Owl Themed Birthday Party

Last month the lovely Rosie from LoveLuxe Blog happily featured my little girl’s 1st birthday party celebration – a pink owl themed day with pictures taken by the talented Charlie from CKB Photography.

It was such a lovely day and I was so lucky to have such beautiful sweet treats provided by Made by Marie Green and The Cheltenham Cakery. I thought I’d share some of the photo’s with you here just in case you missed it before!

Would love to hear from anyone planning their own little one’s first birthday, what’s your theme?

Jessie

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LIVE Winter wedding Q&A with LoveLuxe Blog

Hello,

I hope everyone has been snuggling up in warm winter knits and a cup of hot cocoa these last few days, it’s geting dark so early now and really starting to feel like winter. I know it’s nearly Christmas when I light a candle in my office in the morning!

I expect there are a number of Cotswold brides currently planning a winter wedding at the moment, I’m certainly working with a few again this year, and there are extra considerations for those of you who’ve been brave enough to wear a wedding dress in the colder months.

With so many brides opting for out of season wedding dates, it’s also the industry suppliers and vendors who need to be more knowledgable.

Cotswolds Christmas theme winter weddingStyling by Jessie Thomson, Photography by Limelight Studio

So it really is exciting to be able to announce my involvement with the first LoveLuxe Blog live hangout on Wednesday 7th November from 8-9pm where a panel of experts will be chatting live via video about their experiences with winter weddings.  It’s essentially this awesome little community where we get to share ideas, tips and best practice as well as answering any questions that people post as we chat!

The other fabulous industry experts joining me are; incredible dress designer Charlotte Balbier, the very talented photographer Shell de Mar, make up artist to the stars Kellie Mitchell, top UK florist Emma Lappin and real bride Rebecca Aspin who also runs Sell My Wedding.

You can send your questions in to any of us by commenting on the LoveLuxe Blog page, leaving a question on the Facebook Wall or using the hashtag #loveluxewinter on Twitter. You’ll also be able to communicate with all of us live on the site while the Q&A is taking place, and whether you’re a bride, planning a party or an industry expert looking to do a bit of networking – everybody’s welcome!

I’m also now a regular guest blogger over at LoveLuxe so do pop over to read my recent posts on choosing your wedding theme and finding out the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding stylist, I would love your comments!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween yesterday… check out my little one all dressed up for the occasion!

Baby Flora and Mummy!

Jessie

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DIY Moss Table Numbers (or letters if you prefer!)

Hello,

I’m sorry the blog has been left a bit unloved for the last month, but it’s been crazy busy in Jessie Thomson HQ with weddings around the country, glamourous industry parties and the small matter of a baby to look after in between.

But, finally, I have sat down with a cup of tea before this weekend’s wedding at The Great Tythe Barn, to show you how I made the moss table number when I did styling for the utterly fabulous LoveLuxe Blog launch. I’m also a guest blogger there and you can see my August article on finding your personal wedding style here.

For the LoveLuxe launch I was asked to style one of the tables, and after submitting two different theme ideas, Rosie and I decided to go for a rustic woodland theme. I injected a bit of romance into this by incorporating elements of a fairy midsummer night’s dream – with love story stationery, mini toadstool cake pops, vials of fairy dust and little birds and butterflies nestled amongst moss, leaves and berry toned flowers.

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That’s me, adding ribbon and feathers to the place settings.

There were quite a few DIY elements to my table, the wooden “wheels” as place mats were sourced from a local saw mill in the Cotswolds (and would make equally fabulous bases for wedding centrepieces). But one of my favourite pieces was the moss table number I created, which would suit all sorts of themes and was so easy to do.

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Moss Table Number

So I thought I’d give you lovely readers a little DIY tutorial in case you fancied making your own for your big day celebrations!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3D Craft Numbers (or letters of you want to create a cute piece of personalised decor)
  • Moss – you can buy this from your local Hobbycraft, or ask your florist to supply it.
  • Glue Gun – if you’re a DIY bride this should be your first purchase!
  • Newspaper – it gets messy.
  • Scissors

That’s it! Seriously it’s so easy.

All you need to do is break up your moss into pieces, glue gun a small section of your 3D number, shove a handful of moss on top. Repeat until the whole thing is covered.

Once there are no bits of cardboard/wood/foam peeking through the moss, grab your scissors and get trimming until it’s looking nice and neat. Whole thing took me about 15 mins… but as I’m a perfectionist I went back, and trimmed it about ten times afterwards!

There are more DIY moss tutorials here if you love the look but want to take it further. I love the idea of a moss covered ring pillow. So boho cool.

If you’d like to see more photo’s from the launch then do have a look at the official website and the album from my page on Facebook.

My thanks to the wonderful suppliers who contributed items, ideas and beauty to my table:

Stationery: In The Treehouse http://www.inthetreehouse.co.uk/
Flowers: Bramble & Wild http://www.brambleandwild.com/
Tableware & Crockery: Lavender & Linen http://www.lavenderandlinen.co.uk/
Cake Pops: The Cheltenham Cakery http://www.thecheltenhamcakery.co.uk/

Next on the blog will be some DIY fringe streamer and pinwheel tutorials from my window styling at The White Rose Bridal Boutique in Chipping Campden, and a BEAUTIFUL Cotswolds real wedding at Stone Barn in Aldsworth.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Jessie

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Photo Credits: Rosie Parsons; Sarah Vivienne Photography