colour makes people happy

rooster decided that he wanted a party this year. a bit strange from him as he tends to shy away from them really. he had one when he was 3 but since then he has always chosen to do something with us rather than a party. you might remember the dressing up that occurred last year, you don’t remember? check it out here and here. thankfully this year didn’t included dressing up, we were devastated pleased.

party prep ready, cake baked, chocolate lego moulded, party bags filled up and balloons pumped up.

but what to do?

well rather strangely perhaps we decided to have a party in a paint shop. yep you did just read that right, a paint shop was the venue for roosters 6th birthday party, and why not!

to be fair, it’s a rather extraordinary paint shop called “colour makes people happy” and it is run by a man called simon march.

the shop came about from simons frustrations of only being able to buy paint from uninspiring hardware stores or stuff interiors stores which left you feeling slightly intimidated. he saw that perhaps there could be a place for a paint shop, whose environment was focused solely on colour, a place to get advice and to choose the right colours for your home. simon wanted to help customers choose colours that they like rather than choosing colour they think they should like, and so the shop was born.

introducing simon & his shop of colour

the colour card clogs

a small piece of holland on the shelves and in the kitchen

still confused to why i would hold ronnie’s party here?

well geniously simon has a rather large spinning wheel in the back room of the longest shop in south london. cue excited kids, let the party begin!!

and then for some grub

and some confused children…

we had a fab time, happy birthday my gorgeous ronnie rockstar x




  1. October 3, 2014 / 10:01

    Love it. Rooster looks like he is having a great time – Happy Birthday to him! I love different party ideas, G wants his in a windmill this year.

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:14

      oh love windmills, used to have one down the road from me in essex. they are magical x

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:14

      fab fun, we all did one together on a canvas. the HPMcQs that is 🙂

  2. October 3, 2014 / 11:31

    Fantastic shop and fabulous party. You’ve brought back great memories for me. When I was a little girl I had a go at paint spinning when visiting a local fair. When my son was younger he too had a go – I framed his painting as I loved the pattern he’d created: it’s still on his bedroom wall all these years later.

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:15

      i hadn’t seen one until this shop opened they are great. rooster was worried no one would have fun but they all loved it!

  3. October 3, 2014 / 15:56

    Oh this looks such fun and I adore your photos Vanessa – looks like Grengers wanted a go too!

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:16

      i think she did too! z made a fab picture, one of the best!

  4. October 3, 2014 / 19:05

    How interesting and lovely for kids of all ages! Wish something like that was near us!

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:17

      well maybe there is an opportunity for a creative type like you to do something like this????

  5. October 4, 2014 / 08:18

    Happy Birthday Ronnie. OMG that looks amazing. Glad I am not a competitive party parent as I have mine this afternoon and it now looks very lame haha x

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:18

      don’t be so daft, our house is too small to have that many children in, rock up, paint, rock off is the ideal scenario for us!

  6. October 4, 2014 / 08:31

    Awesome, what a fab venue for a party!! I want one of those spinning wheels 🙂

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:18

      great aren’t they, even a small one would be amazing.

  7. October 5, 2014 / 07:37

    What an AMAZING place for a party – I’m so jealous that you have somewhere like that near you x x

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:20

      well have a look on the interweb, you never know there might be one hiding out near you!

  8. October 6, 2014 / 19:38

    oh this is ace, we have a couple with a big van who come to the school field in the summer and do this, powered by cycling (the kids have to do the cycling).

    • October 8, 2014 / 20:23

      brilliant! i’ve not seen a bike powered one, although roosters school does have a bike powered smoothie maker!

    • November 2, 2014 / 09:45

      i’m not sure we are the coolest, perhaps now the messiest!

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