Birthdays

SHOPKINS & KAWAII THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY

A few months ago I hosted a 4th birthday party for my little girl Flora – she’d asked me for a shopkins themed birthday party, and with the current trend in cute kawaii food I embraced it fully – cute faces on cookies, polka dot filled giant balloons, super sweet bright colours and a bespoke pin the candle on the cake game for the smallest guests. I made a bright coloured streamer pass the parcel ball (I’m now obsessed with these), and invented a few other food/shopping related games – from pretend egg n’ spoon races to shopping basket filling competitions.

It was featured on Inspired by This too, with pretty photos by Sarah Hannam (you should also go check out the DIY Tutorial for the bouquet Flora is holding over on Style Me Pretty).

“From the fun cutout milk cartons and ice cream cones, to the giant yellow poppies that decked out the picnic tables, this 4th birthday party is full of creative, fun details. It’s only fitting that Flora had a colorful floral birthday party, whose mom, Jessie Thomson, totally decked it out with balloons, desserts, and plenty of fun & games. Flora’s aunt, of Westwood Design, styled all the pretty pink & yellow florals. Let’s go back to those desserts – “milk & cookies” shaped cookies, sprinkle cake pops, and an iced donut topped cake are just the start of the sugar rush! We can only imagine how much these toddlers enjoyed it. We love this fun theme and know you’ll love it just as much!”

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{PHOTOGRAPHY:SARAH HANNAM; DESIGN & PLANNING:JESSIE THOMSON; FLORAL DESIGN:WESTWOOD DESIGN; STATIONERY:HIP HIP HOORAY; CAKE, CAKE POPS AND COOKIES:CURTIS & CO.; VENUE:THE WILSON ART GALLERY; CATERING:FOSTERS EVENTS; PIN THE CANDLE GAME & GARLANDS:THINGS BY LAURA

GRIZZLY BEAR BIRTHDAY BASH N’ BRUNCH

My little boy Augustus was one last year, and I couldn’t possibly let the occasion pass by without at least a little celebration could I?! Actually what I love about first birthdays is that the smalls aren’t too bothered about lots of friends and party games at that age, so it’s just as much a gathering for the parents, friends and family who surround them with love (and a raising of glasses to “hey we made it one whole year”!).

For Augustus I decided to host a brunch party in his honour – at a local cafe Boston Tea Party – and the decor somewhat dictated the design plan and theme thereafter. Though we do nickname him Augie Bear, so it was a nod to that too!

I created a black and white grizzly woodland bear themed birthday party – complete with bespoke invites created by Hip Hip Hooray, who also made me matching place mats, mini bunting for the high chair, and signage. I asked them to create some mini wish cards too, as I completely forgot to fill them in for his time capsule at his naming day (far too much champagne and rose, oops… better as a planner than a host it seems!).

I asked the ever so lovely Marie Green to make me a birthday cake with bark inspired icing, which I then topped with a mini bear figurine, mini succulent and a single black and white candle. Marie also made me the most delicious cookies as party favours too.

Around the tables I placed succulents I picked up myself, as well as mini woodland figurines and colouring activities for the older kiddies. I also decorated the space with black & white marble effect balloons, black paper circle garlands, bark effect paper straws, and a mix of bark or black check paper napkins. I also made a mini crown out of pipe cleaners!

Both Augie and Flora’s outfits were mostly from UK store Monkey McCoy – the little black Amy & Ivor moccasins are my faves, and has only just grown out of them!

Huge thanks to Sarah Hannam for capturing all the details!

BEATRIX POTTER SECRET GARDEN NAMING DAY

I was delighted that this secret garden and Beatrix Potter inspired naming day celebration I created for my baby boy was featured on the beautiful and inspiring 100 Layer Cakelet blog recently – and so forever grateful to the cast of vendors who helped me make it so special {scroll down to the bottom for credits}.

The venue really was my inspiration for the design plan – the grounds and gardens are just magical, and I was so blessed to be able to host the ceremony outside by the beautiful lake with the most incredible water feature as a backdrop. I hope the set of images below show you just how important it is to have an amazing photographer not only for your wedding day, but for all the other special moments in your life. It’s worth every penny!

For more information on luxury celebrations and kids party planning, as well as styling for family portraits and newborn shoots, please visit JESSIE KIDS and contact Jessie directly for a consultation.

Photography: Katie Julia / Venue: Cowley Manor / Planning & Design: Jessie Thomson / Flowers: Georgia Westwood at Westwood Design / Stationery: Hip Hip Hooray / Cake: Curtis & Co / Celebrant: Diana at Grace The Day

See more at: http://www.100layercakelet.com/2016/02/26/english-garden-baby-naming

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MINI FLORALIA FESTIVAL: 3RD BIRTHDAY PARTY

Since I first started up my event planning business I’ve designed and created many celebrations that aren’t related to weddings, but it’s not something I’ve shouted about that much… until now!

