With the release of the new finding Dory movie, my prediction is an influx of kids requesting a Finding Dory party or underwater party this year!
My girls and I enjoyed the movie over the school holidays and it is definitely a fun one for both boys and girls – so if you have a little swimmer wanting a Dory (or Nemo) party, I’ve curated some Finding Dory party supplies to get you started!
Some inspiration to get you started – this table setting by Tiny Tots Events (Melbourne) is a great example of pulling it all together simply with theme treats, colour and sea shells as props!
Under the sea party – Tiny Tots Events Melbourne
Finding Dory Party Invitation
For your printable invitation you can’t go past this cute range available for boys and girls and with a matching backdrop:
Dory invitation – Dream a little party
Finding Dory Party backdrop – Dream a little party
Finding Dory Party Decorations
Mix and match Dory specific party decorations with plenty of bold colours inspired by Dory and her colourful friends:
Finding Dory foil balloon – Character Parties
Finding Dory balloons – Character Parties
Ocean Blue Paper lantern – Emiko Blue
Tassel garlands – DD Brand
Dark blue paper fan – Emiko Blue
Peach and yellow paper fan – Emiko Blue
Confetti Filled balloon – Love The Occasion
I love this idea of adding ribbon to paper lanterns – they look like jellyfish don’t you think?
Malibu Paper Lantern – The Little Event Company
Blue Confetti Bomb – Emiko Blue
Finding Dory Party Tableware
Coral tablecloth – The Party Parlour
Finding Dory plates – Fantasy Kids Parties
Blue sherbert paper plates – Emiko Blue
Orange striped plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Bermuda blue plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Blue stripe plate – Little Kite
Finding Dory napkins – Fantasy Kids Parties
Orange Paper Cups – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Nautical straws – Hip and Hooray
Orange candy cups – The Party Parlour
Ombre blue candles – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Pom Pom cake toppers – Love The Occasion
Use these cute moulds to create some fun Finding Dory chocolates!:
Dory chocolate mould – Confectionately Yours
Finding Dory Party props for hire:
The range of hire suppliers on the Directory have cute props and tables/chairs for kids parties! You can search the Directory to find one in a location near you!
Under the sea props for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire Sydney
Gold clam shell for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire Sydney
Rustic table for hire with teal legs – Petite Events Hire Sydney
Aqua ombre tablecloth for hire or purchase – Saffy and May (Qld)
Finding Dory Party Favours
Finding Dory Favour pail – Character Parties
Finding Dory party favours – Glitter and Glue Designs
Tassel Horns – Love The Occasion
Blue favour bag – Little Kite
Chevron party bags – Love The Occasion
Yellow thank you tags – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
No underwater theme would be complete without some Mermaid tears to take home now, would it? Too cute!
Mermaid Tears favours – The Little Event Company
So there you have it – my prediction for the newest up-and-coming party theme trend and how to pull it off. Have fun, and just keep swimming!
Just like a great artist, an event stylist has a signature style that you can recognise on each and every one of their creations. From the vision to the execution of the candy buffets, the finest of details have a way of being brought together that leave a lasting impression on those lucky enough to capture the moment.
I’ve always admired the work of Melbourne stylist ,Victoria of Miss Deliciouza for her attention to detail and unique spin she puts on some of the more popular themes you think you’ve already seen every possible adaptation of!
Collaborating with many of our LLC directory vendors, Victoria’s candy buffets are a complete feast for your senses, and I can only imagine the gasps of delight from guests as they take in every detail and taste every last bite.
Eva, you were one lucky girl to receive a third birthday party like this!
A Safari theme is a popular choice for first birthday’s but I particularly like how Miss Deliciouza added more organic, earthy colours rather than the brights – and that backdrop!
The Disney masterpiece, Frozen continues to capture the imagination of young girls, making the work of a stylist extremely difficult, trying to create new designs each and every time. Using the Coronation Day colours and return of Spring in Arendale rather than the popular blue, white and snow (can you tell I’ve had my fair share of the movie too?!) looks absolutely gorgeous.
