Tent Cleaning & Fairs…!

| Fabulous Frost Fair

…I really can’t believe that 2014 is nearly over!  There is so much going on here, tents are ready to hit the cleaners to be cleaned, reproofed and repaired, all of which will take about six weeks ~ rather them than me!

So, what’s been going on other than packing tents?!  I spent all of last weekend at the Fabulous Frost Fair at the equally Fabulous five star boutique Hotel Hillbark.  I was there to help my lovely friend Katie ~ Squidges.  I had a great time playing shop on her stall made all the better for seeing lots of my lovely ‘The Celebration Tent’ customers from the past couple of years ~ it was great to see so many of you ;0)

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With demonstrations from the Hillbark chef’s, Maria from Alright Petal, Leah from The Custom Cupcakes Company and Melissa from Fresh Start Health, an activity corner for the children created by The Creation Station and Father Christmas hidden in The Celebration Tent ~ there was plenty to keep you and yours entertained.

The Fabulous Frost Fair ran over three days earlier this month and was the brain child of Tanya Leary aka MumaLeary!  Supported by Ali Marshall and Soraya Leary they created the best Christmas Fair for miles around!  Showcasing over 40 of the North Wests (mainly based on the Wirral) best independent businesses ~ Squidges, Craty Bs, Jenny Dunlop, RachieB, Be Quirky Jewellery, Silcocks Fine Food, Inodorem, Le bizz, Stitched with Love, Natalie’s Cakes & Bakes, AJM Creations, Time to Shine, Made by Nell, Project Rudolph, Cappucciono Clothing, Almathea Rose, Fresh Start Health, Flaming Coffee Bean Roastry, Traditional Wirral Turkeys…and so many more!

The FFF did three very important things ~

1. Supported local independent businesses
2. Raised funds for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity
3. Collected food for the Wirral Food Bank

The FFF raised a staggering £3,699.02 for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity from ticket sales, the raffle and Father Christmas’ Grotto ~ well done everyone!  I think you can double that next year…

Over 28Kg of food, that was donated by families visiting the FFF, has been delivered to the Wirral Food Bank ~ which was of course welcomed.

Looking forward to FFF 2015 already ~ it promises to be bigger and better than this year and this year’s was pretty impressive!

That’s it for now…happy shopping…!


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…that’s all folks…thank you, thank you!

| Boys Parties, Girls Parties

…another fantastic season complete…well almost…10632651_329428943884411_2382911659285690914_n

Today I put up my last tent of the season for a very lucky young lady for her 13th birthday ‘sleepover’ party.  She has wanted a party in The Celebration Tent (TCT) for two years and today she finally got her very own Celebration Tent ~ rather them than me, spending tonight under canvas!

Many people ask me why I ‘wrap things up’ over the winter months. The main reason being that it is too cold, damp and wet over the winter months for you to truly enjoy a TCT experience ~ the best place for my tents from mid October until the beginning of March is in ‘storage’ having a well earned rest.

I have so many thank you’s once again to all those who have helped and supported TCT.

Starting with all my lovimageely customers, you have all been fantastic and made this year just fab! It has been a pleasure creating a TCT just for you. This year we have been part of 100+ celebrations and had so many different themed tents ~ Frozen (X Million!), SuperHeroes, Vintage Rose, Dr Who, Floral Fiesta, Blue & Red, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Star Wars to name but a few!

It has been especially lovely to return to previous customers to see the children, another year older and meeting new additions to the family ~ Thank You x

Thank you to all the companies who have supported TCT this year ~ Rob and team from Wirral Gourmet for all the gorgeous party food, Mel from Balloons by Mel for the fab balloons (obviously!), Julie and team from Butterflies for all of your gorgeous balloons, Donna from ChesterLakes for hosting parties in TCT, Effie Moss of Just for Tiny People for her general support, Katie from Squidges for the party favours, Cookies & Milk parties, Jules & Tim from CakeChester for their cakes, Paul from Lounds & Co for being my accountant, Frances from McLegal for all his legal advice and Wendy at RockMyBiz for creating my new website and continued support.

Hugs and kisses to all my gorgeous friends, family and husband for all their support, emergency babysitting, lending me their kids to ‘help me’ and for just being there at the drop of a hat!!! xxx

A huge THANK YOU to my ‘stand~in’ helpers ~ Millie, Hannah, Adam & Aaron, you have all been brilliant, thank you xxx

…but the BIGGEST THANK YOU goes to the delicious Miss Ellie! You have been amazing and I couldn’t have done it without you!  Enjoy the rest!  Staff outing very soon young lady!  XxXxX

Boom ~ another great season…!

