I am finally getting around to posting the photos of Ivy’s 6th birthday party and a little write up. You can see more images here on facebook.
We had a great afternoon, with lots of guests. Our generous friends gave us free reign of their big back yard for the party, as I wanted a garden to fit in with the Little Red Riding Hood theme. Guests commented that it felt like a carnival with the crowd and all the different ‘stations’ – we had a manned hot dog stand, a jumping castle, face painting and tattoos, balloon sculpting, a craft room and the food area. As suspected, the Singapore weather wreaked havoc with my outdoor plans. It threatened to rain all morning and then an hour before the party, there was a downpour. Then it stopped raining…and became hot! Really really hot! Boy, were we all sweaty…
Now about the theme – Little Red Riding Hood was a fun theme to work with. Red is an easy colour to find decorations for and I paired it with white and green as the secondary colours. It was a good unisex theme with lots of creative options to play with.
I gave the dessert table a bit of a woodland feel, with the backdrop, trees and burlap tablecloth. I made the rag bunting from fat quarters sold at Spotlight. The bunting is simply made with a rotary blade to cut the strips and then tied evenly to a rope. So easy and striking. Most of the presentation items and props you see are available for rent from us in Singapore.
This year, I decided I didn’t have to be a matyr and enlisted some help! Partners in Cake made the adorable cookies and I dressed them up with the packaging (tissue paper, cello bags and ribbon). Cute hey?! Very popular with the kids!
Toffee apples…remember these as a little kid? My husband was so excited when I had a brain wave to make these the night before. Recipe here.
The cake…I made a chocolate fudge cake which withstood the heat thankfully. Good old fondant! I had fun giving the cake a little bit of a vintage feel with the wallpapered house, peeking grandmother, bunting and muted colours.
Little jars filled with hard candy – these disappeared very quickly. I purchased the candy in bulk and put them in the jars (from Daiso).
Kit Kats wrapped with custom wrappers designed by moi.
Below – drink bottles decorated with lace tape and straw toppers. Drink bottles wrapped with cutom water bottle wrappers (from our LRRH printables collection).
I made the cupcakes and Partners in Cake made the toppers.
Party favours filled with Little Red Riding Hood finger puppets and other cute nic nacs. Handmade party hats.
Decorations available from Red Carousel shop.
Jumping castle from Bouncy Castles in Singapore. Playhouse for hire from Red Carousel.
My husband, the big bad wolf!
Concept, design and styling by Red Carousel. Party props and decorations available for sale and hire from Red Carousel including handmade fabric bunting, tablecloth, drinks dispensers, platters, backdrop, paper decorations and balloons (www.redcarousel.com). Cake and a selection of desserts by Red Carousel. Cookies and cupcake toppers by Partners in Cake. Kids tables and chairs by Party Whizz. Jumping castle by Bouncy Castles. Photography by Allen Chong. Little Red Riding Hood party printables here: http://www.redcarousel.com/product/little-red-riding-hood-party-printables
We love paper punches here at Red Carousel! They make party crafting that much easier and neater! We have the circle punch in two sizes – 2.25 inches and 2.5 inches – and the scallop circle punch in 2.5 inches.
The circle punches are very useful. They allow you to make beautiful garlands in no time! Also great for cutting out our printable cupcake toppers. Here are some ideas and tutorials.
1. Hambly Screen Prints
2. You are my fave
3. Maie Dae
4. Hey Gorgeous Events
6. Red Carousel
I tried my hand at making a pinata this week, for Ivy’s 6th birthday party. Not a bad effort, right?
I followed the tutorial from here. But instead of using a balloon, I used a rice paper lantern from our shop. I wrapped the lantern all over with glue and strips of newspaper, as per the paper mache tutorial. The top was left open, so that I could remove the wire once the glue dried. Then I covered the opening, painted pinata with acrylic red paint, decorated with tissue paper and strung it up with the metal hooks already there. The leaf is made of paper and the branch is made of felt (both contain a bit of wire inside to hold them up).
Looking forward to filling the pinata up with goodies for the kids. My daughter loves them!
It’s really busy today at the Red Carousel HQ. In between working on a big project for a magazine (can’t say anymore than that), I’m packing orders and finishing off a cupcake order (last week’s Workspace Wednesday). Nothing like a bit of stress to keep things interesting!
This morning I was at the post office first thing, collecting the delivery of Tassel Garland Kits from The Flair Exchange. I couldn’t wait to open the box! I wasn’t disappointed either – the colours are gorgeous, and we have all ten styles in stock. The kits are put together really well, making the job of tassel garland creation a cinch. The tissue paper is already cut, ready to assemble. I’ll definitely be incorporating these right-on-trend party decorations into my next events. I will also have to schedule in a time to do a tutorial for you all on the blog. We also sell the giant balloons which work perfectly with the tassels. Here are some lovely images to get you inspired…
1. Amy Atlas 2. Geronimo Balloons 3. Pottery Barn Blog 4. Hostess with the Mostess
5. The Tomkat Studio 6. Geronimo Balloons