Botanical inspired party ideas

I am BIG on parties and believe we don’t take enough time out to really celebrate life and each other.

It’s my birthday in exactly one weeks time and this usually sends me in to a slightly hysterical party planning mode.

This year I’m keeping it simple (maybe that comes with age) but it’s still going to be pretty big. I come from a family that loves entertaining and it’s really part of my DNA.

After doing some research on the matter I found some lovely leafy party ideas I just had to share in this month of botanicals on Homeology.

Set the tone

Treat yourself to printed stationary that fits the theme of the event. It creates excitement and gives your guests an idea of what to expect.



Place your table in a beautiful setting and you’re half way there! Use a leafy runner and metallic plates for a bit of bling that will add grandeur to the affair.


Sit back and relax

The combination of the exposed wooden table surface combined with a Eucalyptus runner is simply gorgeous. Fill in the gaps with other leafy finds to add texture to the center piece. Alternatively you can use ferns like in the picture bottom right or bunch up branches to form a chandelier. Just make double sure that the leaves don’t wilt and loose their luster and use a hardy variety.



Crowning glory

It’s a well known fact that people love to dress up for a party. It’s a bit like stepping into character for the night. Make floral or leafy wreaths for the guests to wear and feel like a group of mystical forest fairies for an evening. The wreaths looks great hung around chairs on arrival with a name tag and make lovely party favors.


Balloon garland

Try this easy and inexpensive party trick of combining balloons and flowers. It’s a fresh approach to an old party favorite and will add colour and a pop of fun to your event.


Lovely strings

This is a toned down version that takes all the sweat out of having to blow up balloons. Simply string up flowers or leaves from a branch and use it as a back drop to your table setting. Hang it up high enough so that little kitties don’t get tempted to have a go at it.


A party without cake is just a meeting

My favourite party trick is to dress a simple store-bought cake. Use fresh flowers, leaves and berries to celebrate the season.


Personalized gift wrap

Give a memorable gift by wrapping it in the theme of the party like these simple brown paper gifts tied up with string, foliage and a photograph. Make it even more special by adding a photograph of you and the host or hostess for a lasting impression.


So here’s to all of my fellow birthday mates! May you have a lovely autumn birthday filled with happiness and the people you love.

Happy styling,


New Years party inspiration

Celebrate the new year in style by hosting a sparkly and glamorous affair. Bling on 2015 with a color palette of gold, pink and black!

Gold rush

Go a bit Great Gatsby and decorate the halls with gold balloons. Attach long strings of gold ribbon to the balloons to emphasize your vertical lines. It makes a glamorous impression combined with a mirrored focal wall.


Party tricks

Fill balloons with glitter and sequins to be popped at midnight and create sparkly confetti. Give your guests a bit of direction with this large glitter arrow pointing to where the party is at!


Shine on

Dip little glass containers in glitter and add tea lights as simple but effective lighting. You can scatter then throughout the house to keep the theme coherent throughout your interior. Remember not to leave them unattended and in areas where it’s a bit breezy.

Fairy lights always screams party for me. Use different strings and crisscross them from your ceiling to shine a little light on the allocated dance floor.


Drinks station

Treat your drinks station like you would a desert table. Give it a backdrop and a festive garland and stack treats and drinks at different heights.


Shake things up

This is your time to go completely overboard with all the bells and whistles. Roll champagne bottles in different shades of glitter and suspend ribbons from the ceiling to add some extra cheer to the festivities.


Glam slam

Finish off champagne glasses with edible gold glitter and even sport some glitter tights for the evening. Why not, it’s new years!


Pink drinks

Dish up desert in a cocktail glass for a quirky twist and hang oversize paper flower garlands from a tree to add a fairy-tale like feel to the event.


Fire works

Hand out sparklers attached to cards wishing your guests a happy new year and ask them to light it up at midnight.


Good luck & good health in the new year!

Print sweet little favor bags wishing your guests all the best for 2015. It’s little touches like these that makes a party truly memorable.


Happy styling,