French Artist Party (and a giveaway)

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Today we celebrate 9 years of my precious Pretty Girl.

We celebrate this soft natured and determined child, so fearfully and wonderfully made.  We celebrate this girl who is so hard on herself to get things right.  We celebrate the reader, the gymnast, the athlete, the pajama day loving girl who often visibly digs deep to find courage when her still growing self-confidence tries to hold her back.

Today we celebrate 3285 days of this ‘Big Hug’ giver, this delicious coffee maker, this fun loving-dancing-singing-crafting good and perfect gift from up above.  Our hearts are full; stretched wide and deep by love for this particular child.

Pretty Girl knows how to work a birthday.  This June baby is already planning and theme thinking her birthday by ApriI.  I adore how excited she gets for her birthday.  It appears that her excitement is contagious because I love throwing her a party – here is how we celebrated 8!

This year was a little different because Pretty Girl had decided quite early on that she wanted an Artjamming party.  While fabulous, the cost of an Artjamming Party can increase rather quickly so after lengthy decisions and debates we were agreed: Artjamming but for a handful of friends only.

We built a party theme around the art part and soon our “French Artist” party was a go.

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Choosing the food was simple.  We had enormous freshly baked Pain au Chocolat, Crepes with Nutella and beautiful fresh baguettes with cheese. The kiddos tucked in and half way through I needed to whip up some more crepes.  I loved that there were no heavily loaded sugar sweets or crisps and I especially loved that not one child seemed to miss them.

Pretty Girl had asked for this chocolate cake but because I think she may have outgrown the novelty cake (hoorah!) I decided to do a little violet ombre on the cake and finish it with sprinkles and flags.  Despite the colour calling itself electric purple, the icing came out blue. Folks, when you are icing cakes at 7 am on the day of the party – blue is the new purple.

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Did you notice all the gorgeous French Party Printables? I do love the idea of matchy matchy party décor, invitations and other bits and bobs.  As luck would have it French party theme décor is not exactly on every party store’s shelf.

Far be it for me to boast, but – I know people!

My dear sweet friend Candi who is a most talented and happy girl designed and created the French themed invitations and all the party décor for me.  Candi is actually the lady behind the Arty Party portfolio of DESIGN • COPY • PRINT.  One of her many talents is the ability to bring to life party ideas.  In fact, she created this French theme especially for me from a page long email of links to things I had seen and liked. Candi is truly amazing!

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The week of the party I received a shoot date change which meant that I ended up on set the entire day before the party.  As this is usually when I pretty together a party, having all these DESIGN • COPY • PRINT Arty Party printables delivered and ready to go literally saved the day!

Along with the invitations I had also ordered beautiful bunting for the doors, fold over cards to label the food, flag tags which I used on the cake and on the straws and I used the party hat / cone design as crepe servers. Along with the beautiful “Merci” thank you tags, I was set up in minutes.

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Now, I have already mentioned how truly amazing Candi is but I am about to give you a reason to agree!  Candi is gifting a DESIGN • COPY • PRINT voucher to the value of an amazing R 500 to one very lucky Pomegranate Days reader.  Whoop!

The voucher is redeemable on your own choice of Arty Party Printables and Candi herself will customize your invitations.  The winner will be able to choose between Pretty Girl’s French Theme shown in this blog post or any of the other designs already available in Candi’s portfolio. The best part my dear Party People – it does not matter where or what you are celebrating because Candi will post this party package of happiness anywhere in South Africa.

Please enter on this Rafflecopter entry box.  You will be required to comment on this blog post to enter.  You will be given the option to follow DESIGN • COPY • PRINT and Pomegranate Days on Facebook for extra entries.  You may also follow me on Twitter and / or tweet about the giveaway for extra entries. The giveaway closes on Wednesday 2nd July, winners will be drawn via Rafflecopter and I will announce the winner on Thursday 3rd July 2014.

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If you have a special celebration coming up, this giveaway is a must for you! May the most excited party host win!




34 Comments on French Artist Party (and a giveaway)

  1. Llauren De Allende
    June 26, 2014 at 8:45 am (6 years ago)


  2. Candice Terblanche
    June 26, 2014 at 8:54 am (6 years ago)

    Stunning would love this

  3. liezel
    June 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Oooh I love the decor, I actually love the aspect of organising a birthday party, its fun (says the 26yr old me)

    • sam
      June 26, 2014 at 2:53 pm (6 years ago)

      I am …well a lot older than that dear Liezel and still think its fun!