And that’s because I’m excited to properly launch a new and special part of the company: JESSIE KIDS.

Having both Flora and Augustus to cherish, entertain and throw parties for has opened my eyes up to a huge area of event planning and styling that seems to be forgotten about in the UK. I’ve absolutely adored creating fun yet stylish soirees that the children enjoy just as much as the adults, and think that every mama out there should celebrate their bump, babies and birthday’s in style.

You can read more Family & Baby related content here on the blog, but if you are interested in having someone help you style and co-ordinate a maternity or newborn portrait session, or create a special sweet celebration for a loved one, then contact Jessie directly at jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk.

For now though, I wanted to share with you a Mini Floralia Festival themed birthday party I created with Westwood Design for my daughter Flora when she turned 3 years old earlier this year:

Floralia is “a festival originating from Ancient Rome when the Romans celebrated the goddess of flowers, Flora, and the beginning of spring. The festival was then known as ‘Floralia’. The celebrations included playing games, singing, dancing and feasts. People would decorate everything with flowers, and wear them in their hair.”

Naturally the party was pretty heavy on the florals! We had mini floral crowns and buttonholes for boys and girls to wear, and hosted a Montessori inspired flower arranging activity where children decorated gift bags containing floral foam, before picking their own foliage and blooms to arrange inside from a flower buffet station. There was also lots of food, sweet treats, music and bubbles!

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Photography: Rachel Jane | Flowers: Westwood Design | Event Design, Styling & Planning: Jessie Thomson via Jessie Kids | Cake: Marie Green | Venue: The Beehive.

 

Owl Themed Birthday Party

Last month the lovely Rosie from LoveLuxe Blog happily featured my little girl’s 1st birthday party celebration – a pink owl themed day with pictures taken by the talented Charlie from CKB Photography.

It was such a lovely day and I was so lucky to have such beautiful sweet treats provided by Made by Marie Green and The Cheltenham Cakery. I thought I’d share some of the photo’s with you here just in case you missed it before!

Would love to hear from anyone planning their own little one’s first birthday, what’s your theme?

Jessie

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Wedding Chat with Great British Pizza

Hi ladies & gents,

What a grey and rainy week we’ve had after such a good start to Spring. Hope any brides getting married this month have got their wellies and umbrellas at the ready?! Always be prepared!

Every once in a while I come across an awesome new wedding supplier in the Cotswolds that I feel the need to share with you all. I was contacted recently by the lovely Rachel from The Great British Pizza Co, a new start up catering company who drive around the Cotswolds (and further afield) in their beautifully restored 1974 VW Campervan, selling delicious handmade pizzas from their bespoke wood-fired oven at Farmers Markets, Festivals and private events.

It’s an awesome alternative for delicious grub to serve up at a laid back wedding, or those wanting something a little more unique to offer guests. It’s also perfect for birthday’s and children’s parties where you want to inject a bit of fun!

Where possible, these guys use local, seasonal ingredients and, if at all possible, organic ones too. They have travelled the Cotswolds looking for the best suppliers for flour, cheese, meat and vegetables. They also source goodies from their own garden, from local growers and farmers and other excellent local producers. The menu looks delish!

So to help introduce this new venture from behind the scenes, let’s hear it from Rachel herself….

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I’m a passionate foodie and award winning chef *editors note – Rachel actually told me that she is just a good cook who knows a bit about food, but the former statement is also true!

I’ve lived all over the world, travelled even more of the world, and tried to make a living in almost every industry that interests me, from retail to property and publishing to tennis coaching, before finally settling on food, where I’ve found my true vocation.

Tell me a little bit about your service

Great British Pizza Co. captures the zeitgeist of the mobile food movement with our travelling wood-fired pizza company. We serve delicious pizzas, using the highest quality ingredients, supporting local producers where possible, freshly made to order from our bespoke wood-fired oven.

How long have you been in business?

We started three weeks ago!

How did you get involved in your profession?

My partner, Lisa, and I had a successful pub in Wiltshire (which was a lifelong dream come to fruition), but we had to give it up when I became unwell and unable to continue the 16 hour days in the kitchen. I was having some treatment in Orlando, Florida at the end of last year and came across a food truck convention in the car park of a huge DIY store – there were 30-odd mobile food offerings, serving incredible food. Each stall had queues of dozens of people. A seed was planted and it’s grown from there. It’s perfect – all the great things about cooking for a living without the stress and hassle of employees, paying rent and never having time off. The downside is the 4.30am starts!

