My little pony party!

This month my little girl turned 7 years old! I am not sure where those years disappeared. For that very reason I like to make a big effort and mark these precious childhood years with a party that I hope my kids will enjoy and remember.

The last couple of years the party preparation has doubled up as afternoon activities with help filling party bags, preparing party games and baking, making the whole thing seem even more worthwhile. It also adds to the excitement. By the time we got to party week both kids could hardly contain themselves!

I have discovered the best way to organise a party is to have ‘the plan’ early on and start preparation a few weeks in advance, especially if you plan to make everything yourself! Cakes can be frozen, party games prepared and all bits and pieces needed for decoration bought or found.

The party tent was invented when my little boy was one! Its a standard camping tent with an internal room. Every year the inside is transformed into a haven in the theme of the party. I have two huge 5cm deep sheets of foam which line the floor to make it comfy. Ella chose ‘My Little Pony’ as her theme this year, which filled me with dread, but after a bit of research I decided with the help of rainbows the theme was actually quite easy to work with.

I lined the floor of the tent in soft white polar fleece and the sides and ceiling in a rainbow of different coloured net fabric. I added 100 fairy lights for sparkle and 25 white balloons for added white fluffy cloud effect!

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Some pre-party excitiment trying out the tent!

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The sewing room requires a face lift which entails moving all the sewing equipment out of the room which is no lightweight task. I added rainbow net, fairy lights and a white cloud of balloons to help create the scene.
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For Ella’s party dress I adapted the Dolly doodle pattern and created a circular skirt divided into panels which I made in a range of pastel Kona solids befitting of any worthy pony party girl!

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The much anticipated party time finally arrived. There were beads, elastic and charms to create bracelets.

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A huge My little pony outline courtesy of my very kind customer Chris who printed it for me. Paints, stickers and colouring pens all supplied ready for the kids to get arty.

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After a spot of arts and crafts it was time for lunch.

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Love heart cheese sandwiches.

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A rainbow of fruit.

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Cupcakes included raspberry and coconut, coffee and walnut and vanilla.

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Finlay and Larkin looked fantastic in their special My little pony t-shirts created by their clever daddy!

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After lunch there was a pony treasure hunt, pass the parcel and musical statues.

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Followed by a pink unicorn pinata.

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Sweets cascaded all over the garden.

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Finally we sang happy birthday to the birthday girl and lite the sparklers and candles on the cake.

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The sun shone and I think everyone had fun…happy days!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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