I could keep going for days with all the beautiful images from Miss Deliciouza events, but I won’t! Instead, jump on over to her Facebook page to see more of her incredible work and contact details for you to lock her in for your upcoming event if you’re in Melbourne!
Sometimes the hardest part of organising a party is just getting started – would you agree?
With so much inspiration provided by our talented LLC directory vendors, it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t have a theme in mind, and we can all relate to changing our minds over and over after seeing so many amazing ideas on Pinterest or Instagram!
I often find working backwards in the planning process can be helpful, albeit strange! Finding inspiration in the smallest details normally left for later in the planning process like decorations, tableware or the colour of the party outfit can sometimes be just what you need to get you off the starting blocks – backwards!
So when it comes time to pulling it all together, start with where you would normally source your products, such as LLC directory partner, The Party Parlour. What I have always loved about this site is that it’s literally a one stop shop for both inspiration and all the party supplies you’ll need to execute a coordinated event.
If you’re stuck for ideas, their party packages are a great place to start, presented in styled shoots with all the required items already curated for you to add to cart to complete the look. Themes are categorised by First Birthdays, Baby Showers, Colour and themes for boys and girls for easy navigation.
If you already know the theme of your occasion and just need the supplies to pull it all together, shopping by category makes ticking off your list a breeze with everything you need from invitations to tableware, unique balloons and garlands, glassware and favours, plus they post Australia wide for added convenience. Tick, tick, tick!
Or if you’re like me and partial to falling head over heels for new paper plate designs, their new arrivals can also provide a great starting block, like these gorgeous new items from Paper Eskimo. These would be so great for a circus or ice cream party! Just pick an item and let your imagination go.
These plates are exactly the type of product that back up my suggestion of working backwards – now just to find the occasion to use them…
Regardless of having a theme or not, The Party Parlour is a great place to start – from start to finish or finish to start!
What are your thoughts on my suggestion for working backwards when planning a special occasion?
If you ask me, the growth of the party and events industry is a direct result of the raw talent of suppliers and just how accessible they’ve made it for everyone to create memorable occasions. You’ll find many of them on our LLC directory!
It’s a fantastic industry of support among suppliers, but the big winners are the consumers who can now turn any occasion into something special with the amount of inspiration, professionals and DIY options now available.
This was a driving force behind starting LIfe’s Little Celebrations and why we now have our first conference to look forward to, continuing to learn, inspire and grow with each other. I’m so excited for Celebrate in August and look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new. There are still tickets available so be quick to secure yours here and join us for what is set to be a fantastic day.
One of our Celebrate sponsors is a shining example of just how this industry is making gorgeous occasions accessible for everyone – because let’s face it, we can’t all bake and decorate like a pro, but we like to give it a red hot go!
Michelle Bailey own’s Custom Icing, which enables you to turn homemade or purchased cakes, cupcakes or cookies into something spectacular. Even the pros are partial to using Michelle’s edible cake images to add the extra WOW factor to a creation.
Incredible, huh?! The edible images from Custom Icing can make a huge difference to your cakes as well as cupcakes and even chocolates!
Customised cupcakes make a great impression at any occasion, and these simple discs are so simple but so effective on a plain iced cupcake with colour coordinated baking cases.
What kid doesn’t love seeing their face on a cake?!
I love how Custom Icing enables just about anyone to be a master baker and turn an occasion into something special. Whether you’re handy with fondant or not, edible cake images can turn cakes into show stoppers and help bring together themes with a little creativity.
You can find out more about Custom Icing, including printing on chocolate, and shop online here.
Happy creating and we hope to see you at celebrate!
One of the very early decisions I had to make when planning Celebrate was choosing the presenters for the event. I wanted to choose speakers who were experts in their field. However I didn’t want CEO’s of large corporations – I wanted speakers who could understand small businesses and mum’s in business.
I wanted presenters who I knew could relate to the Celebrate attendees and this industry and would provide knowledge and inspiration. I also wanted high value speakers – if business owners were going to make the effort to spend the whole day at Celebrate – I wanted to ensure they heard from incredible speakers.
Tickets for Celebrate close in just 2 weeks so I wanted to share more about the amazing presenters chosen and below I have shared more about them and what they will be presenting on!