Katie xxx

Wirral Gourmet ~ http://www.wirralgourmet.com/
Butterflies ~ http://www.bridalsecretsandbutterflies.co.uk/
Chester Lakes ~ http://www.chesterlakes.co.uk/
Cake Chester ~ http://www.cakechester.co.uk/
Lounds & Co ~ http://www.loundsandco.co.uk/
Squidges ~ http://www.squidges.com/
Frances McEntagart ~ http://www.mclegal.co.uk/
RockMyBiz ~ http://rockmybiz.co.uk/
Just for a Tiny People ~ http://www.justfortinypeople.com/
Balloons by Mel ~ no longer trading

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Cupcakes, Cake~Pops and now Cookie~Pops!

| Boy Sleepover parties, Boys Parties, Girls Parties, Girls Sleepover Parties, Ideas and Themes, Sleepover Parties

cp1So, we have had the cupcake rage…then the Cake~Pop storm…and now we have Cookie~Pops…delicious and that bit different!

We all love a sweet treat and a celebration is the perfect opportunity to indulge that sweet tooth…

Cookie~Pops are the brain child of Squidges, based on the Wirral.  Some lovely flavours to choose from…but the most popular being a mixture of milk and white chocolate.

They make a great dessert at a party and look just fab on a dessert table along with individual cookies in big glass jars and moreish tiffin.

How about a party favour?  Why not bin the traditional party bags in favour of a Cookie~Pop wrapped individually in cellophane bags and tied with a coordinating ribbon…these definitely wont end up in the foot well of the car on the way home!!!

Images courtesy of ~ Squidges


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A summer time party for a brother & sister!

| Boys Parties, Girls Parties, Ideas and Themes

bgA regular client booked The Celebration Tent for her children’s 1st and 2nd birthday party.  A tent for each of them ~ fab!  A pretty pink tent for the little girl and a Thomas the Tank Engine for the little boy ~ perfect!

The week before had been dreadful, wet, cold and generally miserable and that was July!  The day it self was glorious, my clients garden was full of little children playing and having fun and the older children being entertained by The Creation Station in the tents.  In the background a crooner was singing and inviting the children to join in!

BG2Again, because the children were little mum opted for the picnic boxes, the food was supplied by Wirral Gourmet , who also supplied delicious food for the adults too!  Lunch time arrived and the children went in to their chosen tent ~ pretty pink or Thomas the Tank and enjoyed their party tea!


Another great party! x

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‘The Celebration Tent’ party without the tent!

| Boys Parties, Ideas and Themes

PA2A few months ago I was contacted by a mum wanting The Celebration Tent for her two sons (one 4 years old and one five years old) Superhero themed birthday party.  However, due to the number of children and the time of year ~ my bell tents just weren’t practical.


Mum still wanted the styling of The Celebration Tent andPA1 wanted to hire our low level tables, cushions for her local Scout Hut.  We also provided her with a table covering, a place setting for each child and balloons for the table…all in the Pop Art Superhero theme!

The table looked great and the kids loved it, they all sat quiet on their cushion and enjoyed their party tea!

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Oh no it’s the Gruffalo!

| Boys Parties, Girls Parties, Ideas and Themes

imageA little boy who loves the Gruffalo ~ who doesn’t?!

We created a gorgeous Gruffalo themed party tent for the little mans 2nd birthday party.

Again, because the children were so young mum opted for the picnic boxes (food supplied by Wirral Gourmet) instead of the more traditional tea party set up making lunch time so much easier.  All the food had been prepared before the party and placed into the individual boxes and then popped into the tent.

The tent looked all the better for the pale blue and orange balloons tied to each lunch box alternately…and the addition of the huge foil number 2 just finished the tent off perfectly!

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A ‘camouflage’ tea party for a young lady!

| Boys Parties, Girls Parties, Ideas and Themes

imageSo, a young lady wants a camouflage themed tea party?!

I thought it would have been easy to find pink camouflage party ware but no!  So thinking hat on…and this was the result!

The party was held at Chester Lakes and the food was supplied by Wirral Gourmet, but this time in brown paper bags to keep with the outdoor theme.


The kids haimaged a fab afternoon running about all the open space and playing on the park, and then being refueled with their gorgeous party food.

Mum created the little sweet jars as favours instead of the usual party bags which again added to the girly touches!

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A ‘digger’ tea party for a lucky little boy!

| Boys Parties, Ideas and Themes

imageThis last weekend we had the pleasure of creating a ‘digger’ tea party tent for a little boy who is ‘digger’ mad!  He had 9 little friends attending his 2nd birthday party.

The children were only little so mum opted for the lunch boxes with carton drinks instead of the traditional tea party layout.  This makes lunch time so much easier…each little person has their own box filled with tea party goodies ~ they just love it!  Once they’d finished their cartons of juice the mini milk bottles were filled with juice.

The lunch boxes not only look great but they are very practical too!  They stop you over catering which in turn stops you over spending ~ perfect!

To finish the ‘digger’ look we added builder hats and a digger balloon.

The tent was a great success particularly when the rain came, everyone dashed into the tent to keep dry!

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