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Mini Blog Break

It’s just over 2 weeks until my own little daughters ‘s 1st birthday and I have decided to take a blog break so I can focus on getting ready for her celebration and enjoy this time with her!

All of you know how busy life can be leading up to a special birthday celebration, on top of all our motherly duties and other bits and pieces! So I’m sure you will understand me taking some time out from my party theme blog posts for a few weeks!

My daughters birthday is on the 21st November and I’ll be back after this and then will be launching a new Party Directory page on the blog in early Dec, where you will be able to easily find links to some great suppliers of Party products and services! If you wish to be listed please email me at lifeslittlec@gmail.com for more info =)

 

Hopefully all will go well for her celebration and everyone will have a lovely time! I’ll be putting together my first proper ‘dessert table’ so go easy on me =) I am not as talented as so many of you stylists and mum’s but I’ll do my best and more than anything – aim to enjoy the day and celebrate our daughter and celebrate the best year of our lives since she arrived =)

In the meantime, you may want to have a look through some of my previous posts that you may have missed =) For custom inspiration you can always contact me about my inspiration boards and more detailed online party planning assistance.

Thanks again for all your support and reading my blog =)

 

 

Babushka Doll Theme

A lovely and bright theme which is becoming more popular but still remains unique!

Pinks and reds feature commonly this theme. Mix these in with greens, blues or yellows for a bright Babushka theme party! There are many Babushka items found easily these days due to their popularity and with Christmas coming up you will find even more items you can use!

I hope you enjoy this collection of possible items for your Babushka theme party!

Remember to visit the Party Directory section of the website to find all the vendors you need when planning this party!

Invitations/Printables

 

 

Matroyshka party invitations – I Will Invitations

 

 

Babushka Printables by Style Me Gorgeous – Boutique Printables

 

 

Babushka doll printables – Pretty and Print

 

 

Babushka invitation and printables – Polkadot Prints

 

My Little Babushka printables – Fairydust Stylish Stationary

Decorations

Some cute options for Babushka inspired buntings:

Babushka bunting – Giggleberry Creations

 

Babushka lights – Ministyle

Another option is to dangle a few hanging Babushka decorations:

Babushka felt decorations – Papier D’amour

 

Babushka dolls often have floral prints painted on them, so you could even incorporate some floral items into your decor:

 

Small ruby rose lantern – The Party Studio

 

 Tableware

You could use fabric to create your tablecloth (or use it as a backdrop). Here is one of many of the designs from the Kelani Fabric site:

 

Pink Babushka and rose fabric – Kelani Fabric

Keep things bright with your tableware with one of these options:

 

Raspberry Sambellina plates – Sweet Little Birdy

 

Lime Green paper plates – The Party Studio

 

Hot pink square plates – Invite Me

 

 Sweet Treats

How cute is this cookie cutter set to make your own set of Babushka cookies?

Babushka cookie cutter set – Party & Co

Perfect cupcake wrappers for this theme:

Babushka baking cup – Love The Occasion

 

Pop on some cute Babushka cupcake toppers onto your cupcakes or other sweet items:

Babushka cupcake toppers – Giggles Cupcake Toppers

 

Babushka Doll cupcake toppers – Charli Mae

 

Russian nesting doll cupcake toppers – Paper Circus

 

 

Special Themed Items

Incorporate Babushka dolls into your decorations with one of these collections:

 

 

Russian nesting dolls – Retro and Co

 

Turqouise Nesting Dolls – Eco Fabrics

 

Babushka Doll – Funky Homes

 

 

 

Babushka Dolls by Elfin Trail – Down that Little Lane

 

Babushka doll trinket box – Nest Emporium

 

This paint your own babushka doll set is a great party activity:

 

Paint your own russian dolls by Seedling – Classic Baby

 

Take Home Favour

There are a range of lovely Babushka inspired party favours to keep the little one’s smiling all the way home!