Wendy El-Khoury – Wedded Wonderland
“Celebrate your digital voice”
“Digital marketing in event wonderland”
Do you want to flourish your business in the event industry? Are you struggling with how to market yourself well on social media? Are you looking for marketing and business tools which will work in your industry?
Founder of Wedded Wonderland – one of Australia’s most respected online wedding magazines and portal. Wendy has developed Wedded Wonderland to excel in Events, Social Media, PR and Blogging with over 950,000 followers across Social Media, and over 600,000 visitors onwww.weddedwonderland.com with 150,000 being unique per month. Wendy is established as one of Australias’ leading wedding bloggers and influencers and has built her hugely successful business in a short period of time. She is a mum of 2 and passionate about building up business owners in this industry.
WENDY’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting hot tips and insider information from a well-respected professional on:
:: Navigating social media and making it work for your party/event business
:: Growing your business in this industry
:: How to market your business via instagram and facebook
“Celebrate your niche”
“Discovering your niche and creating your brand identity!”
After 15 years experience devising branding and marketing strategies for some of the worlds biggest brands (think Nike, Levis and Nokia) – Nikki Clarke is a branding expert. She assists business owners to help uncover their niche and unique strengths and attract their perfect clients
NIKKI’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting the inside scoop from an experienced professional on:
:: Building your brand
:: Discovering your niche and attracting your ideal clients
:: Setting yourself apart in this industry
Tessa White: Down That Little Lane
“Celebrate your brand”
“No money? No problems! Build your business and get your brand noticed on a limited budget”
Tessa started Down that Little Lane 3 years ago, on her own with a very limited budget and no help at all for the first 18 months. What Tessa doesn’t know about getting yourself noticed for free, how to get PR and networking your way to the top is not worth knowing. DTLL has over 240k followers on Pinterest, 75k on Facebook, 64k on Instagram and growing so it’s fair to say the proof is in the stats!
TESSA’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting the secret keys from a well known professional on:
:: Getting your brand noticed without spending money
:: Growing your business on a limited budget
:: showcasing your business on social media & building a connected audience
Julia Bickerstaff, The Business Bakery
“Celebrate your worth”
“Am I working for me or working for free?
Pricing for profit in this creative and competitive industry”
The founder of The Business Bakery, a school and a community which helps women make a Healthy Income from their handmade, home based or other intentionally-small businesses. Julia understands small business and the challenges many business owners have in knowing how to price their service and create a healthy income!
Julia has a wealth of business experience including appearing regularly as the finance expert on Channel 7s Kochie’s Business Builders and as the small business expert on ABCNews 24’s Finance Quarter. She writes for Smartcompany and Flying Solo, and also works privately in a coaching capacity with medium sized businesses.
Unsure how to price your services? Reluctant to charge for the time you put in? Julia will provide you with the tips on pricing for profit in this industry!
JULIA’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting valuable advice and all the answers from a knowledgeable professional on:
:: Knowing how to price correctly in this industry
:: Developing a healthy income in your small business
:: Managing your business and prices in this competitive market
Leanne Ambrogio: Sweet Style
“Celebrate your unique brands’ look”
Creating share-worthy images. Photography tips with styling secrets
As a former dessert stylist Leanne of Sweet Style discovered a passion for taking beautiful images of the gorgeous treats she was serving up to customers which led her down the path of photography. What started out as a hobby soon turned to a business when her clients started asking her to photograph their events and food for them.
With her knowledge of both photography and styling Leanne will give you the inside scoop on how to setup and photograph share worthy images of your products and work – so vital for anyone in this visual industry!
LEANNE’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting to learn some fantastic tips from a respected industry professional on:
:: taking share-worthy images you can use online
:: how to style and stage your products or work for fantastic photos
:: using images to create your own unique look and brand in the party industry
Celebrate attendees will be able to hear from all 5 of these wonderful ladies and besides their value packed presentations they will also include some Q and A time for you to ask any burning questions you have!
If you haven’t yet secured your ticket, you can book your seat easily here as tickets close in just 2 weeks!
See you there!