If you weren’t involved in your own business, what else would you like to do?

Property development or interior design.

What or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by successful women in business like Karren Brady and Sarah Blakely. And my travels – food, architecture, people…. all make me look at things differently and give me lots of fresh ideas and inspiration.

What do you love most about what you do?

Producing fantastic food that makes people happy.

What makes your service unique?

Our oven. Our toppings. Our customer service.

What’s your best memory from your job so far?

When we sold out of pizzas at our second market. And the fact that two customers came back for a second pizza.

What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had?

Margarita pizza with banana. Seriously! The customer is, apparently, always right.

What’s your working week like?

7 days a week. If we not on our stall serving pizzas, we’re elbow-deep in dough, prepping the toppings, sending out press releases, generating bookings for festivals, markets and other events, or planning the next phase of the business.

What made you want to work in the wedding industry?

I believe that weddings are evolving and are not necessarily the formal events they once were. I think we can offer something unique to couples looking for a fun, different, delicious and exceptional value for money alternative to the formal sit down catering option.

What’s the biggest misconception about your industry?

That mobile food units serve greasy, low quality food. Though the industry is changing rapidly and mobile street food is currently a very fashionable way to eat. As Giles Coren said in The Times a few weeks ago; “The best restaurants now do only one thing, very fast, and usually from the back of a van”.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?

Have fun.

Where can we find you?

http://www.greatbritishpizza.com.
Twitter: @greatbritishpizza
Facebook: Great British Pizza Co.
Phone: 07730875340

So there you have it, fab idea right? Now someone please book them and let me feature the wedding on here next! 🙂

Jessie

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A Cotswold Birthday Treat at Barnsley House and The Village Pub

Morning all,

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to catch up with my blog posts yesterday… a baby girl announcement and rainy day engagement shoot to die for! But today I wanted to share a few images from a gorgeous 50th birthday party I co-ordinated and styled at Barnsley House and The Village Pub in the Cotswolds back in February this year.

Weddings are a real passion of mine, but I also love any good party… especially milestone events in our lives like naming days, birthdays and anniversaries. This particular 50th birthday weekend of celebrations was nothing short of spectacular. Guests came from London and Scotland to see what the Cotswolds had to offer, and I kick started my new obsession with bay & rosemary scented candles. So darn good!!

There were spa treatments with champagne, chocolates and strawberries for the ladies on Saturday… whilst the gents watched rugby in the cinema at Barnsley House, complete with beer on tap of course! There was a fabulous cocktail party and a candle lit dinner for 80 guests that evening… and as I watched the snow keep falling I wondered if I was ever going to get half the guests back to Bibury Court that night. Luckily a few 4×4 volunteers appeared and as the roads started to clear the taxi’s came out again… I had visions of leading guests back on foot by torch light, and given that I was 37 weeks pregnant at the time, it wasn’t something to look forward to!

Hat’s off to the FANTASTIC staff  who stayed over night in make shift beds in the spa and conference room, not all of them were able to get back home and the commitment of everyone who stayed and the superb management reminded me that Barnsley House really is an elite venue in the Cotswolds.

The next day I headed back over to the picturesque village, now covered in white, to set up for a pub quiz at The Village Pub over the road for those guests who weren’t too hungover/cold to venture out of their cosy beds! Yummy food and water (!) flowed, with the winning team taking home gorgeous coffee table books about the Cotswolds home with them.

Here are a few images from the evening with thanks to Kenneth James Photography – I think you’ll agree that the birthday girl has three gorgeous daughters, all of whom I’d love to help plan weddings with in the future! The beautiful flowers were supplied by the ever lovely Rachel Jones and later that night the music was provided by Cheltenham DJ Neil Ollerton who somehow managed to get all his kit in despite the snow stopping his van getting far past the entrance to the main drive! You gotta love a good supplier!

The hard work paid off, here are a few of the lovely words that were sent to me after the excitement and celebrations were over:

“Now that things have calmed down a bit I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for all your help during the weekend. It was great to know that someone else with an eye for detail was looking out for my guests. I particularly appreciated that you hand wrote the two missing place cards and that you got the wet coat rack moved (I had noticed it and was going to say something but couldn’t think of anywhere it could go and told myself to chill out as no-one else was noticing it – but I was very happy when it ‘disappeared’ !). I’m sure we’ll be back in touch but just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate everything and I’m sure Barnsley House would be delighted to work with you again (as I would if I could just think of another fab event to plan!).”

Is anyone working at or planning their own wedding or event at Barnsley House & Spa this year? I’d love to hear all about it.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Jessie

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