• A Nautical Themed BBQ Party
  • Motivational Penguin
  • Anti-Clastic Bangle Workshop
  • Making a two-tiered iced birthday cake
  • Lactofree Perfect Summer Smoothie

 

A Nautical Themed BBQ Party

You may recall me mentioning my sister’s nautical themed surprise 30th BBQ which we held recently. We had so much fun, and she was soooo surprised!

I thought I’d just post a few images of the party so you can see all the nautical details that went into making this the best party ever!

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I made these ‘mad-libs’ type things for Anna. I mocked them up on Illustrator and got them professionally printed. They went down a treat, and some of the things people wrote were hilarious! The crate behind was used for cards and pressies, and I added a bit of mini bunting onto it to keep it within the theme.

Nautical themed party

The table was decorated with blue anchor confetti, with the cake and cupcakes, as well as blue and red cups, napkins, paper straws, and white wooden window boxes lines with napkins and filled with crisps. Yum!

Nautical themed party

We made some cutlery and napkin rolls using some mint Polos and string for a nautical twist.

Nautical themed party

I made red and blue cupcakes, as well as the main birthday cake (read this post about how I made it!).

Nautical themed party

My sister had a BBQ in my parents garden for her 18th with a bouncy castle, so we thought we’d keep the tradition going and hire one for her 30th. Although this time there were quite a few little kiddie-winks to take advantage of it.

Nautical themed party

I bought this nautical mirror from The Range, which fitted with the theme perfectly.

Nautical themed party

We finished off the garden with big ’30′ silver helium balloons, and red, white and blue balloons tied in a bunch and secured into the ground using tent pegs.

Nautical themed party

I also made about 30 metres of nautical themed bunting and hung it all around the conservatory and pergola.

Nautical themed party

And last but not least I had her friends send me some hilarious photos of her throughout the years, and added a few cute baby ones to the mix and made this huge ’30′ collage.

Nautical themed party

For more inspiration, checkout my Nautical Themed Party Pinterest board.

I’ve only posted the ‘before’ pictures. As soon as the party kicked off it got rather messy! But it was such a brilliant day. Here are just two of my sister and I enjoying ourselves. You can probably guess how things ended…

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Victoria, x


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Motivational Penguin

Motivating Penguin

I thought I’d add a little animated fun to my Motivational Monday today.

So cute, and so wise!

Have a great week everyone.

Victoria, x


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Anti-Clastic Bangle Workshop

Last weekend I headed off to the Sorting Office in Eastleigh for a day of bangle making with six other ladies. The workshop was hosted by Joanne Tinley – I’ve had a private lesson with her before, so knew I was in for a great day.

The workshop taught us how to make an anti-clastic bangle. The ‘anti-clastic’ bit is talking about the shape. In the same way that a Pringle crisp curves outwards, so do these bangles. This outward curve is called anti-clastic.

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Bangle-Workshop

Bangle-Workshop

Bangle-Workshop

It was a really fun day. Joanne does more than just show you how to do it – she really takes the time to explain what to do and why, so you really get a good understanding of the process.

It ran from 10am-4pm, although we were all such excellent students we finished early!

It’s really got me wanting to get back into jewellery making. I do dabble a bit here and there, but I really want to make sure I put time aside on a regular basis to do it. I’ve got a lot of the kit now, so it seems a shame not to make the most of it.

So you may start to see more jewellery posts on here soon!

Victoria, x victoriachapman.co.uk

Icing a sponge cake

Making a two-tiered iced birthday cake

It was my sister’s 30th birthday a week or so ago, and we decided to throw her a surprise birthday BBQ. She had literally just stepped off her cruise round the Nordic Fjords on the day we held it, so we though it would be a nice idea to have a nautical theme. Since it… 

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