The brief: create something magical, reminiscent of a time before electronic games, using some wooden carousel horses as inspiration.
Not long after the perfect client serendipitously appeared, these beautiful, classic carousel horses fell into my lap. It really felt from the beginning as if this party was meant to happen and I had so much fun working on it.
Rather than going down the well worn route of a carnival themed party, I decided to create the magic of the ‘chalk drawing’ scene from the 1960s Mary Poppins where the eponymous nanny and her charges are transported into a chalk, pavement drawing of a country fair. I wanted to capture that childlike wonderment, where anything is possible and everyday outings become beautiful adventures.
I channeled the technicolor pastels from the scene with a colour palette of pink, mint green, perriwinkle blue and mango orange and then calmed all these bright colours down with lots of white washed wood.
The dessert table was covered in a custom made awning and filled with old style candy and lollies as well as fairy-floss topped mango pannacotta, strawberry mousse and two beautiful cakes.
These pin wheel biscuits might be some of my favourite biscuits ever and the stunning cupcakes were such stars!
Usually I do one or two long communal tables at kids parties. But this time, tables were set individually to create an outdoor cafe atmosphere, complete with gorgeous pink and white gingham table clothes.
Individual picnic baskets were packed with two sets of cutlery, bottles of water and pin wheel biscuits so that guests could grab a picnic basket (and a friend) as soon as they were ready to eat.
Old fashioned games such as 'knock down the can,' and a ring toss were set up so that guests could organise their own games. A balloon stand was also set up- it is hard to go past a simple balloon when if comes to entertainment for young children!
Finally, what country fair would be complete without homemade lemonade?