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Bachelorette Party Ideas

Bachelorette Party Ideas

“A Survival guide to planning an unforgettable birthday party”

The process of planning your wedding is always going to be at least a little bit stressful and somewhat overwhelming – which is why throwing a bachelorette party is such a great way to blow off some steam, to relax, and to reboot when you feel you’re in the thick of things. We break down some of the best bachelorette party ideas to help jumpstart your planning, making life putting together a great bachelorette party (for yourself or for someone close to you) all whole lot easier. The very first thing you’re going to want to focus on when cooking up new bachelorette party ideas are the food and drink options you are going to serve or have served at the party.

Start with Food and Drinks

Proper food and drink can make or break a bachelorette party. The right choices can make even the most “ho-hum” bachelorette party over the top into something really special!

Gourmet Cocktail Slush

A signature cocktail for your bachelorette party can really help to elevate the festivities, and it doesn’t have to be anything crazy or expensive. The secondary benefit of being able to order one of these signature cocktails in the future and remembering your bachelorette party is pretty neat, too.

Sweet Table

It’s hard to imagine a bachelorette party without plenty of sweet treats, and rather than try and find a couple of dessert or candy options everyone will agree on instead think about putting together a sweet table that have a little bit of everything for everyone!

Chocolate Fountain

A chocolate fountain isn’t just a great way to elevate the food part of your party but is also a “touchstone” kind of party element that people will talk about for years and years to come.

Wine and Cheese

If you’re going for something a little simpler, little more understated, and a little bit subtler a wine and cheese assortment can give you the kind of high class experience you’re hoping to convey during your bachelorette party.

High Tea with A Mobile Coffee Bar

You would be hard pressed to find even just a few girls out there that didn’t have tea parties when they were younger, and a grown-up high tea option with a mobile coffee bar can take things to new levels while still adding plenty of fun and nostalgia.

Waffle Station

This is a great option for those that want to keep things fun and casual. Waffles can be dressed up at any point in time, perfect breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and dessert options depending on when you serve them and what you serve them with.

Entertainment

This really can be a make or break a Bachelorette Party There are plenty of entertainment options available to begin choose from when it comes time to plan your bachelorette party, but you can’t go wrong picking from any combination of the following:
  • Spa Day cause lets be honest we all love a pampering
  • A yoga outing to get the blood flowing before a night out
  • Party games and scavenger hunts
  • A wine tasting tour. And yes we have a few of these in Joburg
  • A night out on the town with just the girls. Time to go clubbing like it’s the last night your single
  • A night or weekend away to a favorite retreat or just some extended girl time.
The important thing to remember is to keep things light, keep things fun, and keep things relatively open-ended. You want your bachelorette party to feel really organic, like there’s no real stop or start, and that there’s always the potential for something fun, exciting, and adventurous to happen at any moment!

Closing Thoughts

At the end of the day, if you’re still having a little bit of a tough time planning your bachelorette party all on your own – or just want to hand the heavy lifting off to someone that will plan the perfect bachelorette party for you without you having to stress at all – it might be a good idea to bring in the professionals. The experts at Sweet Solutions, a one stop shop bachelorette party planning service, have been producing fantastic, unique, and memorable bachelorette parties for brides and their girlfriends for years If you want to guarantee that you have the kind of bachelorette party that is truly unforgettable, this is the kind of professional help you want to bring on board.
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10 Classic Cocktail Recipes

10 Classic Cocktail Recipes

“A list of easy to make classic cocktail recipes”

Nothing better than putting the feet up and sipping on a classic cocktail to relax both the body and mind. But let’s be honest we don’t always have to wait until we are on a tropical beach or fancy cocktail bar to enjoy the a good cocktail.

The sweet solutions team have put together 10 classic cocktail recipes that are easy to make for any party, after work-destress or summer afternoon. No need for a professional bartender or fancy bar just uses this cocktail recipe guide as your step by step to cocktail heaven.

Equipment needed to make these Classic Cocktails

So as you might of guessed the cocktails aren’t going to make themselves and yes you will need to get a few tools to make some of these tasty cocktails. We have made a list to get you going. It is however important to know that though these do make your life easier you should not be discouraged if you do not have everything needed for the cocktail you are trying to make. Often items in the kitchen such as sieves, pint glasses, spoons and a bit of ingenuity work wonders

  • Cocktail Shaker: Not just practical but a lot of fun
  • Shot measures: Not always necessary depending on your mood
  • Strainer
  • Blender
  • Bar spoon
  • Glasses: Size shape and style depend on the cocktail
  • Garnishing knife
  • Pug Muddler: Crushing utensil

Shake and Squeeze – Bartender’s secret to making great cocktails

Okay, so we going to let you in on a little trade secret here. There a many element’s that go into making a great cocktail but there are two golden rules when you are preparing your next favourite

Shake

That’s right, beyond just looking cool there is a real reason why mixologists and bartenders alike shake their ingredients when preparing a cocktail. Besides for just mixing the ingredients a good shake will activate and agitate all the ingredients. This is definitely a technique you want to adopt as the more flavour you have in your cocktail the better the taste!

