Kate from Sambellina Shares Her Story...
When the world went Poladot Mad - Kate decided to do something fun about... Along came Sambellina - yay!
What prompted you to start Sambellina.....
My philosophy behind starting Sambellina was based on "Why cant I buy ......?" The easiest part about designing for Sambellina, is that I am the customer - I find I get so excited to think about something I would like to buy but can't seem to find it, and then set about creating it.
There is a definite trend towards having parties at home, but there is often quite a bit of pressure involved with pulling it all together. I wanted to offer products that would help to easily add a special touch or stylish twist to home parties but still being affordable.
What would you say is your style ..... ?
I love classic, simple and sweet designs.
What do you use for party inspiration ..... ?
As my children are getting older, I have started to find the things that work and are really easy to arrange and look special without the headaches.
Depending on the age, my children LOVE to be part of the organising "team" and really builds up the excitement. Usually it all starts with the theme (decided by the kids) and invitation (usually decided by me) which then sets the colour scheme. Once you can visualise the colours, food ideas can often flow to tie it all back in.
The internet is an amazing resource these days for party inspiration - both online party stores, and gorgeous party blogs for ideas. My favourite parties are ones that keep the traditional simple elements but look beautiful and children are excited to be at.
Tips for being organised for a party ....
I'm a list person - I tend to imagine in my head exactly how the party will play out and then think about what I need for each step. For some, party planning is a creative joy, but for some it is very stressful.
For me, I think there are only a few things you need to make it just that little bit more special and stress-free.
- Try to avoid the "middle of the night" cake icing disaster. Almost everyone has an icing horror story, so if you can outsource, hide it under Smarties, or use a cupcake tower to relieve some pre-party stress.
- Helium balloons. So effective to easy add to the party atmosphere ( I personally can't get enough of them). Also there is a lot of beautiful bunting available that also quickly sets the party scene.
- Traditional easy to organise games . Musical statues. Pin the 'something' on the 'something'. A bubble machine (you will be amazed how long this will entertain kids, they bounce, dance and laugh for hours under bubbles and will bring out the shyest of kids). Simple easy fun.
- Children love to see anything with their name on - straws with names on it, take home lolly bags, place settings, their initial on a cupcake or party hat, anything.
- Where possible, set out everything so that guests can help themselves. Drinks in an ice bucket, set out glasses, water bottles, or party cups. Serviettes and plates all in one spot. All so that you can have some fun and time to relax too.
- Most of all, ask a willing friend or family member to take lots of happy snaps....it is a memory that will be treasured, even with those icing nightmares.