Modern Safari party theme

A jungle or safari theme has always been a popular choice for baby showers or first birthdays, but lately we’re seeing a digression from the traditional colour palette of bright colours and cute characters to a more sophisticated and modern interpretation, which I’m just loving!

Keeping to a monochrome theme, it’s easy to build on your theme with highlights of gold or tropical fauna for a big impact just like these beautifully styled occasions by some of our talented LLC vendors.

Remember to CLICK onto any of the images below to find more details or where to purchase/order the items!:

 

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Styled by The Sugar Topped Table

 

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Modern Jungle Safari – styled by Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

 

 

 

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Monochrome Safari – style by The Sugar Topped Table

 

 

This is one theme that can be so easily achieved with what is readily available, and to help you I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite items from some of our LLC vendors to get you started.

 

Invitations

A great place to start when setting your theme! Choose a black and white colour palette with touches of gold, or turn those accents into show stopping starting blocks like this gorgeous Inka print and sunrise invitation from Loulou Pie Creative. These colours can then be picked up throughout your tableware and decorations for an impressive effect.

 

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Safari invitations – Loulou Pie Creative

 

 

Although I am showcasing the whole dessert table setup for these gorgeous safari parties below I want to particularly highlight the gorgeous backdrop designs which would also be available for use as an invitation and other party stationery:

 

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Monochrome Safari – style by The Sugar Topped Table. Stationery design by Style Me Gorgeous

 

Styling by The Little Big company. Backdrop design by Jo Studio

Styling by The Little Big company. Backdrop design by Jo Studio

 

 

Table setting

For a monochrome look use black and white as your base for the majority of your tableware, then add highlights of gold, blush pink or tropical fauna using some of these finds.

 

 

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Black chevron plate – Love The Occasion

Black and white birthday plates - The Little Event Company

Black and white birthday plates – The Little Event Company

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Geo dessert plates – The Party Parlour

 

Troppo dessert plates - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Troppo dessert plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

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Napkins – The Little Event Company

 

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Tropical Jungle napkins – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gold geometric napkins - My Party boutique

Gold geometric napkins – My Party boutique

 

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Tropical jungle baking cups – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gold foil straws - Emiko Blue

                                             Gold foil straws – Emiko Blue

 

 

Zebra Print Straws - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Zebra Print Straws – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Bamboo cutlery - Love The Occasion

Bamboo cutlery – Love The Occasion

 

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Jumbo Confetti – Love The Occasion

 

Jungle themed food wrappers - Confectionately Yours

Jungle themed food wrappers – Confectionately Yours

 

This tablecloth is perfect if you want to go with a rustic look:

 

Hessian gathered tablecloth - Saffy and May

Hessian gathered tablecloth – Saffy and May

 

 

 

Decorations

If you want to go for a monochrome look then stick to the rule of using only black and white for the majority of your decorations and choose a few stand out items such as jumbo confetti balloons, cake toppers or the use of tropical foliage to bring it all together, or simply stick to all black and white if you wish!

You could also stick to a basic colour scheme of mainly white, or rustic brown and then use gold highlights in the decorations or desserts. Safari animals spray painted gold are an easy DIY to help give the dessert table a fun and modern look!

These items are perfect to decorate a safari cake and make it a stand out!:

 

 

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Gold Animal Cake Toppers

 

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Gold Cake Topper – A la Roch

 

You can see how the above acrylic embellishments were used on this stunning cake in a party by The Pumpkin Carriage

 

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Gold Sunset Safari cake – Styling Pumpkin Carriage. Acrylic animals by A La Roch. Cake by JK Cake designs

 

For your room decorations, a few items to really fit the Safari style is all you need. You can then mix them in with more neutral items such as honeycomb decorations or plain coloured balloons:

 

 

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Zebra foil balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Jumbo palm tree balloons - One Magic Day

Jumbo palm tree balloons – One Magic Day

 

 

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Wild One foil balloons – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Willow balloon tail - DD Brand

Willow balloon tail – DD Brand

 

Gold triangle garland - The Little Event Company

Gold triangle garland – The Little Event Company

 

Gold confetti balloon - Emiko Blue

Gold confetti balloon – Emiko Blue

 

 

These jungle animals for hire bring the safari to your party! These are available to hire in Sydney:

 

Jungle animals for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire

Jungle animals for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

Browse the directory section of this website to discover Hire businesses in your state where you can hire relevant items!

