Celebrating your birthday can often be one of the things that you look forward to in the year. It is the one day that you can demand that it is all about you, how great is that? However, not many people throw parties these days unless it is a milestone birthday, and there is something wrong with that. Who says you can’t have a party and celebrate in style? With that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can throw the ultimate birthday party, either for yourself, a friend or a loved one.
Think about the theme
Birthday parties can be as flamboyant or as low key as you want them to be, and whatever way you want to go, having a theme can help create the perfect set up. Your theme could be color focused, or it could be something a little unique or different. Perhaps sourcing films as inspiration, songs or decades, for example. There are so many ways that you can enhance a birthday party, that you will can go all out, even if you are celebrating at home or in a specific location.
Add a touch of fun
Some people assume that a party is just a party with food, drink and a lovely mix of people, but you can also add different elements to it as well. People nowadays consider entertainment as a big party of party planning. One popular choice is a photo booth, and you can be a little more creative by choose a specific backdrop from companies like The Backdrop Lab. This could help you choose something that goes with your theme. Other things to consider might be a DJ or even a band or singer, a magician, or if children are attending someone to help keep them occupied so they adults can let their hair down a little.
Parties are about food and drink
There is no denying that a big focus surrounding parties is the food and drink element, and you can be a simple or as over the top as you want to be for a Birthday. Maybe you want a signature drink that is associated with the birthday celebrator, so that everyone receives a drink upon arrival. Maybe the food can work alongside the theme. The last thing you want is to not have enough food or drink for your guests, so make sure you plan ahead.
Consider the guest list
Who attends the party is a very important aspect, after all, you want the right mix of people, the right amount of people, and you also want people to enjoy themselves and have fun. This is why it is important to consider who you invite and who you don’t.
Finally, make sure you plan early for parties. Getting the invitations out sooner rather than later so you can work out numbers, and then also enable you to plan and book certain aspects of it before missing out. Parties can also have a financial aspect so you need to give yourself enough time to budget and save for it.
Let’s hope doing these things helps you to celebrate a birthday in style in the future.
So many of our style and fashion choices hinges on picking the right things. From the right jewelry to the right fragrance, to the right hairstyle. And when we work hard at perfect in our style, what can knock us for six is if everything we have chosen is not particularly ethical. Some people don't care, but if you want to have a stylish wardrobe and you need to know that everything you've purchased has come from somewhere with basic human values, some people wonder if it's possible to buy something stylish and ethical at the same time. So let's have a look at what you what you could do...
Purchasing From The Ethical Labels
Once upon a time, ethical labels only did a handful of clothes, and they weren't particularly flattering. But now, there are more brands out there pushing the ethical aspect. In addition to this, there are online marketplaces that can help steer you in the right direction, such as Sustainable Fashion. And don't forget the right apps. The Good On You app rates the mainstream clothing brands based on the publicly available information.
Choosing Ethical Jewelry
The same applies to jewelry, but with jewelry, it's a little bit more difficult to find if the jewelry has been sourced ethically. While there are more publicized aspects of ethical jewelry, especially the movie Blood Diamond that highlighted the issue of âconflictâ diamonds, what you can do is go to the supplier and really quiz them on their knowledge. Sometimes it's straightforward, but there are times we'll have to do a little bit more digging. https://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/ provides some detailed information about the Blue Nile brand, meaning that you can make your own decisions before you venture into the store. But there are numerous ethical jewelry brands that flaunt the sustainable approach. Alighieri, Tuza, and Wald Berlin being three of many out there.
Making The Most Of What You've Got
A lot of people decide to throw their clothes out as soon as a hole is found. Instead, if you're looking to be more sustainable and ethical, get into the habit of mending your clothes. You'd be surprised as to how much of a movement this is, especially when you look at websites like https://visiblemending.com/ that are pushing this sustainable lifestyle. The fact is, most clothing issues are easily fixed. But we choose to throw clothes out quickly and without thought, primarily because this gives us the opportunity to buy some new clothes. But, it's not just about hanging onto your old clothes so you can get as much life out of them, you can start to alter your wardrobe by making some changes to the existing items you've got.
Being stylish is hard work. Being ethical is even harder. To ensure that you've got a wardrobe of stylish yet ethical choices, it can be a long journey to get there. It's about finding the right suppliers, but it's also about taking the initiative yourself. It is possible to be stylish these days, and it's most definitely possible to be ethical.
I have wanted to visit the Ritz Paris for afternoon tea for quite some time now, so I was delighted when my husband surprised me with a reservation for my birthday. If you have followed me for a while now, you'll know that not only am I obsessed with Afternoon tea but with my favorite city too, Paris!
Despite visiting Paris frequently over the last few years we have never actually visited The Ritz Paris before. For the last few years it has been undergoing renovations, so I was really excited to see it in all of its renovated glory. After all, if it was good enough for Coco...
Incredibly regal and traditional in its styling, it definitely sets itself apart from its competition from other hotels of its caliber in Paris. Iconic royal blue upholstery dominates the hallways, with delicate pink ranunculas florals softening the ascetic.
We were shown to our table Salon proust for tea time
Unlike most afternoon tea's we have experienced, there is no savory course here, its straight into the sweet stuff... much to my husbands absolute delight.
We selected our teas with help from the Tea sommelier. For le homme, The ritz -Signature tea Ripe berries lend a malted sweetness to this blend of black teas, which is fragrant with notes of vanilla and warm spices.
For myself, Vervienne -Slightly lemony with relaxing and digestive properties.
It all start's with an amuse bouche (again another afternoon tea first)
A tiny Madeleine (remember, Salon Proust!) with some creamy milk poured over.
Sponge fingers, tuile cigarettes, florentines, sugar tarts and buns with cocoa nibs and chocolate chips followed
How cute are these iconic Ritz teddy bear biscuits!
And just when we began to worry that we were going to appear incredibly wasteful and not managing to finish such wonderful treats, we were asked if wed like to take the remaining biscuits and cakes with us. Well, who in their right mind would turn down a doggy bag from the Ritz!
To add the icing to the cake, the lovely staff at the Ritz presented me with this gorgeous birthday treat. Now I really was feeling very spoilt
Isn't it all just too beautiful!?
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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