Sugar Swizzle Sticks – New Flavours now in stock in the UK!

26 Jul

****Squeeeeeeel***** our new flavoured sugar swizzle sticks aka rock candy have FINALLY arrived! So excited to add 5 new flavours to our range including grape, watermelon, cherry, lemon and cotton candy.

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They are all live now on our website! We had our first delivery of sugar swizzle sticks on a few short months ago and completely sold out!

Here are all the new flavours in all their glory…..

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In the coming weeks we will have a blog feature on sugar swizzle sticks, cocktails and mixers!

Thanks for reading xx

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Etsy Craft Party #scp

21 Jul

…….. #scp = Southampton Craft Party of course. A few weeks ago I was one of the sponsors for an AMAZEBALLS Etsy Craft Party. This was like no other crafternoon or crafty type party that I had seen! It was organised by the extremely talented and Harriet Gray. Let’s just say lots of very cool crafty products, making and the most yummiest spread of food was involved. I was only a little bit jealous that I wasn’t their…. (OK a LOT).

I wanted to share a few photos taken by the participants, but also link back to their blogs and etsy shops. I was really blown away by this talented bunch and I would totally recommend checking them out or following all their updates on Twitter.

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Sucre Shop heart ombre ice cream spoons as sold in the UK by us!

{ Photo credit OH NO RACHIO! }

blog baking cupsSucre Shop heart ombre spoons with our polka dot baking cups. Love this! (and the glitter nailpolish 🙂

{ Photo credit  OH NO RACHIO! }

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Love the watermelon hearts!

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Some of our decorations made an appearance including our gold and grey tassel garland.

{ Photo credit  OH NO RACHIO! }

Rachel the owner and creator of OH NO RACHIO! Has a beautiful Etsy shop featuring loads of gorgeous notebooks. I’m also eyeing up this lovely cloud pillow for my little ones bedroom. Cuteness!

Lovely Laura who attended the craft party also captured some awesome images of all the fun and festivities! Laura won some sweets and our gold striped paper straws. I am so glad I came across her wonderful blog. Laura writes about a whole host of adventures including lots of DIY tutorials. Love her work, you must check it out 🙂

We are in Crafts Beautiful this month!

26 Jun

Hello lovely people! We are so happy to be featured in the August edition of Crafts Beautiful magazine. Yay go us! Its our first magazine feature, so please excuse the over excitement 🙂

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Our orange, yellow and aqua chevron patterned paper straws were featured as well as our mini plastic drink bottles.

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Some of our products will also be featured in a cook book which is currently in production and TOP SECRET!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week xx

Welcome to {Friday Find}

21 Jun

Welcome to my new series of posts called Friday Find! Every Friday I will be searching and writing about wonderful products and suppliers associated with the party and event industry. I am always on the hunt for inspiring ideas so thought I would share the love.

So my first Friday Find are these gorgeous photo booth props. I am sure you have already seen them doing the rounds on Etsy and Pinterest, but I recently put them into action and can vouch for how much fun they are!

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Source: The Manic Moose via Etsy

For my youngest sons first birthday I created a photo booth area where all the guests could strike a pose with a prop while I took a photo! As part of my thank you notes I then included some printed booth photos. I also purchased this gorgeous printable poster via Etsy. As soon as I saw it I had to have!

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Source: Little Retreats via Etsy

In the interest of privacy to my guests I will not share any of the posed piccies at my little ones first birthday party, but here is the backdrop and photo prop area….

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For more inspiration you can checkout my photo booth pinterest page. Lots of very cool inspiration on props, signs and backdrops.

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Fourth of July Party Inspiration

16 Jun

With Independence day just around the corner and many celebrations being planned in the sunny UK (?!) I thought I would put together a little party inspiration board.

As you may be aware we gain a lot of inspiration from US parties. In the UK we definitely know how to have fun and throw a good bash, but dare I say it the US just seem to do it loud and proud. If you don’t agree just take a moment to look at a couple of US based party websites including the wonderful 100 layer cake and Hostess with the Mostess. Amazing, huh?

We have some fab US based suppliers who supply most of our party products including our wooden utensils, tissue decorations and sugar swizzle sticks. In celebration of Fourth of July we have put together a little mood board of some of our favourite products.

For more party decorations and inspiration you can check out our special Fourth of July party page. However you choose to celebrate we hope you have a sun and fun filled day of celebration.

