0 Posted by - February 4, 2014 - LIFESTYLE

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 (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.)


250ml milk

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)


  1. Paint the wooden pegs.
  2. Print and cut out the bird motifs.
  3. Tie the ribbon across the width of your table, a metre above the surface.
  4. Tie the flowers to the ribbon so that they hang upside down.
  5. 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

  1. Pour fruit juice into lolly containers and freeze for 24 hours.
  2. Unmould and serve immediately.
  3. Enjoy!

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our For Good Times winners; Dee Gregory and Kerryn. We’ll be in touch shortly!


  • Anazo Nongubo February 6, 2014 - 6:36 pm Reply

    I’m planning my lil boy’s birthday, he’s turning 2 years n 21st March. I’ll be having friends over and their kids who range from 5 years down to those his age too. I need all the help I can get and I haven’t planned the layout of our sitting and the playing area for the kids.

  • Shaney February 7, 2014 - 2:56 pm Reply

    Im busy planning a Pamper me party for Moms and Moms to be. Thank you for the lovely Ideas.

  • Carryn February 7, 2014 - 3:07 pm Reply

    I am planning a stylish launch party with a difference. I volunteer at a charity shop, and we are turning part of the venue which is on an old riverbank property into a venue for hire. The other volunteer and myself would love to launch this unusual venue with a stylish yet quirky cocktail party to showcase what a fabulous place it is! She has decorated the venue beautifully by reusing/recycling and using donations. The venue has so much potential and we would love to showcase it as such.

  • Nicola February 7, 2014 - 4:03 pm Reply

    I need to plan a 13th birthday party for my daughter. May is going to be here soon and I need ideas.

  • kaRen Kelly February 7, 2014 - 7:51 pm Reply

    Planning my little manny’s second birthday… Would love some gorgeous inspiration!

  • Kerryn February 11, 2014 - 7:24 pm Reply

    I am planning my baby boys first birthday party- he is my first child and I want to make his party extra special and perfect! Being the perfectionist I am, I love all things creative and doing DIY decor! I have this book on my ‘to buy’ list but if I can win it- even better!!

  • Dee Gregory February 11, 2014 - 7:34 pm Reply

    I work as a Catering Manager @ a Retirement Village in Rondebosch and I’m planning on doing “a night @ the 0scars” for the residents as a special treat. I have the colour scheme sorted (red and gold) and have bought some oscars and there my inspiartion ends – any super dooper tips ?

  • Stephanie February 11, 2014 - 8:11 pm Reply

    This is my passion, my lust, my cup of coffee. I love nothing more than planning and creating for any and every reason and occasion. If I could only show you what I have been up to for Valentine’s Day for my family, for my colleagues and for my sons school. I love nothing more than being in my creative zone until all hours of the morning … This single mom would appreciate nothing more than this unbelievable gift!!!

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