princess garden party

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One of the best things of being a grown-up is that you can throw a party whenever you want and on Friday I did just that.

The weather has been so glorious that I decided to throw a Princess Garden Party for my girls. My friend, Lucy, and her two girls came along too. Party prep took up most of my morning and afternoon too. No, don’t pity me. Pottering around a sunny garden with cushions and blankets is most definitely not a chore.

We have quite a small garden, but that didn’t stop me. We’ve concentrated on the indoor spaces this year, so our much needed garden renovation will wait till next year. So, that in mind, here’s how our garden looks at the moment. If you’re easily disturbed, look away now:

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As the sun broke from behind the clouds I set to work looking around the house for props.

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I bought this set of three crates from eBay last year and this was their first airing. I dressed them up with charity shop doilies.

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This silver tray was one of three I found in a skip behind my church. After a bit of a clean they were as good as new.

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I hung up an old mosquito net onto one of my many washing lines, got creative with a thrifted lampshade and we were almost ready to go.

Even though it was a party, I didn’t want to pump the children full of sugary party food, so fresh fruit and veg were the order of the day (with the occasional sausage roll, pizza slice and French Fancy thrown in, of course). Dessert comprised of fresh fruit rainbow kebabs. To drink, they had either orange squash or water.

2014_21_06zThe hamper was another charity shop find. It even came fully stocked with crockery and cutlery.

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The girls had a wonderful time with their friends in the garden and I got some much needed ‘Mummy time’ in the sun with Lucy. The sun shone right until the evening and the girls enjoyed being princesses for a day.

It’s nice to look at other people’s gardens on Pinterest and dream of having sprawling lawns and hydrangea bushes, but it’s even better to work with what you’ve got. You don’t need a lot of money to entertain children, just a little imagination and creativity. An impromptu idea turned into something special and we all got an afternoon we will remember for a very long time.

Don’t you just love it when that happens?

Michelle x

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