40th Birthday fun!

We often share kids party features on the blog but behind all those kids parties are mums planning them – so here is some inspo for any of the mum’s out there nearing their 40th!

40th parties are definitely a thing and have been for a while…but what about 40th birthday photo shoots?

This new trend is being taken on by many … think of a 1st birthday photo shoot/cake smash but for a 40th! All in the name of fun of course!

The below gorgeous pink and gold 40th birthday photo shoot coordinated by Sugarlicious Parties brings together a collaboration of vendors from Life’s Little Celebrations. It will give you some inspiration whether it be for a photo shoot or a dessert table for your 40th!





























Vendor Credits:

Sugarlicious Parties – styling, 40 banner, 40 singlet, 40 cupcake toppers, 40 cake topper, Cocktail sign

Love that Lolly Bar – Pink cake & cake in jars

One Bite – Macarons

Pom Pom Princess – Pom Poms

Sweet Heavenly Events & Party Hire – gold cake stands, platter and black plinth

DD Brand – Tassel Garland & Balloon Garland

Love the Occasion – Tissue Balls

Tiny Tutu Cake Couture – cupcake tutu’s

Sweetheart Creative – Birthday sign

Born to Party – Giant Confetti Balloon

Kels Gift Labelling – Champagne bottle labels

Little Miss Charlies Treasures – Pink 40 crown

Petite Cookies – cookies

JK Cake Designs – cupcakes

One Sweet Chick Couture Cookies and Cakes – pink chocolates & cake pops

Sally Kennedy Photography – Photography






Get celebrating this summer!

There’s something about Summer and entertaining…the long sunlit days and warmer weather just puts everyone in a better mood for a celebration!

We’ve curated gorgeous summer-perfect party supplies for you from online party store Love The Occasion that are bound to inspire a summer celebration starting with this fun fiesta range – just love the cactus balloons!:




Summer celebrations are a favourite at Love the Occasion with so many vibrant and fun party themes at your fingertips.  Think beach, poolside and icecream, tropical, palm trees and tutti frutti, fiesta, flamingos, sunshine and rainbows! Or throw in gold, silver and rose gold metallics for a stylish summer soirée:




This gorgeous collection of party supplies would be perfect for a Valentines day soiree!:


You can’t get more summery than pineapples and I can imagine the fun party setups which could be created with this whole range from Love the Occasion!:




Or…go for a tropical party theme by mixing and matching various bright colours and fruit inspired partyware!:



What’s Love The Occasion’s top tips when planning a celebration?

  • Keep it simple and plan ahead!
  • Prepare party decorations a week or two before and plan food that can be prepped in advance.
  • Do a practice run of your table (or draw a sketch so you have something to follow on the day).
  • Set up as much as you can the day before.
  • And most importantly, allow yourself plenty of time to get ready and have a moment to relax before your guests arrive!

For more inspiration on party themes, pop by their website where you can shop by ‘theme’, ‘occasion’ and ‘colour’

Happy summer celebrating!







Don’t you just love seeing a unique party theme come along?

A panda theme is just that – and mixed with on trend tropical party supplies and monochrome partyware you can have yourself quite a fun party setup as Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling  (Perth) demonstrates in this gorgeous shoot!

If you’re planning a Panda party you can also shop the Panda party supplies blog post here.




A close up of the gorgeous setup :





Loving this cute Panda invitation!:




A cute cake topper can help coordinate any cake into your party theme:




All the desserts look so scrumptious!:








The kids table setting is stylish and cute and I just love the mix of the tropical partyware with the black and white:







This whole Panda party setup goes to show you can do a lot with a unique party theme – it’s about being creative and mixing and matching items to create a fun look!

Want to recreate this Panda party? Here are the talented vendors to contact and source items from:

Vendor Credits:

Styling, Co-orindation and concept by Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

Photography Lana Pratt Photography

Partyware including balloons,favor bags & plateware Favor Lane Party Boutique

Cookies,Cakepops & Fudge Niknaks Sweetest Treats

Cupcakes & Macarons Sweet tooth Macarons and cupcakes

Bunting, Cake Topper & Favor Tags Little Glitter Co

Invitation and Welcome Sign True Style Designs 

What a year!

