It has been a while, I got carried away with studies and work but glad to be back. I hope that all is super on your side. I received a lot of questions on Instagram regarding my little sister's 21st birthday party set up. Figured I should probably write about it then...
So the kid sis turned 21 on the 13th of October and we threw her a party on Friday the 14th of October. A few weeks ago she told me that she just wanted something chilled with for about 30-35 guests, nothing hectic. In fact she said let’s have a braai. So I put on my big sis creative hat, to figure out a theme for an epic 21st braai party. I love coming up with themes for events, setting up for them and watch people enjoy it. I get a great kick out of this. I suggested boho chic and sent her a few pics with ideas of how I could set it up. She was keen and I got busy...
So the first mission was to delegate tasks. I took the task of putting everything together, deco and setting up. My aunt Rahaba managed the food department, my cousin Sedupe alcohol, my cousin Naledi the invitations (RSVP list, etc.) and DJ (sound). Our big sis Macheba to come help me set up and prepare the food. My mom offered her house, helped out on the day and provided plates, glasses, etc. In a nutshell, it was well planned and everyone understood their responsibilities and all was done with loads of love.
Here is a picture I took whilst setting up. I was yet to put up the flowers, candles, glasses, cutlery, etc..
We got pallets from warehouses/factories in Tshwane. I wanted these to be our table. The aim was to create a picnic vibe. You can get these for free from warehouses. We hired out picnic blankets, continental pillows and Festool lights from Sheer Magic. These were in great condition, the blankets were clean and smelled real good. We also hired out the poles to keep up the festool lights and the company came to set up the lights for us. We hired different colours for picnic blankets and pillows, as seen in picture below. Again I took this picture before I was done setting up.
I hired out a photo booth from fabulous photo booths. They had a great 5 hour hire package and come with the most awesome props ever! Like lots and lots of them. Great service and I would totally use them again. Whats a party without a photo booth?
I also made a photo backdrop in addition to the photo booth . I bought the artificial grass from china town for about R300 for 2m by 2m. Then bought 5 hardwood square dowels, about R50 each. Made a 2m by 2m frame with the 4 sticks and the 5th one as support, right in the middle of the squared frame. Then pinned the artificial grass onto the frame. I also got artificial flowers and balloons from china town to decorate the wall. Someone indicated that I do video next time. That's a brilliant idea. I will add a vlog section to the blog and add my videos there. The artificial grass and wood I used looks like the pic shown below.
In hindsight, I should have made the wall bigger but it turned out fab nonetheless. Here is a picture of the birthday girl with the finished backdrop.
I made cheese platters and popcorn for snacks. We had champagne, white wine, red wine, beer, vodka and ciders for drinks. We had chakalaka, potato salad, greek salad, steamed bread, spinach, braai wors,braai beef and braai chicken. Then some cupcakes and birthday cake for desert. I bought the pop corn buckets at china town for R35 for 10. Filled hem up with popcorn and placed them on table.