Pretty in pink
Create the perfect pink paradise to celebrate the arrival of a little princess. 

DIY decorations 

Tissue paper ball: 

Take at least 12 rectangular layers of light pink tissue paper and layer it on top of each other so that the edges are exactly flush. Cut them into a square. Make accordion folds, increasing with each fold. Find the middle and staple it together. Cut the edges so they're equal and rounded. Separate layers, pulling away from the centre one at a time. Alternate the sides you pull, until all the layers are separated. Fluff, pull and twist the tissue paper until you like it. Attach ribbon and hang using a drawing pin. This craft needs a bit of practice, so don't be discouraged if the first one doesn't come out perfectly. have a look on YouTube for tutorials. 

The recipe

Coconut ice: 

  • 900g (4½ cups) Hullets white sugar
  • 300ml (1¼ cups) Milk
  • 300g (3¾ cups) Desiccated coconut
  • A few drops of pink food colouring 
  1. Place the sugar and milk into a heavy-based saucepan. Heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved. 
  2. Bring to a rapid boil, cover with the lid and boil for three minutes. 
  3. Uncover and boil for a further 3-5 minutes or until the mixture has reached the soft ball stage (when a little syrup is dropped into ice water it forms a ball which flattens on its own accord when picked up with fingers). 
  4. Remove from the heat and add the coconut. Stir until combined. 
  5. Quickly pour half the mixture into a 22cm square grease lined pan. Stand the saucepan containing the rest of the mixture into a bowl of hot water to prevent the mixture from setting. Add the few drops of pink food colouring.
  6. Quickly pour the pink mixture over the white in the square pan. Leave until half set. Cut into squares using an oiled knife. Leave to set completely. 

The activity

The Photo Booth: 

Create a photobooth where guests can take fun photos of themselves and friends. Set up the booth in a corner of the room and provide guests dress-up items. Guests can photograph themselves, you can organise a photographer or even a proper photobooth. 

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