Picnic Party

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Hello all – it’s been a while hasn’t it? Excuse my absence but I come baring ‘gifts’ – a post dedicated to an indoor picnic party I threw last year!

This birthday party was originally planned to take place outdoors, but we know how unpredictable the British weather is so I was forced to bring it indoors at the very last minute. With my little sister turning 10, I knew the party needed to be fun but not too “childish”.

Here is exactly how I created my picnic party!

Invitations:

First up was invitations – I stumbled across this free template on Pinterest and knew it would fit perfectly with my theme. It came with a printable tag invitation aswell as an accompanying gingham pocket for the invite to slip into. Since it didn’t cost me a penny, and was super easy to put together, it was the perfect fuss free option.

Image and template taken from eatdrinkchic
Decor:

Secondly was decor. Since my outdoor party plans were scuppered at the last minute, I had to resort to being as imaginative as possible to try and bring that outdoor feel inside. I stuck with a yellow, green and white theme throughout but I covered the main table with fake grass and placed fake flowers across the table. I then put the individual lunch boxes and water bottles by each chair. To add more of a party feel, I hang honeycomb balls and poms poms from the ceiling (which I made myself using tissue paper) and adorned the seating area with pillows and lanterns.

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Food:

Next up was food – I wanted all the guests to have their very own personalised “lunch boxes” filled with sandwiches, crisps, chocolates and personalised water bottles.

I purchased these white party boxes off of Ebay and created my own personalised labels using Word which I then simply glued on.

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Inside the boxes, I made small sandwiches, wrapped in greaseproof paper and tied together with twine. I also created my own personalised wrappers to wrap around KitKats and the water bottles to ensure the gingham theme flew throughout. All the fonts I used were taken from DaFont – my go-to font site!

For the older guests and parents, I just decked out a table with a variety of nibbles.

Entertainment:

No kids’ party is complete without entertainment. I made sure to have the standard pass the parcel and musical statue games but since this crowd was slightly older I decided to also create an activity station.

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The activity station consisted of:

  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Body Glitter Tattoos
  • Popcorn filling station
  • Gingerbread competition – each child was given a gingerbread to decorate with a panel of judges declaring the winner!

To end the party, I also had a Karaoke machine where the guests were able to sing along to their favourite songs using the mic!

At the side, I out together my own “photbooth” using a glass-less frame and props. I bought photobooth props from Tiger and Ebay, and had a few wigs and oversized glasses which I placed into a mini suitcase. I then simply added my own photobooth sign into a frame making it the perfect corner to take pictures – this went down a treat with the adults too!

Dessert Table:

Anyone that knows me knows that no party is complete for me without a dessert table!

The main focal point of my table were the favour jars. I knew I didn’t want to give goody bags so bought these glass jars from Hobbycraft. I filled them with a mixture of sweets, printed out my own label and tied with a piece of matching gingham fabric with ribbon. These were so cute and were perfect for the guests to take home with them at the end of the night.

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For the dessert table I bought some ready made baked goods from the supermarket such as lemon slices, flapjacks, marshmallows but also created my own no bake desserts. These included:

  • Strawberry trifles
  • Banoffee Pies
  • Caramel Tarts
  • Jelly Shots

I loved how the dessert table added another dimension to the party and it’s always great watching the guests tuck in at the end of the party!

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And there you have it – my quick guide on producing the perfect picnic party! I hope this will provide a little inspiration to those looking to throw a party.

B xx

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