how to do a ‘girl’s night in’

Last week was my final week at my job. I have now left the office for the life of a full-time blogger, and I simply cannot wait to get started! I am hugely excited about this, and so I wanted to throw a little get together with the ladies to celebrate my new beginning. This blog post is all about how to do a ‘girl’s night in’ with style and I have some amazing companies that are a definite must for anyone planning on throwing the perfect party.

First up, you need to think about a theme. A theme is a great way to get everyone excited and will also help your guests to decide on a dress code too. My theme was carnival, so lots of bright colours, frozen cocktails and pineapples! I found an amazing company who helped me with the event, and they are Talking Tables. Talking Tables are an online retailer who specialize in party accessories and decorations. They have so many ranges for any occasion- birthdays, weddings, tea parties and of course an array of excellent goodies for a girl’s night in. I decorated the flat with fiesta fan garlands around the doors and sofa in wonderful bright colours, and we had a few parrots adorning the tables and chairs!

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For the main table, we had the most amazing pineapple accessories, from pineapple picks for the giant cocktail glasses to pineapple sunglasses! We also had some flamingo ones too for some epic selfies. You can’t go wrong with some silly props to get everyone having some fun!

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Talking Tables really do have such great quality items, even the patterned plates and wooden spoons helped to tie the whole carnival theme together.

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For food, I went for something really easy and simple that you can’t go wrong with- chilli. I made a meat as well as a veggie chilli for everyone in less than 30 mins. You don’t want to keep your guests waiting ages for food, and getting a takeaway for large groups is pretty expensive. The ingredients for the chilli (mince, tomatoes, kidney and baked beans) plus rice will have you and your guests covered for under £15 which is a great budget, especially if drinks are happening!

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Onto the drinks, I went for frozen cocktails. You can get these at all the major superstores and they are the perfect thing for a carnival theme! Fruity drinks are always going to be popular in the summer months, and it’s a great way to keep everyone happy without spending a fortune on spirits and taking up your time by making cocktails on the night. I want to thank Talking Tables for providing such a fantastic array of party accessories which made the night, the giant cocktail glasses were just perfect for our cocktails to share!

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When planning how to do a ‘girl’s night in’ the right way, I wanted to organise something fun for us to enjoy as well as the selfies, drinks and food. This is where my second guest comes in- My Showcase.

Founded by 2 great women, My Showcase is an online store for luxury beauty products, but they also host parties so you can have a My Showcase expert come in with their products to talk you through them. This was such a nice surprise for my guests who didn’t know what to expect, and we had a wonderful time trying on makeup and spraying ourselves with wonderful scents! A few stand out brands of the night were Connock London, New CID and Aurelia.

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To get more info and to host your own My Showcase party, click here. A massive thanks to our Stylist Katie for bringing her My Showcase selection for us! Plus a huge thanks to all my ladies who helped to make the party so great!

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So there you have it, my how to do a ‘girl’s night in’. I would say to sum up, a mixture of the right theme, good home-cooked food plus a surprise for your girls will make your perfect night in!

Saharasplash x

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Colour me crazy with Joe Browns

I am really excited to show you all this latest collaboration with Joe Browns. Joe Browns are a lovely company who I have wanted to work with on a project since attending their blogger’s event based around their funfair collection last year. Joe Browns really do the most amazing campaigns and I was lucky enough to join in on this one for their #JBholidaywardrobe project where we had to take the most bright and colourful photos we could. In London, this was a piece of cake! Enjoy colour me crazy with Joe Browns!

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I really wanted to get a beautiful array of colours to match the stunning print of my favourite piece- the Tropical Jersey Pants:

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I took them out with me to go on a bit of wedding planning with Paul in the country!

We then went on a trip closer to home for these great backdrops. Locations are from Bethnal Green all the way to Whitechapel and then back to Canning Town:

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I love how soft the pants are, and they come with the most important thing- pockets! I then took them all the way home to do even more colourful shots against blue and red:

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I need to thank my sister for lending me the coolest slip ons which went with the pants so well! I love how the shoes really work together with the pants for a colour me crazy vibe- just perfect for festival and holiday seasons which are just around the corner. I then ended up going to a whole new level of crazy for these last shots- taken against our spare room blinds with me standing on my head!

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I think they came out really well against the fluffy red pattern, though I don’t recommend you do this with your holiday wardrobe pieces!

I hope you enjoyed my colour me crazy piece with Joe Browns as the star of the show. I hope to work with them agains on similar projects, as they really are a company you can get creative with just like this.

Follow the hashtags #JBholidaywardrobe & #LoveJoeBrowns to see more colourful shots from other bloggers!

Saharasplash x

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