Gathering at Holland House
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Chapter 10: Privileged

Recently, I had the privilege of spending a long weekend amongst the company of 30 insanely talented authors and illustrators. From the intimate setting of Holland House, in the beautiful Cotswolds, I was one of the privileged few who got to watch James Mayhew draw to music, I created cats and characters with Viviane Schwarzย  and as a busy mum of two, had the luxury of eating for 4 days without having to do a weekly shop, prepare a single meal or wash a single plate! Privileged? Very!

Masha and the Bear Theme Party Genie
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#imamumand – Nalini, the Party Genie

Children's parties have come a long way since my childhood when a spot jelly and ice-cream and a game of pass-the-parcel in my parents' living room was the norm. Nowadays, it's become commonplace to hire a hall and invite the entire class - that's a lot of jelly and ice-cream and a lot of time spent turning a tiny tub of Play-Doh into an oversized package with wrapping that Santa's elves would be proud of. Luckily, Nalini Mathew has brought her bespoke children's party planning services to Hertfordshire. So, is life as a party planner just one big party? I caught up with Nalini to find out...