Celebrate Unwrapped: Balloon Arrangements

Gone are the days of the humble balloon being tied together in a bunch and hung from whatever could be found for decoration.  Instead, these days we’re treated to spectacular colours and sizes, adornments, fillings and let’s face it, next level styling with these decorations!

Our Celebrate conference was held at the beautiful Sydney venue, The Deckhouse, with stunning water views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge thanks to being surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. So room decoration needed only help bring the table styling together and provide backdrops for our guest speakers, rather than detract from our beautiful surrounds. But nothing short of spectacular either!

born to party

So to pull it off, we called in the help of Sydney’s own balloon Queen, Shannon from Born To Party, to design a custom balloon arrangement and add some great visuals to the room itself.

Shannon shared the load of the Celebrate balloon decor with another balloon master – Michelle of Party Splendour and we’ll be showcasing her work at Celebrate in a future blog post.

balloon arch


This balloon arrangement was truly a show stopper and everyone at the conference commented on it!







I loved how it looked like a waterfall of balloons was spilling out over the floor near our guest speakers! It created a brilliant feature at the front of the venue:

balloon styling

With no limit to what Shannon can do with balloons, balloon arrangements are a great addition to any event, and don’t be afraid to think big and be bold with your arrangements by combining tassel tails, mixing and matching the colours, styles and sizes for a dramatic effect. You can see more of Shannon’s designs on the Born To Party Facebook page.


born to party












You can find a great range of balloons and of course Shannon’s expertise at her shop in Mosman, or visit her online store where you can shop for invitations, decorations and  tableware too.


THANK YOU so much for your balloon magic Shannon!



Tips for a mag-worthy party

We’ve all seen those stunning party setups in glossy magazines or top entertaining blogs.

They’re stylish, perfectly constructed and seemingly out of reach when setting up our own table or lolly buffet. Today we’re chatting to the talented team behind online party boutique The Kit Source who share five top tips to get that editorial look for your next party.




Choose bright, contrasting colours

Coming into summer, bright pinks, greens, golds and blues are the most effective and eye-catching way to create a striking spread.

Don’t be afraid to choose bold and mismatching patterns or shapes, just make sure the colours are of a similar tone – e.g. jewel tones, fluoro tones, or even all pastel tones – but the brighter the better.

The Kit Source’s Fluoro Floral Party Kit (below) is a perfect example of a stylish summer party)




Be messy, but on purpose

If you’re not the most precise person, or simply don’t have the time to measure the gap between each plate and tasty treat, don’t stress.

Being purposefully messy with some of your pieces will deliver that perfectly ‘thrown together’ look without too much effort. We’re not saying to chuck piles of plates on a table and be done with it, think about how you can arrange some items perfectly, and then balance it out with some purposeful mess!




Always get extra supplies

Think you’ll need ten balloons to line the back of the lolly buffet? Get twenty.

It’s no secret that abundance will create a more luxurious look, even if it’s just so you have a few extra balloons for background photos, or to attach to the letterbox, having more is better than not enough.




Flowers are your friend

As you can see from these gorgeous shots, flowers are pretty much the only accompaniment required for this party setting! A few vases of bright flowers, even if they’re purchased from the supermarket, will lift your theme to the next level.




Enlist some help

If you have a friend that’s great at baking or balloon-blowing, ask for help.

The more hands you have on deck on the day to set up, the more likely you are to check everything off your styling to-do list.

The most important person to get in this category though, especially if you want mag-worthy shots, is a photographer.

If you’re not that confident in taking your own pics, get a professional. There are a range of photographers available on the LLC directory and they’ll ensure they get gorgeous shots of every one of your party elements. And if you need a styled party setting in a few clicks, make sure you check out the themed Party Kits available from The Kit Source.



Party Supplies and Decorations: The Kit Source

Flowers: Bloomology.com.au

Photographer: Jess Dunn @jessdunnthis


Happy Celebrating!







Melbourne Cup luncheon

With Melbourne Cup a week away, I thought I’d share some inspiration for any of you lucky enough to be planning or hosting a fun gathering for this famous horse race that stops a nation!

Various businesses collaborated to bring this celebration together – many from the Life’s Little Celebrations directory including Celebrations by Alysia who styled and coordinated the shoot.

It all starts with this gorgeous invitation!:




Guests were provided with this unique menu and schedule for the event…





…and able to enjoy this fresh lush table setting with delicious sweet and savoury food to enjoy:





Love the colours of this beautiful cake:





































Such beautiful chocolate cones created with unique moulds:







As you can see, the guests were well and truly pampered and enjoyed some decadent treats!




Are you planning a Melbourne cup luncheon or perhaps a daytime gathering for an upcoming celebration?

Source everything you see above, via these talented vendors :


Planner/Stylist – Celebrations by Alysia
Invitations – Eve and Co Stationery
Savoury Food – Sugarize Events
Cake Jars  – The Mason Baker
Cake – Cake That
Cake Topper – Little Glitter Co
Confetti Balloons –Favor Lane Party Boutique
Cookies – Frosted by Nicci
Champagne Labels – Kel’s Gift Labelling
Chocolate moulds – Confectionately Yours

Let’s get pampered spa party theme

I can remember some pretty fun parties as a kid, with many of my favourite themes still being reinvented these days, which brings back some memories!

But if there’s one theme that I so wish I had thought of when I was 10, it’s a pamper party theme.

Perfect for double digits but just as easily adapted for younger girls, the pamper party or spa party theme is quickly becoming popular so I’ve done a quick whip around our LLC vendors to provide you with a little inspiration!

