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10 of our favourite gender reveal cakes

Are you planning to have a gender reveal party? We scoured Pinterest for some inspiration and rounded-up 10 of our favourite  cakes to announce whether you’re having a boy or a girl!






Bird cake


Duck cake


layered cake


Owl cake


Pinjada cake


Pink or blue we love you


Tutus or ties


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Cake


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20 Owl themed birthday cakes we love

If you are planning a fantasy forest or owl themed birthday party for your little one, you’ll love these cakes! We rounded-up 20 of our favourite owl themed birthday cakes from Pinterest. (We know – how did we only manage to pick 20?) 🙂

Which one is your favourite? We love number 9, 10 and 14!

Owl cake 2

Owl cake 3

owl cake 4


owl cake 5


owl cake 6


owl cake 7


owl cake 8


owl cake 9


Owl cake 10


owl cake 11


owl cake 12


owl cake 13


owl cake 16


owl cake 18

owl cake 19

owl cake 20


owl cake 21


owl cake 22


Owl cake


owl cake 15

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Madagascar themed party

This first birthday party décor was inspired by the Madagascar movie. Little ones will love it!

Table with personalised boxes for kidsAn astro turf table cloth is a great way to create the look of grass and to add more texture to the table.

Party packsMake a personalised box filled with sweets and a jungle animal for every guest.

Mini hotdogs in bamboo boatsFinger food that’s easy to hold like these delicious mini hotdogs displayed in mini bamboo boats and mini hamburgers is all you need to satisfy kids.


These beautiful Madagascar themed cupcakes and cake was made by Belles Patisserie in Johannesburg.


Party jellies

Mini consol jars of layered red, green and yellow jelly served with a wooden spoon tied to the jar is an excellent idea! Little fingers often drop things!

Clever game idea

Having themed bats and balls to play with is such a clever idea and ties the theme together perfectly.

Thank you gift

Don’t forget the Thank You gift for guests who attended!

Credits: Food and Decor By Word of Mouth (

Photographs: Samantha Kopsch

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Cat in the hat party

Inspired by the comical children’s book, Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss, this fun party theme is ideal for boys or girls. Add more feminine touches for a girl’s party by adding a little more pink and purple detail, as the blue, red and white tends to be more masculine.

You can ask guests to come dressed up or provide bowties and hats or colour the children’s hair with hair spray.



This piñata doubles as the centrepiece, and is classic Cat in the Hat style. The hats on each place setting also have secret hollow centres to fill with goodies for each child. If you have time, you can make them yourself or buy them from Piñata’s Galore.



Make your child’s birthday party fun from the get go with this Cat in the Hat party invitation. Download your template here.



Personalised snow globes, available at Clicks stores, make perfect party décor and take-home gifts. Insert colour-copied images.



Blue candy floss atop vanilla cupcakes replicates Thing 1 and Thing 2’s crazy hairdos, and the kids will love it. Get the recipe here.



Two round cakes make this hat cake, and the red, blue and white roll-out icing provides the detail. Or you can bake a one-layer round cake and have a picture from the book printed on rice paper to lay on top.



An easy idea is to have theme appropriate images printed, and then simply stick them to shop-bought items – in this case, UHT drinking milk and fruit-flavoured yoghurt tubs.



Popcorn is always a hit with kids.



Coconut ice made red and white instead of the traditional pink and white brings through the colours in the cat’s hat.



Small details like these hat and alphabet biscuits complement the theme perfectly. Get the recipe here.

Piñatas and mini piñatas  – Piñatas Galore: Cat in the hat dĂ©cor, printed cups, plates and serviettes – Shirley from Crazy Catz: call 072 613 6065. Cat in the Hat cake and cupcakes – Hillary: call 072 469 3638.

Party styled by Sasha Zambetti: call 083 554 7757



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High Tea with Huggies® and Sarah-Kate Scott

We had the pleasure of sharing Sarah-Kate Scott, of M-Net show, Deal or No Deal’s, special baby shower hosted by Huggies® My First Nappy.

The soon-to-be-second time mom and her husband, Darren Scott are expecting their second baby boy.  Sarah-Kate and her son, Mark and 13 of her closest friends enjoyed a High Tea themed baby shower at Dunkeld Manor in Johannesburg.

The treats were delicious and the goodie bags fab! Here are some pics of the highlights of the day.

Sarah and son

Sarah-Kate and Mark pose for the camera. What a gorgeous photo!

Cake 2

What a great idea for a baby shower cake!


Yummy! The treats were delightful!


No party is complete without cupcakes!


Cake anyone?

Opening gifts

Little Mark helps mommy with the unwrapping of the gifts!

Huggies hamper

Sarah-Kate’s lovely hamper from Huggies® My First Nappy.

Cupcake under glass

Guests took home one of these beautiful cupcakes and a jam packed goodie bag.

Goody bags



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Carnival party

Carnival_tableBe inspired by this fairground extravaganza complete with piñatas and all the traditional treats you’d find at the fair – streamers, balloons, mini toffee apples, doughnuts and lemonade. Keep little guests busy by setting up traditional games like sack races, spoon and egg race, tug o’ war and musical chairs. Don’t be afraid to go “over the top” with this theme.