Babushka wooden key rings – The Little Big Company

 

Wooden Babushka pencils – The Little Big Company

 

 

 

Babushka lip gloss – Birthday Room

 

Babushka bath gel – Birthday Room

This is a cute favour box perfect for this party:

 

Nesting Doll printable craft – Fantastic Toys

Colourful Babushka printables are also fantastic to print out to stick onto your favour package or use as gift tags:

Printable Matryoshka gift tags – Seven Star

Real Parties

Matryoshka Doll Birthday Party by Steph Modo

Love the cake and bunting in this party from On To Baby

Bright Babushka party from Eye Candy Events featured on the Amy Atlas blog

A pastel and sweet Babushka baby shower on the Imprintables blog

A classic and elegant Babushka dessert table by Lou Lou Events

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I hope you have found some inspiration to celebrate your little one using the Babushka theme!

If you use any of these ideas, I’d love to see them!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Colour Inspiration

What are your Christmas colours? It’s a question that seems to be getting discussed a lot lately on facebook.

Do you go traditional red, green and white? Do you like to change it up every year? Or do you stick to the same (but unique) colour palette each time?

We all know Christmas is about a lot more than just the colours we decorate in and it’s important that we don’t put pressure on ourselves as mum’s to have a Christmas tree or dessert table that is ‘magazine worthy’ – especially when you have children who want to be hand’s on in the decorating!

However I always find decorating in a colour scheme (and choosing the colours) is a fun part of the early Christmas preparations!

Here is some colour inspiration for you based starting off with what is fast becoming quite a popular colour combination – bold red and soft aqua:

 

Red and Aqua Christmas table – Save the Date for Cupcakes Blog

 

Red and Aqua christmas – Country Living

 

I love these soft colour palettes of blue with creams and golds for a fresh look:

 

Heavenly holidays dessert table featured on Hostess with the Mostess blog

 

With a different shade of blue and gold you can create a warm feel:

 

Blue and gold table – The Guardian

 

Blue and gold Christmas tree – Country Living

 

A unique pink, gold and blue colour palette makes for a bright and beautiful Christmas spread:

 

Vintage pastel Dessert table by Glorious Treats featured on Hostess with the Mostess

 

Vibrant purple is a great colour for Christmas! Team it with a bold red:

 

Christmas table from LMG Events featured on the Anders Ruff Blog

 

 

Pink seems to be the ‘new red’ of Christmas! A soft pink, gold and silver colour scheme would look gorgeous:

 

Pink and Gold tree – image via Sweet Tooth – Shauna Younge Blog

 

You could go rustic with browns mixed in with reds, greens or golds:

 

Rustic Woodland Christmas table featured on Pizzazzerie by Sandra Downie Event Designs

 

Rustic Christmas table – Save the Date for Cupcakes blog

 

Add silver to a traditional red and white combination for a stand out look:

 

Red, white and silver table – High/Low, Food/Drink

 

Isn’t this a great Christmas centrepiece using baubles? Love it!

 

Red christmas bauble centrepiece – Searching for Style blog

 

Red, white and green will always be a Christmas favourite:

 

Red, white and green christmas table by Anders Ruff – Image from Very Rosenberry

 

You could also keep things very simple and light with a white winter wonderland feel in the midst of our hot Australian summer!

White christmas dessert table – Merryl Brown Events

Another take on the pinkcolour scheme, this time with different shades of pink with gold. So elegant…

Pink Nutcracker dessert table by Kate Landers Events – Hostess with the Mostess blog

This is a stunning table! I love how they have brought in elements of traditional red ad green but also mixed in touches of creams and golds:

Candyland dessert table featured on Bakarella

 

For a unique touch, why not mix pink and green together this Christmas?