Squeeze

Lime is to cocktails what salt is to food. And every bartender or mixologist worth his salt knows this trade secret. Lime serves as a taste enhancer and is used to round or smooth off the taste of any cocktail. So, if your cocktail is tasting a little flat add a squeeze of lime to liven up that dead aftertaste and add a needed zing to your cocktails. This concept holds true for Mojitos but instead of squeezing the mint leaves, give them a good slap to activate the minty freshness for your next cocktail.

How to Make a Pina Colada

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add Malibu, coconut cream and pineapple juice.
  3. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice cubes.

Ingredients

  1. Pineapple Juice – 60 ml
  2. White Rum -30ml
  3. Coconut Cream – 60ml
  4. Brown Sugar – 1 tbsp
  5. Garnish

How to make a Strawberry Daquiri

  1. Combine all ingredients and 1 cup of Ice in a blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, pour into serving glass, about ⅓ top with ice cream, if desired. Another layer of strawberry daiquiri followed by ice cream.
  3. If using fresh strawberries blend all the ingredients and serve in glass.

Ingredients

  1. Strawberry Juice – 60 ml
  2. White Rum -45ml
  3. Lime Juice – 15 ml
  4. Crushed Ice – 1 tbsp
  5. Garnish

How to make a Caipirinha

  1. Slice your lime. Cut it in half, then into quarters.
  2. Put the limes and sugar in a glass. It is preferable to use a rocks glass (aka a lowball glass)
  3. Muddle the sugar and lime.
  4. Add the ice.
  5. Add the cachaça and stir.
  6. Serve with the lime wedges in the drink.

Ingredients

  1. Half a lime
  2. White Rum -60ml
  3. Lime Juice – 15 ml
  4. Ice Cubes – 1 tbsp
  5. Garnish

How to make a tequila Sunrise

  1. Pour the tequila into a highball glass filled with ice and top up with fresh orange juice. Pour the grenadine in down the side of the glass so that it sinks to the bottom.
  2. Garish and Serve

Ingredients

  1. Half a lime
  2. Tequila -45 ml
  3. Orange Juice – 120 ml
  4. Grenadine – 30 mls
  5. Ice Cubes
  6. Garnish

How to Make a Dirty Martini?

  1. Pour the vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake well.
  2. Rub the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lemon.
  3. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and add the olive.

Ingredients

  1. Vermouth (15 ml)
  2. Vodka or Gin -75 ml
  3. Olive Juice – 15 ml
  4. Olive

How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add All ingredients into the shaker
  3. Shake until cold.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with cola/soda
  6. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Ingredients

  1. Splash of Soda
  2. Trile Sec – 30 ml
  3. Gin – 30 ml
  4. White Rum – 30 ml
  5. Tequila – 30 ml
  6. Vodka – 30 ml
  7. Sweet and Sour mix – 45ml

How to make a Bloody Mary

  1. Place the ice in a large jug. Measure the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice and pour it straight onto the ice.
  2. Add 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco (or more if you like it very spicy) and a pinch of celery salt and pepper. Stir until the outside of the jug feels cold, then strain the cocktail into 2 tall glasses.
  3. Top up with fresh ice, add a celery stick and lemon slice to both glasses and enjoy

Ingredients

  1. Celery
  2. Ground Black pepper/Salt
  3. Tomato Juice – 120 ml
  4. Vodka – 30 mls
  5. Ice Cubes
  6. Garnish

How to make a Mojito

  1. Muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves in a small jug, crushing the mint as you go – you can use the end of a rolling pin for this. Pour into a tall glass and add a handful of ice.
  2. Pour over the rum, stirring with a long-handled spoon. Top up with soda water, garnish with mint and serve.

Ingredients

  1. Light Rum – 45 ml
  2. Simple Syrup – 30ml
  3. Mint Leaves
  4. Soda Water – 60 ml
  5. Ice Cubes
  6. Garnish

How to make a Blue Lagoon

  1. Put the ice cubes in a large jug. Pour over the curaçao, vodka, fruit juices and 1 tsp syrup from the cherries. Stir until the outside of the glass feels cold.
  2. Half-fill four hurricane glasses with crushed ice, then strain in the cocktail.
  3. Top up the glasses with the soda water and gently stir, then garnish with the maraschino cherries.

