Mommalike me and I have made no secret of our love for party planning. It runs through my veins, my mother ran a successful events and hiring company for most of my childhood years and my weekends were spent draping tents, laying tables or setting out flowers for Presidential functions, visits from Royalty or weddings. My mum had no shame in advocating child labour, we had no choice 🙂 , we all got involved as a family and I loved every minute.
Our little Yusuf is a golf fanatic. He has been since he could walk. Hes been swinging clubs since he was just over 1 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He sleeps with golf balls in his hand; if he gets upset at playschool all they need to do is whip out the clubs. A golf themed party was the natural choice and there was no better venue than Killarney Country Club. It offered it all; from the rolling greens around us, to the putt putt and play area for the kids, I knew from the second I laid eyes on it that this was our venue. From the start the staff at KCC were more than accommodating. I could bring in my own halaal food, the kids could play golf and the children that were too young for golf could play in the soft play area or on the jungle gym. I made my life that much easier and ordered two canapes off their menu to take a bit of stress off my shoulders as well.
I had the absolute privilege of working with Ruth du Toit from Ruth du Toit Photography for the party. This was the first time I’ve worked with a professional photographer for any of the kids parties and what an absolute treat! Yusuf’s party was not only a very special 3rd birthday, but it was also a family reunion of sorts. With my family scattered across the globe there hasn’t been one birthday party that my boys have had grandparents as well as all of his aunts and uncles at. My sister and her family were out from the UK, my brother and parents from Botswana and my cousins from Durban were also up. It was very special to have Ruth to capture all of the photos and took a huge stress off my shoulders. Her impeccable eye for detail captured every moment.
I often get ideas in my head and it frustrates me when I know what I want but I cant find what I’m looking for in the shops. Enter Deborah from Studio Hooray. Not only does Deb have one of the most stylishly curated instagram feeds I’ve ever come across, she is also a talented blogger and and hand makes children’s decor and accessories. Deb created my beautiful banner for me which was the focal point of my astroturf backdrop.
Whats a party without treats? Allyson from Sprinkles Bakery worked her magic yet again. Leaving everyone with jaws wide open at her works of art. I really have no idea how she does it, but a good sugar cookie can help set the tone of a great party. My friend Liezl from Sugar Paper Parties outshone herself once again with her incredible creations. Chocolate covered Oreo’s (yes those mini golf delicacies are OREO’S people), Golf cake pops and the most incredible two tiered argyle inspired golf cake featured as the centre piece for the table. Nothing is ever too much for her and her dedication to detail is the best I have seen. Go and check out their instagram pages for some SERIOUSLY sugared inspiration.
Party Favours – I try my hardest to steer away from sweet filled party packs. Though I always have a few empty sweet bags to fill at our parties (mainly for mum and dad), I try the kiddos non sweet favours. I got some plastic golf clubs and balls from China Mall and made them our favours.
Decor – The rest of the goodies were all bought at my go to party shop, The Party Spot, I got everything from the honey comb “golf balls”, balloons, ribbons, to the wheat-grass used in the buckets.
I had an absolute “Ball” designing this party for my very special little boy. I hope you find inspiration here if you are planning one in your household. Its such a great theme for Birthday Parties, Baby Showers and Fathers Day Celebrations.
There are a few people I must thank for making my vision a reality. To my hubby Ahmed, as much as you complain, you put up with my crazy ideas ( just 🙂 ), your support and opinion is so valuable to me. To my shoulder, my crutch, my bestie Meg, THANK YOU for being my voice of reason, my printer, my jelly maker, my left leg. For always being there through it all. I am so grateful to have you and I’m so excited for the future ahead. To my Mum and Dad WOW ! THANK YOU!!!! Dad, my crazy AstroTurf backdrop would not have been possible without you and your make a plan attitude. Nothing is too much! Jaysheela Kanjee (you’ll remember her for her fantastic cake pops from the Mermaid party), thank you for always being so caring and giving. The AstroTurf runner was a lifesaver! Sam – Words cant say thank you enough for your selflessness – the jumping castle was a lifesaver! Ruth, for capturing not only these priceless moments but so many more, I am so eternally grateful and I cant wait to see what else we do together! Deb, for taking my design and creating exactly what I imagined, thank you! Yanky and Natasha from Killarney Country Club, thank you for helping to make my dream a reality – we cant wait to see the other magical creations at the most perfect venue.
List of suppliers:
Venue: Killarney Country Club
Photography: Ruth Du Toit Photography
Sugar Cookies: Sprinkles Bakery
Cake, Cake Pops, Chocolate dipped Oreos: Sugar Paper Parties
Decor: Party Spot
Personalised Birthday Banner: Studio Hooray
Jumping Castle: Lopes Bouncy House: firstname.lastname@example.org