Estelle and Afroditi are the founders of Dilly + Diti, a party planning company with a difference. They are true party QUEENS and know how to push creative boundaries whilst creating a lasting impression. Estelle is Mama to three boys (Joseph, 6, Oscar, 4, and Isaac, 2) and Afroditi is Mama to Philipp (4) so naturally they specialise in children’s parties however they also organise, design and style weddings, christenings and ‘grown-up’ parties.
What time did you wake up this morning?
Estelle - More like, what time was I woken up!! Our three boys don’t understand the concept of sleeping past 6am and as for Isaac, sleep past 5am....why?
Afroditi – 6am
What was your very first thought of the day?
Estelle - It can’t be morning already?
Afroditi - It is still dark outside...
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
Estelle - Coffee, coffee and coffee
Afroditi – Coffee, Comfortable shoes, Good handbag
Describe a typical morning.
Estelle - Up, showered and dressed as quickly as possible before the boys get bored and hangry. Calmly get everyone ready for school / nursery (who am I kidding – manically more like!) Have a quick meeting with Afroditi to allocate jobs on to-do list and get going.
Afroditi - My working day begins after I drop my son to school. I read emails and respond while having the first coffee of the day I have a quick meeting with Estelle to discuss our to-do list, put ideas to paper for our next projects and research materials and props.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
Estelle - The Hare just because it’s walking distance, has a great selection of gin and a friendly atmosphere.
Afroditi – I live in Clapham so it has to be No 32 Old Town in Clapham - vibrant and stylish with great food selection.
The happiest moment in your day?
Estelle - When I’ve had a really productive morning actually getting through some of my work to-do list and then having silly fun with the boys. I gave up my job in the City last year and have gone from not seeing them Mon-Fri to now being here pretty much all the time. Yes, being a mamma is SO much harder than being in an office but I realised how much I missed out and am loving the time with them.
Afroditi - When my son cuddles me when I pick him up from school after I’ve had a really inspired morning full of ideas.
The hardest moment in your day?
Estelle - When you’ve spent time working with someone on a concept for a party, agreed all of the finer details and then they change their mind. Emotional rollercoaster.
Afroditi - When the ideas simply do not flow and a supplier lets you down.
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
Estelle - There is no perfect solution (aka the images on Instagram). We are all doing the best we can, let’s try to enjoy it.
Afroditi - Be patient and focused. Be happy with small achievements. Don't forget to remind yourself what a brilliant job you are doing.
Most overused word of the day?
Estelle - Boys.....
Afroditi - Great
Once the kids are in bed I...
Estelle - Cook dinner, tidy up and then start work again generally until the early hours
Afroditi - Continue working on my laptop
Top 3 local gems?
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Estelle - Stop beating yourself up about not being able to do everything for everyone. Quite honestly, you’re doing an amazing job, enjoy the moment.
Afroditi – There is no wrong way or right way. We are all doing the best we can.