Oh what a year it has been at Life’s Little Celebrations!

The new website was launched which was hugely exciting to see come to fruition.

The ‘Celebrate’ conference day was hosted for the first time which was another leap of faith – and I’m so happy I took that leap after hearing the feedback about the positive impact the conference had.


Life’s Little Celebrations was grateful to be featured in various publications such as Donna Hay Magazine, Practical Parenting Magazine, Little One Magazine, the Babyology website, the LENZO blog, Sweet Magazine and Confetti Fair magazine – truly such an honour!

Life’s Little Celebrations also hit 55,000 followers on Instagram which was really a testimony to the LLC partners whose work and products I share daily on the @lifeslittlecelebrations Instagram account.



However the highlight each year is always the connections I make with the LLC partners throughout the year and the connections and networks I see evolve amongst them – I love seeing the Life’s Little Celebrations community grow and assisting business owners in this industry to flourish!

Personally falling pregnant with our 4th child was a huge highlight and one that will make 2017 another exciting year (with baby due in March). Due to the pregnancy I kept my own kids parties quite low key this year but I’ll be doing a blog post soon on how we did celebrate their birthdays soon.

Running a business and planning the Celebrate conference while also being pregnant definitely challenged me at times and so this was the year I took the step to finally outsource aspects of my business. For those of you running a small businesses reading this – I can only encourage you to do the same when you feel as though you are not getting enough sleep and you don’t have enough time anymore. Yes it means sacrificing some of your income – but the sanity and sleep you receive in return is worth it!

So what is to come in 2018..besides a new baby?

Life’s Little Celebrations is excited to be launching a new digital magazine – ready to inspire and equip those mums who love to party plan AND those business owners running a business in the event industry.

I also hope to host the Celebrate conference later in 2017 after the wonderful response it received this year.

There are a few other exciting involvements for LLC in the new year which I’ll announce in time.

However for now it is time to wish you all a wonderfully joyful Christmas with your family and friends


I hope 2017 is a fantastic year where you can reach the goals you may have and also overcome challenges which come your way

Thank to all the Life’s Little Celebration partners who are part of this wonderful network as well as all those who have partnered with LLC this year in various ways!

Life’s Little Celebrations will still be posting some inspiring and gorgeous parties & products on Facebook and Instagram and have a few blog posts over this wonderful season to share with you all.

However I’ll also be taking a break to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with my family, celebrate my son’s 2nd Birthday and head off on a short family getaway – so we will be back in the full swing of things on Monday 16th January

Merry Christmas!




















Let’s go surfing! Beach party ideas

We are so privileged to be surrounded by so many beautiful beaches in Australia, aren’t we? There’s not a kid I know who doesn’t enjoy spending their summer swimming in the surf, rolling in sand and building sandcastles. Just add ice cream and you have the perfect day out!

For those lucky enough to be celebrating a birthday or special occasion during the warm summer months, a beach party theme is a fun way to turn everyone’s favourite day out into a party – whether it’s at the beach with a BBQ lunch, at home on the deck or by the pool. Just add umbrellas, bright zinc and away you go! Of course it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy the beach either – turn up the heat indoors, get the deck chairs out and bring the outdoors in! Just like this fantastic set up by Party In A Package.

beach theme party - party in a package

Beach Party – Party In A Package


Wherever you’re hosting a surfing or beach theme party or a pool party, we’ve sourced some great partyware and party supplies to help set the mood – just add sand!


Beach party invitations

Depending on the age group and event type, draw inspiration from marine life, retro surfboards, colours and props commonly used at the beach to bring together your theme.


surfing party invitations - joyful invitations

Surfer Girl Invitation – Joyful Invitations


beach theme invitations

Ocean party invitation – Bonjour Berry


Vintage surf party invitation – Sassaby Parties



beach party invitations - joyful invitations

Beach Party Invitations – Joyful Invitations


Having a beach themed Christening or First birthday? Subtle nods to the beautiful colours like these gorgeous watercolour designs by Emma Smith Event Stationery add a more sophisticated touch.


beach theme wedding invitations

Beach them wedding invitations – Emma Smith Event Stationery


Beach party decorations

When it comes to decorating your venue for a beach themed occasion, get creative with items you already have at home and would normally accompany you to the beach, add balloons and hey presto! We’ve found some fun items for adding colour, fun and style to your event from our LLC Vendors.