 

Kids stools for hire - Enchanted Party Hire (Queensland)

Kids stools for hire – Enchanted Party Hire (Queensland)

 

 

2m x 2m foliage wall for hire - Sweet Heavenly Events (Sydney)

2m x 2m foliage wall for hire – Sweet Heavenly Events (Sydney)

 

Safari Party Desserts

Browse the Directory to find a cake or dessert maker in your area to create something modern for a Safari party, such as these gorgeous creations!:

 

Safari cake - The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

Safari cake – The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

 

Gold giraffe cookies  - Savvy Cakes (Sydney)

Gold giraffe cookies – Savvy Cakes (Sydney). Styling by Sweet Finesse Event Styling

 

Giraffe cake - Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne) in party styled by The Little Big Company

Giraffe cake – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne) in party styled by The Little Big Company

 

 

These candles are a fun finishing touch if you want to add an extra bit of gold to a modern safari cake:

Meri Meri gold glitter candles - Emiko Blue

Meri Meri gold glitter candles – Emiko Blue

Favours

Send little party guests home with a bit of the jungle with some of these favour ideas and packaging:

 

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Party Favours – fairy floss from Fluffy Crunch. Styled by The Sugar Topped Table

 

Lollipop party favours - Glitter and Glue Designs

Lollipop party favours – Glitter and Glue Designs

 

 

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Gold treat bag – Love The Occasion

 

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Treat boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Cupcake boxes - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Cupcake boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

White with gold foil dots favour bag - The Little Event Company

White with gold foil dots favour bag – The Little Event Company

 

Some final modern safari party inspiration for you in this amazing party styled by The Pumpkin Carriage in Sydney:

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Modern safari party – The Pumpkin Carriage

 

You can literally let your imagination run ‘wild’ with this theme, and the beauty of keeping it to a minimal monochrome palette wth luxe touches is that you don’t need to be a stylist to pull it off either!

 

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Prop it like a pro – A sparkling first birthday

Twinkle twinkle little star, oh how truly talented our LLC Vendors are!

Continually inspired by the imagination and collaboration within our creative industry, this first birthday celebration I’m sharing with you today is of no exception.

Styled by the team at Sydney’s Tiny Tots Toy Hire, using their gorgeous hire items – Petra’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star birthday celebration was a sparkling display of creativity and clever use of party props, all available to hire for your next event too!

 

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A simple, modern colour scheme of silver, black, white and aqua brought this nursery rhyme to life with the help of star prop accents and incredible balloon displays.

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I’ve always said that it’s the finer details that help bring a theme together, but if those finer details are oversized numerals, light boxes and props on a grand scale, then you’ve got yourself a winning formula! In this case, the props from Tiny Tots Toy Hire were the shining light, and every other little detail worked in seamlessly to create the perfect party.

 

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How great is this life size number 1 – perfect for photos!

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Entertainment for this age group can be a little tricky, but from the looks on the guest’s faces, a jumpy castle, ball pit and pint sized toys were just the ticket – all available for hire from Tiny Tots Toy Hire.

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Older guests were also kept busy with a star cookie decorating table.

 

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The simple use of the right props for your next celebration can really take your event to the next level, and if you’re in Sydney it’s nice to know you can source them all from the one place too! Be sure to check out the Tiny Tots Toy Hire website for a full list of items available, from infant and baby toys, games and sports, playhouses, tables and chairs and themed props – you’re sure to exactly what you need!

 

Full vendor credits

Concept, styling, props and toys by Tiny Tots Toy Hire

Photography by Captured by Kirri 

Cakes by Art of Baking

Cake Topper by Merc+Jones

Balloons by Bubble Moo Balloons

Star Macarons by Arelio Sweetbox

Cake Pops by Devour Cakes

Mini desserts by The Pumpkin Carriage

Chevron plates by Love the Occassion

Star garland by Paper Face

ONE highchair bunting by Sugarlicious Parties

Star stickers (backdrop) by Sack Me

 

 

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What’s trending in party themes

Just like the world of fashion – party theme trends seem to come and go, but there’ll always be your classics.

If you love styling, events and party planning then I’m sure you enjoy seeing the latest party decor which is available!

Making it easy to keep up with the trends and find everything you require to execute the theme of your choice is LLC vendor, Ruby Rabbit Partyware. Owner Alex has her finger on the pulse when it comes to sourcing new supplies, so who better to ask a few questions on what we should be looking out for than the party Queen herself!

 

T: What are some of the most popular colour schemes you are noticing for boys and girls parties at the moment ?

A: Trending this season for boys’ parties is the ‘Little Camper’ theme with the use of teepees, monochrome colour choices and a touch of green cactus fun! Outdoor fun with lots of space for energetic little boys to run wild! Unicorns and rainbows continues to be our most popular girls’ birthday party theme followed closely by Alice in Wonderland.

These themes are whimsical and timeless keeping both Mum and birthday girl happy with being able to add a personal touch when it comes to styling the party. These themes suit a broad range of ages from first birthdays up to around eight year olds.

