FLORALIA BIRTHDAY PARTY
Flora has to be the chic-est three year old I know. Her outfits are beyond cute and she’s clearly inherited her famliy’s sense of style – her mum is Little B writer & luxe planner Jessie Thomson & her auntie is floral genius Westwood Design! For her third birthday they created a festival of floral loveliess, Flora’s friends took part in a floral crown workshop, decorated their own goody bags and created their own gorgeous arrangements to take home (with a little help from mums and dads). There are definitely some mini florists in the making right here! Everything had a floral touch – including the completely delicious cake from Made by Marie Green – and the fun was captured by Rachel Jane Photography.
My little girls name is Flora – named after the goddess of Spring time and flowers in Ancient Rome, who each year would have a Floralia festival held in her honour with games and performances. Given my own Flora loves flowers so much (once a month we go to the flower shop near our house and I let her choose one to put in her bedroom), I thought it would be a sweet theme for her third birthday party!
I wanted to do mini flower arranging for the children, but wasn’t really sure how long a big group of pre-schoolers would sit still for to do it. Quick bit of research led me to find out it’s actually a great Montessori activity that they should love being part of.
I decided to use containers for the flowers which they could decorate with stickers first – inside these were blocks of oasis in cellophane, all prepped in advance by my amazing sister Georgia from Westwood Design. Once the children had finished decorating their container they could then go with their parents to the flower buffet to choose as many flowers as they liked to fill it with (the Mums were probably most excited about this!) – they all then arranged their own floral displays and got to take them home at the end of the party. Georgia also made mini floral crowns and buttonholes (using magnets) for the little ones. The boys loved them the most I think!
I had a few activities lined up afterwards – from a bubble machine to a Frozen flower piñata – followed by candles on a birthday cake, which was made by the supremely talented Marie Green. It was a simple buttercream cake with blueberry filling, which I decorated simply with petals and thin taper candles that sparkled when lit
The rest of the food was provided by the venue, though I did make some gluten free sweet treats – mini meringues with violet and freeze dried raspberries in white chocolate, and a pavlova with lemon scented whipped cream, blueberries and wild blueberry glaze.
Rachel Jane Photography