Photography: Kelly & Dan Harmer
Our daughter decided she wanted an Ice Cream and Slime 7th birthday party after taking over my Pinterest one afternoon (she’s her mother’s daughter that’s for sure) so after five months of planning and a crazy Sunday afternoon, that’s what she got. To say she was over the moon is an understatement and we’d like to thank everyone who helped to make it so special for her.
With some incredible collaborators who are all named here and a sprinkling of Oh So Kel creativity, I’m pretty convinced we created the girliest version of this theme that could ever be! It also wouldn’t be an OSK party if it didn’t have DIY details so these are included too. I’m so excited to share it all with you…
We collaborated with the incredibly talented Kelly of Sunflower Bakery in Somerset, who blew my mind with a stunning mint green tiered cake complete with slime brushstrokes and ice cream cone.
Kelly also made chocolate popsicle lollies which I’ll be honest made me a bit sad to see eaten as they were so darn cute, along with mini donut and chocolate brushstroke cupcakes plus large matching donuts for our DIY donut wall. Beautiful hey?!
The tableware and decorations were courtesy of my good friends at Talking Tables, including the iridescent fringe curtain used for the backdrop, ice cream garlands, party bags, coloured tablecloths, plates, cups, serviettes and honeycomb sundae decorations.
In case you’re wondering how we created the backdrop, we set up a photo backdrop stand, threaded white curtains through the pole and fixed the fringing to the curtain fabric using safety pins.
The chair covers are stretchy and fit most armless chairs. I’ll certainly be using them again for future projects.
I’d started seeing donut walls pop up everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram, so I thought, what little girl wouldn’t love an Oh So Sweet donut wall at her party?! My love of wooden pallets is pretty clear when you see how I’ve used them before (check out our Boho Fiesta and Mermaid Party) and they came in handy once again. I put a different twist on ours by adding a shelf to the top of it so we can interchange the signs and decor depending on the occasion, so it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing this baby in another shoot sometime soon. (Read the full DIY here)
The DIY ice cream balloons were also a Pinterest steal that had little DIY coloured sprinkles as an extra detail. If you’re using helium instead of balloons on sticks, beware of the cone size and weight of card and glue you use. I learnt the hard way so I’d recommend testing one out in its entirety before doing the rest or you may have to make a whole new set of cones like I did!
Our beloved upcycled tea trolley made another appearance, this time as an ice cream cart. It’s already featured as a festive bar cart and in our Mint and Pink Playhouse so who knows where it’ll pop up next and what colour! Much like the donut wall this item is so versatile and is bound to be used again. It was £12 well spent on eBay and has come a long way from its original dark lacquer and rusty brass self.
I already had a huge crush on Lahontan Letterworks so to collaborate for the invitations and all the printables was pretty special. The invites really set the tone for the party and to see the theme run through the donut wall and party bag tags was wonderful (favour bags included ice cream squishies, love hearts, the slime our guests made, and of course…cake!).
You know when you connect with someone who shares as much excitement as you do for something? Jess at Secret Garden Flowers in Axbridge is that little collaboration gem so I couldn’t wait to see how she interpreted our idea to create ice creams and sundaes from flowers after being inspired on Pinterest. Aren’t they simply adorable?! From the roses in ice cream cones (the stems were placed in water in a plastic pipet inside the cone) to the big sundae complete with pink carnation cherries and white straw, it’s all picture perfect.
I’ve mentioned a few times on Instagram that I think I need to put my face to my brand a bit more so here I am, a little out of my comfort zone but trying to look like a pro as best I can! My custom made t-shirt was created in collaboration with Noodle and Stitch, a clothing and accessories brand that is certainly one to watch. Steph has a background in design and ensures all her products are ethical and sustainable so I knew I’d be in good hands. The ‘La Vie En Rose’ t-shirt is now listed in her Etsy shop so you can also celebrate seeing life in pink, because what better way is there?!
The girls’ outfits are from Mini-Boden. The colours and frilly skirts reminded me of and ice cream parlour and they loved twirling around in them! Both Isla and Emmie’s skirts are in the clearance now if you fancy a bargain.
An ice cream and slime party would be pretty rubbish without ice cream and slime so we booked a ‘Science Boffin’ to come and make/serve ice cream (complete with dry ice which went down well), followed by gloopy blue slime-making which transferred into individual pots for the party bags.
It took a small army (AKA my family) to set this up and shoot it in a couple of hours at a local venue, plus the same small army and some wonderful friends to clear it up in 45 minutes. I actually took a time lapse of the whole thing so please email me if you have a suggestion on the best way to share it!
Thank you so much to everyone who helped, enjoyed and collaborated. And a big thank you to Isla’s friend’s mum Fiona who made her a second cake as a birthday gift, lucky girl! It looked incredible and when the children saw the matching pink and turquoise sponge on the inside they were so excited.
Seeing those little beaming faces throughout the party is always the absolute icing on the cake and I hope they all took away memories to cherish. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat…in fact, I am, for my youngest daughter exactly one week later! (And I haven’t unpacked all the boxes from this one yet, oops!)
You can follow my Pinterest board to see where the Ice Cream and Slime inspiration came from:
Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on Instagram if you create something after seeing this post. I’d love to see the results!
Until next time,
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