So you may or may not be the hostess with the mostess or queen of party-planning but if you want to throw a killer party you need to bookmark In Good Company for all things party. Think ideas, tips, décor, stationary… in short, it’s an online shop with all the pretty goodies.
Now the clever people behind In Good Company have published For Good Times, the ultimate guide to throwing a super stylish affair. There is a party theme for each month of the year with practical help such as easy party recipes, party checklists, DIY, décor, push-print stationary – yip, everything from the invites to the goodie bags. It’s all about detail and originality, and they dish plenty of both!
Here’s a sneak peek at a few of my fave recipes and décor ideas. Plus we’re giving away a copy each to two lucky readers. To win, tell us the occasion you need to plan a party for by commenting below!
And if you don’t win? Chin up, you can order For Good Times from www.forgoodtimes.co.za (R298, Quivertree).
Flavoured milk? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. (I say: Perfect for a kiddies party as well as a girls tea party or a garden party.)
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons chocolate or strawberry syrup
1. Pour the milk into a glass.
2. Add the chocolate or strawberry syrup and stir well.
3. Serve immediately. Any flavoured milk not drunk immediately should be refrigerated to prevent bacterial growth.
Birds on a wire (I say: For a garden party, baby shower, bachelorette party or a kiddies party.)
Materials: wooden pegs, paint, paint brush, wide ribbon – to tie across the table and fasten at the sides on poles, twine, printable bird images, scissors and flowers (real or fake, cut or potted with roots intact; pansies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, bellis, anemones, ranunculus or snowdrops work well)
- Paint the wooden pegs.
- Print and cut out the bird motifs.
- Tie the ribbon across the width of your table, a metre above the surface.
- Tie the flowers to the ribbon so that they hang upside down.
- Peg the bird motifs along the length of the ribbon.
I love this “born-free” baby shower idea from the book! Shower the mom-to-be with an afternoon tea and treats with an African theme with a difference. How cute is the use of pastels inspired by zoo biscuits and you can use them again as a tablecloth or as your nursery wallpaper. Why not add paper proteas and themed nibbles?
Frozen fruit lollies (I say: Who doesn’t love a lolly? And let’s not pretend they are just for the little ones.)
These quick and refreshing treats can be made well ahead of time. Choose a variety of strong-flavoured, typically South African juices such as guava, litchi, granadilla and naartjie.
500ml assorted fruit juices
- Pour fruit juice into lolly containers and freeze for 24 hours.
- Unmould and serve immediately.
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our For Good Times winners; Dee Gregory and Kerryn. We’ll be in touch shortly!