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    Lets get the party started….

    by  • Saturday, November 7, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    So I’m currently planning a party, the biggest of my life. Well I say party, I really mean wedding. Which is essentially a party. A party of love! Ok so it’s my wedding day, but I’m approaching it a bit like a party because the bit I am most excited about (aside from marrying my one true love, obvs) is the decorations! We all know a party ain’t a party without an array of spectacular decorations and the all important finishing touches. So as I spend my days, ahem, I mean lunch-breaks, scouring the net for garlands, pom poms, gift bags, twine and a whole manner of makes, I thought I’d share with you all my top 6 websites for getting your mitts on the best party paraphernalia to ensure your shindig is the best dressed in town!


    Check out Papermash and explore their wonderful collection of stamps, strings, twines and washi tapes plus their stock of loveliness from my fav American stationery and gift company, Rifle Paper Co.  I love the idea of hand-stamping my guests place cards and I’ll certainly be stocking up on tassels and glittery tapes to decorate the room. 1. Lower case alphabet stamps, £18.50. 2. Pink and gold tassel kit, £12. 3. Giant safety pin, £25 and tapes, from a selection, all Papermash.


    With over 10 years of experience in the party and wedding industry, Ginger Ray have all the decorations you need to jazz up a kids birthday party or wedding reception. If you want to keep up to date with all the Instagram snaps your guests are taking on your big day (er yes I do!), then make sure you display your personal hashtag with their fab signs. 1. ‘If you Instagram’ Table Tent Signs, £3.99 for 5. 2. Hessian Burlap Cards Bunting, £6.99. 3. Robot and Spaceship bunting, £5.99 all Ginger Ray. 


    An online party paraphernalia emporium, Pea Green Boat is full of original and stylish decorations such as their colourful paper circle garlands and I just love their range of cake toppers and table numbers. 1. Small circle paper garlands, £2.50 each; Gold balloons, £1.75 each. 2. Large circle paper garlands, £3 each. 3. & 4. Cherry wood script numbers, £7.25 each, all Pea Green Boat.


    The folks at Pearl & Earl believe that the secret to happy living is ‘creating little moments of joy’ to add to our lives and that pretty much sums up their array of gorgeous, colourful products. If you’re looking for paper straws, this is THE place to get them and I’ll be stocking up on them to pop in my Gin Cocktail reception drinks. 1. Big balloons with hand-made tassel tails, £40 each. 2. Handmade crepe paper roses, £40 for medium and £70 for large. 3. Paper straws, from £3 per pack all Pearl & Earl.


    You’re likely to have seen some of Talking Tables gorgeous products sold elsewhere, but if you want to check out the entire range (believe me, you do!) then head to their website and be prepared to be inspired! The original paper party decoration people, their ever-evolving collections never fail to impress and in terms of favour ideas, they have it covered! 1. Blossom & Brogues jars, £7 for 8 & Blossom & Brogues chalk paper stickers, £3.50 for 18. 2. Truly Scrumptious paper lanterns, £8.50 for 3. 3. Party Illuminations signs, from £16.50 each all Talking Tables.


    Want your party to be the prettiest in town? Then head over to Peach Blossom where you’ll find all the lovely decorations you need to create a stylish, colour-coordinated celebration. The hanging honey-comb paper decs and fun and frilly, fringe festooning have been catching my eye and I can just see them all hung from the wooden beams at my reception. 1. Bakers Twine, £4 for 10 m. 2. Personalised favour stickers, £8 for 30; Gold striped paper bags, £4 for 10. 3. Fringe festooning, £8.75 for 7.5 m. 4. Pink milk glass cake stand, £88; paper fans, from £5 each; honeycomb balls, from £4 each all Peach Blossom. 