Ingredients

  1. Vodka
  2. Blue Curacuo – 25 ml
  3. Lemon Juice – 20 ml
  4. Lemonade – 25 mls
  5. Ice Cubes
  6. Garnish

How to make a Cosmopolitan

  1. Stir the ingredients and a little ice together or put them in a cocktail shaker to combine. Strain into two chilled martini glasses.
  2. Add an olive or orange peel to garnish.

Ingredients

  1. Suager Rim
  2. Vodka – 45 ml
  3. Cranberry Juice – 60 ml
  4. Triple Sec – 30 mls
  5. Garnish
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Girls Birthday Party Ideas

Girls Birthday Party Ideas

“A Survival guide to planning an unforgettable girl’s birthday party”

Planning and smiling a birthday bash for a special little girl in your life can be a lot of fun – especially when you’re throwing a themed birthday party!

Throwing a party based around her favorite Disney princess, mermaids, or her favorite cartoon characters is sure to be a big hit, but other party ideas can include backyard adventures, petting zoos, and pony of the rides!

To help you avoid stress and overwhelm when planning and putting together a little girls birthday party we’ve put together this quick guide. Let’s dive right in!

Top 10 Birthday Party for a Girl Themes

  • Disney Princess Celebration – You can’t go wrong throwing a party filled with Disney Princess characters, especially if all the guests get to dress up as their favorite Disney hero. You don’t have to go to Disneyland to throw a great Disney party (but that wouldn’t be a bad idea, either)
  • My Little Pony Parties – Little girls love taking out their favorite Mind Little Pony, and if you want to take things to the next level you could even have arrangements made for a real pony that can be ridden to surprise the birthday girl!
  • Mermaid Pool Party – This is especially fun if the little girl you’re throwing a party for has a birthday in the middle of summer, with all kinds of mermaid decorations and underwater activities planned for party guests.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Putting together a quick backyard scavenger hunt can act as the backbone of a fun and adventure filled birthday party for little girls and little boys.
  • Fairy Tale Parties – Dressing up as your little girl’s favorite fairytale characters in bringing these stories to life is an easy way to throw a birthday party she’ll never forget!
  • Fun and Games – The theme of this birthday is to offer just as many backyard activities and games as possible, encouraging everyone to have fun and to compete with a big emphasis on teamwork.
  • Frozen – Dressing up the birthday girl as either Elsa or Anna and having everyone else play along – maybe with mom or dad dressed as Olaf – is an easy way to throw a great party. Don’t forget to bring a karaoke machine loaded with Frozen songs!
  • Magic and Wizardry – It’s hard to find even just a couple of little kids that don’t love magic, and if you’re willing to go the extra mile and hire a magician to come to the party you’re sure to create lifelong memories.
  • The Incredibles – The second Incredibles movie just came out and kids are falling in love with these characters all over again. Costumes and games that let little girls show off their “superpowers” take this theme over the top.
  • Cupcake and cookie decorating – Pre-bake a bunch of desserts, load up on toppings and frosting, and then let all of the little girls at the party go wild decorating their favorite desserts.

Party Rentals

There’s always going to be a little stress and pressure planning and throwing a girls birthday party, so why not take a little bit of that weight off your shoulders with some party rentals that let you enjoy more of the party than you would have been able to otherwise.

We are talking about things like a slush machine, a popcorn machine, or even a soft serve machine producing ice cream on demand. Just imagine how much fun kids will have with a soft serve ice cream machine at their disposal throughout the party!

Another great rental to go with is a popcorn machine rental, about as close to a set it and forget snack solution as you’ll get.

Entertainment

The entertainment you choose for little girls birthday party will always be a big piece of the puzzle, a make or break element of throwing the kind of birthday party she’ll remember forever.

  • A bouncy house or castle, especially if you’re going for a Disney/Princess theme for the birthday party
  • A DIY bracelet making/crafting corner for guests to make their own party favors
  • A cupcake decorating area where little girls can build their favorite cupcake with all their favorite toppings
  • A soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt machine, fun for little kids and adults
  • A karaoke or digital DJ music system, letting kids pick and choose the soundtrack for the party
  • A digital photo booth so that little girls can play dress up and take fun snapshots with their friends and guests

Party Venues

As far as party venues are concerned, you really can’t go wrong with hosting a little girls birthday party:

In the Backyard – This venue will always give you the most flexibility and freedom when planning a party, since you will be in complete and total control of the environment and the amenities

At a Local Amusement Park – Disneyland and Disney World may not always be in the cards when throwing a party for a little girl, but there are usually local amusement parks (like Six Flags or Busch Gardens) within a short drive that can be just as fun and as exciting. These parties are perfect for big groups and the adults will have a great time, too.

