Party picks from Yuppiechef

yuppie logoOne of my favourite online stores just has to be Yuppiechef. Not only do they have fabulous products, but your goods arrive on your doorstep in record time, WITH A HANDWRITTEN NOTE!!!  Something most unusual in today’s fast paced consumer world, and it goes a long way to ensure their customers keep coming back.

I decided to head over to look at some of the great items they have that you could use when planning your next party. Continue reading

First Birthday Photoshoot Ideas

I have recently discovered that I have a good appreciation of really good photography.  Probably one of the reasons why our party business now offers party photography.  Having a great photographer at your party ensures you capture all the moments, without it being YOU behind the lens.  A fun family photoshoot ahead of when the guest arrive, or right at the end when things get trashed, can make a wonderful keepsake for the special occasion.  Something we did at our daughter’s birthday this year, was email each guest a photo of their child when we sent out our thank yous. Continue reading

For Good Times – for great parties :)

For Good TimesI recently got my hands on the new book to come out of In Good Company’s superb party offering, called For Good Times.  Once I started, I literally could not put it down until I got to the back cover!  It is a plethora of unique and wonderful party themes and ideas. So I thought I’d share what it’s all about and why every party planning mom can become a super party planner! Continue reading

Top 10 things I have learnt about children’s parties… so far!

I have always loved social events and planning parties. A few years ago I considered leaving the investment industry and becoming a wedding planner. What could be better than planning this special event for couples deeply in love? Then I planned my own wedding! What a stressful occasion! Everything had to be just perfect, so much to plan and organise – colour schemes, cake, food, guest list, etc. I realised that if I’d been stressed planning my own wedding, working with stressed-out brides on a daily basis was not for me…

I have also enjoyed children’s parties and loved watching which themes my nieces picked for their parties, and once I had a little one of my own and planned her first party, the bug bit and I was really keen to get involved in kiddies parties. After speaking to a number of parents, I discovered that there is a tremendous amount of pressure to plan the perfect party, particularly for first time parents. I decided to launch Party Things Online to assist parents with ideas for themes, venues and suppliers as well as providing useful, fun and creative ideas for children’s parties. Continue reading

The Wonders of Washi Tape for Parties


washi tape

(photo courtesy of

I only discovered washi tape last year, and I am so glad that I did!  It has to be one of the most versatile craft accessories and a super addition for any party.  Washi tape has similar properties to masking tape, it is paper so you can tear it and you can write on it. But the best thing about washi tape is the amazing range of colours, patterns and designs you can find it in!  Here we look at a few ways we have used it for kids’ parties. Continue reading