Now of course I am all about keeping things fun and age-appropriate when it comes to this theme. I think there is a way to keep this party theme light hearted and just a bit of fun for the girls without mum’s having to stress about creating a truly adult-like spa or pamper experience.


Paper Face Party

Paper Face Party – Sydney


Paper Face Party – Sydney


I love this glamorous take on the theme, incorporating a fashion parade at the end!

Or why not make it a slumber party, complete with individual tents and TV trays for a DIY makeover before bed?


Sweet Dreams and Goodnight

Sweet Dreams and Goodnight – Perth (other states coming soon)


You can use one of the hire companies on the Directory to set up a cute setting for the girls:


Pink bubble chairs for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Pink bubble chairs for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)


Dependent on the age, your invitations and colour palette can be anything from pretty pastels, to pink and gold, or black, white and hot pink for the older girls.

Give your guests a taste of what to expect with these gorgeous examples and matching printables.


pamper party theme invitations

Giggles and Grace



pamper party printables

Pretty & Print


Paper Face

Paper Face



Milly Boo Designs

Milly Boo Designs




Of course every great spa has a relaxing ambience and stylish decor, so prop your room with individual foot spas, hand bowls for manicures, cute chairs, towels and flowers ready for a little TLC.

Then add pops of fun with balloons, hanging decorations and table arrangements.

A printed backdrop such as this one can be used for a dessert table or a photo backdrop:


Party backdrop - Jo's Signs by Design

Party backdrop – Jo’s Signs by Design


Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party



Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion



Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion


Pom pom set - The Little Event Company

Pom pom set – The Little Event Company


Tassel garland - DD Brand

Tassel garland – DD Brand


Pink marble balloons - One Magic Day

Pink marble balloons – One Magic Day




Rather than setting a table for a seated party, opt for a table filled with bite size sweets and savouries for the kids to nibble on in between treatments, styled with coordinated tableware.

The Little Event Company

The Little Event Company


Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party


The Party Parlour

The Party Parlour


The Little Big Company

The Little Big Company


Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party


Emiko Blue

Emiko Blue


Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party


The Little Event Company

The Little Event Company


Sweet Treats

A party wouldn’t be a party without a few sweet treats, but best make them bite size to prevent ruining wet nail polish!

I love the idea of high tea stands stacked with finger sandwiches, macarons, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and themed cookies that double as take home treats. Oh, and cake. Always cake.


Petite Cookies

Petite Cookies


Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes

Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes


Macaron stacks - Arelio Sweetbox Sydney

Macaron stacks – Arelio Sweetbox Sydney


Chocolate coated strawberries - Chocobon Melbourne

Chocolate coated strawberries – Chocobon Melbourne




Cookie Queen Kitsch'n

Cookie Queen Kitsch’n



How great are these chocolate moulds for manicure sets, lipsticks and hairdryers?!!


Confectionately Yours

Confectionately Yours



Love this fun pamper party cake!:

Pamper party cake - Savvy Cakes Sydney

Pamper party cake – Savvy Cakes Sydney


Party Favours

Let the guests take home something special in these favour bags

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion



Emiko Blue

Emiko Blue


What do you send your pampered little guests home with to top it all off? Nothing less than a personal mirror of course!

Deer Little Parties

Deer Little Parties


This is also a super sweet party favour idea:


Glitter and Glue Designs

Glitter and Glue Designs


Of course for those who don’t have the room at home or the time to organise it, many venues and roaming entertainment providers are now offering pamper parties as part of their theme repertoire, making them a great options for larger groups too.


Carnival For Kids

Carnival For Kids -Melbourne



Deer Little Parties

Deer Little Parties – Victoria (Buninyong)


Perhaps I need to relive my childhood and plan one of these myself…especially being pregnant at the moment I think I’m due for some pampering!

I hope you’ve found some great inspiration for your child’s spa pampering party.



Celebrate unwrapped: foam letters

As the feedback from our Celebrate conference attendees continues to flow in, so too do the questions from our social followers on ‘where did you get that?’ as I (slowly) get around to releasing more images. So hang tight as I intend to fill you in on all the details of the LLC vendors who helped make the event as magical as it was, I promise! If you missed my previous posts, you can get up to speed with all details on the table centrepieces and how we used the gorgeous mini pinatas.

Having recently worked with Natalie from Foamtastic Party Decor for our son’s first birthday celebration I knew the quality of her work. Working with Shelley from Paper Face who styled the conference, the idea of our brand being blown up to a life sized installation came to mind, and being the clever soul she is, Natalie did just that.




The letters were cleverly dressed up with balloons from Party Splendour with balloon tails from Paper Face




Doubling as a pretty cool photo backdrop (if I do say so myself!) these giant foam letters were so were easy enough to pick up, making installation a breeze, and some fun photos too.




This photo gives you an idea of where the letters were placed in the room and you can see the impact they can make at an event:



Making a nice change from the popular letter lights, Foamtastic can produce any sized sign, letter or shape you can think of, and they make great room decor too after the occasion. Our son’s name below now takes pride and place in his bedroom on the mantle.


first birthday props


Here are a few other samples of what Foamtastic Party Decor can create for a celebration:

baby shower props


custom name sign


Used on backdrops or stand alone props, there is seriously no end to what you can have created – only limited by your imagination!


foam props


party backdrop


Thank you so much for your help Natalie!

If you’d like to see more of Natalie’s work, visit her Facebook page to get the creative juices flowing for your next occasion!



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