the rest is history.”

 

When did you get engaged?

“We got engaged in Summer 2011 in Oxford on a romantic weekend away. Hattie didn’t have a clue!!

“I tried the classic trick of faking an untied shoe only to reveal the largest ring box I’ve ever seen- having to disguise it in my camera bag.”

 

Tell us about your wedding planning journey

“We ummed and arred about when to get married.”

“Could we plan a wedding in 2 years while writing dissertations, teaching placements and graduation?”

“We decided to go for it and learnt a lot along the way.”

“We went for the homemade approach for as much as we could therefore spent lots of time searching the web for the best deal, trailing car boots and charity shops and lots of double sided tape and lavender sugar!”

 

When did you get married?

“We were married on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at Hattie’s family church in Droitwich with our wedding reception at the Avoncroft Museum.”

 

What was the best bit of your day?

Hattie – “Taking that last breath stood next to my dad before entering the church being accompanied by my brother on guitar playing Canon in D.”

James – “Looking over my shoulder, that final time as a single man, I remember being speechless as I saw my wife-to-be gliding down the aisle.”

 

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

“Do as much of it yourself as you can and focus on the details that matter.”

“Whether it be personalised centre pieces, dairy free wedding cake, home grown lavender sugar, 500m of homemade bunting or a meaningful first dance.”

“Also on the day it doesn’t matter if it rains, if the car breaks down (it did but with champagne in hand and rings on our fingers who cares?!), if the seat covers aren’t the perfect match to the cake at the end of the day you’re happy and married surrounded by those who matter most to you sharing in your big day.”

 

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Thank you so much to David for sharing his incredible photography and this fabulous Worcestershire Wedding Day.

Thank you also to Hattie and James for sharing their day and their extraordinary creativity.

I love the school subject inspired wedding centrepieces, so eye catching and well thought out and a definite talking point for guests.

I also love the reception venue, what history an an fantastic location to capture some fantastic memories.

 

Wedding Suppliers

Venue - Avoncroft Museum

Photography - David Perkins

Catering - Complete Caterers

Flowers – Katherine Bujanszki – Beautiful Flowers by KB

Cake – Alison Taylor – Cake Ice

Dress – Simply Bridal

Suits – Armstrongs of Worcester

 

To Contact David Perkins Photography 

Website: http://davidjperkins.org.uk/

Email: david@davidjperkins.com

Phone: 07855 750 433 or 01902 340 794

Blog: http://davidjperkins.org.uk/index.php/wedding_photography_blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidjperkinsweddingphotojournalist

 

MrsPandPs Sunday Morning Cuppa (Wedding Blog Catch Up)

Good Morning, and welcome to Mrs P and P’s Sunday Morning Cuppa Wedding Blog Catch up.

Its been a busy week with the Easter holidays, so slightly reduced service but today I want to look back and re – visit the fabulousness that has adorned the pages of the  Wedding Blog this week.

 

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We kicked off the week with some gorgeous styling with the elegant Nottingham Wedding of Sarah and Martyn at Goosedale with beautiful accents of Cadbury purple.

Images of the day were capture by Mark Pugh Photography.

 

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On Monday afternoon I was thrilled to share the work of The Wedding Garter Co, and their luxurious handmade Wedding Garters.

The Wedding Garter Co hand crafts exquisite bridal garters in England blending understated British luxury with Parisienne romance, and oh my, are they pretty!

 

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The Perfect “Hidden” Accessory – Luxurious Wedding Garters from The Wedding Garter Co.

 

On Tuesday it was my pleasure to welcome the Alive Network to give some great advice on Wedding entertainment, and pose the question, Wedding disco or Wedding band: which is best for your special day?

Nothing says “This is a great wedding reception” better than a dance floor packed with family and friends getting on down all night long!

The question is for you, which will get everyone up and dancing more, a wedding DJ or a live wedding band?

 

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On Wednesday morning having been inspired a little by Mamma Mia and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I decided to pull together a Greek Inspired Wedding Theme

I shared a Moodboard with some styling ideas of how you can recreate your own Greek Wedding Day even though the sun may not shine so brightly.

 

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Grecian Rhapsody – A Greek Inspired Wedding Theme – Moodboard and Ideas

 

On Wednesday afternoon I was thrilled to showcase the Qiana Bridal 2015 ‘Love & Romance’  Bridal Gown Collection.

Qiana Bridal, has more than two decades of experience from within the bridal industry and leading London Couture houses.

The boutique based in Little Common, East Sussex, and their commitment is to design and make fabulous wedding and bridal gowns using the best of British, so that the very spirit of a gown honours and rewards the wearer and those that created these magical masterpieces.

 

Amy ,  Love & Romance Collection 2015 , Qiana Bridal.

 

Qiana Bridal ‘Love & Romance’ Collection 2015

 

On Thursday I was delighted to share a beautiful Surrey Wedding filled with vibrant autumnal colour and some lovely Hampshire Slate.

The Wedding of Kirstie and Leigh was held at Farnham House Hotel on the 21st of September 2013.

Images of the day were captured by Nick Rutter Photography.

 

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A beautiful Surrey Wedding filled with vibrant autumnal colour and some lovely Hampshire Slate.

 

On Friday morning it gave me great pleasure to share this lovely Woodland Engagement Shoot with some canine company.

Images of the day were by Courtney Louise Photography.

 

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“Tall Trees and Puppy Dog Tails” – A Woodland Engagement Shoot – Images by Courtney Louise Photography

 

To close the week I was thrilled to feature a wee bit of sugar and spice and all things nice with a spotlight on Maid of Gingerbread and their Gingerbread Wedding sculptures, favours and centrepieces.

Maid of Gingerbread based in Hackney, London was established in 2010 from first venturings making a gingerbread big top from a traditional German recipe.

 

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Maid of Gingerbread – Gingerbread Wedding sculptures, favours and centrepieces

 

I  hope you savoured your Cuppa, and this round up of the Week on the  MrsPandP.com Wedding Blog Catch Up .

I  look forward to sharing many more lazy Sunday Mornings with you.

 

Love MrsPandP   x

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