All week I have been preparing pretty little bits and bobs for our joint birthday party. Me and my hubby had planned a vintage sports day with a BBQ afterwards. We had games of cricket, skipping races, three legged races, rounders… all taking us back in time to our childhood sports days. We then chilled out and tucked into mouthfuls of yummyness.
I was most excited about the party as it was a chance to whip out some of our vintage props and put them to good use! Our newest addition, is the lemonade stand. I bought two drinks dispensers, one we filled with Pimms and the other homemade Strawberry Fizz… deeeelicious!
The tags I designed on the PC, printed out, stuck onto card and laminated. I then tied them to each jar using the coloured parcel string.
Then to make the drinking experience that little bit more vintage we have old school milk bottles and candy striped straws for our guests to sip from. If I could, these would replace the glasses in my kitchen cupboard! (hubby probably wouldnt be too pleased with that!)
Of course not all the boys wanted to drink out of straw nor a milk bottle…! Can’t see that going down too well! So I brought out the galvanised beer bucket for the guys to grab a beer from.
For snacks before the BBQ, I made little packets of crisps for everyone. I got the idea from the liagriffith.com blog. (Who by the way inspires me allll the time!) I cut up squares of baking paper and folded them to make mini packets.
I downloaded lia’s sticker template, also available free from her blog and printed onto A4 sticker paper and cut out each circle. Et voila fill them with your favourite snacks!
I used little flags to decorate the BBQ’d food which I made earlier in the week. (See previous blog post) and the spread was ready for eating!
Of course we can’t not show off my favourite part of any meal – dessert! To help keep things healthy, I chose a fruit option and stuck lollipop sticks into sliced watermelon – an easy finger food snack without the need for plates, cuttlery etc.
I also couldn’t not go down the classic cupcake and cookie route too! We baked some red velvet cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies and displayed them on our cupcake stands. Pure yummyness!
All in all we both had a great day! The hubby wasnt too bothered with the pretty knifes and forks, nor the amount of bunting that now dominates his lounge! His wife on the other hand was a very happy lady!
Who are we?
I’m Becky, a 30 something mama of two, from West London and I run this creative little business together with my mum Wendy.
When covid landed on our doorstep in 2020, one thing we did to help encourage sales of our craft kits, was create the Shop Small Christmas Gift Catalogue. We posted it out to thousands of homes, advertising gift ideas, all sold from small businesses, including my own, encouraging people to shop small at Christmas.
I loved helping other companies, I wondered about converting our catalogue into an in-person event.
So in summer 2022, we hosted out first ever pop-up market in Westfield shopping centre, encouraging the nation to shop from small businesses. I absolutely loved meeting so many inspiring business owners and helping them increase exposure and sales, it’s made me want to organise more events. It’s naturally turned into a business itself, hosting in person shopping events, helping diversify the high street with products from small businesses.
As a product selling business owner myself selling a range of craft kits, I know full well how hard it can be to generate a regular income and to keep the business going especially with big brands dominating the high street
From my own experience I’ve found if you have a good product, selling in person can be such a beneficial way to get your stock off the shelves and into the hands of your ideal customer. I’m passionate about helping small businesses thrive and the I Do Handmade Pop-Ups will hopefully do exactly that.