  4. Stephanie
    June 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Love this all the things look so pretty and creative

  5. Stephanie
    June 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh and Happy birthday to ur daughter 🙂

    • sam
      June 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Stephanie – she is having an altogether fabulous birthday week!

  6. Kit
    June 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Wonderful theme and beautifully put together! I’ve never got to the decor side of a party and don’t think I ever will, but appreciate it when others do it with style. My Middle Daughter turns 14 next week so too soon for this prize! She wants a grown up treasure hunt with a mystery and coded clues, so I’m going to have to work hard this weekend thinking it up! Happy Birthday to your artist!

    • sam
      June 27, 2014 at 8:45 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Kit. My husband and I are a great team – he does the games and I do the pretty! I love a treasure hunt – enjoy the planning, at least a little distraction from all the visa drama.

  7. Taryn Pongrac
    June 27, 2014 at 10:44 am (6 years ago)

    Such a beautiful ombré! And such a pretty girl 🙂 P.S. The Barney purple works great, but you need a lot! 🙂

    • sam
      June 27, 2014 at 11:01 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Taryn in my mind I think I wanted a purple pink a bit like the napkins so that the cake was more of a WOW! I didn’t hate the understated wow of the bluey violet, it was just a little meh! Barney purple might just have been spot on *shudders* 😉

      • Taryn Pongrac
        June 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm (6 years ago)

        I’m sure it tasted just as WOW as it looked! x

  8. Andrea Visser
    June 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Your daughter is priviliged to have a mother who makes all these heart felt comments about her. Wow, you are an inspiration , Sam.

    • sam
      June 28, 2014 at 7:49 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Andrea! I appreciate you stopping by x

  9. Nazeema Davidson
    June 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations to the birthday girl and to her mom for the creative party creations! Truly inspirational! I would love to win this competition to make my 25 year olds ‘ leaving the nest’ party memorable!

    • sam
      June 28, 2014 at 7:48 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Nazeema! Leaving the nest? Your heart must be sore – I hope you are planning a “house to myself” party too!!!

  10. Jillian nortier
    June 28, 2014 at 8:37 am (6 years ago)

    Hey that is a nice cake and I love the French printables. I must look on Candi’s website. You have given me a good idea for Anneke’s party coming up in September (also turning 9)! Jillian.

    • sam
      June 28, 2014 at 9:11 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Jill! I don’t think the French printables are on her site just yet as they were made especially for me this month! Our girls – both so tall and almost little ladies – lets try not to feel 100 years just old! PS Tell Candi I sent you 😉

  11. Teresa
    June 28, 2014 at 9:52 am (6 years ago)

    Oooh, love the matchy matchy vibe too! What an original theme. I hope Mackensie had a fabulous birthday – the pics look great. 🙂

    • sam
      June 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Teresa – The birthday girl had a birthday week of fun and joy! I am not sure it is all that original because well – Pinterest 😉 It certainly was F-U-N.

  12. Sue Abernethy
    June 28, 2014 at 10:49 am (6 years ago)

    You are so talented Sam! I just love this.

    • sam
      June 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks you for the compliment Sue. Mackensie says that this was one of her favourite parties. It is definitely one that required the least amount of effort from me!

  13. Dawn Wallenkamp
    June 30, 2014 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

    My husband and I are celebrating our 50th this year, are we too young for this? 🙂

    • sam
      June 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Wow! Congratulations Dawn. Now that is something wonderful worth celebrating indeed! No age limits apply – neither up nor down 😉

  14. Adele
    June 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Lovely! I would gift this to my sister her little one turns one this year

    • sam
      July 1, 2014 at 10:28 am (6 years ago)

      Best Aunty ever!!

    • sam
      July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am (6 years ago)

      Happy almost anniversary newlyweds!

  15. Tharishia Naidoo
    June 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm (6 years ago)

    We’re celebrating the opening of our home for abandoned babies, and this would be so awesome to throw a party for the few babies that have already been welcomed into the home ^_^

    • sam
      July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am (6 years ago)

      How wonderful Tharishia. That is definitely something worth celebrating. *fingers crossed*

    • sam
      July 1, 2014 at 10:26 am (6 years ago)

      I love four year old boys – I have one too, we celebrated 4 with a minion party – Happy Birthday!

  16. Roxanne Hunt
    June 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I always enjoy seeing Candi’s update on facebook, her work is great

    • sam
      July 1, 2014 at 10:25 am (6 years ago)

      I agree Roxanne!


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