Pink and green tree – Kathleen Ellis Lifestyle Design blog

Pink and green baubles – Destiny Awakes blog

 

Perfect for an adult’s Christmas dinner is this black, silver and white Christmas colour scheme:

Black, white and silver by Bird’s Party – Peach Pizzazz

 

I’ve noticed some neon christmas decorations in store this year so if you want to go bright and bold this year – here is some inspiration for you!:

Neon christmas tree – Salty Pineapple

 

 

Neon christmas tree – House to Home website

 

Neon christmas gift wrapping – Sweet Style

 

I hope you have found a Christmas colour combination for Christmas.

It’s impossible to collate every possible Christmas colour combination available.  So – what are your Christmas colours? Did I include them in this selection or are you doing something different? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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My Child is the Theme

I wanted to write something slightly different to my normal posts, as a way of reflecting on the most important aspect of any little celebration.

As I mentioned on facebook today – it is so easy to get caught up in the plans, ideas, props, decorations, to-do lists etc and lose focus, lose enjoyment and become stressed during a time when you are meant to be joyful!

I got thinking about this in the morning when I felt a sweep of excitement thinking about my daughter’s birthday party and imagining her in a pretty outfit, cutting the cake and celebrating her! Then I stopped and realised that I should be feeling like THAT a lot more often during this planning process!

Of course I can’t imagine ever planning any party or event without some stress and busyness. However I think in the midst of it all, it’s important to stop, slow down and remember that it is all about the person – not the party.

I’m not writing this to be preachy! I am saying all this to my own myself more than to anyone else 🙂

Yes it’s wonderful to have a beautiful party, a uniquely styled dessert table, lots of adorable details….however it is even more wonderful to have happy children, guests who have enjoyed themselves, and calm parents who are able to truly celebrate their child!

So hence the title of this post…”my child is the theme”.

As you can tell from my blog – I do love children’s party themes! I love that you can turn anything into a theme and have lots of fun thinking of unique ideas and props all related to that theme. I love cute touches, pretty features and creative activities!

However no matter what our party theme, the central “theme” is our child. They are the centre of the whole celebration! Celebrating them…celebrating the year we have just had with them!

All the extra bits and pieces are all ways we express that. As long as they remain ways we express this love and celebration then I believe they are all good!

So as I continue to plan parts of my daughter’s birthday I am trying to remember the focus of the celebration (her!), reflect on the amazing year we have had and enjoy these last few weeks that she will ever be in her first year of life.

My daughter does deserve a celebration as precious as she is. She deserves even more a calm and happy mother! I will endeavor to give her both! =)

Winners of our 1000 Liker Giveaway

Thank you all so much for entering our giveaway and your lovely congratulatory comments and compliments about all the vendors!

I couldn’t have run this giveaway without the generosity of some amazing vendors, so thank you to….(in alphabetical order!):

Charlie Mae

Creative Little Stars

Giggles Cupcake Toppers

Kristy Gray Designs

Krystalbelle Lane

Occasion by Design,

{P} is for Party

Pinwheels and Pearls

Pretty and Print

Raindrops and Roses Children’s Fashion Emporium

Now for the winners! I wish I could give a prize to ALL of you who have taken all the trouble to enter and like all the facebook pages. However don’t worry, I am always looking for opportunities to give you chances to win lovely items in future =)

I realised there was actually 14 prizes so the 14 winners are:

1st prize: Jennifer (no last name provided)
2nd: Maryanne (no last name provided)
3rd: Olivia Flanagan
4th: Kylie Martin
5th: Claire Lewis
6th: Peta Comfort
7th: Kristy Mansell
8th: Sallyann Collins
9th: Sarah Shelley
10th: Melissa K
11th: Cassandra Merrick
12th: Evona Tyl
13th: Erica Summers
14th: Hana Brown

Congratulations!!

If you could all please email me at lifeslittlec@gmail.com with your top 3 preferences for prizes.  I will allocate the first prize winners prize first and then continue down the list where possible giving you your first preference. I will let you know if your top 3 preferences are unavailable and you need to choose again.

I have also emailed all of you with these instructions as well.

Thank you again to all of you who entered and all the vendors!