beach theme styling - sugar coated mama

Styling by Sugar Coated Mama



Love these gorgeous summery colours together:



paper fan decorations - the little event company

Oasis Fan Mix – The LIttle Event Company






beach theme decorations - ruby rabbit partyware

Honeycomb Garland – Ruby Rabbit Partyware


beach theme decorations - emiko blue

Yellow Paper Fan – Emiko Blue




beach theme decorations - DD Brand

Tassel Garland – DD Brand


Teal jumbo balloon – Emiko Blue



shark party decorations - fantasy kids parties

Shark Splash Scatters – Fantasy Kids Parties




beach theme decorations - poppies for grace

Teal Honeycomb Fancy – Poppies For Grace



Emoji sunglasses balloon – Favor Lane Party Boutique


Poolside confetti – Ruby Rabbit Partyware




This tablecloth provides the perfect base for a beachy themed dessert table:

beach theme decorations - saffy & may

Hessian Table Cloth – Saffy & May


You could also hire a table such as this (love the teal legs!) for a beachy feel. You can see it in use in the first beach party setup shared at the start of this post!



Trestle table with teal legs for hire – Petite Events Hire Sydney


Cute summery chairs for the kids will help style your kids party table:


Kids cane chair for hire – My Garden Party (Sydney)



hessian covered stool - the enchanted party hire

Hessian Covered Stools – The Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)



childrens chair hire - little giggles party hire

Kid’s Yellow Stools – Little Giggles Party Hire (Melbourne)


Beach theme tableware

Colour blocking your tableware is a fantastic and easy way to achieve a coordinated beach theme. Incorpating a scened backdrop or props to complete the look around a seated table or dessert buffet, your guests will be transported to a sandy tropical island!



beach theme plates - the little event company

Striped Plates – The Little Event Company


Sunrise plates – The Little Event Company

summer party plates - ruby rabbit partyware

Rollerskates and Rainbows plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware


Yellow dessert plates – Hip and Hooray

icecream cups

Pastel ice cream cups – Emiko Blue




beach themed tableware - fantasy kids parties

Sunshine Cups – Fantasy Kids Parties



yellow paper straws - the little event company

Yellow Paper Straws – The Little Event Company

Love the beachy look of these napkins:

mint green napkins - the little event company

Mint Green Napkins – The Little Event Company


bamboo tableware - the kit source

Outdoor Party Kit – The Kit Source



Beach theme cakes and desserts

The best part about a beach party? The BBQ picnic lunch of course! But this is a party, and it wouldn’t be a party without cake now, would it?

There are some seriously talented patissier’s out there who can make some clever dessert options to tie in with your theme. Think macaron crabs, summery themed desserts and fun surfboard cookies! Here is a sample but browse the Directory if you need someone specific in your location:


Beach themed cookies – Sweets with Love Sydney


custom macarons - arelio sweetbox

Crab macarons – Arelio Sweetbox (sydney)


beach themed cake - sweetest jubilee

Beach themed cake – Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)




Beach themed cookies – Dous Dolce (Sydney)


Mini desserts – Velvetier (Qld)


Watermelon fudge pops – My Petite Sweets (Perth)



Create your own treats with this fun surfboard mould!:


surfboard moulds - confectionatley yours

Surfboard Chocolate Moulds – Confectionately Yours


A few extra accessories:


turquoise cupcake baking cups - little kite

Turquoise Cupcake Baking Cups – Little Kite


Shell handpainted cupcake toppers – ELK Prints



Beach themed party favours

Send the little ones home with some treats in these beach coloured favour bags along with some fun beach themed favors:



Sunrise treat bags – The Little Event Company


Sweet soiree party bags – Emiko Blue



Yellow tin bucket – The Party Parlour


Thong notepad beach party favour – Children’s party supplies


Mini beach deck chair favours – The Little Big Company


Mini beach balls – Party Kit n Kaboodle


With summer well and truly on our doorstep now, this is such a fun theme for your next occasion and can really be as relaxed and casual as you like, with plenty of fun.

Surfs up!



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