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Source L to R, Top to Bottom:

1. Strawberry Sugar Swizzle Sticks

2. Honeycomb Ball

3. Baking Cups

4. Bakers Twine

5. Ice Cream Spoons

6. Chevron Paper Straws

7. Glitter Tape

8. Chevron Party Bag

9. Polka Dot Party Bag

Tassel Garland Pin Party

27 May

We just had a little tassel garland pin party and thought we would share the love, inspiration and glitter we have just discovered! You may be aware that we are now stocking some stunning tissue garlands. Not so long ago we created our first tassel garland for a 4th birthday disco party.

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I loved the instant colourful impact it made on the dessert table I created, but couldn’t believe the time it took to actually create! And as you can see from my version above, it isn’t as pretty and fluffy as the other versions around.

Since then we decided to stock a range of homemade tissue tassel garlands on our website by a paper crafting expert! They not only look AMAZING they have been lovingly crafted with excellent quality tissue.

My favourite garlands have a mixture of textures including mylar and tissue. They really make the garlands pop! We had a little pin party earlier and pinned loads of inspiration on our Pinterest board. If you have a moment go and check it out. In the meantime here is a little snapshot of the inspiration….

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Tissue Garland Inspiration

 

Have a wonderful week xxx

April Instagram Monthly Round Up

13 May

Just popping in to say HI! I’m a few days behind schedule in sharing my favourite Instagram photos for April. OK, if I am entirely honest they are my only photos from April (it’s been a busy month!).

We have had lots of new products arrive at The Sweet Hostess in April and we have been busy taking photos, creating descriptions and uploading to our website and eBay shop. Some of those products are our new mini milk bottles which you can see in our round up photo. How cute are they? We have sold hundreds in April and May and now completely sold out! More stock to arrive in next week…..

We also ran our first competition on facebook. After much research I actually discovered facebook do not allow you to run competitions or giveaways unless it is run through an official app (which of course costs money!!!), but I decided to run one anyway. Luckily they didn’t close down my page (I see loads of people run giveaways anyway!). We had a selection of colours available including the green and blue listed here!

And lastly was a photo taken of the amazing dessert from my birthday dinner. Banana macaroon and toffee popcorn. It was simply divine and such a treat!

Happy May xx

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Our new fancy straws!

24 Apr

We are so excited to be stocking some gorgeous new straws. They not only come in the best patterns ~ stripes ~ stars ~ chevron, they are available in gold and silver. Yep, you heard right. I can see these being so popular at Christmas.

My favourite is the gold chevron, what’s yours? We are currently selling these for £3.25 in a packet of 25. You can check them out on our website here.

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A Wedding Festival with a Difference

22 Apr

Have you visited Penny’s Wedding? You will find lots of amazing inspiration for your wedding day, but not only that she has loads of DIY tips which we are a big an of. Rebecca the creator of Penny’s Wedding is also starting a brand new business, have a look at all the exciting details here!

And to add to the excitement Rebecca is hosting a Wedding Festival. Not the usual wedding fair, but something a little different, a little more special and sparkly.

This fabulous festival takes place on the 1st of May 2013 at Dodmoor House. You can expect to hear live music and see some amazing wedding supplies, live hair and beauty demos, styling demonstration and a whole host of DIY wedding inspiration and……. games on the lawn plus enjoy a pint or two. Wow!

For further information about attending visit her blog here.

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Mini Photo Shoot

16 Apr

Evening all, hope everyone has had a smashing day and caught a little glimpse of the sunshine! Today I have been busy doing a mini photo shoot of some of our new products. As a small business I can’t always afford a photographer to take glamouros photos of my products (hopefully in the future though…!).

I have picked up some great lighting and editing tips from online tutorials. LOVE an online tutorial! Please don’t take this as some sort of boast about my photos ~ just check out my product images on my site (I have a looooong way to go!!). But I actually really enjoy photography.

This is going to make me sound so old (eek!) but in high school I decided to study graphic design, art history and photography much to my parents dismay. I spent many an hour whittling away the hours in the school dark room. How I loved immersing the paper into the developer and slowly watch my image appear. When I moved to London over 10 years ago my dad lent me his old SLR camera which I swear takes better photographs than any digital I have owned. The photos from a Middle East voyage seemed to glitter and gleam with the amazing sunlight.

Anyway, here is a little snapshot of some of the banner images I created today. Let me know what you think of them!

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