 

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Little Camper party theme

 

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Unicorn party theme

 

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Unicorn balloon kit

 

T: What unique decorating ideas and theme ideas would you suggest for a baby shower? 

A: I’m loving the green palm leaf with luxe gold for something a little different, or for a softer touch with baby pink.

I’m a sucker for palms and have a ridiculous amount of cushion covers in my home in just that! Yes, I may have a cushion obsession, a rather large one my hubby would say!

 

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Baby shower theme

 

 

 

T: What are your top picks for spring / summer party trends ? Any particular themes or looks? 

A: The party shop is busy with lots of fun bold colourful orders heading out the door as we move into Spring. Plus we can’t get enough of those green palm leaf and gold pineapple party pieces!

 

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Pineapple plates

 

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Watermelon balloon

 

 

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Colour splash party styled by Tiny Little Pads

 

T: What are some of the well loved kids themes you have noticed from your most popular  customer buys? 

A: It seems that pale pink and gold isn’t fading, especially for little girls’ 1st birthdays.

Unicorns and rainbows are a close second and then super cool monochrome for the boys, plus colourful confetti spot orders are always strong and work perfectly for both girls and boys.

The ever popular donuts theme has faded away this year.

 

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Paper Eskimo pink and gold partyware

 

 

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Little camper partyware

 

 

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Confetti + polka dot madness party by Lucinda Gould

 

 

T: Are there any must have items you would suggest for mums planning their first kids party? 

A: Balloons and a fun cake topper! Balloons are such simple happy party decorations, and cake toppers can add that little special something to your cake. Both are definite must haves!

 

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Jumbo confetti balloon and fringe

 

 

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Poppies for Grace cake toppers

 

Thank you so much for these tips Alex!

You can shop all of these items and loads more on the Ruby Rabbit website.

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

A day to Celebrate!

I’m delighted to share with you the photos from the first ever “Celebrate” conference day on the 15th August!

This event came about from my vision to bring together business owners within the party, event and baking industry and provide them an opportunity to network and also learn some relevant business tools to flourish their business.

Held at The Deckhouse in Sydney the venue was styled in only 1.5hours that very morning! With such a limited time we kept things simple but beautiful and stylist Shelley Davis of Paper Face Party coordinated all the styling for the venue and as you can see – she made the venue even more beautiful and a truly gorgeous setting for everyone to enjoy. Beautiful balloon decor was used throughout the venue thanks to Party Splendour and Born To Party who did an amazing job at helping to bring a stylish party feel to the room with their balloons.

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We enjoyed daylong beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and water from the venue and thankfully Sydney put on a lovely sunny winters day!

From the initial planning of the event I knew I wanted it to be a day where I could showcase items from Life’s Little Celebration vendors and the beauty of the day really came together because of so many lovely contributions as well as the support of our lovely sponsors Ruby Rabbit Partyware, Custom Icing, Sugarlicious Parties, Sweet Heavenly Events, Merc & Jones, Foamtastic party decor, Sugared events and Fairy La La Land!

As soon as guests entered they were met with a welcoming lounge area which was created using furniture and props from The Original Silver Teapot and it was a beautiful space on the day for attendees to enjoy during the break times.

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This balloon arch at the front of the venue by Born To Party was stunning and a real talking point

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Gorgeous jumbo balloons by Party Splendour created another feature in the room with fun tassels by Paper Face party and giant foam letters from Foamtastic 

 

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Each attendee received a handbook and gold Life’s Little Celebrations pen and each of the centrepieces styled by Paper Face Party were unique –  styled with flowers as well as custom timber toppers from A La Roch and mini pinatas from Party Pony Designer Pinatas!

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I just love these unique timber toppers by A La Roch!

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The stylish mini pinatas were also a hit!

 

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Guests were greeted with bright and fun signage to lead them into the venue with the design by Pretty and Print and printing by Jo’s Signs by Design:

 

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Each attendee received a handmade glittery name tag with gold foil printing and the cutest little tassel! These were created by the talented Eve & Co and added a bit of extra sparkle to the day!

 

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After grabbing a hot drink and mingling, attendees were invited to get comfortable and settle in for the day. It was honestly so wonderful to meet many business owners – some of whom I have known “online” but never met in person. It was also an honour to have attendees from Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra all make the trip to Sydney for Celebrate. The atmosphere was so warm, friendly and easy going as attendees made new contacts or met those in person who they deal with frequently online!

 

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Here I am welcoming everyone and getting ready to introduce our first speakers!

 

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The day included 5 amazing speakers who each brought their own experience, knowledge and personality to providing attendees with tips for their own business. Wendy El-Khoury of Wedded Wonderland was brilliant in providing a huge amount of insight into social media and particularly instagram tips for our industry!

