The Little Black Book for a last-minute Halloween

Once upon a time we were not bothered in the slightest about Halloween. But since our eldest has been in school and American friends of ours got us to do pumpkin carving, house decorating, party hosting and trick-or-treating in our neighbourhood (where, I must say, the vibe is brilliant!), we are hooked, especially the kids who know what happens at trick-or-treat …

But if you have had a last couple of weeks like mine, where not only have I been mega busy but also the entire family has fallen sick, one by one, Halloween has not been high on the agenda and we have nothing ready!

No need to panic though! I have been keeping an eye out and this is my LBB (Little Black Book) for a last-minute Halloween that I am happy to share with you:

PARTY DECORATIONS:

Party Camel

Always creative, on trend and just too happy to help. From wall decorations, to tableware, to one of Aisha's, Party Camel owner, favourites: Photo Booth props! Thank you Aisha for always being there! xx

COSTUMES:

Mystique Costumes

They have stores in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim Street with rows and rows of costumes for grown-ups. Their sister store, Creative Minds, just a block away from the grown-up store in Al Barsha, has a good selection for children.

Mr Ben's Costume Closet

This is a great option if you prefer to rent although they also sell costumes. 

Superherokids Dubai

For the little people, I personally love these adorable superhero capes and masks that my kids were gifted by a close friend. 

 

PARTY FOOD - HOMEMADE:

The Party

If you are the type that can bake things that do not only taste good but also look pretty, then The Party have these gorge engraved rolling pins to make your own butter cookies with a choice of 4 different designs. Check out their neon orange and black Halloween cupcake toppers too!

Their website is still being built but you can find them on Instagram and Facebook, or contact them on hello@theparty.ae.

Lidija's Kitchen

If you already have the themed cookie cutters that usually are available at the likes of Spinneys, Tavola and Lakeland, why not give Lidija Abu Ghazaleh's recipe for double chocolate bat shaped sandwich cookies a try. Dare ... I think even I might ...

 

PARTY FOOD - ORDERED/BOUGHT:

And if you do not dare, all of these stores and cafes have a lovely selection of themed and artistic cookies and cupcakes:

The Lime Tree Cafe

If you are expecting a large party, The Lime Tree Cafe make freshly prepared, delish party food in general. But their hand-iced Halloween cookies are ultra cute and cover pretty much all elements of Halloween: bats, ghosts, pumpkins, skulls & bones. Oh and there is also a witch hat chocolate cupcake!

Freedom Pizza

Get the littles busy decorating their own Halloween cookies or buy ready decorated if you don't fancy cleaning up the mess afterwards!

Magnolia Bakery

With stores in 3 different locations across Dubai, temptation is always around the corner ... Their Halloween cupcakes come in a choice of either chocolate or vanilla.

Hummingbird Bakery

Their Halloween cupcakes are hilarious and added bonus: there is a choice of 3 flavours with either vanilla, chocolate or the very indulgent red velvet.

Yamanote Atelier

Like good Japanese, Yamanote Atelier are the kings of all things mini and have designed the cutest Halloween pastries. Recommended for those who do not wish to load themselves up with sugar ... that won't be my kids, I think! 

Photography credit, as relevant, to: Party Camel, Superherokids Dubai, The Party, Lidija's Kitchen and Freedom Pizza.

How the guru's throw a 'little party' - Party Camel's Third Birthday

When Aisha Leitner, founder of Party Camel, asked me to stop over at their studio if I was free for a little coffee celebration on the third birthday of the brand, I knew it was not going to be just that. 

Being one of Dubai's party guru's she is incredibly stylish and is hugely creative too. You only need to look through her online store and her blog - it oozes cuteness and edge! So I made sure I got our errands over and done with very quickly that morning so that I could join, even if only for a short while. What I did miss though, was taking my camera with me! So a big Thank You to Aisha for sharing the pictures taken by The Studio.

And isn't a Photo Booth a brilliant way to add a bit of silliness and fun to a party? Scroll through the arrows below for the fun Chez Party Camel:

Would you like to get this look? Here is how:

- Party supplies: Party Camel. Head over to their website here for the Happy Birthday Mini Party Hats, the Be Happy Bird toppers, the Photo Booth Props or backdrop, the Happy Birthday Plates or the adorable Happy Birthday Bags.

- Pallets for the food display: Cheeky Little Events. Check their website here for the contact details to rent more equipment, arrange entertainment or just organise the entire party for you.

- Photography: The Studio. Do check their website here for their different options on the Photo Booth, including the cool Selfie Box.

- Catering: The Lime Tree Cafe. My 2-year old daughter was very quick to decide the mini carrot cakes were going to be her lunch! Have a look at their samples menus for Party Food & Canapés, or Kids Party Food.

- Cake: Rasha Rmeily. Sugar perfection! If in doubt, scroll through her Instagram.

- Illustrations: Samar Sadik Fashion & Lifestyle Illustrator. Nothing like one of a kind invites or customised favours to add a touch of class to a celebration. Have a look at Samar's work here.

 

Now: Party Camel has a celebratory competition at the moment for a very special give-away: YOUR DREAM PARTY PACK! Click here to find out more - still a couple more days left to enter!