How To Throw A Wild & Free Kids Forest Party

When our team came together to conceptualise the shoot, we knew we wanted to showcase ways to add modern twists to traditional party favourites. So we spent the afternoon in the gardens at Buitengeluk, which is a great spot for kids’ parties. We used the old tree stumps as tables and kept the party packs simple to tie in to the natural surroundings.

Wild and free was our theme for the day, incorporating various woodland elements to create a whimsical fairytale based on the traditional stories we all know and love but with a modern twist. Our shoot also displayed some amazing old-fashioned baking. Everything used in the shoot was homemade – the toffee apples, doughnuts and cookies all made our mouths water. The modern twist came when we added the naked cake, a huge trend at the moment. The day was so enjoyable and the kids could run around, playing amongst the trees – our biggest challenge on the day was keeping them away from the food long enough for us to capture the pics! 

Recreate this yourself

We’ve included the download for the creature masks and the recipe for the toffee apples so that you can organise your own modern fairytale party. Just download and cut out the masks, whip up the delicious treats and invite the little ones around for an afternoon of laughter and fun memories. 

Toffee Apple Recipe


  • 3 apples (either red or green)
  • 2 cups of castor sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 skewers
  • Food colouring (if desired)


  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Pierce the skewers through the apples, into the core.
  3. Heat the sugar, water and food colouring (if desired) in a sauce pan and let it heat up slowly. Do not, stir as the sugar will crystallize. 
  4. Once all the sugar has melted, remove from the heat and dip the apples into the sugar making sure to cover the entrance of the skewer.
  5. Let the apples set at room temperature for 30 minutes.