Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Pastel Jungle Party: My baby boy's 2nd birthday

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Well, Gregory is 4 years old by now! I am not going to apologise (again) for the huge gap between the actual event and the posting time! I have to accept that this is how it is going to be, from now on! This is how my life's priorities are and this is the only way in which my blog can be at this period of time!

So now, Gregory's second birthday party was custom made according to his wishes! He wanted a rhino-hippo-elephant party with a bit of tiger-zebra-girraffe flavour! He also specified the colours of the decoration! These were green, orange, yellow and a colour that he described as "watermelon". 

I substituted green with mint, orange with peach, yellow with gold and the resulting palette was very fresh and sweet.  Since I couldn't find all six animals in an animated form cute enough to be used for a toddler's party, I decided to draw them myself and hand-paint them with watercolour pencils.

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This sweet animal gang was used as the basic graphic element for the invitation, the birthday poster, the table signs and the gifts!

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Having a strong colour palette helps you eliminate the total budget spent on party disposables. There is no need to buy those theme-based, expensive luxury plates that cost almost 0.5 euros per plate! You just stick on the colours of your palette and buy monochrome or simple pattern items! I ordered most of my party disposables from amazon so the assosiated cost was rather low! This enabled me to spent more on food, flowers and entertainment!

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In the same way having a beautiful graphic element makes it easier to resolve to cheaper printing solutions! Also simple toys or craft items can turn into elegant gifts for the kids if you just cover them with some nice graphics. I spent approximately 2.5 euros for every kid and offered a rather satisfying set of gifts: a case filled with pencils, watercolours and oil paints, a sketchbook and a set of plastic miniature jungle animals.

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   I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow a rare and expensive item: an x-large rhino, able to carry on his back more than one toddlers! It served as the perfect photo prop for our Instax camera photos! No need to add that it was also the kids favourite attraction!

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pastel jungle party, huge rhino, golden foil  balloon, 2nd birthday

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pastel jungle party, party moments, instax photos, party Photo Booth

Unfortunately I'm not the cooking-kind of mum...I do cook a little but I wouldn't take on the responsibility of preparing healthy homemade party food  for a bunch of toddlers by myself!

The good thing was that my girlfriend Eleni Hiotaki who volunteered to entertain the kids has her own workshop where she organises creative seminars and party events (check it out here: http://www.toergastirimas.gr).  She cooperates with a wonderful lady (Anastasia) who cooks party meals at her home with healthy ingredients and according to the demands of the parents. Finally we ended up eating some tasty (non-sugar with minimum salt and wholemeal flour) pizza bites, cheese and spinach pies and other delicacies that were as good as homemade!!!

On the other hand, when it comes to sweets and cakes I really give my best! I have a talented and willing mother-in-law who will grace me with her knowledge and let me work my magic with the decorative part of process... So, yes! I do accept the credit for the sweet part of the buffet!

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Gregory was waiting for his friends so anxiously...It was kind of funny to watch him prepare for their arrival...

Gregory 1

Gregory 2

Gregory 3

Gregory 4

And then they arrived! And the party started!

Thanks to Eleni and Stelios, her guitarist, the kids had the time of their lives! They sang, they played music, they danced...they even wrote a song! There was also some face-painting that adults enjoyed as much as their children!

Party 1

Party 2

Party 3

Party 4

Party 5

Party 6

And at last there was the cake! With some live birthday music and all of his friends around him, Gregory blew his two candles!

Party 7

Party 8

 It was such a happy birthday for my dear, sweet child!!! In the end, there is no other true reward for a parent's efforts than seeing joy in her child's eyes!

Party 9

photo credits to Dimitris Tsiapas https://www.tsiapas.com
Thank you for capturing with a unique sensitivity the most precious memories of our family!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bright, wild and colourful: the best party hats for the best type of girls -the unicorn ones!

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A friend of mine was preparing her daughter's party the other day. So, I wanted to offer a little something to please this beautiful, wild creature that was now turning six. It's always nice to have a handmade item that is made especially for the birthday girl and her friends! 

I had little time and limited resources but fortunately enough for me the theme of the party was UNICORNS! And as anyone who is familiar with my crafts knows, colours and sparkles are my thing!  

I went directly to a big toy chain who carries a lot of crafting supplies and bought one pack of sheets of glitter foam and one of felt. I also bought some fabric flowers in shades of pink. Overall the total amount I spent was less than 10 euros. I didn't spend any money on ribbons and pearls since I have a big collection of those items at home. But even if I had to buy some of those as well the sum would not be much different.

Indeed it is a rather cheap and easy way to make a little party girl happy!

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The making process is also very simple: 
-twirl the sheets of foam to create hat shapes (actually you may want to make it a little thiner so as to look like a horn) 
-turn the ribbon around the horn and paste it with the glue gun along its length to stabilise it.
-cut the white or off-white sheets of felt into ears (could be rounded or triangular)
-cut the pink sheets of felt in the same shape but a bit smaller and paste them on the centre of the white ones
-put a drop of glue in the centre of each ear and hold it folded to give it a 3D form
-paste the flowers and pearls in the way that you like on the horn
-paste the ears on each side of the horn
-add either a elastic string or a ribbon to secure it around the child's face (I bypassed this step since the mother told me she could measure the exact length of the string needed and add it herself)

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So, that was it! Easy and so very girly, bright and colourful! Enjoy!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas in Merryland

It's this time of the year when I really looooove my job! Spreading joy and warmth in the hearts of people who walk around some of the most festive cities of Europe. May we all have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Bright and Colourful Vintage Nursery Room

My little boy is 2 and a half years old... His room has been under renovation twice. Now, he has his own bunk-bed, since we are planning for a sibling soon... So, yes! The nursery room post should have been published something like 2 years ago. Well, anyway... let's accept that time is a relative measure and forgive this belated display of my son's nursery!

It was such a fun experience gathering all these little, completely useless, pretty things and mixing them together! 

Adding a bit of DIY projects (like making these three house-shelves, painting the floor-lamp green or sculpting this colourful mobile -you may wanna see my previous post) and lots and lots of love and the result came pretty nice!  

A little piece of advice to all those new moms trying to decorate their future child's nursery is the following: do not try to be functional! Just enjoy yourselves! Do not buy expensive furniture and do not spend time thinking how everything is going to work out smoothly... It won't! And once you figure out how to place your child's necessities in the most efficient way, his or her needs change and you have to adapt to a new routine! 

So stick to simple and cheap solutions and follow your instincts. Be spontaneous! Don't worry about colour palettes or themes! Anything you buy with love and thoughtfulness for your little angel will almost certainly find its place in a coherent whole! 

If you choose items that trigger your imagination and make you smile -as a kid would do-, you start to see the room through a child's eyes... And that's exactly the point! The successful nursery room is not the prettiest or the most functional but the one that puts a smile on your baby's face!  

And one last thing! Don't be attached to the room but to the souls living inside! Your children's "job" is to explore, feel and experience the world and this journey starts from their own little universe! Let them unveil their interests and first talents without the constraints of your own system of order. In time they will learn to appreciate the worth of materials, but as for now it is most important to learn to express their inner self! Even if that means ruining your precious pretty dollhouse...

After all, the canvas you have provided may be too small for such a big talent!!!

Photos by Dimitris Tsiapas
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