Bridesmaids Lunch With Prairie Charms

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

This Sunday I had a lovely lunch at home with my Bridesmaids. We were on a mission to plan the hen party and the girls did not disappoint! We have planned a day time Western Style Horse Hack and BBQ, an afternoon cocktail class, dinner, drinks and a girls night in sleepover at the Norton Park Spa hotel in Winchester followed by lunch and spa treatments in the hotel spa on the Sunday! I am so excited and the girls are hard at work planning everything.

Because my son is due to be born in 4 short weeks, I decided to throw the get together at my own home, but that didn't mean that it couldn't be fun and memorable. So, I put on a lovely Easter theme lunch with a treat table and some gorgeous drink decorations from 'Prairie Charms'.

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that I have previously worked with Prairie charms and fell in love with them. They are a company which sell all sorts of handmade jewellery, hair acessories, beauty pieces and new for 2015 they have also introduced habitat and packaging pieces! 
The thing that I love most about Prairie Charms is that they donate 10% of all of their profits to  Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity and the, 'Kiss it Better Campaign! I was so excited when Prairie Charms announced a new collaboration on their Twitter page and I couldn't wait to get involved. The project aim was to incorporate some Prairie Charms pieces into a lifestyle blog post, and I knew exactly which items I wanted to pick out to decorate my Easter lunch and show you all!

I chose these gorgeous Dahlia Purple Polka Dot Paper Straws and this adorable Mila Baby Blue Ribbon and Prairie Charms were even kind enough to send me some ultra sparkly 'Effie Nail Glitter', too (see what I did with this at the end of this post!). 

I love that the paper straws have a vintage feel and the pastel purple colour is so perfect for the spring time so I knew it would tie in well with my Easter theme! I also love the ribbon as it isn't all thin and flimsy - I used it to accessorise the necks of my vintage style milk bottle glasses and they looked super cute, but you could easily find a million-and-one uses for this adorable ribbon!

The Prairie Charms packaging is so thoughtful and pretty - everything arrived wrapped in tissue papers and was finished off with the cutest washi tapes and 'Prairie charms' stickers - it's little touches like this which really make a brand stand out and make your shopping experience with them memorable!

The girls (and I!) loved the way the glasses looked and I got so many nice comments on the straws too, everyone seemed to love them! We drank all sorts of things like mixed fruit juices and fizzy sodas and the straws really held up! I have used paper straws in the past which seem to disintegrate within minutes but these easily lasted the whole 4 hours of our lunch date!

I made all sorts of Easter themed treats for us to nibble on, including these ooey gooey mini egg brownies (recipe coming to my blog soon), Sunny lemon cupcakes and Vanilla cupcakes, 'Carrot' strawberries and traditional Cornflake 'nest' cakes! We also had fresh, crusty bread with meats and some crisps!
I love to hand make food as I feel it is so much more thoughtful and you have the chance to be creative. People always seem to appreciate a hand made treat and it's lovely to receive kind comments on something you have worked hard to create.

I decorated the treat table with this cute grass print table cloth from eBay, these gorgeous glitter Easter eggs and some traditional fluffy chicks which I placed on different height cake stands for height and drama. I also hung some cute wooden polka dot bunnies above the table! 
I used my pretty cake stand, cake dome and lace inspired cake tray for extra decoration and attention to detail! 
I love to decorate and accessorise as it really finishes everything off and gives everyone something to look at - after all, you eat with your eyes before your mouth!

I also bought these cute chocolate flower lollipops as parting gifts for the girls (although most of them tucked into them during lunch!). I displayed these in this cute easter box which was just from poundland and helped them stand up straight by filling the box with shredded yellow paper - also from poundland.
It looked so cute and just goes to show that you really dont need to spend ridiculous money for a good result.

It was so kind of Prairie Charms to send me some nail glitter (and in my favourite colour,too), and I just couldn't wait to try it out, so I gave myself a manicure right away!
I painted my nails with Revlons 'Blue Lagoon', and painted a feature finger in Barry M's new speedy quick dry nail paint in 'Lap of Honour'. I then sprinkled on some of the nail glitter, leaving the feature finger plain for some contrast.
I really liked that Prairie Charms gave a little tip about using the glitter over a pot or sheet of paper, so that you can collect any left overs and use them next time!
My nails look so pretty and the colour of the glitter is just perfect! It's delicately sparkly without being OTT and gives the nails that pop of bling. I accessorised with my River Island midi rings and my new floral watch bracelet. 
It made for such a pretty spring look and matched my Easter theme lunch perfectly!

I had so much fun joining in with this project and I suggest that you all check out Prairie Charms new website and blog when you can. It's great to own something handmade, but its even better knowing that your purchase has helped out a charity, too!

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