Carnival_table 3Click here for instructions on how to make these big tissue pompoms.

A doughnut “tree” will delight young and old and is a perfect centrepiece. Buy plain doughnuts and ice them in the colours of your theme.


These carnival coupons make great table decor and can be handed out in packs to each child so they can use them as “currency” when joining in games.


Catchable bubbles are guaranteed to get the children off their feet and expanding some of their sweetie-induced energy. Personalise the bottles with theme-appropriate “bubbles” labels.


Kids will love these mini-toffee apples. Buy the apples in a tin, dry them off with paper towel and dip them into caramelised sugar.


Pour juice into clear Consol glass bottles and offer colourful straws to sip from.


The cool thing about these cute cake pops is that they’re small enough for children to enjoy without them licking the icing and leaving all the cake behind.


Popcorn cones are a great way to serve popcorn in manageable portions for little hands and they’re so easy to make – using strong paper or light cardboard, cut each piece in quarters, fold each quarter into a cone and staple or celotape the cones in place.


Glue a few colourful strands of streamers to the tops of your party hats for an extra pop of colour.


Don’t forget your invites and thank you cards!



Cake pops – Hillary 072 469 3638; Decor and printed cups, plates and serviettes – Hedgehog Lane; Warren 072 469 3638. Pinatas – Pinatas Galore;

Party styled by Sasha Zambetti; 083 554 7757


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Fantasy forest party

If the idea of many little feet running through your home is too much to contemplate, take to your local park and create an Enchanted Forest theme for your child’s party. Handmade felt owls and hedgehogs can join your little one’s guests as they sit on toadstool cushions, nibbling on beautifully iced woodland biscuits and delicious cupcakes.


A forest or wooded area is the best setting for this party. If you don’t know of such a place, you can set up under a tree in your garden, or use a green background if you’re setting up indoors.


Felt is versatile and easy to work with, which makes these toadstool cushions  quick and simple to put together. Moss has been used in the décor to great effect. You can turn just about any space into a forest fantasy using handfuls of moss bought from a nursery. Make your own Toadstool pillows with these step-by-step instructions.


You can include lots of fresh berries and fruit in your menu, which will not only look fabulous but offer a healthy food alternative


Turn your tables into a forest fantasy with these easy to make Harry the hedgehog and owl felt decorations.


Make these sweet cupcakes in minutes. Buy plain cupcakes, ice them and use Oreo biscuits to form the wings, and chocolate discs for eyes. Cut Liquorice Allsorts intro triangles to form the beak.


This special cake was made by joining cupcakes into the shape of an owl. Oreo biscuits become wings, and bread sticks form the perch.


You can also add these fun owl and animal biscuits to the menu.



Keep with the theme and send out Forest themed party invitations and thank you cards!

Invite and thank you cards

Don’t forget the goodie bag! These party packs are made from brown paper bags fashioned into beautiful owls with the help of strips of paper in different patterns and colours.


Party Styled by A-muse Events; call 076 845 7060; visit Owl cake and biscuits – Allison from Tiny Bite; Call 082 927 9763; visit Printing on invites and goodie bags – designed by Macaroon; call 011 782 9589; visit

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Cars, boats, planes and trains birthday party

As you know, little boys squeal with delight at the mere sight of cars, planes or trains. So for this easy theme, we combined them all to create one thrilling party. Look out for transport themed wrapping paper, stickers and cake toppers – they’re everywhere and can be used to great effect to pull this theme together and make it really simple.

Party Invitations

Set the theme from the get go for your little one’s party with a beautiful invitation.



Add flair to your cupcakes by making your own wrappers. Bake your cupcakes in ordinary wrappers. When cooled, cut cardboard to the template provided here, tape the sides together then wrap a ribbon or a strip of paper around the base of the wrapper for added detail.


Party Treats


The kids will love this tasty treat. Click here for the recipe.


Chocolate whoopie pies with creamy filling

Chocolate is always a winning flavour at parties and these chocolate whoopie pies will be a winning treat with little ones. Get the recipe here.


Tyre biscuits

These “tyres” are so easy to make. Use Oreo biscuits with wheel spokes piped on in royal icing (egg whote mixed with icing sugar to a piping consistency) with a size 2 nozzle.


Cars, planes and trains biscuits – Allison from Tiny Bite; Visit

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It’s party time

The past few weeks have been mayhem…but so much fun as we’ve worked to put a party guide together for our Living and Loving readers.

Now, we know not all moms have the desire, time or ability to throw a fancy themed party, but the great thing about this guide is we’ve offered ideas that are really quick and simple and ones that are a little more complex.So regardless of the route you decide to take, your party can be just as awesome as the ones we styled and shot!

Here we’ve provided all the templates you need to make the items for your party as well as things to download and use.

Click here to get FREE invitations, thank-you notes, cupcake toppers, bunting and more!

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