I love planning parties and I often say I enjoy the planning more than the actual party itself. Now, that I get to do my favourite thing as a stylist for magazines, it was important for me to make time to throw real parties too! I would hate for it to be a case of “the shoemaker’s children have no shoes!” So as part of my 40 Things Before 40 Bucket List I started back in October 2015, I set it as my goal to also throw 40 parties at home. Initially, I thought it would be a tall ask, but the parties could be big or small – and the only rule was that it had to have invited guests.

It was such good fun planning and also actually hosting the parties. Many of them have in fact become annual traditions and our friends often ask when is our next Summer Braai or Ugly Sweater Christmas Party?

Here is a little look at the list… and this year is still going strong as we have our Halloween Housewarming, the annual Ugly Sweater Christmas and both Bailey and Zara’s Birthday Parties coming up. Even more exciting; next year Liam and I are both having our 40th Birthday ones!

40 PARTIES BEFORE 40
1. Halloween Party 2015
2. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party 2015
3. Zara’s Harry Potter Party 2016
4. Cinco De Mayo 2016
5. Zug Dinner Party 2016
6. Bailey’s Cat Party 2016
7. Halloween Craft Party 2016
8. Oktoberfest September 2016
9. Autumn Dinner Party 2016
10. The Raclette/Fondue Dinner Party 2016
11. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party 2016
12. Peter Pan Party 2016
13. Zara’s Science Party 2017
14. Liam Big Bang Theory Birthday 2017
15. Valentine’s Day 2017
16. Oscars 2017
17. Mardigras 2017
18. St Patricks Day 2017
19. Liberty Poetry Café 2017
20. Easter Party 2017
21. First Communion 2017
22. Wimbeldon 2017
23. July USA 2017
24. July Bastille Day 2017
25. July Minion Party 2017
26. Palm Leaf Summer BBQ 2017
27. The Italian Kitchen 2017
28. Heritage Day 2017
29. Raclette Night 2017
30. Trunk or Treat 2017
31. Ugly Sweater Party 2017
32. Zara’s Unicorn Party 2017
33. Family Christmas Lunch 2017
34. Zara’s Panda Party 2018
35. The Royal Wedding Tea Party 2018
36. World Cup Soccer Braai 2018
37. Badi Flamingo Party 2018
38. Breakfast at Tiffanys 2018
39. Swozzi Party 2018
40. Swiss Day 2018