 

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At the last minute due to illness Nikki Clarke was unable to be at Celebrate. However we were lucky to have Lama Perin of well known brand Paper Eskimo be able to speak on branding and also sharing her tips and experiences from their own business history !

 

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Tessa White of Down That Little Lane was honest, insightful and humorous as she shared PR tips and general advice on social media, building your community and getting your brand out there on a limited budget!

 

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Leanne of Sweet Style shared her advice on how to create gorgeous photos for your social media and your website, as well as camera and lighting tips and styling advice:

 

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The day ended with the fabulous Julia Bickerstaff of The Business Bakery who provided such valuable pricing advice and was straight to the point with tips on pricing for profit as a small business owner!

 

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Speakers were around after their session during the breaks to chat to attendees while everyone mingled and enjoyed the sunshine!

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It was beautiful Sydney weather so attendees could enjoy the balcony during their breaktimes and it was wonderful to see everyone mingle and enjoy the conversation with their business peers!

 

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Another special feature on the day was a flower bar setup by Weekly Blooms for attendees to create and take home their own little posy of flowers as a reminder to flourish their business!

 

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The beautiful tags on each of the bottles were all handmade and painted by Elk Prints

They added a truly extra special touch to the take home posy’s and something guests could keep on their bottles as a reminder to flourish their business!

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A snapshot of a few more details which really helped style a beautiful venue

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Each attendee received a swag bag to take home FILLED with goodies from Life’s Little Celebration vendors and more! There was everything from handmade cake toppers and garlands to partyware, from magazines to candles and of course delicious edible treats such as fairy floss, macarons and cookies! Many commented it was the best swag bag ever…and I have to say I agree with them!

 

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It truly was such a delightful day and I thank everyone who came along or supported the event and again special thanks to stylist Shelley from Paper Face party who contributed so much to the look and feel of the day!

Many have requested that Celebrate be held again next year – and it is something I had considered but was hesitant about committing to prior to the event.

However the day went so well and with such positive feedback..it just may be back in 2017. Watch this space!

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

A baby shower in full bloom

When you’re expecting a new baby – it is a special time and definitely a time to celebrate! A baby shower is a beautiful chance to pamper the mother to be and indulge her a little while celebrating the unique life about to be born!

Talented Life’s Little Celebration vendors collaborated together to put together an inspirational shoot in time for spring for anyone planning a baby shower! This shoot was styled for a special feature on Lenzo which you can view here.

These beautiful invites really set the tone for the whole shoot and I love the idea of theming a baby shower around such a floral concept as being “in full bloom”!

 

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The whole event then came alive with the gorgeous array of flowers and decor to create a relaxing, inviting and perfectly pretty setting with the colours of the flowers working so beautifully with the rose gold touches:

 

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The cake and desserts again exemplified the whole theme of being “in full bloom” with pretty and delicate floral details:

 

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Handmade elements such as these handpainted artworks and gift tags add so much personal detail:

 

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Can you believe these seed packets are actually cookies? Just stunning detail!

 

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I love the refreshing drink station setup with the mixes of rose gold and greens:

 

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This beautiful flower was actually handcrafted from paper – hard to believe I know! Paper flowers are the perfect way to add extra floral touches which you can keep after the celebration!

 

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Vendor Credits:

This amazing shoot was a special Life’s Little Celebrations collaboration shoot specifically for Lenzo. It would not have been possible without the amazing talents of the below vendors. If you have seen something you love in the above shoot, you can source it via these vendors:

STYLING & COORDINATION Dream a Little Dream EventsI Heart Table Art

PHOTOGRAPHER LoveHer Photography

FLOWERS + FLORISTRY The Black Posy

VENUE Little Leaf Co

STATIONERY Eve & Co.

PARTYWARE Ruby Rabbit Partyware

GIFT TAGS + BOTANICAL PAINTINGS Elk Prints

FOILED DRINK LABELS Kels Gift Labelling

MINI CAKES, MERINGUE BULBS + COPPER DRIP CAKE Niknak’s Sweetest Treats

MAIN CAKE, TARTLETS + DESSERTS My Petite Sweets

PAPER FLOWER BULBS Hanging Pretty

VINTAGE SEED PACKET COOKIES Frosted by Nicci

CAKE TOPPER, DRINK STIRRERS + ENGRAVED TIMBER FLOWER PRESS Glistening Occasions

LOLLIPOPS Petal and Pop

FURNITURE Higher Events

DRESS Share My Armoire

TABLE LINEN, COPPER TAGS + TERRARIUM Her Beautiful Mess

MODEL Tammy Willis

HAIR STYLIST Off Your Head

MAKEUP Megan Princiotto MUA

 

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

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