Events

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

{visit Jessie’s shop for baby & lifestyle products}

ENTERTAINING AL FRESCO: DINNER OR LUNCH TABLE STYLING

Some time ago I collaborated with the gorgeous Katie Julia (go see her new blog if you get a moment, it’s so gorgeous), on a styled shoot at the very beautiful Thyme Barn in the Cotswolds. There were so many amazing dining areas that I couldn’t help re-styling our props into different tablescapes and loved all of the different looks we achieved.

One of my favourites was this mini garden table outside – the perfect inspiration not only for brides looking to create a laid back minimalist vibe, but one to save for all your Summer entertainment later in the year. Just add bowls of delicious vibrant healthy organic food and you are good to go. Aren’t these florals by The Rose Shed divine?

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Jessie

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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.

 

FLOURISH & PROSPER: THE WEDDING ACADEMY

I’m so excited to announce ticket sales for the highly anticipated Flourish & Prosper: The Wedding Academy are now open! Together with my fellow biz partner in crime, Louise Beukes from b.loved, we have been busy behind the scenes over the past few months assembling a super duper incredible team of expert speakers, fabulous partners and stylish sponsors! We can’t wait to open the doors to our very first F&P event and meet lots of excited wedding pro’s looking to grow their businesses!

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F&P: The Wedding Academy takes place on 1st November 2014, at Icetank Studios – a hidden gem in the heart of Covent Garden in London.  We’ve got so much planned for the lucky 25 attendees who sign up, seriously this is one you really don’t want to miss!

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW.

You can follow the latest updates on the F&P Blog, or follow #floproacademy14 on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

We’re SO looking forward to meeting you!

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JESSIE THOMSON {Behind the Scenes June 2014}

Hello lovelies!

My poor little blog has been a little quiet recently as I’ve had a super busy wedding season to take up my time, as well as getting everything planned for the first ever Flourish & Prosper event. Excited much? YES!

I’m also prepping the house for baby number two, due to arrive at the end of August. So hard to resist buying every single cute item of baby clothes that catches my eye on pinterest. Just seven more weddings and a spa date to go before I have a little time off.

Anyway, I thought it might be nice to give you a bit of a visual round up of what I’ve been doing behind the scenes at Jessie Thomson HQ since I last gave you an update in May.

 

 

Since my last update I’ve had three weddings and a tea ceremony, lots of travel around the Cotswolds and the UK, many itineraries and schedules created and sent out, smelled beautiful florals, eaten delicious macarons and mallows, and enjoyed plenty of toddler snuggles in between.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely Summer so far?

Jessie

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Fabulous Wedding Festival: An Alternative Wedding Fair for Unique Brides

For anyone who doesn’t already know, The FabulousWedFest show is bring held from 11am – 10pm on Saturday 16th March 2013 at Muddifords Court Country House in Devon. I’ll be exhibiting there so if you are based locally it’s the perfect chance to come and say hello as well as scouting for other incredibly awesome wedding suppliers. In addition to my little stand I will be styling a table at the special wedding banquet, and offering a DIY workshop on planning timelines and budgeting tips & advice.

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This is way more special than just the usual wedding show you come across ladies and gents.

This wedding show is an emporium of DIY loveliness aimed at couples who are looking for alternative, quirky, original, festival finds to make your wedding a little bit more like you two!

Each exhibitor at the Fabulous Wedding Festival has been hand picked, to make sure that they are FUN, CREATIVE and passionate about WEDDINGS. The event will feature goodies such as:

An Art Gallery for Photographers and film-makers to present their work

A Rocks & Frocks Catwalk where there will be a variety of independent wedding dress designers

A Wedding Banquet ready for you to eat food from a selection of caterers on beautifully styled tables

A Boys Club offering everything from suits to shoes and the all important bar

DIY Workshops hints and tips from top wedding suppliers on how to make your wedding amazing

Live Music throughout the event from a selection of bands with live bands from 6pm

Tickets for the general public are now on sale now at only £4 each. Buy tickets online http:// http://www.fabulouswedfest.co.uk/main/ticket-sales-open/

Follow news and update via the Facebook page too!

Jessie

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Bridal Boutique Celebrates New Opening in Cheltenham

Dragonfly Contemporary Designs (http://www.dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk), a high-end bridal boutique based in the regency town of Cheltenham Spa in the Cotswolds, is inviting brides and local industry suppliers to an open evening in their new boutique located in The Suffolks.

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After a brief move to Montpellier, the designer dress shop has re-opened in a beautiful location on Great Norwood Street, also home to the long-standing florist Bloomers of Cheltenham and myself!

From 5-9pm on Thursday 6th December, brides-to-be are invited to come along and see the new boutique, where they will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, special discounts off dresses when they book appointments, and a free goodie bag. Some of the best local suppliers will also be showcasing their work during the evening, with bridal experts Suzi Hounam-Brooker and Rita Fong Man also on hand to give tips and advice on choosing the perfect dress.

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Dragonfly Contemporary Designs stocks some of the most well known bridal designers in the industry, including Suzanne Neville, Sassi Holford and Lyn Ashworth amongst others. The new boutique – previously the home of popular gift shop Milly B – with it’s crisp white interior and soft grey finishes, shows off the range of wedding gowns beautifully, with maximum privacy for brides wanting a very personal experience.

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Suzi said: “I am delighted to welcome new brides into my boutique. It’s been hard work getting the layout and design just right, but feedback from appointments so far has been extremely positive. I feel very proud that I was able to bring this Cheltenham gem back to The Suffolks!”

For more information on attending the opening evening please contact Suzi at suzi@dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1242 224 466.

Get in there ladies!

Jessie

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Johanna Hehir set to showcase her latest collection in the Cotswolds

If you haven’t heard already, The White Rose Bridal Boutique (http://www.thewhiterosebridal.co.uk), a stunning bridal shop based in the beautiful Cotswolds, is inviting brides to a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet leading London bridal wear designer Johanna Hehir, as she showcases her latest collection of wedding dresses!

The two-day event kicks off with a catwalk show at luxury hotel and spa, Cotswold House Hotel, from 7-10pm on Saturday 10th November. Here the complete new collection of Johanna Hehir wedding dresses will be showcased to lucky brides, alongside some of the Cotswold’s finest industry suppliers also attending (yup, that includes me ladies!).

From 10-5pm on Sunday 11th November, brides will also be able to make appointments to try on the new collection of stunning gowns at Johanna Heir’s central England stockist, The White Rose Bridal Boutique, based in the beautiful town of Chipping Campden.

The boutique is renowned for its range of elegant, desirable wedding gowns and accessories by top British designers, and has firmly established itself as a destination for brides-to-be from all over the UK.

Danielle McCabe, owner of The White Rose Bridal Boutique, told me: “I am really excited about the showcase. The fact that Johanna and her team are coming to see us from their London boutique is a real treat” she continued, “it is a fantastic opportunity for local brides to come and see dresses and meet the designer herself!”

For more information on attending either of the two designer days, brides should RSVP at events@thewhiterosebridal.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1386 848 802.

If you’d like to arrange a chat with me at the event also, then please book an appointment at jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk or give me a call on +44 (0) 1242 570 802 or +44 (0)7940048885.

Hope to see you there!

Jessie

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