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    Homeshoppingspy’s favourite Jubilee buys

    by  • Friday, June 1, 2012 • Latest trends, Look what I found • 3 Comments

    Millions of people will be embracing all things Jubilee this weekend. B&Q have reported sales of 100,000 metres of union jack bunting and 3,100 gnomes (who buys those!?). 10,000 streets will be closed for celebrations and I’m gonna bake a Victoria sponge, eat it and wash it down with a jug of Pimms. Hurrah! For months leading up to this weekend we homes journos have been bombarded with patriotic memorabilia and homeware that’s not gonna be available for much longer, so buy it now! (Or wait til Tuesday when it’ll all be reduced). There’s a lot of tat out there but also some rather nice things that I felt worthy of a blog post. Here’s my pick of some of the best jooby booty. Have a jolly weekend! – Alice

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    1. Assorted vintage London postcards, £10.95, Rigby & Mac. 2. Queen’s Guard corkscrew, £45, Alessi. 3. Corgi apron, £22.50, Thornback & Peel. 4. God Save The Queen print, £210 (!), Pedlars. 5. British Jubilee ribbon, £4.99, Jane Means. 6. God Save The Queen shopper, £3, Cancer Research. 7. Union Jack wellies, £36.95, Joules. 8. Honeycomb tissue balls, £3.50, Papermash. 9. Queen egg cosy, £14.50, Poppy Treffry. 10. Press out London taxi, £4.50, Muji. 11. Jubilee teatowel, £12.50, Victoria Eggs. 12. Teapot, £12, Sainsburys. 13. London bus plant pot, £9.99, British Heart Foundation. 14. Trooping the colour tray, £20, Unique & Unity. 15.  Jubilee red & blue paper bags, £4 a pack, Not On The High street. 16. You Rule wrapping paper, £7.95, Nancy & Betty Studio. 17. Solar powered Queen and Corgi, £14.95, Pedlars. 18. Lizzie Allen directors chair, £89, Habitat. 19. Red striped straws, £3, Pearl & Earl. 20. Colour your own Jubilee bunting, £5.50, Art & Mable

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    Wills and Kate: the shops can't wait

    by  • Tuesday, January 11, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    Now, generally I’m not a fan of souvenirs, especially royal souvenirs (although I have a wonderful Charles and Diana plate which is so hideously tacky that it might possibly now be classified as kitsch and ironic? Perhaps…) but, with the big day mere months away, the first royal wedding themed souvenirs and photo shoots are beginning to pop up. I love these fun pics from Sainsbury’s:

    No doubt Wills is crafting away even now – in between flying his helicopter and rehearsing his wedding vows – Kate probably has him chained to a desk, stamping away with his little Cox and Cox alphabet stamp set and his favourite selection of crown stamps from Ginger Pickles (no connection to his brother).

    If you decide to throw your own wedding tea party on 29th April (and why not?! You don’t know them personally, I presume, but any excuse for a knees up, eh…), you’ll find hand-held paper flags galore at Sainsbury’s (£2 for a four-pack). You could even frame a photo of the happy couple and create a wedding-themed display…although this might be a step too far, even for a neurotic stylist such as myself…

    Check out the recyclable paper cake stands, £4.99, also from Sainsbury’s – great for a party. If the likes of the now-notorious ASDA engagement mug don’t float your boat and you prefer to mark the occasion with some good old fashioned chores, make sure you take a peep at this new ‘I DO’ (shouldn’t that be ONE DOES?) tea towel from Swedish designer Maria Dahlgren at Cloudberry Living:

    You could munch on some celebratory biscuits from Biscuiteers, paper a feature wall with the special PRINCESS paper from Graham and Brown, or buy an amusing plate from KK Outlet

    And, despite the fact that it’s a spring wedding, it wouldn’t hurt to wear a pair of these cute Donna Wilson gloves. Just in case you forget what’s going on. Remember: your right hand is marrying your left hand. Erm…

    If you’re on a budget, might I suggest you recreate this using a biro, straight on to your skin. It’s the royal wedding, after all. Let’s get involved. – Ellie

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