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Halloween is one of my favourite times of year: the perfect autumn celebration in the run-up to the festive pandemonium of Christmas. Halloween can be looked at as a North American celebration today, but the roots of the Celtic festivities, formally known as Samhain, are deeply planted in Ireland, the UK and northern France. Halloween has gained momentum over the past years, with parties, trick-or-treating and decorations. The possibilities of costumes and props are endless, but I’m going to share with you my take on the eerie night.

How To Pull Off The Perfect Halloween Party

When it comes to decorating or planning an event, I don’t like to necessarily do the expected, or if I choose to, I always elevate and go all out on the details. But in this instance, for Halloween, I like to combine the beauty of autumn to the spookiness of October 31st. I love incorporating as much nature as possible, not only because of the gorgeous colours and textures, but also as a reminder of where and why Halloween even existed in the first place (the day marked the end of the summer harvest). Combine leaves, flowers, berries and pussy willow in your décor, either as centre pieces or scattered around the area. Make sure to have multiple pumpkins, which can be carved, painted or naked, displayed around, with even the inclusion of a carving station, where guests can create their own piece of pumpkin art.

How To Pull Off The Perfect Halloween Party

How To Pull Off The Perfect Halloween Party

You can also incorporate some more scary elements such as ghosts, blood and skeletons, but in a cute and friendly way, such as illustrated balloons, subtle makeup and of course, food. Don’t shy away from amusing food, such as skeleton iced cookies, cranberry juice vampire shots (with added vodka if it’s adults only), strawberries coated in white chocolate ghosts or simply, stick edible eyes on pretty much anything. Make the most of the great decorations offered by supermarkets and online retailers to make your party food stand out. Another recipe, which is always a success and is easy to make is the severed finger hot dog. You need a hot dog bun, a cooked frankfurter sausage and sliced almonds. Simply cut out a groove in the end of the sausage and position the almond slice as a nail. Place the sausage in the bun and liberally cover with blood (Ketchup). Voila! It’s always a conversation starter.

How To Pull Off The Perfect Halloween Party

How To Pull Off The Perfect Halloween Party

What I love about Halloween is that it’s for everyone to be creative and have fun, no matter how you approach it. It doesn’t need to be gruesome and scary: if that’s your thing, go right ahead and invest in all the fake blood and terrifying props your heart desires; maybe even create your own haunted house in the garden! But for those who still want to celebrate the day and aren’t fans of horror and skeletons, you still can. Strip Halloween back to its bare bones (pun intended) and celebrate the autumnal beauty that brings it back round every year.

How To Pull Off The Perfect Halloween Party

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The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The most challenging thing for anyone throwing an event, no matter how organised you are, is keeping track of everything: every arrangement, every paper, every receipt or every memo. That’s where professional planners come into play. We are there to make your day simpler, more enjoyable and most importantly, stress-free. However, even if you have someone running around and accomplishing all the tasks leading up to your big day, you do still want to feel included and in control of your event. Enter the La Fete Planner.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The app that La Fete has developed is the perfect event planner in your pocket. It’s ideal for everyone who is throwing an event, from the early stages to the post-event photo sharing with guests, whether you are one of La Fete’s clients or not. If you are a client, the La Fete Planner app is the perfect communications interface, logging messages, updates and changes; and if you aren’t, it thinks for you and offers a bespoke service to the event information you’ve input. Let me elaborate.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The main thing that the La Fete Planner app seeks to do is eliminate the paperwork and feeling of drowning under mounds of information, a lot of it useless. We strip it down to the essentials, with the bonus of being able to be carried around with you at all times. The app begins by asking for details of the event in order to best advise you and create a timeline of tasks to be accomplished, for which you will receive timely reminders. It also offers a to-do list which you can add to, mood boards, a recommended list of suppliers (all handpicked and tested), an RSVP tracker, a table plan designer, a budget tracker and albums, in which guests can also upload their images of your event.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The aim is to centralise everything related to your party or wedding and follow you from start to finish, providing the best possible comprehensive and complete service. And if you’re one of those lucky people who has multiple parties to get planning at the same time, fear not. The La Fete Planner App has the capabilities to hold several separate events and will design an adapted schedule for each one.

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

The Planner In Your Pocket: Introducing The La Fete Planner App

At La Fete, we know that no two events are the same and we truly pride ourselves in offering a bespoke service, but physically and digitally. Download the La Fete Planner app by searching for it in the App Store and experience our unique service first hand: I can guarantee that your event planning will turn from headache to piece of cake!

You can watch the Launch Party here or find out more about the La Fete Planner app here.

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Flowers by Ricky Paul Flowers

For 15 years, my family and I have spent each summer on the French Atlantic coast. More specifically, Ile de Ré, a small island merely a bridge away from La Rochelle. Let’s have a look at our latest post in The Travel Diaries series…

The Travel Diaries: Île de Ré

A regular feature in summertime trendy hotspots, Ile de Ré distinguishes itself by its unique vibe and casual chic nature. Unlike other holiday beach destinations, this island isn’t about partying the night away in clubs, yachts, champagne and private beaches. On the contrary, its all about family, cycling/surfing, eating local seafood while wearing stripy sailor tops and near-empty wild beaches.

The Travel Diaries: Île de Ré

One of the main components of Ile de Ré’s charm is the uniformity of the island and the way it has been protected by the local authorities. There is no graffiti, no traffic lights, no advertising other than local events, regulated architecture and over 100 km of cycle paths. The island has not always lived from tourism though and continues to generate income from other activities, with the most notable being salt.

The Travel Diaries: Île de Ré

Rétais salt marshes produce a high quality regular salt, but also fleur de sel (flower of salt), which is the finest most delicate salt of all. The north of the island is filled with active salt marshes and when you cycle by you can see the pyramid-shaped piles of salt between the sections of the marsh. Local donkeys, baudets du Poitou used to work in the marshes and in order to protect their legs from the mosquitos and salt, they wore handcrafted trousers, which can still be seen during donkey rides in the island capital of St Martin.

The Travel Diaries: Île de Ré

Fishing and oyster farming are also a huge part of the islands life and the seafood there is truly unparalleled. It can take almost an hour to cross the entire island, depending on traffic, from the first village in the south to the Phare des Baleines (Whales Lighthouse) at the northern tip of the island. At the foot of this lighthouse, there is each year a jazz festival that brings together incredible performers such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Jimmy Cliff, who play for a handful of attendees by the Atlantic Ocean. The villages also each hold firework shows for Bastille Day and other occasions, as well as hosting nightly markets and bands, complete with dancing on the port.

The Travel Diaries: Île de Ré

I could wax lyrical about this small piece of land for hours and don’t think Id ever run out of things to say. There truly is something for everyone and now, you need to go and discover it for yourself.

The Travel Diaries: Île de Ré

Read more of our Travel Diaries on the La Fête Blog here.