I have been buying Nightie Night Lane pyjamas for a few years now and, as happens when you buy from a small business, you chat via email with the owners and get to know them a little. Incredibly weirdly, it turned out that one half of the duo behind Nightie Night Lane, Verity, is actually the mother of a friend of Pud’s at school and one of my fav school mums. This blew my tiny mind as I had been talking online to Natalie who lives in NSW, and was not even aware the other half of the duo lived around the corner from me AND I KNEW HER…Natalie joined the dots for us! It turns out that Natalie is a seamstress of note, a party planning wonder AND loves a book themed party…so clearly we are kindred spirits.
Natalie shared the details of the recent Alice in Wonderland 10th birthday party here, and today she is back to share how she created a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory party.
Isn’t it weird the way we meet people these days? Online friendships rock!
Kids parties! I absolutely love kids parties and can remember the parties my parents gave me and Mum making strawberry shaped cardboard berets for my friends at my strawberry shortcake party! Lucky for me, my children seem to have caught my party planning bug too.
They tend to choose their theme around nine months before their birthday so I, naturally, go into Pinterest overdrive. Sometimes they change their mind at the last minute – “boy vs wild” party that became “LEGO Batman” two weeks before the party! But usually they stick to the plan.
We love a book themed party on Nightie Night Lane and this one was magical.
Our little lady LOVES baking, cake decorating and cooking of any kind so this year, she decided to have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory party and it had to involve cooking. We began as we usually do and started planning to have the party at home….. with a newborn…..Luckily sanity prevailed and the party was held at the most delicious cafe/ cooking school here at Maitland in the Hunter valley NSW. Pop in and visit Alina at The Cunning Culinarian.
Usually Alina is open for breakfast and lunch. Her eggplant burger will have you licking the plate and the melting moments are the best. They run kids cooking schools throughout the school holidays. She also has a fridge full of ‘heat and eat’ family dinners so all round, Alina is a bit of an angel.
‘Bad Tempered LadyBird’ Party
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Party
Stomping Dinosaur Party
‘Pearlie in the Park’ Party
Flower Fairy Party
‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ Party