  • Pool Party – Another summertime hotspot, nothing beats heading out to a pool when the temperature gets hot. All the amenities you could ever want to throw a great birthday party for little girls are here, too.
  • Movie Theaters – Look for Disney movies, cartoons, or movies that she’s excited to go see playing at a local drive-in theater and make a group outing of it. Don’t forget the popcorn and the snacks!
  • Petting Zoos – Little girls love cute animals. Bring them to a petting zoo where they can get up close and really personal with exotic animals to not only have a lot of fun but learn a lot about these animals, too.
  • Spa Days – A trip to the spa with Mom, her sisters, or a couple of friends is always a welcome surprise. She’ll feel grown up and pampered!

Throwing a themed birthday part for your little girl is sure to be a hit. These are the kinds of parties they won’t ever forget, the kinds of parties they’ll be able to remember with their friends for years to come.

If you’d like a little help putting together the perfect themed party for your little girl, contact Sweet Solutions – a one-stop shop service to take all the pressure off your shoulders when planning these parties!

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Boys Birthday Party Ideas

Boys Birthday Party Ideas

“A Survival guide to planning an unforgettable birthday party” 

Themed birthday parties are a big event in any child’s life. The themes can vary from popular toys like “Legos” to comic books heroes like Ironman.

Taking care of all the party details can be daunting. We’ve made a list that includes everything you didn’t think of yet, from themes to possible venues to catering and entertainment.

10 of the best Party Themes for a Boys Birthday party

  • Thomas Train – Choo Choo! Younger kids will get a kick out of a Thomas Train and themed décor is easy to come by.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Heroes in a half shell, TURTLE POWER! The boys will love dressing up as their favorite turtle and beating up Shredder (Dad.)
  • Super Mario – The boys can take turns playing the Nintendo games. If you’re creative, you can make paper tunnels going in and out of the house.
  • PAW Patrol – Who let the dogs out? If you have family dogs, you can dress them up as the show’s characters or take the kids to a live performance.
  • Star Wars – Boys and lightsabers; what could go wrong?
  • Cars – Decorate the room with Car-themed supplies, such as checkered flags and yellow road cones. Buy small matchbox cars and let the boys design their own.
  • Sports – Cakes shaped as footballs are easy to make. The boys can have a rousing game of flag football beforehand.
  • Lego Theme – A talented bakery can make a Lego-themed birthday cake. If you live near one, a field trip to the Legoland amusement park can be arranged but watch where you step
  • Superheroes – With all the movies about comic book characters, you have so many options for superhero party themes. Batman, Superman, The Incredibles…

Party Rentals

When you’re thinking of catering at your party, don’t forget the candy and Yum food! If you’re having a large party, why not get rent a party rental machine for the day? Sweet Solutions offer affordable birthday rentals for hire.

  • Slush Puppy Machine
  • Popcorn Machine
  • Soft-Serve Ice Cream Machine
  • Candy floss Machine

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Entertainment

You can’t have a party without entertainment! The type of entertainment depends on the age of the boys at the birthday party. Party rentals are a booming business.

Some Great party entertainment ideas

  • Jumping Castles – Inflatable and trampolines with roofs that are blown up and placed in backyards are a great party option. They come in a variety of themes. A few options are castles, dragons, monster trucks or a simple house. Just ask our staff and we will get you sorted
  • DJ – If the party is for teen boys with girls invited, a DJ is a great way to break the ice. Getting on the dance floor gives the party a relaxed feeling where everyone can let loose.
  • Party Hosts – Part hosts are similar to DJs but without the music. They can be clowns or magicians or even mascots from your local sports teams.

Party Venues

Not everyone wants a gaggle of rowdy boys let loose in their home. A certain rental venue can also be relative to the theme of the birthday party.

  • Bowling Alley A bowling alley fits perfecting with the bowling theme. You won’t have to make snacks or provide food. Most bowling alleys have arcades, which is double the entertainment.
  • Paintball Boys love messes and guns. Why not combine the two and let them work out all their pent-up energy with a game of paintball?
  • A Cricket , rugby or soccer match – Fitting with the sports theme, a day out watching the boks or proteas is hard to beat
  • Amusement Park – Theme parks can be a bit pricey for large groups. If you can’t afford to take an entire group, have the boy pick two of his closest friends to take to the theme park for a day. Gold reef city or Retanga junction?
  • Movie Theaters – Many movies theaters host birthday parties with popcorn machines available to rent. Maybe a superhero movie will be playing.
  • Go-Karts – For boys who love racing and cars, a trip to the local recreational area is a fun party idea. Some of the recreational parks even have water bumper boats. This is another idea that may be too expensive for large groups.
  • Bike Park: Boys love to ride and a good bike like PWC family park is a great way to get everybody active showing off their riding skills.

Themed birthday parties are very popular for kids today. It is a special memory the boys will look back on when they’re adults. Sweet solutions offer a one stop event planning service to take the hassle out of your hands so you can enjoy the day.