So, most of you will know by now that Rebecca from In these Stilettos and I collaborate on parties and had talked about turning it into a business – well, it’s happening! Bookings are officially open, and today I’m featuring the unbelievable party Becks threw for her son that I got to help with at one of our favourite party spots – Killarney Country Club. Here’s a little golf-themed inspiration for you, any little boys dream:
Meg, from Mommalikeme, and I have made no secret of our love for party planning. It runs through my veins, with my mother running a successful events and hiring company for most of my childhood years. My weekends were spent draping tents, laying tables or setting out flowers for Presidential functions, or weddings. My mum had absolutely no shame in advocating child labour, in fact, we had no choice, and we all got involved as a family, loving every minute of it.
My little Yusuf is a golf fanatic. He has been since he could walk. He’s been swinging clubs since he was just over 1 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and has some mad skills – completely unbiased Mummy over here. He even sleeps with golf balls in his hand, and if he gets upset at playschool, all they need to do is whip out the clubs! A golf themed party was the natural choice and there was no better venue than Killarney Country Club. The venue offers it all – from the rolling greens around the well equipped play area, complete with putt-putt – I knew from the second I laid eyes on it, that this was our venue! From the beginning, the staff at KCC were more than accommodating. I was allowed to bring in my own halaal food, and the younger kids that were too young for putt-putt could play in the soft play area they provide or on the jungle gym. I was able to order some delicious canapés off their menu, taking some stress off my shoulders so that I could focus on more of the design elements.
I had the absolute privilege of working with Ruth du Toit from Ruth du Toit Photography for the party. This was the first time I’ve worked with a professional photographer for any of my own kids parties and what an absolute treat it was! Yusuf’s party was not only a very special 3rd birthday, but it was also a family reunion of sorts. With my family scattered across the globe, there hasn’t been one birthday party that my boys have had grandparents at, as well as all of their aunts and uncles. My sister and her family were out from the UK, my brother and parents from Botswana, and my cousins from Durban made the special occasion. It was really very special to have Ruth there to capture all the details and memories. Her impeccable eye for detail captured every moment that I will treasure forever.
I often get ideas in my head, and it frustrates me to no end when I know what I want, but aren’t able to find what I’m looking for in the shops. Enter Deborah from Studio Hooray. Not only does Deb have one of the most stylishly curated Instagram feeds I’ve ever come across, she is also a talented blogger and hand crafts children’s decor and accessories. Deb created the beautiful banner for me which formed the focal point on the AstroTurf backdrop at the candy station.
What’s a party without treats? Allyson from Sprinkles worked her magic yet again, leaving everyone with jaws wide open at her works of art. I really have no idea how she does it, but a good sugar cookie can help set the tone of a great party., My friend Liezl, from Sugar & Paper Parties, outdid herself once again with her incredible creations. From chocolate covered Oreo’s (yes, those mini golf delicacies are OREO’S), to golf cake pops and the most incredible two-tiered argyle inspired golf cake, which formed the centre piece for the table. Nothing is ever too much for her, and her dedication to detail is the best I have ever seen. Go and check out their Instagram pages for some seriously sweet inspiration!
Party Favours – I always try my hardest to steer away from sweet-filled party packs, although I always have a few empty sweet bags to fill at the end of our parties (mainly for mum and dad). This party, each child got to take home some plastic golf clubs and balls that I sourced from China Mall – they proved to be such a ‘hit’.
Decor – The rest of the goodies were all bought at my go-to party shop, Party Spot. I got everything from the honey comb “golf balls”, to helium-filled balloons, ribbons, sweets and even the wheat-grass used in the buckets.
I had an absolute “ball” designing this party for my very special little boy. I hope you find inspiration here if you’re thinking about planning a golf-inspired party for your child!
There are a few people I must thank for making my vision a reality:
To my hubby Ahmed, as much as you complain, you always put up with my crazy ideas. Your support and opinion is so valuable to me! To my shoulder, my crutch, my bestie, Meg, THANK YOU for being my voice of reason, my printer, my jelly-maker, my left leg. For always being there through it all. I am so grateful to have you, and I’m so excited for our future ahead. To my Mum and Dad. WOW and THANK YOU! Dad, my crazy AstroTurf backdrop would not have been possible without you and your make-a-plan attitude. Nothing is ever too much for you! To Jaysheela Kanjee (you’ll remember her for her fantastic cake pops from the Mermaid party), thank you for always being so caring and giving – the AstroTurf runner was a lifesaver! Sam – words can’t express my gratitude for your selflessness – your jumping castle was just what we needed! Ruth, for capturing these priceless moments, I am eternally grateful and I can’t wait to see what else we do together! Deb, for taking my design and creating exactly what I imagined, thank you! Yanky and Natasha from Killarney Country Club, thank you for helping to make my dream a reality – we can’t wait to create more magical creations at your fabulous venue!
List of suppliers:
Venue: Killarney Country Club
Photography: Ruth Du Toit Photography
Sugar Cookies: Sprinkles
Cake, Cake Pops, Chocolate dipped Oreos: Sugar & Paper Parties
Decor: Party Spot
Personalised Birthday Banner: Studio Hooray
Jumping Castle: Lopes Bouncy House: firstname.lastname@example.org
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